The Toyota Tacoma is one of the best pickup trucks in the mid-size pickup truck segment thanks to its successful evolution for over two decades. Thanks to its renowned reliability coupled with potent performance and intuitive feature offerings, the Tacoma is a well-rounded mid-size truck. However, in a market dominated by big vehicle segments, competition is ripe, and the Tacoma goes against another potent truck - the 2021 Jeep Gladiator. In this article, we are going to see what makes Tacoma better than the Gladiator.
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma is available in eight trims, namely SR, SR5, TRD Sport, Trail Edition, TRD Off-Road, Limited, Nightshade, and TRD Pro. For the 2021 model year, Toyota has added Trail and Nightshade special edition packages. The Trail Edition package is off-road themed, and the Nightshade Edition package blacks out Tacoma. Planning to add the 2021 Tacoma to your garage? Contact us to experience the 2021 Toyota Tacoma in person.
2021 Toyota Tacoma
2021 Jeep Gladiator
|2.7-liter Inline-Four Cylinder
|159 hp / 180 ft-lbs.
||285 hp / 260 ft-lbs.|
||Curb Weight (Pounds)
||Towing Capacity (Pounds)
|1,685 lbs.||Payload Capacity (Pounds)
The Jeep Gladiator is more powerful than the Toyota Tacoma when looking at the specifications mentioned in the table above. However, the Toyota Tacoma achieves a higher payload capacity as well as a competitive towing capacity even with half of the power output. Not to forget, the Toyota also offers an additional 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produces 278 horsepower and 265 foot-pounds of torque, for the Tacoma. These options give flexibility for customers to decide based on their requirements. Also, the six-speed automatic transmission equipped in Tacoma is a lot more refined. Tacoma’s curb weight is also significantly lesser than the Jeep Gladiator which results in better performance.
Talking about features, the Toyota Tacoma offers an array of standard features across all its trims, compared to the Jeep Gladiator. Features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard across all trims of the Tacoma trims, whereas they are offered as standard features only on the higher trims of the Gladiator. Other features like Wi-Fi Hotspot, seven-inch touchscreen display, six-speaker sound system, three USB ports, Bluetooth connectivity, Voice Recognition, and Smart Device Integration are also standard on all the Tacoma trims.
When it comes to exterior configuration, the 2021 Tacoma can be configured either with a Double Cab or Access Cab. On the other hand, the Gladiator only offers Crew Cab configuration.
The 2021 Tacoma comes with a host of safety features such as Star Safety System, Toyota Safety Sense™ system, Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS), Engine immobilizer, and ToyotaCare system, to name some of them.