2020 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

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Safety

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The Tacoma (except SR/SR5/TRD Sport) offers an optional Panoramic View Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Ranger only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Tacoma and the Ranger 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty

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Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the Tacoma for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ranger.

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Toyota second in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

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The Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 8 more horsepower (278 vs. 270) than the Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range

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The Tacoma has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ranger (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Transmission

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The Tacoma offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Ranger doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Tacoma 4x4’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Ranger:

Tacoma 4x4

Ranger

Front Rotors

12.48 inches

12.2 inches

The Tacoma stops shorter than the Ranger:

Tacoma

Ranger

70 to 0 MPH

185 feet

193 feet

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Suspension and Handling

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The Tacoma has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Tacoma flat and controlled during cornering. The Ranger’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Tacoma has variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ranger doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Tacoma’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ranger:

Tacoma

Ranger

Extended Cab Standard Bed

127.4 inches

126.8 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

127.4 inches

126.8 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

140.6 inches

n/a

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Tacoma is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.1 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Ranger.

The Tacoma’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Ranger’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the Tacoma more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the Tacoma Access Cab’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Ranger’s (40.6 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Tacoma has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Ranger (9.4 vs. 8.9 inches), allowing the Tacoma to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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The Toyota Tacoma may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 250 pounds less than the Ford Ranger.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Tacoma Short Bed Limited Double Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4x4 (75 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Tacoma Double Cab has 2.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ranger SuperCrew (100.1 vs. 97.6).

The Tacoma Access Cab has 1.4 inches more front hip room and 1.6 inches more front shoulder room than the Ranger SuperCab.

The Tacoma Double Cab has 1.4 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 2.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ranger SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity

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The Toyota Tacoma has a standard tailgate assist feature, which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Ford Ranger doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

The Tacoma has bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading to help accommodate diverse loads; the Ranger doesn’t offer two-tiered loading.

Ergonomics

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The Tacoma TRD/Limited’s front power windows open fully with one touch of the switches, and the driver’s window also automatically closes, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Ranger’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

The Tacoma has standard power remote mirrors. The Ranger only comes with remote mirrors at extra cost. Without them the driver will have to roll down the windows and reach across the car to adjust the mirrors.

The Tacoma’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Ranger Lariat.

The Tacoma’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Ranger’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Tacoma, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Ranger.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Toyota Tacoma TRD/Limited has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The Ranger doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Tacoma owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Tacoma will cost $615 less than the Ranger over a five-year period.

The Tacoma will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Tacoma will retain 61.41% to 75.5% of its original price after five years, while the Ranger only retains 48.71% to 54.99%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Tacoma is less expensive to operate than the Ranger because it costs $621 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Tacoma than the Ranger, including $18 less for front brake pads, $25 less for front struts and $155 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota Tacoma will be $285 to $4900 less than for the Ford Ranger.

Recommendations

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The TRD Off-Road was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2016 4x4 of the Year. The Ranger has never been chosen.

The Toyota Tacoma outsold the Ford Ranger by over four to one during the 2019 model year.

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