2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger | Harlingen, TX

January 7th, 2020 by

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is a tried and true pickup truck that has dominated the segment for years. The 2019 Ford Ranger is a newcomer to the segment year. It gives the Tacoma a run for its money, but the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is still top dog. Here’s why the 2019 Toyota Tacoma beats out the 2019 Ford Ranger.

Engine Options
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma gives you two options for your powertrain, allowing you to decide which balance of power and fuel efficiency you prefer. The 2019 Ford Ranger comes with just one engine option.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma has a potent 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing with intelligence, mated to a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with intelligence, that serves up 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. The 2019 Ford Ranger does not offer a match for this engine.

The 2019 Ford Ranger’s only engine is the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® with Auto Start-Stop technology, paired with a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with Tow/Haul Mode. This engine creates 270 horsepower. However, the Tacoma’s 3.5-liter V6 outperforms this engine, cranking out 278 horsepower.

If you are looking for a true off-road-ready truck, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is more suited to your needs. You can spring for the FX4 Off-Road Package for the 2019 Ford Ranger, but it has nothing on the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro trim.

The TRD Pro trim boasts a number of off-road enhancements, including Rigid Industries® LED fog lights, a TRD Pro skid plate, LED-tuned FOX® Internal Bypass shocks, a TRD Pro cat-black exhaust, and a TRD Pro Desert Air Intake. Off-road tech on this model includes Multi-terrain Select, Hill Start Assist, Crawl Control, and an electronically locking rear differential.

Both the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Ford Ranger are incredibly safe midsize pickup trucks. However, the new Toyota Tacoma boasts a handful of standard safety features not offered by the new Ford Ranger. These include standard driver and passenger knee airbags, Hill Assist, automatic high beams, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning. The Tacoma comes with standard rear parking distance sensors, but these are only optional on the Ranger, costing you extra.

Finally, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is larger than the 2019 Ford Ranger. Its wheelbase reaches 140.6 inches, compared to the Ranger’s 126.8. The Tacoma is also longer (up to 222.5 inches) than the Ranger (210.8 inches).

While each has its bright spots, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is the clear winner. Find the Tacoma at Bert Ogden Toyota.

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