2020 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2020 Ford Ranger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

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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

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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

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

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-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Gladiator has 4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ranger (22 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Environmental Friendliness

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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

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

Brakes and Stopping

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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

The Gladiator stops shorter than the Ranger:

Gladiator

Ranger

70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

193 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

135 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

144 feet

150 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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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.

The Gladiator offers an optional easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Ranger doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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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.

The Gladiator has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ranger doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Gladiator Overland is quieter than the Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4x4 (37 vs. 39 dB).

Passenger Space

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Gladiator has bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading to help accommodate diverse loads; the Ranger doesn’t offer two-tiered loading.

Payload and Towing

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

All models of the Gladiator can be flat towed on all four wheels, allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Gladiator can be unhitched and driven around locally. Only the Ranger 4WD can be dinghy towed.

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

Ergonomics

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The Gladiator’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Ranger does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 power window, power lock, power mirror and cruise control switches are lit from behind, making them plainly visible and easier to operate at night. The Ranger’s power mirror switches are unlit, making them difficult to find at night and operate safely.

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.

Both the Gladiator and the Ranger offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Gladiator has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Ranger doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Gladiator, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ranger.

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Car and Driver performed a comparison test in its May 2019 issue and they ranked the Jeep Gladiator Overland higher than the Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4x4.

The Gladiator was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Ten” in 2020. The Ranger has never been a Car and Driver “Top Ten” pick.

A group of representative automotive journalists from North America selected the Gladiator as the 2020 North American Truck of the Year. The Ranger has never been chosen.

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