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2019 Toyota Tacoma Vs. 2019 Ford Ranger: Which One is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Aug 16, 2019 11:15 AM

Midsize pickups are among the most popular and widespread on the planet, which means the competition is tough on a global level. Choosing a truck that has just the right amount of utility and durability to fulfill your needs can be tough, especially when you consider that there are two in the midsize department that are basically head and shoulders above the rest.

Both the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Ford Ranger can boast having more to offer drivers than any other in their class, so how can you possibly narrow down your choice? This is where Westbury Toyota comes into the picture. To help you out, we’ve put together a quick and comprehensive comparison of these two trucks in order to highlight their strengths and weaknesses so that you can figure out exactly why the latest Tacoma outpaces even the toughest of competitors here on Long Island.

Power, Towing, and Efficiency

While they may not pack the pulling capabilities of larger sized trucks, midsize trucks are still more than capable of fulfilling the role of a workhorse if that’s what you need. The Tacoma and the Ranger are fairly close in specs, as you can see in the table below:

2019 Toyota Tacoma 2019 Ford Ranger

Standard 2.7-L engine (159 hp and 180 lb-ft. of torque)

Optional 3.5-L V6 capable of 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. of torque

2.3-liter (L) turbocharged 4-cylinder engine capable of 270 horsepower (hp)and 310 pound-feet (lb-ft.) of torque.
6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic transmission 10-speed transmission
Standard RWD, optional 4WD with high and low gearing. Standard rear-wheel drive (RWD), four-wheel drive (4WD) optional.
Towing capacity between 6,400 and 6,800 lbs. depending on cab and drive train. Maximum towing capability of 7,500 pounds (lbs.) (varies on cab and drive train).
Payload max between 1,120 and 1,620 lbs. depending on cab and drive train. Payload max of 1,560 to 1,860 lbs. (depending on drivetrain and cab)

While the 2019 Ranger offers a bit more potential in the towing and hauling departments, explains the writers of Autotrader, the Tacoma definitely brings more options to the table when it comes to customizing a truck that can do what you need it to do by way of the optional V6 engine, manual transmission, and 4WD with low and high gearing.

Interior Tech Highlights

When it comes to all the interior bells and whistles, the Tacoma has quite a bit more going on than the Ranger does. Standard in the Tacoma are:

  • 6-inch touchscreen (or 7-inch upgrade)
  • Three USB ports
  • Bluetooth

Wireless charging is also an available option. In contrast, USB ports, Bluetooth, and a touchscreen are only available if you’re willing to pay extra on the base trim of the 2019 Ranger, though they are standard in the XLT. There is no wireless charging option for the Ranger, either.

Top of Class Safety Features

Both of these trucks have a pretty impressive array of safety features. As the experts over at Auto123 point out, the Tacoma has some new safety tech for 2019, including the Safety P Sense suite. Safety P Sense provides pre-collision with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, and lane departure warning. The entire Safety P Sense suite is standard on the Tacoma, as is lane-keeping assist, but the latter you can only find on the 2019 Ranger in the XLT trim and above.

Which One Is Right for Me?

As we said, both of these mid-size pickups are at the top of their class for a reason. However, the comparisons we’ve listed here don’t lie and while the 2019 Ford Ranger is certainly a truck that can work hard, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma simply has more to offer. It can be whatever you need it to be, depending on the trim level – you can own a luxury vehicle, a workhorse, a sporty truck, or a true off-roading beast (with the Tacoma TRD Pro). In terms of dependability, safety, and tech, it pulls way ahead of its rivals – including the Ford Ranger.

If reading over this comparison list has got you thinking that the Tacoma is right for you, why not call or pay us a visit here at Westbury Toyota? We can answer any of your questions about the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and fill you in on our purchasing and leasing options. We look forward to hearing from you!

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