Ford Ranger Vs. Toyota Tacoma: New Face Tackles a Savvy Vet

By Justin Cupler | December 5th, 2018

The Ford Ranger took a break following the 2011 model year after the midsize-pickup market dried up. Recently, the midsize pickup has become popular again, and the Ford is dipping back into this pool with the 2019 Ranger. But how does the newest addition to the midsize pickup market compare to a veteran in the class like the 2019 Toyota Tacoma? Is it the 2019 Ford Ranger right midsize pickup for our Jacksonville, Florida area buyers? Keep reading to find out.

Exterior

Though they play in the same midsize pickup space, the 2019 Ford Ranger and 2019 Toyota Tacoma take on significantly different styling. The Tacoma has more of the traditional pickup look with its upright, flat face and hard body lines. The 2019 Ranger, on the other have, has more of a windswept front end with wraparound headlights and softer body lines.

In terms of size, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Ford Ranger have some similarities and some big differences. The Toyota Tacoma measures 212.3 to 225.5 inches long, 75.2 inches wide, and 70.6 to 71.6 inches tall. The Ranger is 210 inches long, 85.8 inches wide, and 70.9 to 71.8 inches tall.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma has three cab-and-body configurations: Access Cab with a 6-foot bed, Double Cab with a 5-foot bed, and Double Cab with a 6-foot bed. The Ranger keeps things simpler with only two options: SuperCab with a 6-foot bed and SuperCrew with a 5-foot bed.

Advantage: 2019 Ford Ranger

  • Swoopy and modern look

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • Rugged pickup appearance
  • Narrower body may be easier to park
  • One extra cab-and-bed option

Interior

Inside, these pickups take separate sides once again. The 2019 Tacoma’s cabin, while stylish for a pickup, is still simple with its straight lines, acres of black, and chunky steering wheel. The 2019 Ford Ranger is by no means unrealistically stylish, but it boasts more curves and angles than the Tacoma. The Ranger also features more splashes of contrast and some added tech with its pair of LCD screens on the gauge cluster.

The 2019 Ford Ranger and 2019 Toyota Tacoma both offer roomy front seats. The Tacoma’s front seats offer 39.7 inches of headroom, 42.9 inches of legroom, 58.3 inches of shoulder room, and 57.2 inches of hip room. The Ranger wins in legroom and headroom by 0.2 inches and 0.1 inches, respectively, but its shoulder room and hip room are 1.6 inches and 1.4-inches tighter, respectively.

In its Access Cab model, the 2019 Tacoma gives rear-seat occupants 34.9 inches of headroom, 24.6 inches of legroom, 56.5 inches of shoulder room, and 51.7 inches of hip room. The Ranger SuperCab easily beats the Tacoma in every key rear seat measurable. It offers an extra inch of headroom, 5.8 inches of legroom, 0.1 inches of shoulder room, and 3.6 inches of hip room.

The next step for the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is the Double Cab model, which features 38.3 inches of headroom, 32.6 inches of legroom, 58.9 inches of shoulder room, and 56.3 inches of hip room. The 2019 Ranger’s answer to the Tacoma Double Cab is its SuperCrew cab, which offers rear-seat riders 38.3 inches of headroom, 34.5 inches of legroom, 56.7 inches of shoulder room, and 53.5 inches of hip room.

Advantage: 2019 Ford Ranger

  • Far roomier rear seats
  • Latest in style and tech

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • More front seat room where it matters most

Performance

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma comes standard with a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Buyers looking for more power can opt for the 3.5-liter V-6 with 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers who prefer to shift their own gears can get a six-speed manual transmission as an option on the TRD Sport and TRD Off-Road models with four-wheel drive.

The 2019 Ford Ranger forgoes the optional-engine game and gives all buyers a potent 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that injects 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque into this midsize pickup. The Ranger also eliminates the debate of a manual or automatic transmission and gives all buyers a standard 10-speed automatic gearbox.

While towing and payload are not the focus of midsize pickups, these ratings still have a big impact in the buying process. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is plenty competent with its 6,700-pound maximum towing capacity and 1,600-pound payload capacity, but the 2019 Ford Ranger tops it with a 7,500-pound towing capacity and 1,860-pound payload rating.

Fuel economy is one of the big reasons buyers move from full-size to midsize pickups. The 2019 Toyota Tacoma with the four-cylinder engine gets up to 20 mpg city, 23 highway, and 21 combined. With the optional V-6 engine, the 2019 Tacoma gets up to 19 mpg city, 24 highway, and 21 combined. Fuel economy numbers are not available yet for the 2019 Ford Ranger, but there is a good chance this boosted four-cylinder engine will beat the 2019 Tacoma’s numbers.

Advantage: 2019 Ford Ranger

  • Superior torque makes towing and hauling a breeze
  • Potent base four-cylinder
  • Advanced 10-speed automatic transmission

Advantage: 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • More range-topping horsepower
  • Available manual gearbox
  • Rugged TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Ford Ranger is available in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Prices start from $24,300 and top out at $32,210.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma has a more robust lineup that includes a few specially tuned models. Its trims include the SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited, and TRD Pro. Prices start from $25,550 and top out at $45,365.

2019 Ford Ranger Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XL: $24,300

  • 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Electronic power steering
  • Black wheel-lip molding
  • Black mesh grille with a black surround
  • Black door handles
  • Black tailgate handle
  • Black mirror caps
  • Four cargo tie-down hooks
  • 16-inch silver steel wheels
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Intermittent wipers
  • Automatic-on/off halogen headlights
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision warning
  • Dynamic brake support
  • 2.3-inch productivity screen in instrument cluster
  • 3.5-inch center-stack screen with audio controls
  • One USB port
  • Black vinyl floor covering
  • Single-zone manual air conditioning
  • Two front and one rear 12-volt port
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Cloth front bucket seats
  • Power front windows with one-touch up and down
  • Daytime running lights
  • AM/FM audio system with four speakers

XLT: $27,940

  • All XL features, plus
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Body-color wheel-lip molding
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Power mirrors
  • 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Trailer-tow monitoring
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Lane-departure warning
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • Forward sensing system
  • Reverse sensing system
  • SYNC
  • FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • 4.2-inch color productivity screen
  • 4.2-inch center-stack screen
  • One smart USB-charging port
  • Carpeted floors with floor mats
  • Overhead console
  • Ford MyKey
  • Perimeter anti-theft alarm
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Keyless entry with remote tailgate lock

Lariat: $32,210

  • All XLT features, plus
  • Grille with chrome bar and surround
  • LED cargo light
  • Body-color door and tailgate handles
  • Power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Manual-sliding rear glass
  • 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Stealth Gray pockets
  • SYNC 3
  • Ambient lighting
  • 8-inch capacitive touchscreen with swipe capability
  • Two smart USB-charging ports
  • Carpeted floor mats with Nubuck edge and Ranger logo
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather seating with heat
  • Eight-way power seats
  • LED headlights
  • LED taillights
  • Keyless unlock and ignition
  • SiriusXM
  • Universal garage door opener

2019 Toyota Tacoma Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SR: $25,550

  • 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • 16-inch styled steel wheels
  • Dark gray grille with a black surround
  • Body-color power, heated mirrors
  • Body-color outside door handles
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • Projector-beam headlights with daytime running lights
  • Deck rail system with four adjustable tie-down cleats
  • Four fixed cargo tie-down points
  • Two-speed wipers
  • Engine and front suspension skid plates
  • Body-color tailgate spoiler
  • Air conditioning
  • Three USB ports
  • Cloth seating
  • Urethane tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Entune Audio with 6.1-inch touchscreen
  • AM/FM audio system with Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Siri Eyes Free
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Lane-departure warning with sway alert
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Hill-start assist

SR5: $30,470

  • All SR features, plus
  • Fog lights
  • Charcoal grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Entune Audio Plus with high-resolution screen
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM

TRD Sport: 32,245

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Gray grille with smoked finish and chrome surround
  • Hood scoop
  • Mirror-mounted turn signals
  • Body-color overfenders
  • 120-volt deck-mounted power outlet
  • 17-inch machined alloy wheels
  • Wireless smartphone charger
  • Leather-wrapped shifter
  • Driver’s side spart key
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium Audio with 7-inch touchscreen
  • Navigation
  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver
  • Transmission fluid cooler
  • TRD sport-tuned suspension

TRD Off-Road: $36,465

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver
  • Transmission cooler
  • TRD-tuned off-road suspension with Bilstein shocks
  • Double Cab body
  • Wide-angle fog lights
  • Gray grille with smoked finish and chrome surround
  • 120-volt deck-mounted power outlet
  • 16-in. machined contrast alloy wheels
  • Power sliding rear window w/privacy glass
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Leather-wrapped shifter knob
  • Smart-key system for driver’s door
  • Keyless ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium Audio
  • Navigation
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • Projector-beam headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Integrated fog lights with chrome bezels
  • Heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” front grille
  • Black badging
  • Black overfenders
  • Hood scoop with graphic
  • 120-volt deck-mounted
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof and sliding sunshade

Limited: $40,565

  • All SR5 features, plus
  • 3.5-liter V-6 engine
  • 18-inch polished alloy wheels
  • Power sliding rear window w/privacy glass
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Wireless phone charger
  • Leather seating
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking assist
  • Fog lights with chrome bezels
  • Silver grille with chrome surround
  • Chrome-accented mirrors
  • Chrome-accented door handles
  • 120-volt deck-mounted power outlet
  • Power moonroof
  • Push-button start
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Entune Premium JBL Audio
  • Six JBL speakers with subwoofer
  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver
  • Transmission cooler

TRD Pro: $45,365

  • 3.5-liter V-6
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Double Cab body
  • Projector-beam headlights with black sport bezels
  • TRD-tuned off-road suspension with 2.5-inch FOX internal-bypass coilovers and rear remote reservoir shocks
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Rigid Industries® LED fog lights
  • Taillights with black sport bezels
  • Heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” front grille
  • Black badging
  • Black overfenders
  • Hood scoop with graphics
  • 120-volt power outlet
  • Power moonroof
  • 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels
  • Power sliding rear window w/privacy glass
  • TRD Pro front skid plate
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Black TRD Pro leather seats with heat
  • Leather-wrapped shift lever
  • TRD Pro shift knob
  • TRD Pro floor mats
  • Auto-dimming rearview
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Entune Premium Audio
  • 7-inch touchscreen
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM
  • Six speakers
  • Entune App Suite
  • Blind-spot monitor
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Rear park assist
  • Active traction control
  • Electronically controlled locking rear differential
  • Class-IV towing hitch receiver
  • TRD Pro cat-back exhaust

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Ranger?

The 2019 Ford Ranger is the latest in the midsize pickup realm, and ushers in the latest in midsize truck features and tech, so it is great for buyers seeking this. Also, its hefty towing capacity makes it a great option for buyers who haul a medium-size trailer or camper but don’t want a diesel engine.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Toyota Tacoma?

The Tacoma looks more like a traditional pickup than the Ranger, so traditionalists will appreciate its appearance. Also, its specially tuned models — TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, and TRD Pro — are perfect for buyers looking for a truck that fits these narrow niches.

Ready to test the 2019 Ford Ranger on the streets of Jacksonville, Florida? Come check out Garber Automall’s new-car showroom serving Orange Park, Jacksonville, and Fleming Island to test drive the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for yourself. If you can’t make it to our showroom, you can also check out our online inventory to see if we have a Ranger in stock that meets your needs.

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