Colorado ZR2 Bison vs Gladiator Rubicon at Badlands

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Linked James (shocker racing) to this, as he is waiting on his Gladiator to arrive.
 

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The Gladiator is long, strong and ready to get its Jeepin' on :bowrofl::bowrofl::bowrofl:

Man do I miss the Badlands
 

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Bru has to have one of the best jobs.... will read when i get home
 

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One of the most interesting bits was that we found the Bison’s add-ons actually made it less capable where it needed approach angle. The bumpers add protection, but decreases the approach angle by 5 degrees.
 

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Excellent read! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait for my Gladiator to arrive. Jeep is telling me an expected ship date of 7/15 so I am keeping my fingers crossed.
 

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One of the most interesting bits was that we found the Bison’s add-ons actually made it less capable where it needed approach angle. The bumpers add protection, but decreases the approach angle by 5 degrees.
That shocked me about the Bison bumper. You would think AEV would have designed a better bumper, more similar to the factory ZR2 bumper.
 

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Well written review/comparo.

I've always wondered how many of these off-road vehicles actually see dirt. I'd say that the majority of them are suburban mall cruisers.
 

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Well written review/comparo.

I've always wondered how many of these off-road vehicles actually see dirt. I'd say that the majority of them are suburban mall cruisers.
Jeep has been selling about 25,000 Wranglers a month lately...it is probably a very small percentage that actually get off-road regularly. I would bet that once the newer model reaches the 2nd owners they will get more action. I have had mine off road twice in the first year, and it was so much fun. But at the same time its hard to justify beating on a $56k Jeep.
 

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The Gladiator is the best mid size truck out right now. They are fucking expensive though. I might be enticed by an eco-diesel Rubicon when it comes time for new truck though. If they put the 5.7 in it, I would be 100% sold.
 

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The Gladiator is the best mid size truck out right now. They are fucking expensive though. I might be enticed by an eco-diesel Rubicon when it comes time for new truck though. If they put the 5.7 in it, I would be 100% sold.
Im no Toyota fan but Im willing to bet Toyota and the Tacoma might have something to say about that.......

5.7 eco in a jeep wrangler not happening either.
 

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tacoma is ancient.


but i :nutz: them hard... cuz they work. and i like ancient.
 

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I don't think the Gladiator has been getting the top spot in the reviews.... I know I'm partial but I think the Colorado has been doing better. Ranger too.

Tacoma would likely clean up if it was newer and had more payload/towing.
 

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Its still pretty much the medium class bench mark tho isnt it?

Im sure it holds value better and prolly more reliable too is what im getting at.

Ancient or not.


They sell the best but like most Toyotas it’s based on loyalty and momentum. It’s far from the most well-rounded, though reliability and resale is stellar of course, and that’s important too.The Atkinson cycle engine lacks torque and it the trans doesn’t have the gear count or spread to make up for that by spinning the engine. There’s no tow/haul mode and up until MY 2020 no height-adjustable drivers seat. I’d take a Colorado, Gladiator, Ranger or Ridgeline all day over a Tacoma.
 

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