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2021 Jeep Gladiator vs 2021 Toyota Tacoma

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Available with up to five seats, the 2021 Jeep Gladiator competes against the 2021 Toyota Tacoma in the midsize segment. Both light-duty pickup trucks offer several 4×4 drive systems, but the Trail Rated Gladiator has better capabilities on rough trails.

2021 Jeep Gladiator

$33,715 – $51,915*

16/23 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)




Horsepower, 3.6-Liter V-6 Engine

2021 Toyota Tacoma

$26,400 – $47,030

20/23 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)




Horsepower, 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder Engine

Off-Road Performance Features

Off-Road Performance

Engineered to create equal distributions between the 2021 Jeep Gladiator’s front and rear wheels, the Command-Trac 4WD system has entry-level status. You may shift this patented drivetrain into a 2.72:1 ratio when cruising slower than 45 MPH. Fine-tuned for enhanced off-road performance, the Selec-Trac 4WD system instantly diverts torque to wheels that slip or skid. The Smart Lock technology keeps this drivetrain operating on a full-time mode as needed. Additionally, this light-duty Jeep pickup truck flaunts the Rock-Trac 4WD system that’s tailored for tackling steep terrains. Capable of attaining an 84:1 crawl ratio, this drivetrain is ideal for exploring mountains and hills. Made of tough steel, wheel-to-wheel rock rails allow this versatile Jeep model to slide over rocks and boulders. If you need better articulation on uneven landscapes, simply disconnect the front sway bar. With a flip of a switch, you could also control the Tru-Lok differentials. Likewise, the Off-Road+ button optimizes a handful of mechanical parameters for off-road maneuvering. Despite having the Multi-Terrain Select and Crawl Control, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma doesn’t match this Jeep pickup truck’s legendary Trail Rated attributes. Nevertheless, both light-duty models offer skid plates that shield critical components.

Performance Features

Engine Power

Originally patented by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, a V-6 engine block from the Pentastar line is available for the 2021 Jeep Gladiator. Stellantis North America enthusiastically adopts this signature 3.6-L engine that whips out 285 net horsepower. Enhanced by multiple fuel-saving technologies, this gasoline-burning engine spits out 260 lb-ft. This highly acclaimed, six-cylinder powertrain has a towing limit of 7,650 pounds. Using the Atkinson cycle to burn gasoline, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma’s 3.5-L V-6 engine has output limits of 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. Standard on the SR base trim, the 2.7-L I-4 engine is significantly weaker. Even when properly optimized, this Toyota pickup truck has a maximum towing rating of only 6,800 pounds. Additionally, a 1,440-pound payload rating is earned by this 2021 Tacoma. When powered by the Pentastar engine, the Jeep pickup truck beats this payload rating by up to 260 total pounds. You can buy the 2021 Jeep Gladiator with a diesel-burning engine that displaces 3.0 liters. Wearing the exclusive EcoDiesel emblem, the turbo powerhouse bursts out 442 lb-ft of torque. Creating a 3.73:1 axle ratio, the diesel engine delivers a class-leading fuel economy of up to 28 MPG on the highway.

Utility Features

Utility Features

Painted in red or orange, two front tow hooks are available on the 2021 Jeep Gladiator. All trims also have at least one rear tow hook for easy connections. Thanks to the zipperless soft-top or modular hardtop, this light-duty Jeep truck offers pleasant views of the surrounding environment. Unfortunately, the 2021 Toyota Tacoma doesn’t offer removable roofs or doors. This Toyota model also doesn’t have anything to match the Gladiator’s three-position tailgate or the Mopar Utility Grid System.

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Jacky Jones Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram offers a large selection of 2021 Jeep Gladiator models for lease and sale. Contact our dealership for details on this Trail Rated pickup truck.

*MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.