The midsize truck segment has long been dominated by the Toyota Tacoma, which is now in need of some critical powertrain and technology upgrades. Other trucks in this class include the Chevy Colorado, GMC Canyon, Ford Ranger, Honda Ridgeline, and Nissan Frontier, all of which have their strengths and weaknesses.
And then there’s the 2020 Jeep Gladiator – the biggest disrupter we will see in the pickup segment until electric trucks become a reality. You may think the Gladiator is simply a Wrangler with a bed in the back but the truck actually rides on its own platform and shares a lot in common with the Ram 1500.
We recently had the chance to drive a 2020 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon (the highest trim level) at a media driving event and based on our first impressions, the rest of the midsize segment has a lot to worry about.