2020 Jeep Gladiator
Features & Specs
2020 Ford Ranger
285
Max Engine Power Output (hp)
270
442
Max Powertrain Torque Rating (lb-ft)
310
7,650
Maximum Tow Capacity (lbs)
7,500
11.6
Ground Clearance (in)
8.9

A look at both the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Ford Ranger to decide which stands as the better pick.

The mid-size pickup truck is a solid working vehicle that is meant to be able to handle difficult jobs and tasks. Looking at the modern line-up of 2020 pickup trucks, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2020 Ford Ranger stick out as solid options that have top-rated capabilities and performance ratings. In this review, we'll check out each truck and highlight some of the notable features to help decide which one is the better purchase overall.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Power & Handling

Jeep has a strong history of placing strong V6 powertrains in their SUV models, and there is no surprise that the 2020 Gladiator truck includes the same. Coming in standard with each trim model of the Gladiator is an award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine that can push out upwards of 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. This engine comes with the choice of a 4x2 or 4x4 configuration as well as either a 6-speed manual transmission (standard) and 8-speed automatic transmission (optional). If you are looking for some extra torque potential with the Gladiator, Jeep offers a 3.0-liter EcoDeisel V6 engine that produces an improved 442 lb-ft of torque. The Gladiator is equipped for unrivaled performance in its class with a strong towing capacity of over 7,500 pounds and strong off-road capability.

2020 Ford Ranger Power & Handling

Ford looks to outfit the Ranger with a solid powertrain in order to be able to perform while out on the job. In order to do this, Ford has optimized the supporting powertrain systems around a single engine option, the 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4. This engine is decent for only four-cylinders, offering 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That being said, the performance doesn't quite hold up when compared to Jeep's engine options, being outclassed in both power and torque settings depending on the engine chosen with the Gladiator. With only a single four-cylinder engine option, this limits the Ranger's flexibility compared to the Gladiator, not matching the off-road capability that we see Jeep bring to the table.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Features & Design

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator comes outfitted in one of four different trim models, each with its own set of features that help tune the Gladiator to your needs. The driving experience with the Gladiator is very comfortable, with features offered such as dual-zone automatic climate control, premium interior upholstery sets, a convenient Uconnect infotainment system on a touchscreen display, and much more. The Gladiator also comes out of the gate with each of its models (including the stock) having a solid off-road capability, with 32-inch all-terrain tires offered and other features such as underbody skid plates, tow hooks on the front and rear of the truck, and a full-metal exterior chassis that includes the doors and truck bed. If you are looking to accomplish the most extreme tasks off-road, the Rubicon further adds on features to enhance the capabilities of the Gladiator, including a tuned suspension, a front and rear locking differential, additional underbody skid plates, and a Rock-Trac transfer case.

2020 Ford Ranger Features & Design

The 2020 Ford Ranger is a classic Ford truck model that works in a solid pack of features and models for on-road activity. The base Ranger XL trim model works in a set of features that we see built upon in higher trim models; The XL trim does have a nice starting kit, with features such as underbody skid plates, automatic headlights, tow hooks, and manual air conditioning, but misses out on some of the finer amenities we see with the Gladiator. The higher trim models do work in a depth of comfort and convenience similar to the Gladiator, but only specialize the Ranger for on-road capability without offering an intense level of off-road capability we see with the Gladiator.

Conclusion:

Looking at these two trucks, the winner in this matchup between them definitely has to be the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. We see the Gladiator's potential on and off the road unrivaled, with features that Jeep has incorporated to make sure the Gladiator tops the performance ratings in tough to work environments. The feature selection with the Gladiator outfits it both as a capable work vehicle as well as a comfortable drive while both on and off the road. Interested in learning more about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator? Come by our dealership here in Cuero, TX and check out one of our many models on site! Call or visit us today!


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