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2019 Ford Ranger XL 2WD SuperCab Pickup Box

2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Toyota Tacoma 2WD SR Access Cab 6

2019 Toyota Tacoma

2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma

2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Toyota Tacoma
2.3L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder Engine

Base Engine

2.7L 4-Cylinder Engine
270 hp

Base Horsepower

159 hp
310 lb-ft

Base Torque

180 lb-ft
7,500 Pounds

Maximum Towing Capacity

6,800 Pounds
21 mpg city/26 mpg highway

Fuel Economy (Auto, RWD)

19 mpg city/23 mpg highway
$24,300 MSRP

Starting Price

$25,850 MSRP

Many drivers in the Hayward area have learned to appreciate the unique value offered by midsize trucks, but many still have questions about the capabilities and limitations of each option. This goes double for the new year, as the 2019 Ford Ranger (finally) makes its way back to the North American market! So, which pickup is the better choice for our neighbors near Rice Lake? Comparing the Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma in-depth, it’s not hard to see where the well-loved Ford truck wins out.

Price: 2019 Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma

The Ford Ranger starts out with a lower price tag than the Toyota Tacoma:

  • 2019 Ford Ranger: $24,300 MSRP for a Ranger XL SuperCab with 2WD and a 6’ Box
  • 2019 Toyota Tacoma: $25,850 MSRP for a Tacoma SR Access Cab with 2WD and a 6’ Box

Although both mid-size pickup trucks in numerous trims, and offer a wide variety of options, the Ranger offers a stronger engine and a better transmission right from the start.

2019 Ranger on the trail

Performance: 2019 Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma

Every pickup driver wants to know how their model is going to perform on the roads near and far from home. Comparing the Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma, it’s clear that the latter has an advantage in just about every category that our neighbors care about!

Let’s start by taking a look at their starting engines and transmissions:

  • 2019 Ranger
    • 270-hp 2.3L Turbocharged Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
    • 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 2019 Tacoma
    • 159-hp 2.7L Inline 4-Cylinder Engine
    • 6-Speed Automatic Transmission or 6-Speed Manual Transmission

The standard Ranger engine simply crushes the starting option you’ll find in the Tacoma. Drivers who choose to upgrade with the Tacoma XLT will receive a more competitive V6 with 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. However, even with 265 lb-ft of torque, this stronger Toyota engine still can’t come close to matching the Ranger, with 310 lb-ft of its own.

On top of all this, the Ranger is also the more efficient pick–especially if you do a lot of highway driving.

2019 Ford Ranger in the Mud

2019 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma: Which Pickup Truck Can Tow More?

  • No matter which Ford Ranger configuration you select, you’ll be able to tow up to 7,500 pounds with proper equipment.
  • The Toyota Tacoma towing capacity varies by trim. Some models can pull up to 6,800 pounds, while others can tow just 6,400.
2019 Ranger Front Tow Hooks

Features: 2019 Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma

If you’re anything like most of the drivers we meet, you’d like to make sure that your midsize pickup will satisfy all your passengers. The Ranger’s interior is exceptionally spacious, and comfortable for the whole crew. What’s more, if we compare the interior features in each pickup, it’s not hard to see that the Ranger has a whole lot more to offer.

We’ve focused on two upgraded trims, the Ranger XLT and the Tacoma SR5, so you can get a better sense of the value they offer to drivers. Here we’ve listed just a few of the features that give this Ranger trim an advantage over its comparably-priced rival:

  • Standard rear defrost
  • Optional bed liner
  • Optional chrome wheels
  • Standard rear parking aid
  • Standard remote engine start
  • Standard Wi-fi hotspot compatibility
  • Optional heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • Standard blind spot monitor

The list goes on. In order to access any of these features in the Tacoma, you’ll need to upgrade with an even more expensive trim!

2019 Ranger Instrument Panel

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    Now that you’ve compared the 2019 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma, we hope that you’ve reached the same conclusion that we have: No matter what you’re looking for in your next midsize pickup, there’s a good chance that the Ranger is bringing more of it to the roads near you.

    Still doing research? Find out how the Ranger measures up against another midsize challenger, the Chevy Colorado. Think you might need more power? Pit the Ranger against the new Ford F-150. No matter which pickup you settle on, you’ll find the perfect model at your local Don Johnson Motors dealership in Wisconsin!

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