Mid-Size Mania: 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Chevy Colorado – Colorado Springs, CO
If you’re in the market for a mid-size truck, join the crowd. It seems that consumers have woken up and realized all of the advantages a mid-size pickup truck offers. There’s a lot to love about a vehicle that can tow, store loads of material in its open bed, seat five or six, and still get over 20 miles per gallon on the highway. Just as an SUV is more well-rounded than a comparable sedan, a mid-size truck is perhaps more suited to everyday life than their full-size brethren. If you’re in the market for a new mid-size truck, there’s a good chance your final choice will come down to the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Chevy Colorado.
We almost had an automotive extinction seven years ago. It seems impossible now for an entire vehicle class to leave the market, but in 2012 almost all mid-size trucks disappeared. The Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, GMC Canyon, and Chevy Colorado all left the market, leaving the domestic market bare. If not for the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, there would have been no mid-size pickups for sale. While we’re still waiting for a new “baby” Ram to replace the Dakota, the market is nearly at full strength once again. The two GM products were only gone for two years, and the Ranger is back for 2019 as well. The most fanfare has been reserved for the Jeep Gladiator. Quirky Jeep trucks of the past, like the perfectly-named Scrambler, have become cult favorites in the Jeep community. With Wranglers flying off the shelves and consumer enthusiasm for mid-size pickups renewed, now is simply the perfect time for the Gladiator to enter the market.
The Jeep Gladiator debuted in 2019 as a 2020 model. Although Jeep doesn’t offer the same extended truck lineage as GM or Ford, the Gladiator can lean on the history of the Wrangler. Many will debate the original SUV, but the most obvious founder of the vehicle class is the Willy’s Jeep. The Gladiator looks to tap into the spirit of these early vehicles.
The Gladiator currently comes in one configuration, a crew cab with a five-foot bed. This configuration can be paired with four different trim levels: Sport, Sport S, Overland, and Rubicon. These trucks are just hitting dealer lots, so sales data is basically non-existent. If there’s data to extrapolate future success from, the Wrangler would be the place to look. Jeep sold an incredible 250,000 Wranglers in 2018.
The 2004 Chevy Colorado premiered in 2003 as a descendant of the Chevy S-10. Every year, the Chevy Colorado is more powerful, more advanced, and more unique than the one before making this truck a favorite among truck enthusiasts.
Like many trucks in its class, you can find many different bed configurations. For the 2019 Chevy Colorado you can opt for an extended cab, long box with a box length of 74 inches, a crew cab, short box with a box length of 61.7 inches, and a crew cab, long box with a box length of 74 inches. Additionally, if you opt for the Colorado you will have the choice of five different trims: Base, WT, LT, Z71, and ZR2.
In 2011, we saw an end to the Ranger and Dakota but this made the Chevy Colorado and the GMC Canyon the only domestic trucks available to consumers. Used domestic trucks were and still are on the market, but no new models were being produced. In 2014, the Colorado was redesigned and praised by critics allowing for the model to take home several awards in 2015 and 2016 from Motor Trend for Truck of the Year. Every year since 2014, Chevy sells over 100,000 Colorados, and in 2018 the brand sold over 165,000.
For the time being, the Gladiator comes with one engine – 4.6-liter V6 good for 285 horsepower. It can be paired with a six-speed manual, a classic Wrangler feature, or an eight-speed automatic. This debut engine aims towards the high-end of the class and it wouldn’t be a surprise to eventually see a 4-cylinder mill added to the option list. The Gladiator will tow 7,650 pounds, the best-in-class for gas powered vehicles. The payload, at 1,600 pounds, is also best in class.
Chevy gives Colorado buyers a choice in three engines including a 2.5L 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower, a 3.6L V6 with 308 horsepower, and 2.8L Duramax turbo-diesel with 181 horsepower. If you want great towing capacity, you will have to opt for the 2.8L diesel engine. It can tow up to 7,700 LBS which is a considerable amount for a mid-size truck. However, the 2.5L engine can only two 3,500 LBS. You’ll have to spend a considerable amount of money to get that towing capacity when the Gladiator can tow 7,650 LBS with its one engine.
The Colorado may offer more options, but the Wrangler offers the best engine. Colorado owners have to choose between diesel towing power that really only gives you an additional 50 LBS towing capacity over the gladiator or the quicker V6 with very limited towing capacity.
One of the biggest advantages of a mid-size truck is the improved fuel economy over a full-size truck. The Gladiator and Colorado won’t be competing with compact sedans anytime soon, but their drivers also won’t be spending a fortune on every fill-up. The Gladiator’s V6 has an estimated 17 mpg city and 22 mpg highway for a combined rating of 19 miles per gallon. The 4-cylinder Colorado slides into the same range with a 20 city/16 highway split. The Duramax turbo-diesel wins the day with a sedan-like 22 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. It should be noted that the V6 Colorado hits nearly the same totals as the Gladiator: 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway to hit 19 mpg combined. If you’re sold on the diesel option, go for the Colorado. Otherwise, the Gladiator takes the cake.
Price and Warranty
When it comes to pricing, the Colorado has a built-in advantage – the extended cab model. A barebone extended cab Colorado comes in at $22,395. This is a full $11,000 less than a Sport Gladiator ($33,545). Customers unable to afford a Gladiator at this price should get relief in a couple of years as the truck adds more trims and body types; there have been rumors of a two-door Gladiator with a long bed. At the other end of the spectrum, a Colorado ZR2 Bison totals up to a tidy $53,595. The starting MSRP for a Gladiator Rubicon is $43,545. While the Colorado is obviously cheaper, the Gladiator does have a trump card up its sleeve. No other vehicle on the market offers a truck bed, a removable top, removable doors, and a fold-down windshield. The Gladiator offers all of the functionality of a truck with the fun of a dune buggy. It’s nearly impossible to put a price tag on that freedom.
The Faricy Difference
Faricy Brothers is the premier Jeep Dealerships in Colorado Springs, CO. When the Gladiator hits dealerships this spring, you can be sure that we’ll have a robust selection of this amazing new truck. At Faricy, we are Jeep enthusiasts. We want to talk shop, help you through the buying process, and to make sure you are satisfied once you drive off the lot. We cannot wait to get you into the driver’s seat of a brand new 2020 Gladiator. We can help you with everything from financing to purchasing to buying your new Jeep. Even more exciting is our off-road test track. What better way to test out a new Gladiator?