Welcome to the first episode of This Truck or That here on TFLOffroad, and in this week’s video, we feature two trucks from FCA.
The all-new Ram Power Wagon and Jeep Gladiator Rubicon might not be direct competitors considering one is a heavy duty and the other is a midsize, but both of these trucks have the same purpose: to go off road.
So far, pricing has not been released for either truck, so we’re not entirely sure what these rigs will cost. But, based on the current pricing of the Power Wagon and Wrangler Rubicon, it’s a safe assumption that a basic Power Wagon and fully loaded Rubicon will meet in the middle around the $50,000 mark.
So if you had $50,000 in your pocket, which truck would you drive home? The Power Wagon is a big heavy beast, but it packs all kinds of good off-road gear, like 33-inch Goodyear Duratrac tires, locking differentials, disconnecting sway bars and a manually-operated two speed transfer case.
The powertrain has been updated as well, though the 6.4-liter HEMI V8 remains as the sole power option, offering 410 horsepower and 429 lb-ft of torque. The update comes from the transmission, which has now been upgraded to an eight-speed automatic, helping to lower the truck’s crawl ratio down to 51:1.
As for the Gladiator, it brings all the same off-road gear as you would find on the Wrangler Rubicon like disconnecting sway bars, lockers, 33-inch tires and even new rock sliders to protect the truck bed corners.
Powering the Jeep is a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 285 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque, also sent through an eight-speed automatic.
The key with these two trucks is size, and while the Power Wagon can do incredible things for a truck that weighs over 6000 pounds, it can’t help but feel large and heavy out on the trail. For that reason, I would drive home in the Gladiator Rubicon, as it is much more right-sized for tight trails.
What do you think? For $50K, which one of these rigs would you drive home in? Let us know in the comments below.