2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Toyota 4Runner: which is the bug-out vehicle for you?

12/31/2019

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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When it comes to off-road trips or safety purposes in general, let's talk about 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Toyota 4Runner. See our side-by-side comparison of the two models below!

When you talk about the best bug-out vehicles, maybe for safety purposes, crossing floods or conveying family in social outings, we have the top waves like the 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Toyota 4Runner dashing into the conversation. The former is a rugged all-steel compact pick-up while the latter is a midsize SUV.

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Bug war! Between the Toyota 4runner and the Jeep Gladiator, which bug do you dig most?

It’s not shocking how they are both compared to each other all the time. Each brand of these vehicles has its unique overland functions, built to confront less trodden paths without dissatisfying its consumer in comfort and drivability. Thinking of parking one on your driveway? Let’s take a brief look at which one bugs you out the most.

1. Overview of 2020 Jeep Gladiator

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is a rugged all-steel midsize convertible pick-up manufactured by the Jeep division of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, US. The Gladiator was the basis for the first post-war United States Army trucks designed for civilian use and adapted to military use. The 2020 Gladiator comes in two main variants, the Overland, and the Rubicon. The main difference is that the Rubicon is a convertible, and packs a smaller unch in towing ability.

The Gladiator shares the same platform with the Wrangler JL (fourth generation), which has been Jeep’s first pickup truck since the Comanche was discontinued in 1992. This vehicle was introduced at the LA Auto Show on November 28, 2018.

>>> Read more about the 2020 Jeep Gladiator here: 2020 Jeep Gladiator – One of the most anticipated pickup trucks

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Jeep Gladiator comes in two distinct variants, Rubicon and Overland

2. Overview of 2019 Toyota 4Runner

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner belongs to the fifth-generation of Toyota 4Runners which is a compact or mid-size sport utility vehicle produced by Japanese manufacturer – Toyota.

The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is a rebranded version from the original Toyota 4Runner which was a pickup truck with a fiberglass shell over the bed, having experienced noteworthy independent growth into a cross between a compact and a midsize SUV. The 2019 Toyota 4Runner is equipped for rock-crawling, dirt cruising, etc, just like the Jeep Gladiator. It is also noted for being a rugged, safe car as this family found out with gratitude.

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Toyota 4runner is an old favorite in Nigeria

3. Comparing 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Toyota 4Runner

3.1. Exterior style

In comparing these two, let’s look at some key external features thus:

Category

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Toyota 4Runner

Dimensions:

Length

Width

Height

Wheelbase

Passenger volume

Curb weight

 

218.0in

73.8in

73.1in

137.3in

104 cu ft

4812 lb

 

191.3in

75.8in

71.5in

109.8in

96 cu ft

4796 lb

Vehicle type  

Front-engine,

rear/4-wheel-drive

5-passenger and 4-door pickup

Front-engine,

Rear/4-wheel-drive,

5-passenger and 4-door hatchback

So, this duo shares nearly the same type features except for the fact that the 4Runner is a hatchback of sorts. Taking a close look at their dimensions, the Jeep Gladiator looks longer than the Toyota 4Runer; the Jeep Gladiator also, is not all that wide like the 4Runner but comes with higher dimensions in other features like height, wheelbase, passenger volume and curb weight.

3.2. Interior design

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator and 2019 Toyota 4Runner share few resemblances on the interior, having the same seat capacity. The Jeep Gladiator has a slightly better passenger space of 104 cubic feet in the first and second rows of seats as opposed to the 4Runner’s 96 cubic feet, yet with a cabin that makes it look more of a compact midsize SUV.

Also, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner comes with a 6.1inch center touchscreen interface more familiar to any SUV driver with automatically arranged controls while the 2020 Jeep Gladiator has an 8.4inch Uconnect touchscreen interface, having the go-ahead for resources and electronics from Fiat Chrysler.

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The Jeep Gladiator and Toyota 4runner both seat 5 persons

 

Talking of power channels and connectivity choices; both vehicles have them in abundance e.g. Bluetooth, Android Auto, and Apple Carplay, but with the Jeep Gladiator having a lot more and newer designs of these features that other trucks don’t.

Choosing the 2019 Toyota 4Runner’s third-row seat gives you 9 cubic feet of space behind with a squared-off cargo hold making it easy to haul large or bulky items with a hatch opening for big, wide and enhanced utilities, whereas the Jeep Gladiator has a 5-foot bed with adjustable tie-downs, an in-bed power outlet, three-stage tailgate that you can lock to a half-way down position.

>>> Suggested for you: Comparison review 2019 Mercedes Benz C300 vs 2019 BMW 3 series (330i)

3.3. Safety features

Let us look at the safety features of these cars.

Features of 2020 Jeep Gladiator:

  • Comes with a blind-spot monitor w/cross-traffic alert that warns the driver of other cars approaching out of the driver’s view while reversing;
  • Has red parking sensors that give audio alerts when approaching objects from the rear, that in turn helps to minimize low-speed bumps in parking scenarios.
  • It also comes with collision warning plus that alerts the driver about an imminent forward collision which can apply the brakes automatically if the driver takes no action in time.

Features of 2019 Toyota 4Runner:

  • It has a smart stop sensor that reduces engine power when the brake and gas pedals are applied at the same time.
  • Has a downhill assist control that advances maneuvering controls during descent on steep/ slippery surfaces;
  • Comes with a brake assist that applies improved brake pressure when it senses a panic-braking situation.

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Both of these cars do not bear a close similarity in interior features but are nonetheless quite adequate 

3.4. Engine and performance specs

Regarding performance and fuel economy, here’s an overview of their engines and specs:

Category

2020 Jeep Gladiator

2019 Toyota 4Runner

Engine

3.6-liter, 24-valve, V-6 with 285 horsepower

4.0-liter, 24-valve, V6 that puts out 270 horsepower

Transmission

Standard six-speed manual; available eight-speed automatic

Five-speed automatic transmission with manual shifting mode

Fuel economy

17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway

17 mpg city and 20 mpg on the highway

Speaking engine and performance specs, the 2019 Toyota 4Runner’s runs on a slightly higher engine than the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. The Gladiator’s transmission and fuel consumption are slightly higher than that of the 4Runner, giving the latter the edge in fuel economy.

3.5. Pricing

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator is priced from ₦12.6 million to ₦16.2 million while the 2019 Toyota Runner cost a bit higher, from ₦12.9 million to 17 million.

You can check the table below for detailed pricing of each trim. Please note that these are suggested retail prices that exclude delivery fees and custom clearing cost.

Pricing comparison of 2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Toyota 4Runner  
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport model Price 2019 Toyota 4Runner model Price
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport ₦12.6 million 2019 Toyota 4Runner SR5 ₦12.9 million
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport S ₦13.8 million 2019 Toyota 4Runner Premium ₦13.6 million
2020 Jeep Gladiator Sport Overland ₦15 million 2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Off-Road ₦14 million
2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon ₦16.2 million 2019 Toyota 4Runner Limited ₦15.9 million
    2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro ₦17 million

>>> Check out the Toyota 4-Runner for sale in Nigeria.

Apart from cargo arrangements which really differentiates the 2020 Jeep Gladiator from the 2019 Toyota 4Runner, the purposes they serve while trying to out-bug each other also play a vital role in distinguishing them. The Jeep Gladiator is all about tow, pickup, etc, whereas the 4Runner combines fun, family and on-road/ off-road experience.

>>> Keep abreast with new auto releases and car reviews here on Naijauto.com

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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