Video: Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs. the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon – Which Midsize Off-Roader Is Best for You?

You may be surprised to hear how much these trucks cost.

We show you the differences between the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs. the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

When you pit the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs. the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, against each other off-road, the contrast is clear. On the other hand, they both compete in the same market and both vehicles have a lot in common.

Both trucks come with a six-speed manual transmission option. They are the only midsize trucks that will offer this option now that Nissan dropped it from their future Frontier. On top of that, both offer beefy V6 engines. In the future, Jeep will offer a diesel, but it’s not available yet.

Yes, we are using our modified Jeep Gladiator in this video, but we’re only using it for a visual. All of the numbers and components discussed are based on the factory-based vehicle.

This is how they stack up on paper:

Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4×4 Double Cab

  • 278 horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 that makes 265 lb-ft of torque. It’s hooked up to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Maximum horsepower is up at 6,000 rpm and maximum torque comes in at 4,600 rpm.
  • A 178 hp 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine is available, but in only a few trim-levels.
  • It can to a maximum of 6,400-lbs and haul a maximum of 1,155-lbs.
  • The Tacoma has a 21.1 gallon gas tank and it is rated at 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
  • Toyota sells about a quarter million of these trucks in the U.S. every year.
  • As tested price to this TRD Pro is: $49,500.

Jeep Gladiator Rubicon

  • The Gladiator has 285 hp, 3.6-liter V6 that makes 260 lb-ft of torque. It’s offered with a six speed manual, or an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • A 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 will be available soon.
  • Maximum horsepower comes in at 6,400 rpm and maximum torque comes in at 4,400 rpm.
  • With this trim level, maximum towing is 7,000 lbs and it can haul a total of 1,200 lbs.
  • The Gladiator comes with a 22-gallon fuel tank and it gets 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway.
  • Both trucks have a five foot bed.
  • As tested price for this Rubicon is $55,000.

That’s about where the main similarities end.

The tires, suspension, wheelbase, curb weights, interiors, axles, body components and overall driving characteristics of these two trucks are completely different. Watch as Tommy and Andre discuss the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro vs. the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.