Comparing the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison and the Jeep Gladiator

April 26th, 2019 by

Who do you think should be the king of the mid-size off-road pickup truck? When it comes to the new Jeep Gladiator or the Chevy Colorado, there’s only one way to find out a specific quality in the trucks; comparing the two. Youtube channel, Lane Truck, decided to see just how Jeep-like and capable it can be.

In the video, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison squares off against the equally impressive-sounding Gladiator Rubicon. Between the high-performance, and the off-road truck supremacy is the ultimate battle between the two. But the best of all, the testing for the vehicles are done in Moab, Utah, which is one of the most famous four-wheeling destinations in the world.

Moab is infamous for challenging you and your vehicle in ways you never thought imaginable. And there’s a good reason for it. While both trucks are evenly matched, you can see it’s relative on its strengths and weaknesses.

Early on, we’ve learned that the Colorado’s diesel engine provides prodigious torque, especially compared to the Jeep. Even before the actual driving commences. What can be seen is that the Gladiator has the advantage of a solid axle front end with an electronic disconnect on the front sway bar for significant articulation.

The Gladiator has substantially more towing capacity than the ZR2 Bison. The big, lousy diesel engine can only tow 5,000 pounds. While the Gladiator can tow up to 7,500 pounds.

While the diesel will be available in 2020, the only torque available at launch is 260 lb-ft of torque with the engine being a 3.6-liter V6 making 285 horsepower. Regardless of the trim, you can opt for the vehicle to have a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed automatic. The V6 offers adequate pep at best, with a lack of low-end torque which forces drivers of manual examples into frequent downshifts.

Both trucks seem pretty evenly matched, with each one’s relative strengths and weaknesses balancing each other out. In an apples-to-apples comparison, both trucks having a 3.6-liter gas V6 engine, it would be even closer. Jeep has stated that the diesel Gladiator is coming, so that’s something to look forward too.

When compared the Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison vs. Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, they felt the comparison was of epic proportions. They follow two completely different philosophies when it comes to building the ultimate off-road, midsize truck. Both trucks are incredibly useful; both are practical and extremely expensive.

The differences between the vehicles are minor. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has a solid front axle and a disconnecting front sway bar while the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison has an independent front suspension. However, the Jeep has better articulation while the Bison has a better on-road ride.

When adequately equipped, both vehicles have the best towing numbers in their class. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon has a towing capacity of 7,650 pounds. And the Chevrolet Colorado has a towing capacity of 7,000 pounds.

Yes, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison and the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon’s off-road abilities are very similar, but the power-trains aren’t. The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon and the Colorado ZR2 Bison comparison saw a small displacement diesel on the Chevrolet vs. a gasoline V6 on the Jeep. The Bison has a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Gladiator uses an eight-speed automatic transmission, and only the Gladiator has an optional six-speed manual transmission.

The engines make the vehicles feel entirely different. The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison is very similar to a military-like vehicle with its chugging, lumbering nature while the Jeep is more playful in comparison. Speed and power favor the Jeep while thumping grunt was what the Bison brought in spades.

The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison vs. Jeep Gladiator Rubicon’s power, on paper, is remarkably different (if opting for the Chevy’s diesel). The Bison has a 181 horsepower, 2.8-liter turbodiesel that makes 369 lb-feet of torque. The Gladiator has a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.  

Preferences aside the choices are complicated to make. When it comes to choosing a vehicle to bring home, there needs to be a consideration of every possible vehicle out there that can offer the same. Luckily, in the Lane Truck, Youtube video viewers can see how it works without them incurring too much damage.

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