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When the Ranger made its return to the Ford truck lineup it was clear that one of the biggest competitors it was going to face was the Toyota Tacoma. It makes sense since the Tacoma is one of the most recognizable names in the mid-size truck class.

With all the reviews and facts that are out on both trucks I wanted to do a side by side comparison to see how they stack up.

Powertrain:
Ranger
- 2.3 liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine (270HP 310lb-ft torque)
- 10-speed automatic transmission.
- Standard RWD with an optional 4WD system with Hi and Low settings

Tacoma
- Standard 2.7 liter 4-cylinder engine (159HP 180lb-ft torque)
- Optional 3.5 liter V-6 cylinder engine (278HP 265lb-ft torque)
- 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic
- Standard RWD with an optional 4WD system with Hi and Low settings

Fuel Economy:
Ranger
- RWD (21mpg city / 26mpg highway / 23mpg combined)
- 4WD (20mpg city / 24mpg highway / 22mpg combined)

Tacoma:
- 4 cylinder with automatic transmission and RWD (19mpg city / 23 mpg highway / 21mpg combined)
- V6 RWD (19mpg city / 24mpg highway / 21mpg combined)
- V6 4WD (18mpg city / 23mpg highway / 20mpg combined)

Safety:
- Both trucks include: antilock brakes, airbags, backup camera, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
- Lane-keep assist is standard on the Tacoma but not on the Ranger XL.
- Ranger XLT comes with Lane-keep assist along with blind spot monitoring and rear-cross traffic warning system. Those are optional on some Tacoma trims.

Technology:
Ranger
- Pay extra for a USB port and Bluetooth in the base model.
- In the XLT trim they are included with an 8 inch touchscreen, which you can enhance with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, 2 USB ports, but no wireless charging.

Tacoma
- Standard 6 inch screen (7 inch screen upgrade), doesn’t offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto. Wireless charging is available, along with 3 USBs and standard Bluetooth.

Starting Price:
Ranger
- Base XL SuperCab ($24,300)

Tacoma
- Base SR access cab ($25,550) / V6 base ($27,660)

Dimensions:
Ranger
- Wheelbase 126.8 inches
- Length 210.8 inches
- Height 71 inches
- Width 73.3 inches
- Cab Options SuperCab and SuperCrew
- Short Bed Length 61 inches
- Long Bed Length 74.4 inches

Tacoma
- Wheelbase 127.4 inches
- Length 212.3 inches
- Height 70.6 inches
- Width 74.4 inches
- Cab Options AccessCab and DoubleCab
- Short Bed Length 60.5 inches
- Long Bed Length 72.8 inches
 

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The Ranger finally completed its IIHS safety testing and got ratings of "superior" for front crash prevention and "good" for 5 other categories including driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint. It also recorded an "acceptable" in the passenger-side small overlap test.

Overall it scored the same as the Tacoma, which is another thing they have in common.

https://driving.ca/ford/ranger/auto-news/news/2019-ford-ranger-crushes-iihs-crash-tests-matches-toyota-tacoma
 

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Toyota announced a bunch of upgrades for the 2020 Tacoma and they're not too shabby.


  • Available in 32 different configurations, the 2020 Tacoma offers a model for all seasons and reasons. Six model grades include: work-ready SR; high-style, high-value SR5; athletic TRD Sport; adventurous TRD Off-Road; ultimate off-road TRD Pro; and top-of-the-line Limited.
  • All Tacoma models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beams.
  • Upgraded Multimedia with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Amazon Alexa Capability
  • Electronically Power-Adjustable Seat Added on V6 Models SR5 and Up
  • New Multi-Terrain Monitor (MTM) and Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) Available on Top Grades
  • New LED Headlamps on Limited and TRD Models
  • Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) Standard on all Tacoma Grades
There are also a bunch of TRD Updates, including a Tacoma TRD Pro

TRD Pro Really Earns Its Badge
Inspired by Toyota’s long history of off-road racing success, the Tacoma TRD Pro is aimed squarely at diehard off-road enthusiasts. Take the available TRD-designed Desert Air Intake, for example. It’s designed to help raise the engine’s air intake out of the dust and into cleaner air, helping the Tacoma to perform at its best even when conditions are not.Tacoma TRD Pro wears a heritage-inspired front grille with bold “TOYOTA” lettering, color-keyed surround, blacked-out hood scoop and graphic, color-keyed power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, color-keyed door handles, black overfenders, and color-keyed rear bumper. Available TRD Pro exterior colors include Midnight Black Metallic, Super White, Magnetic Gray Metallic, and the exclusive Army Green.

Based on the Tacoma TRD Off-Road 4×4 Double Cab short-bed model with either a six-speed manual transmission (with clutch start-cancel switch) or six-speed automatic, the Tacoma TRD Pro comes ready to conquer hill and trail. In addition to the TRD Off-Road grade equipment, the Tacoma TRD Pro adds:
  • FOX 2.5-inch internal bypass shocks tuned by TRD
  • TRD-tuned front springs with a 1-inch front lift
  • TRD-tuned rear suspension with progressive-rate off-road leaf springs
  • TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate with red TRD lettering
  • LED headlights with sequential turn signals TRD Pro inserts
  • Rigid Industries LED fog lights
  • Projector-beam headlights with black bezels, LED daytime running lights (DRL), and auto on/off feature
  • Taillights with black bezels
  • 16-inch TRD black alloy wheels (new, lighter design for 2020) that provide a 1-inch wider track width compared to TRD Off-Road
  • Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Kevlar-reinforced tires
  • TRD Pro hood scoop
  • Special TRD Pro badging
  • TRD-tuned cat-back exhaust
 

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This is very interesting, I wonder if it was the emergence of the Ranger that made Toyota go through all the changes for the Tacoma.
 
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