Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Martin asks: I’m planning on moving into the rural mountains in a few years. Would I be better served with a 2021 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro or a 2021 Diesel Jeep Gladiator? I like the Tundra, but the lack of a diesel option leaves me worried about the availability/price of gasoline in the coming years, as the government moves towards more and more restrictions on the oil and gas markets.
My reply: Well, part of the answer depends on whether you need a full-size truck (with a full-size bed) or can get by with a mid-sized truck with a smaller bed. The Gladiator – as you know – is essentially a four-door Wrangler with a short bed. But it’s not just short; it’s also less wide than a 1500 pick-up’s bed, which makes it harder to carry things like 4×8 sheets flat. I have a compact-sized truck (’02 Frontier) with a six-foot bed and it’s usually enough for my needs. But many people need a full-size (and width) bed.
There’s another factor here you may wish to consider as well. The current Tundra is a simpler vehicle than the new Gladiator. It was last redesigned a long time ago and so is still largely free of much of the over-the-top tech that afflicts new vehicles, including the Gladiator. I like the torque (and pulling power and range) of the Jeep’s available diesel; I do not like that it has DEF and is electronically injected rather than mechanically injected. If I were in the market for a diesel truck, I would be in the market for something like an older Ram 1500 with the mechanically injected (and DEF free) diesel; if I were in the market for something new, the current gas-engined Tundra would be at the top of my list.
Be advised it is about to be “updated” – and that probably won’t be a good thing, if you want a truck like they used to make ’em!
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