What if instead of being an SUV, the Jeep Wrangler were a pickup truck? Instead of an enclosed cargo hold, you get a 5-foot-long pickup bed sticking off the end of a Wrangler body. It’s called the Jeep Gladiator, and it has quickly become a force in the mid-size pickup class. It looks like no other pickup, its unique features include a convertible roof and removable doors, and has the promise of Jeep’s storied off-road capability. And like the Wrangler, it gets expensive in a hurry.
Is the 2021 Jeep Gladiator merely a flashy, pricey toy? Or can it successfully challenge the best-selling pickup in its class: the 2021 Toyota Tacoma? Read on to learn how these two trucks stack up in a variety of ways, and which one is our top pick overall.