Manufacturers keep investing in the mid-size truck market, and these dollars are making a hot segment even hotter. Mid-size trucks are popular, and the Jeep Gladiator — introduced just last year — has fired up serious rivalries with others in the class, including the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevrolet Colorado.
Introduced in 2015, the second and current generation of the Colorado brought the first diesel engine to the segment. Now, Jeep is launching a rival, the 2021 Gladiator EcoDiesel. These small trucks don’t offer the size, power, and capability of full-size turbo-diesel trucks from Chevy and Ram, but they’re ready to work hard and play even harder. Plus, they generally cost less, are more fuel-efficient, and are easier to park. But which is best? Let’s examine the 2021 Jeep Gladiator EcoDiesel and 2020 Chevy Colorado diesel in key areas and decide.