The Ford Ranger is one of the most popular vehicles in America. It's been around since 1983 and has been redesigned several times. Although it's built on an older platform, the 2023 Ford Ranger that just hit dealerships is still a great vehicle that offers exceptional value for money thanks to its strong engine options and comfortable interior. The new 2023 Jeep Gladiator promises more power than ever while offering a great price point. We're going to compare these two trucks side-by-side so you can get an idea of how they stack up against each other!
Design & Style
- Exterior Design
The Ford Ranger is a smaller, more compact pickup truck. It's known for its boxy shape and bold grille. The front end has a high hood and large bumper, with the headlights set deeply into the vehicle's body. A traditional grille design is used on all models, while an optional tow package adds a backup camera and other features to help you get through tight situations on your camping trips or at work sites.
To make things even more comfortable for passengers, some Rangers have heated seats powered by an auxiliary battery, so they don't drain your engine's power when parked in cold weather (or simply sitting idle for long periods).
- Interior Design
In terms of interior design, the Rangers have a huge advantage. It has much more space than the Gladiator and should offer a better driving experience.
The Ranger has an 8-inch touchscreen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated leather seats, and steering wheel controls. In addition, there are two USB ports in the center console for rear passengers and a 12V power outlet for charging devices like phones or tablets within reach of passengers seated in the second row of seats.
Technology & Safety
Both vehicles offer plenty of driver-assist features, but the Ford Ranger offers more. This is true, especially in lane-keeping assist, which helps prevent drifting out of your lane. The Jeep Gladiator also has blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, but it lacks adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The Ranger adds these features to its standard safety package, which includes a rearview camera.
The Ford Ranger's seat ventilation system is also an exclusive feature: It blows air through the seat cushion to keep you cooler on hot days while you're driving through traffic or sitting in traffic jams on hot summer days at work or school. However, the Jeep Gladiator's optional heated seats do just as well at keeping you warm on cold winter mornings and nights if your commute takes longer than usual due to weather conditions such as snow storms or heavy rainfalls that can cause delays along major highways leading into cities like Boston or San Francisco where both cars are made (the Rangers assembled in Michigan).
The engine performance specs of these two vehicles are quite similar. The Ranger comes standard with a 2.3L EcoBoost 4-cylinder that delivers 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, while the Gladiator has a 3.6L turbocharged V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both trucks also feature automatic transmissions, but there are some minor differences in gear ratios between them: The Ranger's transmission has 10 speeds and a six-speed manual option; meanwhile, the Gladiator offers six gears (six automatic) with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission available on higher trim levels only.
The Bottom Line
This comparison has been a tough one to write. We don't want to be unfair to the Jeep Gladiator, but it's impossible to ignore how far behind it is in terms of technology and features. While the Ranger isn't perfect by any means, its more refined drivetrain and improved fuel economy make it a solid choice for anyone looking for an entry-level truck that offers both capability and comfort.
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