Taking a Look at the Ford Ranger Versus the Toyota Tacoma

Midsize trucks are a fantastic option for those of you who want awesome utility and a bold look, but you want to keep good fuel economy and a smaller profile for easier parking and driving. There are a lot of midsize pickup trucks out there, though, so how do you know which to get? At Ken Pollock Ford, we want to show you some of the key differences between the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma so that you can see what makes a midsize truck special.

Ford Ranger vs. 
Toyota Tacoma
Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma


When you're shopping for a truck, even if you're looking at midsize trucks like the Ranger and Tacoma, you want to get the most bang for your buck. The Tacoma comes with two powertrain options, both of which pale in comparison to the only option on the Ford Ranger. The more powerful of the two is a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The Ranger uses a 2.3-liter EcoBoost® I4 to produce slightly less horsepower at 270, but much more torque at 310 pound-feet, and both are at a lower RPM.

This more powerful engine also translates to a higher towing and payload capacity. The Toyota Tacoma can tow up to 6,800 pounds when properly equipped, and it can carry up to 1,685 pounds for its payload. The Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds when properly configured, but it doesn't matter whether you choose 4x4 or 4x2, SuperCab or SuperCrew®. Its maximum payload is also higher at 1,860 pounds.

You don't have to worry about this extra power coming at the cost of fuel economy, either. The best mileage you can expect from the Toyota Tacoma is an EPA-estimated 20 MPG in the city and 23 MPG no the highway on the 4x2 with the weakest engine. That's approximately the worst that the Ranger gets on its 4x4 models, but with 24 MPG on the highway. If you want 4x4 driving and the most powerful engine on the Tacoma, you'll be down to 18 MPG in the city and 22 MPG on the highway.

Interior Design

A truck doesn't need all the bells and whistles, but they're always nice to have. Both trucks have bucket seats to keep you firmly centered even in rough terrain. Both have cloth-trimmed seats standard, but in order to get something nicer on the Tacoma, you'll have to spring for leather on higher trims. The Ford Ranger allows you to switch up to vinyl or premium cloth on the base trim, giving you some more affordable options. You can also still get leather-trimmed seats.

The Ranger also has more flexibility with the seating configuration. While both trucks have manual-adjust front seats on their base trim, the Toyota Tacoma has four-way manual for both the driver's and front passenger's seats, while the Ranger starts with eight-way manual for the driver's seat and six-way for the front passenger's seat. When you upgrade to power-adjustable driver's seats on the Ford Ranger, your front passenger's seat gains six-way power-adjust as well. On the Tacoma, you won't get power-adjust for the front passenger's seat no matter what. It remains a four-way manual-adjust seat on every trim.


At first glance, the Ford Ranger's SYNC® 3 infotainment system and the Toyota Tacoma's Entune 3.0 infotainment system might look functionally identical. They're both simple, foregoing flash for functionality. However, many critics find the Tacoma's Entune system obtuse and difficult to navigate, while the SYNC® 3 interface is much more intuitive.

If you want incredible sound quality, you'll also appreciate your choices of speakers in the Ranger. The Tacoma gives you six JBL® speakers on its top trim, but you can pick up a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system on the Ranger, which includes a 660-watt amplifier.


Both of these trucks have some terrific driver-assist technology standard or available, but we'd like to draw your attention to the Ford Ranger's Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert and Trailer Coverage. This feature is available right on the base trim, keeping you apprised of any vehicles in your blind spot, and it comes with extended coverage so that you'll be safe even when hauling a trailer. The Tacoma has Blind Spot Monitoring, but it's only available on certain models and doesn't include trailer coverage.

Making the Choice Easy in Berwick

With all of these fantastic features, it's a surprise that the Tacoma is quite a bit more expensive than the Ford Ranger. It's hard to argue with affordability when you're already getting a better deal. Don't hesitate to schedule a test drive with one of our Rangers. We'll be happy to show you more of this terrific truck at Ken Pollock Ford.


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