In comparing the Ford Ranger's and the Toyota Tacoma's specifications and ratings, the Ford Ranger has the advantage in the area of base engine power. The Toyota Tacoma has the advantage in the areas of reliability, resale value and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Ford Ranger's and the Toyota Tacoma's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Tacoma is a better car than the Ford Ranger.
Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Ford Ranger loses 27.5 percent of its value and the Toyota Tacoma loses 13.8 percent of its value. This means the Toyota Tacoma retains 13.7 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Ford Ranger.
Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Ford Ranger is 8.3 out of 10 while the Toyota Tacoma's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Ford Ranger being ranked 3 out of 7 Best Midsize Trucks and the Toyota Tacoma being ranked 2 out of 7.
Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Ford Ranger is 8.9 out of 10. For the Toyota Tacoma the reliability rating is 9.2 out of 10. This gives the Toyota Tacoma a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Ford Ranger.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Ford Ranger’s base engine makes 270 horsepower, and the Toyota Tacoma base engine makes 228 horsepower.
Available Cab Types and Bed Lengths
Both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma are available in Crew Cab configuration. The Ford Ranger offers a bed length of 59.6 inches, and the Toyota Tacoma offers bed lengths of 60.3 and 73.5 inches.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma have the same average safety rating of 4 out of 5 Stars.
While the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma do have some fundamental similarities (cab configurations, drivetrain options, burgeoning aftermarket, poor rear legroom, etc.), the two midsize pickups appeal to entirely different audiences. The Tacoma generally caters to outdoor and off-road enthusiasts, whereas the Ranger targets those who use their trucks for towing and work duty. They also take a different approach in the powertrain department; the Ranger only offers a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, whereas the Tacoma offers both 4- and 6-cylinder options. Keep in mind, however, Ford’s EcoBoost 4-cylinder is nearly as powerful as Toyota’s V6 and delivers much better fuel economy. A new Tacoma will cost about $1,500 more than a new Ranger, but the Toyota offers better build quality and resale values than the Ford. Though both trucks are showing their age, the Ranger’s interior is more functional than the Tacoma’s, and the Ford comes with more standard tech.