It’s a story as old as time, of young upstarts ranging from Oedipus Rex to Lightning McQueen, aiming to unseat the wily but fading veteran. So it is with the 2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave and the 2020 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

Launched for 2020, the Jeep Gladiator brings off-road bona fides with convertible flair to the mid-size pickup truck market to compete with the Chevy Colorado Bison ZR2 and the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro. The Bison pales in comparison to both, even though it is much newer than the Tacoma, which hasn’t been redesigned since 2005. The Tacoma TRD Pro keeps getting incrementally better, and incrementally more expensive. 

For 2020, the Tacoma TRD Pro comes with LED headlights, smartphone compatibility, and retuned Fox 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks that keep the on-roading soft and the off-roading firm enough to go fast. My tester, with its excellent new Army…

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