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Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2023 Ford Ranger

2023 Toyota Tacoma

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,745 - $47,115

Used Asking Price:

$29,979 - $43,791

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

27.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,264 - $45,924

Used Asking Price:

$30,995 - $48,579

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

13.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.9 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 10
6 / 11

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 11
2 / 11
2 / 11
7 / 10

Summary Review

Ford discontinued its iconic Ranger small pickup truck in 2011 despite a large, loyal fanbase. It recovered from that mistake by introducing an all-new Ford Ranger in 2019. The old and new Ranger small truck have nothing at all in common, and most older Ranger used trucks are now "fully depreciated,” to say it kindly. We’ll focus our comments on the new Ranger.

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Summary Review

Toyota’s Tacoma has been the sales leader in the midsize segment for decades. While other brands quit this market, Toyota continued to polish the gem that is the Tacoma pickup.

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Pros and Cons

  • Excellent fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine standard
  • Tremor off-road trim option
  • Modern infotainment
  • Class-leading payload capacity

  • Mixed reliability scores
  • Retained value hard to predict (too new)

Pros and Cons

  • Wide range of trim levels and styles from affordable barebones to serious off-road
  • Best in class retained value
  • Strong track record of overall reliability
  • Composite bed eliminates corrosion concerns

  • Beware the recent few used years with transmission issues with some recent models
  • Interior oddities like a low, flat seat
  • Not as refined as most competitors, overdue for a full update
  • Towing capability less than segment best

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Bed Length(s)

61 inches, 72.8 inches

Available Bed Length(s)

60.5 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

XL, Lariat, XLT

Trim Levels

TRD Off-Road, SR, SR V6, SR5 V6, Limited, SR5, TRD Pro, TRD Sport, Trail Special Edition

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.065 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

3500 lbs

Max Payload:

1905 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.041 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Max Payload :

1685 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.7 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 23 / 21

Range (city/hwy):

422 / 485 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

35.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

30.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.2 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

89.2 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

34.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

24.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

85.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4145 lbs

Width:

85.8 inches

Height:

72.9 inches

Length:

210.8 inches

Wheelbase:

126.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3915 lbs

Width:

74.4 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

212.3 inches

Wheelbase:

127.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted steel

Tire Size:

P255/70R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P245/75R16