2019 Toyota Tacoma versus the 2019 Ford Ranger

November 1st, 2018 by

When shopping for a new pickup, there are multiple factors to consider. One factor that informs your choice is size. Are you looking for a full-size pickup or a mid-size pickup? When that decision is made it is natural to compare various models. Two of the forerunners in the mid-size truck market are the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Ford Ranger.

The Ford Ranger may seem like a newcomer to the mid-size market as it has been out of production in the United States for several years. The Toyota Tacoma is a tried and true friend having been in production for market in the U.S. since 1995. Now in its third generation of production, the Tacoma is more rugged and versatile than ever.

Similar in size, the Tacoma and the Ranger both have the flexibility to transition from the daily commute to the weekend adventure. They are comparably priced as well. The comparison comes down to the features.

The 2019 Tacoma gives drivers a choice between two engines. They can choose either a 2.7 liter four-cylinder or they can choose a 3.5 liter V6. The Ranger only offers drivers a 2.3 liter four-cylinder engine. The Toyota Tacoma offers a 6-speed automatic transmission standard with a 6-speed manual transmission optional for some trim packages. The Ford Ranger only offers an automatic transmission.

When looking at trim packages, the Ranger offers XL. XLT, and Lariat packages. The Tacoma raises the bar by offering the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro packages. While some features are standard across all trims, others are specific to the trim package you choose.

Often, a pickup is purchased with hauling cargo as a goal. The bed of the Tacoma is made of a fiber-reinforced sheet-molded composite surface and has a standard deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats. An in-bed storage compartment and an available bed-mounted 120V/400W outlet are additional features. Both pickups offer towing packages to increase their flexibility and usefulness. The Ranger offers an optional trailer brake control when you opt for their towing package. The Tacoma includes trailer sway control when the towing package is added.

When looking at off-road capabilities, the Ford Ranger FX4 offers a terrain management system with four modes to alter throttle response, transmission shift points, traction control and stability control. There is also a trail control system that functions similarly to a cruise control system to maintain a set speed while on the trails. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road offers a five mode multi-terrain management system that adjusts engine throttle and traction control to help regulate wheelspin. In addition, the TRD Off-Road features crawl control to automatically adjust throttle and brakes to allow the driver to focus on navigating rough terrain. Keeping the wheels of the Tacoma TRD Off-Road moving at the same speed in order to help maintain traction is an electronically controlled rear differential that evenly distributes power to both back wheels.

While on an adventure or while maintaining a daily routine, safety is an important concern for all drivers. The 2019 Tacoma comes standard with Toyota’s Star Safety System. This system includes vehicle stability control and traction control as well as braking features including an anti-lock brake system with electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist with smart stop technology. Also standard is Toyota Safety Sense P which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alerts, and dynamic radar cruise control. A back-up camera located in the handle of the tailgate is also standard on the Tacoma. The Ranger offers lane departure and lane keeping systems on the XLT and Lariat models. The Lariat trim package gets a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and an adaptive cruise control system.

Today’s technology is not forgotten by either the Tacoma or the Ranger. Toyota provides multiple USB ports as well as Qi-compatible charging for keeping smartphones and other devices charged and ready to use. The Entune Audio system allows access to phones, apps, traffic and weather as well as the ability to wirelessly stream music when driving all with an integrated navigation system. The Ford Ranger also boasts a touchscreen infotainment system with streaming capabilities and an optional navigation system.

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