The Tacoma as we know it today was first produced in 1995. It became the newest addition to the Toyota truck family which began in 1969 with the Toyota Hilux. Meanwhile, the name "Ranger" has been given to a variety of Ford vehicles over the years. The Ford Ranger compact pickup truck debuted in North America in 1983 and was discontinued without a replacement in 2011. Now, Ford revives the Ranger for the 2019 model year. In this head-to-head, we will compare key features of the new 2019 Ford Ranger vs. the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, a truck backed by 50 years of Toyota truck heritage.
As part of the legendary Toyota truck family, it is no surprise that the Tacoma is the best-selling compact pickup truck for the last 14 years based on manufacturer estimates of CY 2005-2018 sales. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is a shining example of Toyota’s reputation for excellence.
If you are looking for a truck that suits your lifestyle, both the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Ford Ranger are trucks worth considering.
First off, the Tacoma offers more engine and transmission options including an available manual transmission on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road, Sport, and Pro trim levels. The 2019 Ranger only offers one engine and automatic transmission option.
For the ultimate off-road experience, Tacoma TRD Off-Road and Pro trims with automatic transmission feature Multi-Terrain Select (with 5 modes) and Crawl Control. These 2019 Tacomas feature an assortment of impressive off-road features including: TRD skid plates, available Desert External Air Intake (TRD Pro only), composite bed w/120V power outlet (all TRD models), electronically controlled locking Rear Differential, Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Fox® internal bypass shocks (TRD Pro only), and an electronic shift transfer case.
The 2019 Ford Ranger has an available FX4 Off-Road Package that includes some of the features listed above. Regardless, the rugged Tacoma has a half inch greater ground clearance to cover even the gnarliest terrain.
Safety and peace of mind are always included with Toyota. All trims of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma come standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) to help keep you and your passengers safe on the road, plus ToyotaCare offers a no-cost maintenance plan so you can hit the trails without worry. There is no complimentary maintenance plan offered for the 2019 Ford Ranger.
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma offers an impressive lineup of active safety, warranty, and off-road features. When comparing it with the revived 2019 Ford Ranger, it becomes clear why the Toyota Tacoma has been the best-selling pickup truck for the last 14 years based on manufacturer estimates of CY 2005-2018 sales.
Published date: 01/31/2019