2020 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

To allow off-road and deep snow capability, Four-Wheel Drive is standard on the Gladiator. But it costs extra on the Colorado.

To help make backing safer, the Gladiator Overland/Rubicon’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Gladiator and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Gladiator’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Gladiator’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Colorado’s camshafts. If the Colorado’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Gladiator has a solid front axle with a floating power axle for durability that the Colorado 4x4’s independent front suspension and exposed front driveshafts don’t offer.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Jeep vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Jeep 1 place higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Gladiator’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 85 more horsepower (285 vs. 200) and 69 lbs.-ft. more torque (260 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

The Gladiator’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 79 more horsepower (260 vs. 181) and 73 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 369) than the Colorado’s 2.8 turbo diesel.

As tested in Motor Trend the Jeep Gladiator is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

 

Gladiator

Colorado

Zero to 60 MPH

8.1 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

85.5 MPH

82.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Gladiator’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Colorado doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Gladiator has a gallon more fuel capacity than the Colorado (22 vs. 21 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Jeep Gladiator higher (5 out of 10) than the Chevrolet Colorado (3 to 5). This means the Gladiator produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Colorado every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

The Gladiator offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Colorado doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Gladiator’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Colorado:

 

Gladiator

Colorado

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.75 inches

The Gladiator’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Colorado are solid, not vented.

The Gladiator stops shorter than the Colorado:

 

Gladiator

Colorado

 

60 to 0 MPH

129 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Gladiator Rubicon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Colorado (285/70R17 vs. 265/70R16).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Gladiator has standard 17-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the Colorado.

The Gladiator has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Colorado Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

The Gladiator has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Gladiator flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer stabilizer bars.

The Gladiator Rubicon has an active front sway bar, which helps keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnects at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Colorado doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The front and rear suspension of the Gladiator uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Colorado, which uses leaf springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Gladiator’s wheelbase is 9 inches longer than on the Colorado Short Box Crew Cab (137.3 inches vs. 128.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Gladiator is 1.3 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Colorado.

The Gladiator’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Colorado’s (55% to 45%). This gives the Gladiator more stable handling and braking.

The Gladiator Rubicon handles at .73 G’s, while the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Cargo Capacity

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the Gladiator easier. The Gladiator’s bed lift-over height is 29.7 inches, while the Colorado Extended Cab’s liftover is 34.2 inches. The Colorado Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.5 inches.

The Gladiator’s cargo box is larger than the Colorado Crew Cab’s in almost every dimension:

 

Gladiator

Colorado

Length (short/long)

60.3”

61.7/74”

Max Width

56.8”

57.8”

Min Width

44.8”

44.4”

Height

33.9”

20.9”

A standard locking glovebox, standard locking center console and optional locking under seat storage keeps your small valuables safer in the Gladiator. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

The Gladiator’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Colorado’s (4000 vs. 3500 pounds).

The Gladiator has a higher standard payload capacity than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab 4x4 (1600 vs. 1492 lbs.).

The Gladiator has a higher optional payload capacity than the Colorado Short Box Crew Cab 4x4 (1600 vs. 1547 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The Gladiator’s available front power windows lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Colorado’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Push Button Start standard on the Gladiator allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Gladiator Overland/Rubicon’s optional Passive Entry will also allow unlocking the driver’s door without taking your keys out). The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Gladiator’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Colorado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Gladiator’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Gladiator offers an optional Adaptive Speed Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Colorado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Gladiator offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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