2019 Ford Ranger Vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma: Mid-Size Matchup

Tacoma V Ranger

By Brian Normile

We last compared the upcoming new 2019 Ford Ranger to the other new mid-size pickup truck on the block, the 2020 Jeep Gladiator. Now it's time to see how it stacks up to an established player in the class, the sales king of the mid-size trucks, the Toyota Tacoma.

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Of course, at this stage, this story is just on paper; however, after the 2019 Ford Ranger press drive later this week, we'll be driving off with a new Ranger to put into an actual head-to-head comparison against a new Tacoma, so stay tuned for our impressions and results toward the end of December. Ford thinks the comparison will be favorable — we're told it's going to have a comparable Tacoma on hand for members of the media to drive during the Ranger drive event.

It's also worth noting that we still don't have all the Ranger's specifications — no curb weight, for example, and only max towing and payload numbers (nothing is broken down by cab or equipment), so this is simply a quick and dirty comparison. We'll have more information and details to come.

Measurements

The most popular models in the mid-size pickup class are four-door crew cabs and both the Ranger and Tacoma have similar offerings. The Ranger SuperCrew (aka crew cab) offers a shorter bed. The SuperCab (also known as the extended cab) uses the same wheelbase but has a bed that's 1 foot longer. Toyota calls its crew cab the double cab and its extended cab an Access Cab and offers two different wheelbases to provide more length and size diversity. We'll get to exact bed length measurements in a bit. For now, here are the apples-to-apples measurements and specifications.

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RANGER (in inches; all models unless otherwise noted)

  • Wheelbase: 126.8 (only one offered)
  • Length: 210.8
  • Width: 85.8 (from mirror to mirror)
  • Height: 71.1 (SuperCrew 4x2 and SuperCab 4x4), 71.5 (SuperCrew 4x4), 70.7 (SuperCab 4x2)
  • Front track: 61.4
  • Rear track: 61.4

TACOMA

  • Wheelbase: 127.4, 140.6 (double-cab short bed, long bed)
  • Length: 212.3, 225.5 (double-cab, short bed, long bed)
  • Width: 74.4, 75.2 (with optional overfenders not mirror to mirror)
  • Height: 70.6, 71.6 (TRD Pro)
  • Front track: 63, 64 (TRD Pro)
  • Rear track: 63.2, 64.2 (TRD Pro)

Off-Roading

Ford will offer its FX4 Off-Road Package on the Ranger, while Toyota goes at least one step further with the dedicated TRD Pro off-road trim on top of two other TRD-branded option packages. This leads to much greater variation in off-road capabilities for the Taco depending on how it's equipped.

RANGER

  • Approach/breakover/departure: 27.9/22.7/25.2 degrees (4x2), 28.7/21.5/25.4 (4x4)
  • Ground clearance: 8.4 inches (4x2), 8.9 (4x4)
  • 4-Low drive ratio: 2.72:1

TACOMA

  • Approach/breakover/departure: 29/24/23.5 degrees (4x2 Access Cab), 29/20-21/23.5 (4x2 double cab), 29/20-21/23.1 (4x2 double-cab long bed), 32/20-21/23.5 (4x2 double-cab TRD Off-Road), 29/24/23 (4x4 Access Cab), 32/24/23 (4x4 Access-Cab TRD Off-Road), 29/21/23.5 (4x4 double cab), 29/21/23.1 (4x4 double-cab long bed), 32/21/23.5 (4x4 double-cab TRD Off-Road), 35/26/23.9 (4x4 double-cab TRD Pro)
  • Ground clearance: 9.4 inches
  • 4-Low drive ratio: 2.57:1

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Towing, Hauling and Beds

To reiterate: The only way Ranger buyers can opt for a longer than 5-foot bed is by selecting the SuperCab with the longer 6-foot bed. Tacoma does offer a longer bed with the double cab by offering a longer wheelbase option, but you will be prevented from ordering the TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro trims. Also, the Ranger's numbers are not yet as fleshed out as other pickups in the class, but once we get one we'll have a tape measure and scale waiting at the ready.

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As you might expect, the Tacoma offers greater variation and diversity in its maximum payload and towing numbers thanks to its engine options (an inline four-cylinder and a V-6) and multi-wheelbase strategy. The Ranger currently offers only the gas turbocharged four-cylinder. The Tacoma is also available with a manual transmission, which slightly affects payload capacities.

RANGER

  • Bed length: 61 inches (SuperCrew), 72.8 inches (SuperCab)
  • Maximum width: 61.4 inches
  • Bed width at rear wheels: 44.8 inches
  • Max towing capacity: 7,500 pounds
  • Max payload: 1,560 pounds (SuperCrew 4x4), 1,650 (SuperCab 4x4), 1,770 (SuperCrew 4x2); 1,860 (SuperCab 4x2)

TACOMA

  • Bed length: 60.5 inches, 73.7 inches
  • Maximum bed width: 56.7 inches
  • Bed width at rear wheels: 41.5 inches
  • Max towing capacity: 3,500 pounds (four-cylinder models), 6,400 (4x4 double cab with V-6 Tow Prep Package), 6,500 (4x4 Access Cab with V-6 Tow Prep Package), 6,600 (4x2 double-cab long bed with V-6 Tow Prep Package), 6,700 (4x2 double cab with V-6 Tow Prep Package), 6,800 (4x2 Access Cab with V-6 Tow Prep Package)
  • Max payload: 1,155 (4x4 V-6 manual double cab), 1,175 (4x4 V-6 automatic double cab), 1,275 (4x4 V-6 manual Access Cab), 1,295 (4x4 V-6 automatic Access Cab), 1,380 (4x4 four-cylinder automatic Access Cab), 1,405 (4x4 four-cylinder manual Access Cab), 1,420 (4x2 V-6 manual double cab), 1,505 (4x2 four-cylinder automatic double cab), 1,540 (4x2 V-6 automatic Access Cab), 1,620 pounds (4x2 four-cylinder automatic Access Cab)

Cars.com graphic by Paul Dolan; Cars.com photos by Christian Lantry; manufacturer image

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Comments

@ fake

Lol...thats a good one

Atleast i have my own name and dont leech off others. Man your a snake. How do u live with yourself??

tntonline You have had 9 juvenile ranting post since noon.
What next make fun of your family.
Defend Michael Jackson to prove the pervert you are.
And remember every time you respond to "just the truth" is one more lie.

@ full of $h!t

I domt respond to that name. Look at what i respond to

You have serious issues that need to be addressed

Please seek help...we have told u that u twist words. Please read for comprehension.

I know u try and make yourself feel better by posting twisting lies but it doesnt work on me "IT"

Btw...i had free time today from work...

If u would work u could buy a truck and maybe add some usefulness to the forum....your escort just doesnt do much for ya "IT"

Good day to u and your 22 multiple personalities

@ just the truth

Add another one to that tally.

TNTGMC is an insecure, immature, low self esteem half wit that ruins every thread on PUTC.

@ fake papajim

That's your opinion

I still use my own name that i created and u cant say that.

Your a gutless spineless leech....that's just the truth

And the juvenile posting hissy fit goes on.

@ full of $h!t

Tell me how its juvenille?

Posting under someone elses name or using multiple names is juvenille/childish

That's just the truth!

And you cant handle that!

Just shut up already TNTGMC.

You look stupider each time you post

@ tntOnline You are your worst enemy. Once you got started you can't quit.
Papajim (no matter which one) gave good advice.

@ fake papajim

Thanks for proving my point! Your a juvenille. A spineless and n@tless one at that!

Find your own username.

Would love to get involved in an east-coast version of this testing. Now that I'm driving a '19 Z71 Colorado, I'd like to get into a head-to-head comparison of all the others.

@ full of $h!t

Taking advice from a so called man who can't use 1 name and never posts facts and talks out of his @$$. Boy I better take your advice and run......nah

Here's some....find 1 name that has some credit behind it. Post links to prove your false claims. Buy a truck, so u can be beneficial to the site, and lastly, dont twist words around.

If u can do that then we wouldn't have all these losers on here posting gibberish nonsense along with sabotaging peoples user names.

That's just the truth!

Have a great day "IT"

@ Vulpine

The GM twins will perform very well against the Ranger.
They will win the performance categories. I bet the ranger will ride slightly better bc its a newer truck

@tntonline. You are absolutely the funniest person here.

"and another thing: A quick glance at the above photos makes it really clear WHO Ford was targeting with their new truck (and it ain't GM). The Tacoma is clearly in their sights because it's the sale leader, but also I'm guessing because the Tacoma is an easy 'target' for anybody who's over 5-7 and 175 pounds who wants a compact or midsize truck. As everybody has said repeatedly, the Taco is uncomfortable for normal size guys.

"If Ford has produced a decently comfortable cabin in the new Ranger, it's a home run because American men (and women) have been getting bigger lately. Taller, heavier. Nobody wants to drop 40k on a pickup that is cramped and your knees are up around your ear lobes when you're out driving." ---- Posted by: papajim

--- I can't agree about the comfort for "normal-sized guys." The Tacoma fits me well enough and I'm just below 6' at 200#. On the other hand, my wife IS 6' at about the same weight or so and simply put, the seat track isn't long enough for her--the wheel rubs her thighs, or has every time we've tried one on at the local auto show. The Colorado is a good fit with enough track for her to really stretch out if she wants.

Now, I've already made my decision for multiple reasons, but I would like to give the Ranger a good workout sometime to see if it can really do as well as Ford claims.

GMSRGREAT once there was a...
Posted by: The Lawn Ranger | Dec 12, 2018 9:51:29 PM

Well, well now..., Somebody has used my user name to promote their own agenda..., Hmmm..., I forgive you for this..., I can only encourage to seek cover from the demon(s) that use you to accomplish their master's agenda..., It happens to all of us, since we are human...
Seeking cover can only be found under God.... thru His Son..., Jesus...
I'm gonna help you in another way..., as of the time stamp of this post, the name "The Lawn Ranger" on this site is dead and useless, for I will be in readership only..., Those demons won't like that for their world just got a little smaller..., Not only that, but their time is getting shorter also..., check out the book of Revelation...

I can only ask that PUTC adopts a new policy or technology to put an end to people posting under other people's names, stops the spammers, etc..., Oh, I know we can use typepad/key accounts..., but they are pay services...

"The GM twins will perform very well against the Ranger.
They will win the performance categories. I bet the ranger will ride slightly better bc its a newer truck" --- Posted by: TNTGMC

--- That's a bet I'd almost be willing to take; the Colorado is a better-riding truck than I expected. And several places where my older trucks used to dance and wheel-hop due to seam repairs on the highway has the Colorado tracking like those seams don't even exist, though I can still feel them under my wheels.

@Vulpine--Thanks for the update. I thought that the Colorado would be a nice riding truck. If I were buying a new truck now I would put the Colorado and Canyon at the top of my list especially since you can still get a manual in the Base and WT models even though the manual is not available in a 4 X 4. That is one of the things I like about my old S-10, I feel more engaged in driving a manual versus an automatic. Next I would consider the Frontier because of the value and Nissan makes a good truck. I don't hate the Tacoma but the competition has gotten much better and most of the midsize trucks with the exception of the Frontier are newer.

Either way these two will kill the twins mid sizers, GM just released their horrid sales decrease for the Q3, they are done folks.....

@Nitro

You are a solid gold fool.

Here is the URL for GM's press releases and there is no such data, as you've noted in your idiotic comment. https://investor.gm.com/

Take a look at the official GM webpage and help yourself to learn from facts instead of some stupid Ford forum you go to.

Chevy Silverado Sales Decrease 15 Percent To 133,329 Units In Q3 2018


Read more: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/12/chevrolet-silverado-sales-numbers-figures-results-third-quarter-2018/#ixzz5Zc0dap6r

Why I will keep both of my Tacoma's, new Ranger does not impress!

@ "IT"

I just speak the truth and back it up

Something YOU aka.. full of $h!t dont do

@ vulpine

Glad u like your colorado. Ive heard nothing but great things about them

@ oxi

Not surprised. You’re a leftist. The ultra left buy foreign vehicles. They’re the same one who support open borders, globalization, communism, mass 3rd World islamic immigration...

Left are the destroyer of the West.

@limited slip
How does seat fold up in Ranger.
TFL had another test drive showing rear seating.
The Ranger has that traditional under seat storage system and non flat floor. The Ridgeline has flat floor with just track that rear seat lock into when down in seating position.
So in Ranger you couldn't put something like golf club bag underneath seat when it's down. With Ridgeline you could do this while seat is down and people are seated with stuff underneath them.

you couldn't put something like a golf club bag underneath seat when it's down. With Ridgeline you could do this while seat is down and people are seated with stuff underneath them.
Posted by: 2007 Ridgeline Owner | Dec 13, 2018

@Ridgeline

You could carry a truckload of golf club bags on an ocean liner but that wouldn't make it a pickup truck either. A pickup is a specific kind of vehicle, no different than a motorcycle or a police car.

They aren't pickup trucks either. Just sayin'

Whether you like it or not, the Ridgeline is a pickup.

So stop whining

The ridgeline is a truck but it looks like a Honda pilot or civic

Wish they would have made it more rugged like the older model. Give is Chuck Norris back baby

@ Papajim
Different Ranger and different Toyota( Hilux) but both are fsitly eual in Sales, but the Hilux has been pulling ahead over the last two years, has been the best selling car for several years

LOL these comments! Damn and all i wanted to do was come here to see the initial comparison numbers and how they stack up side by side. Look people the friggin truck hasnt even hit dealer lots here in the US so just chill the hell out. The nice thing about my job is when i get to test drive new vehicles when they come out. By the way the Ranger did outsell the Tacoma in 2017 in Australia and is giving the taco a run for its money down under. Personally I'll always stay with Toyota. Not because im a hippie or a liberal or a communist or what the F ever. It's from my 16 years of experience working in an automotive shop....on every make and model. Give the truck the benefit of the doubt and stop talkin' smack when none of us have even test driven one here stateside.

Scratch the Tacoma....I meant the Hilux in AUS... LOL. I'm gettin all teary eyed readin these comments!

To touch on the original subject, test drove a new Ranger last week. 4X4 SuperCrew, step on it and it halls @@s, handles corners well and fit and finish are excellent. Appears to be a well built very capable truck. I an 6' 2" and the back seat was quite comfortable, not as roomy and comfortable as my 17 F-150 but there is a size difference.
Only downside was the factory guy said no 2.7 EB for the Ranger, I did give my opinion that was a mistake. However he did say the new Bronco will get the 2.7 EB which I applauded.

The people posting on this site are mostly negative about anything Ford. Many on this forum predicted the aluminum F150 would be the downfall of Ford. In reality the aluminum F150 has gained 5% per year on Gm trucks.

If what you are saying is Just the truth, then don't expect those people to purchase a Ranger next time because no one goes from a TOYOTA to a Ford so you can scratch those sales off. Just the truth.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT

Oh lordy you are a laugh riot.
It us quite reasonable for Ford to target the Tacoma, as the GM twins are not the competition- Just the truth.
The only reason for Tacoma growth since the Ranger exit in 2011 was because of that exit. The only reason GM mid size has the current numbers are those who do not care for Tacoma and could not get a Ranger- Just the truth. The last time Ford and GM went at it in small trucks GM got Clobbered!- Just the truth. When the Ranger is released the GM twins will suffer and mightily so- Just the truth. The are many,many more pre 2011 Rangers still on the road than GM " S10 or S15 " - Just the truth.

The only reason GM mid size has the current numbers are those who do not care for Tacoma and could not get a Ranger.

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks | Dec 13, 2018 10:52:50 PM

You logic states that all current GM mid size sales would have been Rangers had the product been available. That leaves the Ranger in second place in sales. You are always good for a laugh. Thanks.

@ TNTGMC,

You do realize both of my Tacoma's were built in the United States, so you are telling us the U.S. is a foreign nation now?

The Tacoma is a conservative truck because it remains old school and not full of these comfort bullshyt like the Colorado or Ranger!

Both of my Tacoma's have iron block engines, that is a truck engine and not one from a car, ladder frames and yes, even old school rear drum brakes! Sure the ride is not as comfy as a Colorado or Ranger, because the Tacoma is more true to a trucks roots than these new liberal trucks!

Tacoma is also rigid with its looks, more mean or ugly and not liberal and gurly like the Colorado or Ranger! That is why I will continue driving my non-liberal Tacoma's and trade one in in the coming years when I am ready. The 5-speed manual Tacoma will remain with me until I pass!

@ TNTGMC,

You do realize both of my Tacoma's were built in the United States, so you are telling us the U.S. is a foreign nation now?

The Tacoma is a conservative truck because it remains old school and not full of these comfort bullshyt like the Colorado or Ranger!

Both of my Tacoma's have iron block engines, that is a truck engine and not one from a car, ladder frames and yes, even old school rear drum brakes! Sure the ride is not as comfy as a Colorado or Ranger, because the Tacoma is more true to a trucks roots than these new liberal trucks!

Tacoma is also rigid with its looks, more mean or ugly and not liberal and gurly like the Colorado or Ranger! That is why I will continue driving my non-liberal Tacoma's and trade one in in the coming years when I am ready. The 5-speed manual Tacoma will remain with me until I pass!

@oxi (or is it OHI?)

Please keep enjoying your Tacoma. I would hate it if I found out you had a Ridgeline.

You logic states that all current GM mid size sales would have been Rangers had the product been available. That leaves the Ranger in second place in sales. You are always good for a laugh. Thanks.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT

By your logic this will have the GM twins going to third place in sales. You are always good for an even bigger laugh. Thank You for your stepping in it.
again.

You logic states that all current GM mid size sales would have been Rangers had the product been available. That leaves the Ranger in second place in sales. You are always good for a laugh. Thanks.
Posted by: GMSRGREAT

By your logic this will have the GM twins going to third place in sales. You are always good for an even bigger laugh. Thank You for your stepping in it.
again.

@chunks

Sorry but your comment made sense to you and nobody else. Please reiterate

"Nobody wants to drop 40k on a pickup that is cramped and your knees are up around your ear lobes when you're out driving."

Yeah, only 198,124 did last year.

By your logic this will have the GM twins going to third place in sales. You are always good for an even bigger laugh. Thank You for your stepping in it.
again.

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks | Dec 14, 2018 6:00:15 AM

Your following and too late with your logic response, just like Ford is with the Ranger.

The numbers will speak for themselves, as well as your anticipated humble acknowledgment. See you when the numbers post, until then enjoy your ride🦄.

@Tacoma2011--Agree, thank you for your comment. There is enough discussion about politics. Don't really see what a choice of a brand has to do with politics.

Sorry but your comment made sense to you and nobody else. Please reiterate


Posted by: papajim | Dec 14, 2018 6:24:51 AM
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Hey moron, it’s quite simple. GMSRGREAT says the Ford Ranger will be second in sales. That would be second behind the Toyota Tacoma.

Therefore the Colorado will be in 3rd place, with the Canyon following in the distance.

Thats what GMSRGREAT is insinuating. Understand now old man?

Sorry to see the unkind comments above...

Re the trucks:

1. Toyota has invested almost nothing in the Tundra and Tacoma. Tacoma sells based on an outdated rep for anvil-like reliability and (until recently) a lack of competition.

2. The most uncomfortable truck, of the ten I have owned, was a Tacoma (a 2012.) It also tied my Colorado for poor assembly quality. Sold it after 2 horrible months.

3. Both Tacoma and the 2019 Ranger are old platforms. But I think Ford will do well with the Ranger-as long as the turbo engine they chose works. Not sure about that.

4. If Jeep enlarges the Gladiator line with an extended cab 6' bed option and a nice low MSRP-they will both have real competition.

Oh..to "edit" the above posts...
"most uncomfortable of the 11 trucks I have owned."

and..Should add-if GM drops the half ton's new 4 cyl. turbo in the Colorado, they are all in trouble.

Therefore the Colorado will be in 3rd place
Posted by: TNTGMC | Dec 14, 2018

But really, who cares? If GM outsells the competition you'll complain that it takes more than one brand to do it. Your panties are in a perpetual knot from the sound of it.

, it’s quite simple. GMSRGREAT says the Ford Ranger will be second in sales.

Thats what GMSRGREAT is insinuating.


Posted by: TNTGMC | Dec 14, 2018 10:13:07 AM

No, what GMSRGREAT is saying is that you are simple to think the Ranger would have displaced all the GM mid sizers. Understand now moron?



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