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The Ford Ranger Holds Its Ground Against the Toyota Tacoma

At first glance, a potential buyer may not be able to spot the difference between the newest models of the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Tacoma. Similar in body type, design concepts, and front end styling, these two mid-size trucks also offer similar sporty utility and consumer ratings. Despite these consistencies, the differences between these two pickups are inherent in the intricate details each automaker chooses to incorporate in their Beaver Dam truck models. There is just enough variation between the Ranger and the Tacoma to appeal to an array of consumes with different tastes and likings.

Variations in Performance

First and foremost, buyers in search of a new truck want to know what's under the hood and the reputation of the associated engine. To compare, the new Ford Ranger relies on power from a 2.3-liter Turbo 4-cylinder that is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combination allows the Ranger to attain some of the best fuel efficiency ratings in its class. When it's 4-wheel drive abilities are implemented, the Ranger is more capable, sturdy and reliable than its Tacoma counterpart.

Balancing weekend fun with daily commuting, the Toyota Tacoma offers two engine options: a 4.7-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V6. These choices are complemented well by two additional transmission options: a 6-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. While the Toyota sports impressive towing capabilities, it lacks in the fuel efficiency that the Ford Ranger offers. Overall, the Toyota Tacoma handles dual functions well as a weekend ride or a daily Beaver Dam commuter. However, the Ford Ranger is simply a more well-rounded pickup truck.

Safety Feature Comparison

Modern vehicles, including trucks, are expected to incorporate some degree of safety features and accident-prevention technology. The Toyota Tacoma comes with an impressive array of active safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, auto high beam headlights, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings. The V6 option is accompanied by a power-sliding back window and a power-adjustable driver's seat that can be maneuvered in ten different configurations.

Compared to the Toyota Tacoma, the Ford Ranger offers safety features that are basic, at most. Yet, this reduction in features isn't necessarily a downfall of the Ranger. For consumers who like a no-nonsense approach to their truck or prefer the simple things in life, the Ford Ranger would be a better option. With limited technology features, this truck is just as safe as the Tacoma. Standard automatic emergency braking helps the Ranger to stand out a bit above the Tacoma. When compared with its additional cargo space and package options, the Ranger definitely excels.

Capability and Power

With the powertrains they include and the type of suspension offered, neither the Ford Ranger nor the Toyota Tacoma excels in ride comfort. Though both of them offer equipment and package upgrades to add facets that make off-roading more comfortable and exciting, the base models of both these pickups do not offer those amenities.

As far as the way that the design affects the integration of these pickup trucks, the Ford Ranger is able to two up to 7,500 pounds thanks to its V6 power and a solid rear axle. The Toyota Tacoma falls a bit short of that maxing out its towing capacity at 6,800 pounds. Both of these pickup trucks offer 4-wheel drive options at an additional cost. Not only are these capabilities determined by their power train but also their exterior design and durable elements.

Interior Variants

Let's face it, consumers usually don't get too excited about the interior elements of a pickup truck as they are generally focused on the powertrain and towing capacity. These two pickup trucks both offer fairly comfortable seating with practical internal facets and conventional materials and quality. When it comes to physical demeanor, practical attributes and functionality, the Tacoma and Ranger measure up closely. However, most consumers find the Ford Ranger to be a better option, stop by Summit Ford to try these trucks out and determine the winner for yourself. We are sure you will agree that the Ford Ranger is a step above the Toyota Tacoma.