Muddy Mayhem – Tacoma vs Gladiator vs Colorado: Picking the Best Midsize Off-Road Truck

The midsize pickup truck segment has some of the best off-road packages on the market right now, making your decision harder than ever.

With the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, consumers have a tough choice ahead of them. We’ve put all three of these trucks through our muddy hydro line test this past summer, so let’s discuss which is best.

Gladiator RubiconTacoma TRD ProColorado ZR2
Wheelbase:137.3 in127.4 in128.5 in
Overall Length:218.0 in213.3 in212.7 in
Overall Width:73.8 in75.2 in74.3 in
Gladiator RubiconTacoma TRD ProColorado ZR2
Ground Clearance:11.1 in9.4 in8.9 in
App/Br/Dep:43.4/20.3/26 deg35/23.9/26 deg30/(n/a)/23.5 deg
Low Range Ratio:4:12.57:12.72:1
Crawl Ratio:77:1 (84:1)
RTI score:623
Tires:Falken Wildpeak A/T (M/T)Goodyear Wrangler w/ KevlarGoodyear Wrangler Duratrac
Shocks:FOX ShocksFOX ShocksDSSV Multimatic

So on paper, the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has some of the most impressive numbers, beating the other two trucks in just about every area except for breakover angle.

But as we know, the spec sheet doesn’t usually tell the entire story, and that is the case here. While it might be the lowest ground clearance of the bunch, the suspension underneath the Colorado ZR2 along with the locking differentials in the front and the rear truly help to set this truck apart from the pack.

If you want to see exactly how each rig performed in our off-road test, checkout the video above.