The 2019 Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma combine modern creature comforts with sturdy hauling capabilities. They have so much in common that you might find yourself struggling to choose just one. Worry not—our comparison guide is here to help.
Clean-Cut Cabin: 2019 Ford Ranger
To travel in the most style, you’re going to want the Ranger. This all-new midsize truck is clean-cut and comfortable, with a tidy control layout and seats that keep you snug and supported. You’ll also be impressed with the Ranger’s quiet cabin; it remains nice and peaceful, even during highway cruises.
The Toyota Tacoma also has a rep for a smooth, quiet ride. The seats are nice and comfortable, too. We just wish there was a little more front headroom. And if you’re a tall driver, you will too.
Rugged Capabilities: It’s a Tie!
Both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma offer the kind of off-road gear you need for some serious fun. Add four-wheel drive to any of these trucks’ trim models and you’re ready for the sand, sleet, mud, and snow.
Ford offers the FX4 Off-Road package for extra capabilities, compliments of items like off-road tires and an electronically locking rear axle. The Tacoma lineup includes the TRD Off-Road trim model. Like Ford’s performance package, this model gives you extra performance gear like Bilstein shocks and extra skid plates.
Strongest Performance: 2019 Ford Ranger
Want the midsize truck with the strongest capabilities? That would be the 2019 Ranger. With the right equipment, this pickup can tow trailers weighing up to 7,500 pounds. The Toyota Tacoma tows only lesser boats and campers, maxing out at 6,400 pounds.
The Ranger also gives you the potential to make fewer trips, because this Ford compact hauls bigger payloads. Depending on how you configure yours, the Ranger can haul 1,860 pounds’ worth of your work supplies and outdoor gear. The Tacoma hauls up to 1,620 pounds.
Thriftiest Ride: 2019 Ford Ranger
The Toyota Tacoma is a sturdy contender, but the 2019 Ford Ranger is the ultimate champion. This pickup is both the strongest and the thriftiest, and its off-road capabilities are the cherry on top. Choose the Ranger for the best possible midsize truck experience.