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2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Chevy Colorado – Colorado Springs, CO

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  • 2020 Jeep Gladiator

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    2019 Chevy Colorado

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    1,600 LBSMaximum Payload1,574 LBS
    Yes4WD StandardNo
    YesManual Transmission AvailableNo

    With Jeep shaking the pickup world apart as it rolls out the 2020 Gladiator, it can be helpful to look at how this impressive new truck compares to its competitors. For example, consider the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Chevy Colorado – these are both mid-size pickups designed for a wide range of potential drivers. While the Colorado is certainly a worthy vehicle, as you start to look at the two trucks together, it becomes clear that the Gladiator is miles ahead in terms of features and design.

    These are both mid-size pickups, not heavy-duty vehicles, but the towing and payload capacity on them is still important since you want a truck that can get a lot of work done. When it comes to non-diesel engines, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is superior with far greater towing capacity and better maximum payload too. That means that when you need to haul a lot of weight behind you – whether it be a trailer full of lumber or a camper packed up for a week of camping – the Gladiator is simply a better option without the need for a diesel engine.

    As a Jeep, the 2020 Gladiator is the perfect pickup truck to take off-road. While the 2019 Chevy Colorado has some decent off-road capabilities, it cannot ultimately compare to what the Gladiator can handle when it comes to trails and deviating from paved roads. Although the Colorado has more options to choose from in terms of cab size and box length, the Jeep Gladiator offers something no other pickup does: a convertible cab that can be opened to the outdoors.

  • Performance

    A red 2020 Jeep Gladiator is driving along a road with blurred pines in the distance near Colorado Springs, CO.

    While a mid-size pickup truck is never going to compete with a heavy-duty model for pure power and towing capacity, these things are still important. After all, you want to be sure that your truck can haul whatever you need either behind you or loaded up in the bed. Horsepower and torque matter, but more important still are the actual numbers that indicate just how much weight these trucks can manage.

    The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has a single engine available, a 3.6L Pentastar V6 that provides up to 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. While additional engine options might be nice, if one engine is good enough to get the job done, then why mess about with more options? With this engine, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator can pull up to 7,650 lbs behind it and has a maximum payload of up to 1,600 lbs.

    By comparison, the 2019 Chevy Colorado has more engine options but ultimately falls short when comparing non-diesel engines. The standard engine in the Colorado is a 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that provides up to 200 hp and 191 lb-ft of torque with a maximum towing capability of up to 3,500 lbs. That is pretty weak, but fortunately there is an available 3.6L DOHC V6 engine that provides up to 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque – more power than the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. However, this more powerful engine only offers up to 7,700 lbs of towing capacity with is only 50 lbs more than the Gladiator.

    It is worth noting that the 2019 Chevy Colorado also has an available Duramax 2.8L Turbo-Diesel engine that provides up to 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. With this more powerful engine, the Colorado can pull up to 7,700 lbs. behind it. So it is true that the Colorado has a higher maximum towing capacity, but you have to choose a diesel engine for just 50 lbs. of additional weight. The maximum payload for the Colorado falls a bit short at 1,574 lbs and that is with a 2WD crew cab and the 3.6L V6 engine.

  • Off-Road Capability

    A grey 2020 Jeep Gladiator, which wins when comparing the 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Chevy Colorado for off-road capability, is driving down a hill on a trail in the desert.

    If you are looking at a Jeep, then you are probably interested in going off-road, and the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is clearly designed with some serious trail tackling in mind. The Gladiator is the only trail-rated pickup on the road, which means it has passed Jeep’s strenuous and intense testing process to show it can handle the most difficult trails out there. No other pickup, mid-size or otherwise, can say that.

    You get more than 11 inches of ground clearance with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and it includes heavy-duty Dana 44 front and rear solid axles, plus high-strength steel skid plates to protect the fuel tank, transfer case, and other parts of the undercarriage while tackling brutal trails. In case that is not enough – the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is designed with high air intakes and special water sealing in the engine, which allows it to ford water up to 30 inches deep.

    By comparison, if you are interested in off-roading then consider the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2, which is the trim level from Chevy specifically designed for going off-road. The ZR2 is a pretty solid off-roading pickup truck with features like Multimac shocks and front/rear locking differentials. It has greater ground clearance than standard Colorado models and includes skid plates to protect the undercarriage against damage while going off-road.

    One thing to note, however, is that the maximum towing capacity for the 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 is 5,000 lbs and that is with the available 2.8L diesel engine. This means that going with an off-road designed Colorado trim sacrifices towing capacity, far short of what the 2020 Jeep Gladiator can do while it still is able to tow a couple thousand more pounds behind it. Every Jeep Gladiator is designed to go off-road; for the Chevy Colorado, that is just not the case.

  • Design

    Two configurations for the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, in red and grey, are shown from above in a dirt area near Colorado Springs, CO.

    The most impressive aspect of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is, arguably, the fact that it combines the strength and power of a pickup truck with the soul of a Jeep Wrangler. This is a truck for Jeep-lovers and a Jeep for truck-lovers that offers the ultimate “peanut butter in my chocolate” experience for drivers on the road. Nowhere is this more evident than in the overall design and configuration of the 2020 Jeep Gladiator itself.

    While some people might complain about a lack of cab and bed options, ultimately the Jeep design here really trumps the need for more options. For one thing, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator is only available as a 4x4 with a crew cab and a standard bed length. If you never have any passengers in your truck, then this might not be great for you – but anyone who often has coworkers, friends, and family pile into their truck will appreciate the size of this crew cab. It is incredibly spacious in the back seat, giving your passengers a lot of room and making sure everyone is comfortable.

    The very best moment in the 2020 Jeep Gladiator, however, comes when you hit a trail or head off-road and open up the cab. You can quickly open up the soft top of the cabin to let air and sunlight inside, and the lightweight doors are easy to remove so you can feel the breeze come through and enjoy the occasional splash as you navigate a stream. The convertible, open nature of the Jeep Gladiator’s cab is truly unique and makes for an experience no other truck can offer.

    On the other hand, the 2019 Chevy Colorado is a conventional pickup truck that does not have a removable roof or doors. You cannot open it up to the breeze or really feel the tickle of mist through a trail passage. To be fair, the 2019 Chevy Colorado does offer more configurations for the cab size and the bed.

    You can choose a Colorado with an extended cab and a long box, or you can pick one that has a crew cab, which gives you the option of either a short box or a long box behind it. This is a nice bit of customization that is certainly important to some truck-drivers. If you know you do not need a crew cab and you want a longer box, then the Colorado has you covered in a way that the 2020 Jeep Gladiator does not. You simply give up the freedom to open up the cab in a way that no other truck can.

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