2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 Ford Ranger
If you need a pickup that can take your adventures on road and off road, then the midsized 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the 2019 Ford Ranger should be among your top contenders. Both come from reputable manufacturers with impressive legacies. The Tacoma is now in its third generation of production; it debuted in 1995 and has been refined to become all you need in a mid-sized pickup. The Ranger, on the other hand, is back after taking a hiatus after the 2012 model year. While it’s return is marked by some nice modernization, the ’19 Tacoma edges it out in reliability, safety and flexibility when they go head to head.
The ’19 Toyota Tacoma starts at $25,700 with its SR trim and offers a great bang for the buck with its standard features. The engine choices are a 159 hp 2.7- four-cylinder and a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. of torque. The three TRD trims come standard with a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission; the other trims are only available in automatic. The Tacoma really surges ahead with its feature-packed Toyota Safety Sense package, which comes standard with every Tacoma trim. It bundles a pre-collision system, lane departure alerts, automatic high beams, and more on top of the Tacoma’s overall 4-star crash rating (with the double cab) so that you can drive with added confidence.
The reintroduced ’19 Ford Ranger doesn’t have the same reliability and safety history to compare with Toyota. It starts at $24,300 in its base (XL) trim level, but there is no other powertrain choice – just the 270 hp 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain does provide great torque (310 lb.-ft.), but the Ford product still can’t beat the Tacoma on the trails. You also won’t get near the same level of active safety features unless you increase the price to $27,940 and jump to the XLT trim level, which receives the Ford CoPilot360 safety technology bundle.
No Road, No Worry
Both the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Ford Ranger have trim levels or packages turning their road-running pickups into highly capable off-road machines. The Ford Ranger offers their FX4 Off-Road package for 4×4 configuration that provides better tires, skid plates, and technologies such as the terrain management system. But the Tacoma provides better suspension articulation over rocky terrian as well as a more flexible approach to its packaging of off-road enhancements. With the TDR Off-Road trim level, you get that impressive Toyota base package plus a TRD-tuned off-road suspension, Crawl Control, and an electronically controlled locking rear differential with more fine-tuning for the off-road. The TRD Pro trim level has even more advancements, such as TRD-tuned Fox shocks and the available TRD Pro Desert Air intake, which keeps out the trail dust. This is a far more comprehensive and flexible off-roading configuration experience than Ford offers on the Ranger.