2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Ranger offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

The Ranger offers optional 911 Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Ranger and the Tacoma have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Warranty

There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Ranger’s warranty.

Reliability

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Ranger’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Tacoma’s camshafts. If the Tacoma’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 111 more horsepower (270 vs. 159) and 130 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 180) than the Tacoma’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl. The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 265) than the Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Ranger gets better fuel mileage than the Tacoma:

MPG

Ranger

2WD

Auto

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

4WD

Auto

2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/24 hwy

Tacoma

2WD

Auto

2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

20 city/23 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/24 hwy

4WD

Manual

3.5 DOHC V6

17 city/20 hwy

Auto

2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

19 city/22 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

18 city/22 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ranger’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Tacoma doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ranger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Transmission

A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Ranger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Tacoma.

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Ranger’s standard brake rotors are larger than those on the Tacoma:

Ranger

Tacoma

Front Rotors

12.2 inches

10.75 inches

Rear Rotors

12.1 inches

10” drums

The Ford Ranger has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Tacoma. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes that work much harder than conventional brakes.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Ranger has larger standard tires than the Tacoma (255/70R16 vs. 245/75R16).

The Ranger’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Tacoma’s standard 75 series tires.

Passenger Space

The Ranger SuperCab has 3.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tacoma Access Cab (89.2 vs. 85.6).

The Ranger SuperCab has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 1 inch more rear headroom, 5.8 inches more rear legroom, 3.6 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Tacoma Access Cab.

The Ranger SuperCrew has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom and 1.9 inches more rear legroom than the Tacoma Double Cab.

Cargo Capacity

The Ranger SuperCab has a much larger cargo box than the Tacoma Access Cab short bed (51.8 vs. 42.6 cubic feet).

The Ranger SuperCrew has a much larger cargo box than the Tacoma Double Cab short bed (43.3 vs. 34.8 cubic feet). The Ranger SuperCrew has a much larger cargo box than the Tacoma Double Cab long bed (43.3 vs. 42.6 cubic feet).

The Ranger’s cargo box is larger than the Tacoma’s in almost every dimension:

Ranger SuperCrew

Ranger SuperCab

Tacoma Double Cab

Tacoma Access Cab

Length (short/long)

61”

72.8”

60.5”/73.7”

73.7”

Max Width

61.4”

61.4”

56.7”

56.7”

Min Width

44.8”

44.8”

41.5”

41.5”

Payload

The Ranger has much higher standard payload capacities than the Tacoma:

Ranger

Tacoma

SuperCab

1860 lbs.

1620 lbs.

SuperCab 4x4

1650 lbs.

1380 lbs.

SuperCrew

1770 lbs.

1505 lbs.

SuperCrew 4x4

1560 lbs.

1175 lbs.

The Ranger has much higher maximum payload capacities than the Tacoma:

Ranger

Tacoma

SuperCab

1860 lbs.

1620 lbs.

SuperCab 4x4

1650 lbs.

1380 lbs.

SuperCrew

1770 lbs.

1505 lbs.

SuperCrew 4x4

1560 lbs.

1370 lbs.

Ergonomics

The Ranger offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Ranger’s driver’s power window opens or closes fully with one touch of the switch, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tacoma’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to open or close it. The Tacoma TRD/Limited’s rear windows don’t close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Ranger’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Tacoma doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

The Ranger’s standard variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Tacoma SR’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off. The Ranger Lariat’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Tacoma SR5/TRD/Limited’s optional manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Ranger SuperCrew has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Tacoma doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

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