2020 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

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 Ranger.

Both the Gladiator and the Ranger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Reliability

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

Engine

The Gladiator’s 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 15 more horsepower (285 vs. 270) than the Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

The Gladiator’s 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 132 lbs.-ft. more torque (442 vs. 310) than the Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Gladiator has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ranger (22 vs. 18 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 Ford Ranger (3). This means the Gladiator produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Ranger every 15,000 miles.

Transmission

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

Brakes and Stopping

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

 

Gladiator

Ranger

Front Rotors

12.9 inches

12.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.1 inches

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Gladiator Rubicon’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ranger (285/70R17 vs. 265/65R17).

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

Suspension and Handling

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

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 Ranger 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 Ranger, 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 10.5 inches longer than on the Ranger (137.3 inches vs. 126.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Gladiator is 2.3 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ranger.

The Gladiator’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53% to 47%) than the Ranger’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the Gladiator more stable handling and braking.

Passenger Space

The Gladiator has 5.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ranger SuperCrew (102.9 vs. 97.6).

Payload and Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Ranger is limited to 7500 pounds. The Gladiator offers up to a 7650 lbs. towing capacity.

The Gladiator has a higher standard payload capacity than the Ranger SuperCrew 4x4 (1600 vs. 1560 lbs.).

Ergonomics

The power windows available on both the Gladiator and the Ranger have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Gladiator is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Ranger prevents the driver from operating the rear windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Ranger’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

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 Ranger’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Gladiator’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the door for easy access. The Ranger’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the Gladiator’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Ranger doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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