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Why the Tacoma beats the Ranger

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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

Head to Head Comparison: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

Safety: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

Safety: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

ToyotaCare is a huge advantage when comparing the warranty and safety offerings of the Toyota Tacoma vs. the Ford Ranger. All leases and purchases of new Toyota vehicles come with 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles plus no-cost factory scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles. The 2019 Ford Ranger does not come with a complimentary maintenance plan.
When looking at active safety features, again the Tacoma comes out on top. As mentioned above, all trims of the Tacoma come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P). Let’s take a look at what this system includes:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) is designed to help avoid the potential of a vehicle collision by using an in-vehicle camera and radar that helps to detect a vehicle or pedestrian in front of your vehicle.
Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS) is designed to alert the driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane under the appropriate conditions.
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), when enabled, helps your vehicle to maintain a preset distance between it and the vehicle in front of it. DRCC is designed to automatically slow your vehicle’s speed to maintain your selected distance and will resume to your preset speed once the vehicle in front is no longer driving slower than your preset speed.
Automatic High Beams (AHB) helps detect headlights and taillights ahead of your vehicle by using an in-vehicle camera. The AHB system can then toggle between high or low beams, helping you to have the correct amount of light to see the road ahead of you.
When we compare the standard advanced active safety features of Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) to those that come standard on the 2019 Ford Ranger, there is a clear divide. The Ranger XL has just one of the TSS-P comparable driver assistance features, while the XLT and Lariat trims have three. To include more comparable driver assistance features on the base-model 2019 Ranger XL, drivers must add on the Technology Package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control but comes at an additional cost. No trim level of the 2019 Ford Ranger has a standard safety feature comparable to TSS-P's Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. The 2019 Ranger does have a rear view camera while the 2019 Tacoma offers rear parking sonar assist for TRD models and includes it as standard for the 2019 Tacoma Limited.
Plus, the Tacoma comes with the Star Safety System, which features Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST). When comparing passive safety features, it is worth noting that the Ranger comes with a unique SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system while the Tacoma has knee airbags. No 2019 Ranger offers knee airbags.
Reliability: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

Reliability: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

When you purchase a 2019 Toyota Tacoma, you can rest assured that your investment is backed by 50 years of truck heritage. Known for reliability, quality, and dependability, Toyota was named the Kelley Blue Book® Best Resale Value Brand for 2018.
Naturally, this reputation extends to the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. That's why the 2019 Tacoma is covered by a three-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, a 60-month, 60,000-mile Powertrain and Restraint Systems warranty, and a 60-month, unlimited miles Corrosion Perforation warranty. See Toyota dealer for details.
Plus, with advantageous ToyotaCare no-cost factory scheduled maintenance plan for two years/ 25,000 miles and complimentary 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or unlimited miles on every 2019 Toyota Tacoma, new drivers can feel at ease knowing that they have a plan in place. See a Toyota dealer for details and exclusions.
2019 Ford Ranger drivers will get a standard three-year, 36,000-mile Bumper to Bumper warranty and Roadside Service Assistance.
Tacoma drivers need not worry as this compact pickup provides peace of mind and legendary reliability. It’s no surprise that the legendary Toyota Tacoma has been the best-selling compact pickup truck for the last 14 years based on manufacturer estimates of CY 2005-2018 sales.
2019 will be the Ford Ranger’s first year after the line was discontinued in 2011.
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Interior: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

Interior: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

A top-notch interior and multi-information display system can help you make the most out of your driving experience. Both the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Ford Ranger come with a multitude of interior features for your comfort and convenience. Yet, only the Tacoma has a cockpit-inspired, driver-centric interior layout that matches the aggressive external styling so many enjoy. Let’s take a look at how they compare.
The base grade of the Toyota Tacoma comes with a variety of interior touches that make Toyota's compact pickup truck stand out from its competitors. Every 2019 Tacoma comes standard with a touch-screen multimedia display and three USB ports. To compare, the top Lariat trim is the only Ranger trim that comes with a touch-screen, and the Lariat only comes with two smart-charging USB ports. Plus, the Tacoma's touch-screen is larger with a 4.2-in. Multi-Information Display (MID) vs. the Ranger’s 2.3-in. Productivity Screen.
If we look at the equivalent grades of both truck models, the Tacoma is the clear winner. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma SR5 comes with Entune Audio including a 6.1-in touch-screen display, six speakers, and three USB ports. The comparable Ford model, the Ford Ranger XL, comes with just one USB port, AM/FM stereo, and four speakers. The Ranger XL must be upgraded with Ford's SYNC® system at an additional cost of $1,135 to include a touch-screen and hands-free capabilities.
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Conclusion: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger Head to Head

Conclusion: 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger Head to Head

Drivers looking for a reliable and functional compact pickup truck need to look no further than the 2019 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma offers a multitude of high-tech features in safety, infotainment, and reliability both on and off the road. It’s no wonder why the Toyota Tacoma has been the best-selling compact pickup truck on the market for the last 14 years based on manufacturer estimates of CY 2005-2018 sales -- a stark contrast to the Ford Ranger, which has not been built for the North American market since 2011.
With 50 years in the truck industry, Toyota trucks come with legendary reliability. Built with quality, dependability, and reliability in mind, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma won Best Resale Value: Midsize Pickup Truck according to Kelley Blue Book. In comparison, the 2019 Ford Ranger comes to the North American market brand new for this year.
When it comes down to it, the Tacoma has more of what compact truck owners are looking for: manual or automatic transmissions, engine options, legendary resale value, active safety features standard, and over 50 years of Toyota truck heritage.
These advantages, plus the reliability of the Toyota name, make the 2019 Toyota Tacoma the right choice in this compact pickup truck head-to-head.