2020 Jeep GladiatorFeatures & Specs2020 Ford Ranger
285 horsepowerEngine Power270 horsepower
3.6-literEngine Displacement2.3-liter
Four-wheel-driveDrivetrainRear-wheel-drive
10.0 in.Ground Clearance8.4 in.

2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2020 Ford Ranger

If you're in the market for an off-roading pickup truck, there are plenty of excellent choices out there, including the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and the 2020 Ford Ranger. Both models offer best-in-class features, but only one is truly best-in-class. We're breaking down these two models to find the pickup truck that provides the best utility and capability. On the left, the off-road-ready Jeep Gladiator, and on the right, is the Ford Ranger. Which pickup truck is best? Read on and find out!

2020 Jeep Gladiator Power & Handling

The Gladiator comes with a 5-link coils suspension system in the front and back with dampers working hard for a smooth ride on the pavement without a ton of vibration on the highway. The lower trims come with 32-inch Bridgestone tires while the off-roading Rubicon comes with 33-inch all-terrain. These tires, paired with the available low-end torque and longer wheelbase, means the Gladiator can make easy work of any obstacle. The Gladiator offers one engine, a 3.6-liter V6 engine mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an 8-speed automatic. This engine puts out an impressive 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. Later in the model year, Jeep plans to release a 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 that puts out 260 horsepower and 442-lb-ft of torque. Jeep also offers a Command-Trac 4x5 system, which is standard on the lower-trim models. It features a 2-speed transfer case with heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear axles. The Rubicon comes with the Rock-Trac 4x4 system, which includes the Danna 44 axles and adds an electronic sway-bar disconnect and locking differentials. The Gladiator offers a fun off-road vehicle with a work-truck design. Jeep is also releasing a Mojave model for the Gladiator, which is designed to withstand the high heats and rugged conditions of the desert.

2020 Ford Ranger Power & Handling

The Ford Ranger comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine which pumps out 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It's mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Ranger has a suspension that is designed for work-truck duty, but it is far stiffer than its competitors, which takes some getting used to. Unlike other pickup trucks, there is only one transmission and one engine option, which includes stop/start technology. Unlike the Gladiator, the Ranger's off-road capability is only available as part of two available packages that come at an additional cost. The FX4 package is only available on all-wheel-drive models and adds off-road suspension, skid plates, a terrain management system, and an electronic rear differential. The FX2 package is available for rear-wheel-drive models and adds off-road wheels/tires, and off-road instrument cluster, skid plates, and an electronic locking rear differential.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Features & Design

The Gladiator looks and feels like the Wrangler with the added addition of work-truck power. The base model comes with a Sunrider folding soft-top with sunroof, 17-inch steel wheels, in-bed cargo lighting, and black one-piece fender flares. 12-inch alloy wheels tinted windows, and automatic headlights are available for the Sport S model. The Overland model comes with heated side mirrors, 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, an available hardtop option, and side steps. The off-road Rubicon has rock rails, 2-piece high-clearance fender flares, 18-inch Falken Wildpeak all-season tires, and premium cloth seats. Trailer-sway control, push-button start, and a 5-inch display are also standard features. The Gladiator has a total of 218 inches in length with plenty of legroom for rear passengers.

2020 Ford Ranger Features & Design

The Ford Ranger has tight rear quarters and small upright seats that don't provide a lot of legroom for your passengers. There are two cab configurations, the SuperCab with a pair of rear-hinged half doors or the SuperCrew with standard rear doors. The Ranger features 210.8 inches of length with either a 6-foot or 5-foot bed. There are three trims available, including the standard XL with features such as 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights, and a 4-speaker AM/FM unit attached to a small 3.5-inch screen. The mid-level XLT has 17-inch wheels, a larger 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 4G Wi-Fi, and parking sensors. The Lariat adds heated front seats, LED headlights, and can be optioned with navigation.

Conclusion:

We have to give it up to the 2020 Jeep Gladiator! The Gladiator offers a standard off-road capability that the Ranger can't match. The Jeep Gladiator comes with a variety of features that make it one of the most capable pickups on the market, including the new Mojave model, which adds the capability of driving through even rugged desert conditions. The Gladiator also has a longer body with more room for your passengers. The Gladiator also comes with more off-road-ready features, and the standard features are more high-quality than the Ranger. Want to learn more about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator? Check out our full review, then come down to the dealership and take this incredible pickup truck out for a test drive today!

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