As they say, "horses for courses." Totally depends on your use case. My wife had a Tacoma TRD for many years before we met and that continued after we met until she finally went electric. She's an artist who works with power tools, often hauled stuff in the truck. Way back when I had a Toyota p/u (pre Tacoma nomenclature), had a shell on it and Yakima racks, used it mostly to haul bicycles and music gear. There was a time in my life and hers where neither could imagine not having a truck.It's funny to me how many people are still lambasting the Gladiator over its "tiny bed" that's "worthless" when it's the exact same size as the bed on every truck in the class, and its bed is only 6-7" shorter than your typical full size truck bed.
When you drop the tailgate on a Gladiator you've got a 7.5 foot load floor. I've hauled everything I've ever wanted in the Gladiator. It was FAR more practical and usable than the JL from the standpoint of doing chores/work.
The Wrangler has a 850 lb. payload. With my family of 5 inside I had 50 lbs. left. Guess I could haul some groceries home from the store?
The Gladiator doubled that ability and was legally useful for camping, which the Wrangler isn't.
Knowing is half the battle.
Why not just do that all with your JL? I went away from trucks because no matter what kind of topper you have (at least every one I have tried) all your gear ends up covered in dust, which is a miserable way to set up a camp, at least out in the desert that was my experience.I'm thinking of trading in my JLU Rubi for a JT Rubi and outfitting it with a AT Overland camper topper, Goose Gear platform and boxes, 'fridge, AEV lift w/35" BFG All Terrain's, factory steel bumper, factory LED light option, and living in it for a year with my pup while exploring all over the US and Canada.