Tacoma vs. Gladiator

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I had a Tacoma, for about a year. It was under powered, I thought the interior was very underwhelming, but most of all I never got used to the claustrophobic interior and horrible seating position. Not to mention it’s not a convertible pick up truck

 

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My Tacoma just got totaled and I'm thinking about switching to a gladiator. I went with the Tacoma originally over the Gladiator because it was about 10 grand cheaper. Anybody went from a Tacoma to a gladiator? Glad you did it or regret it?
Dude you want a Gladiator that's why you are here . Get one I did and love it . I did test drive a off road taco and nothing about it screamed buy me and the Gladiator did .
 
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I’m a long time Jeep guy. I just picked up a new Gladiator (first time for a brand new Jeep). I’m also former Taco owner. And I drive a Tacoma now and then. I also drive a variety of vehicles. Lots of off road miles in the mix. I also drive trucks and trailers to Alaska for a dealer. Some of those are Tacomas. Here is my take :

neither fulfill the role of a “truck”. Consider them cargo capable general purpose vehicles. The taco looks more like a typical truck

the taco is more road comfy by far. Even off road comfy.
Both do great off road except the glad is so much simpler to modify and go extreme in the f-up gnarly sections.
The Glad (and all wranglers) win in the adventure category. I mean doors and top off.
If I had to put it this way, even though they are mid sized “trucks” because they have beds, that’s about the larger similarity. , if I had to pick one to drive the entire Alaska highway every week year around id pick the Taco.
If I lived in one of the towns along the way , or any mountain town, small beach community, large city, etc but don’t have to do a lot of freeway long highway driving id get a Jeep.
And if I’m leaning on the taco for such purpose I would then look harder between a taco and a full size truck which would be way more capable for cargo and towing.
Back when the HiLux was still around there wasn’t a cult following. Now there is. And by what I mean is if I was looking at a truck for a pool cleaning business I’d not get a taco. Unless I had some non practical business reason to want one. In practical sense the taco only has a small window that I’d lean towards a short bed full size. Taco love is mostly cult hing now. And to be clear so is the Jeep. They share a small role but differ vastly from that point.
Currently tacos sell cheaper. I would know bc I went shopping for a replacement vehicle and a taco was in consideration. And in selecting a manual trans I’d get a taco for obvious reasons but there’s no practical sense for a manual anymore. And pretty much any vehicle will be more comfortable and better handling than a Jeep (Wrangler/gladiator). But no vehicle is easier to modify and work on than a Jeep. Jeeps tend to rarely end up in the junk yard crusher. They will be parted out before it comes to recycling. Drive any neighborhoods and you’d see way more Jeeps parked out in front.
 
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78,000 trouble free miles so far and I use my JT as a truck (read: I am not easy on it).

I’ve owned Toyota trucks and cars, they are good But they still have their issues like any other vehicle.

I can tell you for a fact that no Toyota truck would be doing what I’ve done with my 2020 (purchased October 2019). I’ve just driven 1200 miles hauling a 14 foot enclosed trailer loaded with up to 7000 lbs (600 mile trip) no load less than 5000 lbs in high winds, rain, 104* heat and cruised at 65-70mph (except in 60 MPH side wind). 10 mpg average… my jeep is on 3.5” RE lift with back end sagged to the bump stops (RE extended bump stops off.; No, I am not happy with that and the shop was supposed to put HD rear overland rated springs on the JT). I monitored all the vitals like a hawk and the Jeep did the job flawlessly (I’ve owned diesel one ton trucks and hauled some heavy stuff for many years).

🤔 oh and Toyota Trucks will never do it with the top down either! 🤣

OH, and I’m on 37’s, 4:10 gears, with JB RTT XXL on full height rack (250lbs).

loved it when I’d pass any newer Yota truck, Tacoma or Tundra as they struggled with their lighter (most times much lighter) load up hills on the interstate.

No, IMOP with real world experience in both trucks, the Toyota Tacoma does not hold a candle to the JT. I don’t even think it is fair to Toyota to compare it to the JT.

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For me it comes down to what I need a truck to do, and what extra it can do, and above all else is it comfortable.
Had a Taco for a short time, even the xtra cab was too small. To me, small trucks feel like I am in a car. Low seat, legs stretched out in front of me. I hate this. Which is why do not own a car.
Drove 1/2 tons for a while, but for work and play, full size were a better fit. Haul better, tow better, more room and can be made as capable offroad.

Had a jeep for a long time(CJ-7) left it on a lot in 1990, regretted that choice every day.
Wanted another one, but don't really like the four doors, and am now a "truck" guy.
When i saw the JT, i new what i was going to get one. Once i heard about the diesel, i was all in. Had hoped for more of a Scrambler type, but feel the Gladiator is close enough.

Not crapping on the Tacos, or Tundra, but you either get the "Jeep thing" or you don't. Three good friends have Tacos, all are solid, one has a fair amount of mods and performs well offroad. Never would i have bought a little truck if not for the Gladiator.

Mine hauls recovery gear and a light camping setup, and has pulled our off-road trailer well. But i don't expect it to act like a 1 ton diesel full size. It's a jeep first and foremost. It just has the perk of a small bed, and can tow a bit.
I fit in the Gladiator, it has more of a truck interior to me. The Taco feels like a car.
Both have a solid reputation.
Not really a tough choice imo, which fits better and ticks off the right boxes.
Wife was skeptical, until the top panels came off this spring, once the top and doors come off, i'm betting her car gets traded in on a jeep for her as well.
Good luck with your choice, can't go wrong either way.
 

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My Tacoma just got totaled and I'm thinking about switching to a gladiator. I went with the Tacoma originally over the Gladiator because it was about 10 grand cheaper. Anybody went from a Tacoma to a gladiator? Glad you did it or regret it?
I had a 2015 Tacoma TRD Off Road, liked it never loved it, the frame was rusting badly and Toyota only wanted to paint it. I replaced it with a 2021 GMC Sierra Elevation package with a 5.3 V8 but I also have a 2020 Gladiator S. I like the Gladiator far better than the Tacoma. The Gladiator gets superior highway mpg and they are even, for city mpg. The bed size is comparable but I give the edge to the Gladiator because it is deeper and with a tonneau cover that is important. The back seat in the Gladiator has more room the seats are equally uncomfortable. Off road the Gladiator wins again for obvious reasons. My Tacoma said "off-road" but I really don't understand why. The only plus I give to the Tacoma is the interior noise levels, it is notably quieter.
This is the Gladiator sire so I will not expound about the Sierra being light years better than the Tacoma.
 

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Agreed, vehicles today are miles ahead in reliability compared to years gone by, but if we review empirical data, Toyota probably has the edge. Although, they and Honda did get caught covering up warranty claims a few years back. However, it’s probably a game they all play.
Nobody plays the warranty claim game like Honda. I have had 4 Hondas, the 82 Accord was great, the 87 was not, the 1999 Odyssey dropped the tranny at 15 k and the 2006 Pilot knew its way to the dealer. Never again.

 

 
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