Ranger vs Gladiator

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There is something to be said about the ability to remove all doors and roof and roll down the road with the wind in your face, But I have the ranger in the end. Couldn't justify the 50K for equivalent truck.
That's what Harley's are for
 

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There is something to be said about the ability to remove all doors and roof and roll down the road with the wind in your face, But I have the ranger in the end. Couldn't justify the 50K for equivalent truck.
the wind in the face thing gets old really quick though
 

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Looking at the either the Ranger or Gladiator to replace a company F-150.

What do I need to know about the Ranger before I make the decision. I love the new Ranger look, but the Jeep looks loke a blast.

The Ranger would be my dd, most days. Nice days, I'm jumping into the 'stang.

1) Any major issues with the Ranger that would piss me off after dropping 39K on a truck?

2) What's the "proper" level kit? 1", 2", 2.5"? And would 33s work with a level kit?

3) Plan would be for mostly dd duty, with some off-road action. Nothing extreme, just fun stuff. Would an FX4 need any additional mods, other than maybe tires?

4) Does anyone have a frame of reference between the Ranger and Gladiator?

Thanks
I’m a Jeep guy that ended up with a Ford. I really wanted to like the JT but it was too much like a Wrangler with a bed. It was long and funny looking and outrageously priced. It looks great with a lift, but that would be a few thousand more just to get it to “look” good. And like their Wrangler counterparts, those rear doors were hard to get into- my kid kept scraping his back. The Ranger is much more comfortable and can get me the same places as my Jeep could, plus it gets better gas mileage. Despite not having front lockers and disconnectable sway bars, it’s still very capable when you know what you’re doing.
 

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I’m a Jeep guy that ended up with a Ford.
The majority of vehicles I have owned have been either some form of Jeep or a Ford truck.

1983 Ranger XLT with dual fuel tanks
1981 F150 - 300CI 5 speed
1996 Ranger extended cab
1997 F150 -4x4 extended cab
2020 Ranger XL STX 2WD
2020 Ranger XLT FX4

1962 Willys M170 - Military ambulance Jeep
1997 Cherokee
2002 Liberty Limited
2018 Renegade (got totaled)
2016 Cherokee Latitude

I traded a 2011 Harley Triglide for the 202 XL STX since my health would no longer allow me to ride. I couldn't see having the 2016 Cherokee andRanger STX so traded both in for the 2020 XLT FX4.

I have had a couple of cars in high school and also when my kids were young. The 1995 Dodge Neon and 2001 Chevy Cavalier were both junk.

Yes I like my Jeeps and Ford trucks. As I said, this last time the Ranger FX4 was a better fit for me versus the Jeep Gladiator.
 

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I lived in VA for a while, I get it but would be good to have the option.
Not really--it significantly impacts the cost, NVR, etc, for those of us who don't want such an option. A good number of neighbors have jeeps, mostly they've all been used with the top off approximately once (while new) before the owners figure out that it's better in theory than in practice. I guess it's great that there's a thing you can buy if you want that, but I'm happier that there's a different thing I can buy since I don't want that.
 

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... but I'm happier that there's a different thing I can buy since I don't want that.
Hence, you get what you pay for...;)
 

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The Gladiator is very appealing and I was close to buying one when I got the Ranger. Price wise they're more in F150 territory, or at least between Ranger and F150. That's what I found at the dealer lots. I decided the Gladiator was a vehicle I'd admire if some other guy owned it. I'm not going to futz around with taking doors off or lowering the windshield. If I had an old cj5 or cj7 maybe I'd just leave it like that, but in a $40k truck I'd want it zipped up most of the time, so no futzing with their easter-egg laden onboard tools and bolt cubbies.

If I was crossing the Sahara the Gladiator, maybe (better yet an old Land Cruiser). For everyday use the Ranger wins out in any category. I'm not out looking for rocks or fallen trees to clamber over on the weekends. Overall, just for my uses, the Gladiator is a character vehicle, a very pricey one. Again, if you or some other guy has one I'll admire it and compliment you on it (and mean it), but then I'll get in the Ranger and be happy with the choice.
 

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...Again, if you or some other guy has one I'll admire it and compliment you on it (and mean it), but then I'll get in the Ranger and be happy with the choice.
I'll compliment but will only mean it if the Gladiator has larger than stock wheels and tires.

They just don't look "right" with the small factory setup and look a bit ungainly or disproportional.

Put 35's on them and they look good :like:

Put a Grumper on it and I'll intentionally avoid you. :devil:
 

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The Ranger is often maligned for having too few options (one powertrain, no supercrew + 6' bed configuration). I find the Gladiator has the opposite problem - I just went to Jeep's site and there are 10 trim levels available. Choices are great, but that's a bit over the top, and hard to keep track of what's what. The comparison function, IMO, is lacking - I wish there was a one-page matrix where you could look at all 10 side by side.

I agree with the above comments that the Gladiator looks great at a certain trim level - and pretty bad in lower end configurations. I bought my 2019 Ranger in Dec 2019, and got a great deal (XLT, 302a, FX4, tow package, Scab for sub $30k). My recollection is that when I looked at Gladiators, I would have been at around $52k list to get something I was happy with. I don't recall what that meant in terms of feature comparisons between the two platforms, just that if I was going to go Gladiator, that's what I'd have to spend to be happy. My understanding was that dealers weren't budging much on the price, but in fairness I didn't even go look - $22k+ difference was way too big a gap, and the Ranger was a better fit for me regardless (I wanted the 6' bed and better fuel economy, and don't need the added off road capability of the Jeep).

The economics today may be different. At the end of the day, I'm very happy with the choice, and liking the Ranger more and more the longer I have it.
 

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