Haha! An 18 wheeler would be impressive but maybe a hard to daily drive?
I started shopping Rangers and Gladiators but ended up going fullsize because I could get a bigger more roomy truck for similar money that could haul and tow more.
Even the OP of this thread must be cross shopping mid and full size trucks.
He has another thread comparing the 2.7 vs 3.5 vs 5.0 in the F150. So he must be considering both trucks?
For a lot of mid size trucks, they get similar MPG and can cost the same.... (back when big rebates could be applied to half tons)
So, I think it's fair to compare both segments depending on your intended use.
Once we get past kids in car seats I wouldn't mind a Gladiator. I do wish they could poke a 5.7 in one though (if a 6.4 fits in a Wrangler come on...)
I like the size and feel of them better than a fullsize for daily driving. Fullsizes keeping getting more "full".