2019 Ford Ranger vs 2020 Jeep Gladiator 

2019 Ford Ranger vs 2020 Jeep Gladiator

Shortly after the return of the Ford Ranger from its 7-year hiatus, the Jeep Gladiator makes its debut as the first Jeep pickup. The two newest entries to the midsize truck market have us excited to see who comes out on top. Join us as we take a closer look at how the 2019 Ford Ranger stacks up to the fresh-faced 2020 Jeep Gladiator in this model comparison.

Though the Gladiator comes out slightly ahead in total interior volume, the Ranger offers better space accommodations for front-seat occupants. The Ranger’s 43.2 inches of front legroom offers more space to stretch those limbs than the Gladiator’s 41.2-inch front legroom. If you’re not already used to the smaller leg space accommodations, the Gladiator could make for a less-than-comfortable driving experience. It’s also worth noting that the Ranger’s front seats are praised amongst the most comfortable in the segment.

2019 Ford Ranger


2020 Jeep Gladiator 

$24,000  Starting MSRP  $33,545 
270 hp Max Horsepower  285 hp 
310 lb.-ft.  Max Torque  260 lb.-ft. 
1,860 lbs.  Max Payload  1,600 lbs. 

Comparing the Engine Specs and Capability of the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2020 Jeep Gladiator 

The Jeep Gladiator is offered exclusively with a 5-foot bed. The Ford Ranger, on the other hand, offers both a standard 5-foot bed and an optional 6-foot bed. The Ranger backs up its extended bed space with better payload figures, offering up to 1,860 lbs. max payload.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator's Pentastar 3.6-liter V6 is mated to either a 6-speed manual transmission or optional 8-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain setup has proven itself reliable but unremarkable overall. The 2019 Ford Ranger gets a 2.3-liter turbo with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the highest gear count available on a midsize pickup.

The Ranger’s solid calibration and quick transmission swaps make for a more responsive (and fun) drive. The Ranger also delivers better figures for fuel efficiency, returning up to 21 city / 26 highway mpg compared to the Gladiator’s 17 city / 22 highway mpg.