2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma – Which is Best?

February 21st, 2019 by

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Each year brings improvements to trucks for sale in Kansas and Missouri, and 2019 is no exception. Two trucks worth considering are the 2019 Ford Ranger and the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, but which one will fit your needs the best?

When choosing a new truck a major deciding factor is the performance, so let’s first take a look at some of the performance features that each truck has to offer.

Performance and Setup

The 2019 Ford Ranger for sale in Leavenworth comes with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with 270 horsepower, Electronic-Shift-On-the-Fly (ESOF) with Neutral Towing, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, electronic power-assist steering (EPAS), an engine block heater, a fully boxed frame, a front suspension with independent short-long arm and tubular stabilizer bar, a rear suspension with Hotchkiss-type non-independent live, leaf springs, and front and rear gas shock absorbers.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma has a 2.7-liter DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine with VVT-i. This only outputs 159 horsepower.

It has a TRD Pro cat-back exhaust, LEV-III low emissions, a six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission, clutch start-cancel switch, rear-wheel drive with automatic limited-slip, active traction control, coil-spring double-wishbone front and rear sport-tuned suspension, variable-assist power rack-and-pinion steering, power-assisted ventilated front disc brakes, and rear drum brakes.

Both trucks are loaded with innovative features but when it comes to pure performance, the 2019 Ford Ranger outclasses the 2019 Toyota Tacoma by miles with its sheer horsepower dominance.


The 2019 Ford Ranger’s entire body has been redesigned to be more sleek and aerodynamic. Ford held on to the boxy style of the Ford Ranger for a long time but they have finally found a design update worthy of the famous nameplate.

The 2019 Ford Ranger has an XL STX appearance package with 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, carbon black bumps, and fog lamps.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma offers projector-beam headlights with turn daytime running lights (DRL), color-keyed overfenders and rear bumper, chrome-accented heated power outside mirrors with turn signal indicators, a silver grille with chrome surround, chrome-accented door handles, heritage-inspired “TOYOTA” front grille, and black badging.

2019 brought more attention to the detail to the body of the 2019 Ford Ranger and when faced with a choice between the two, the more modern look of the Ranger is far more appealing.


Truck drivers spend a lot of time in the cab. This makes it important for it to be a comfortable place.

The 2019 Ford Ranger is loaded with convenient features that only get better as you rise through the trim levels. The 2019 Ford Ranger comes in three models, the XL, the XLT, and the Lariat. Features available in the 2019 Ford Ranger include dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, a 110-volt power outlet rear, flow-through console, dual 4.2-inch productivity screens, FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, a blind spot information system (BLIS) with cross-traffic alert, and ambient lighting.

You can also get automatic high beams, a color-coordinated carpet, a locking glove box, cruise control, delayed accessory power, a dome light, fade-to-off interior lighting, MyKey, an outside temperature display, an overhead console, intelligent access with push-button start, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is also packed with great features including analog instrumentation with coolant temperature, speedometer, tachometer, and fuel gauges, and a 4.2-inch color multi-information display with outside temperature, odometer, trip meters, and average fuel economy displays.

The Tacoma also comes with the option for Qi-compatible wireless smartphone and mobile device charging, front dual-zone automatic climate control with an air filter and individual temperature settings for driver and front passenger, three USB media ports, two USB charging ports, and optional leather-trimmed seats.

While the 2019 Toyota Tacoma has several great features such as the wireless charging pad, they come at a heavy price premium. The 2019 Ford Ranger offers more value, fitting in a wide range of features at a more competitive price. Drop into Zeck Ford for the 2019 Ford Ranger price when your vehicle is kitted out exactly as you like it.

Side by Side Comparison

The difference between the 2019 Ford Ranger to the 2019 Toyota Tacoma becomes even clearer when taking a closer look at the truck’s capabilities. The 2019 Ford Ranger offers the FX4 off-road package with tuned off-road monotube shocks, off-terrain tires with aggressive tread, traction enhancing electronic-locking rear differential, exposed steel front bash plate, and a heavy-duty front skid plate. The 2019 Ford Ranger gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and up to 26 miles per gallon on the highway. These features all combine to make one of the leanest and best trucks for the value on the market.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma is also designed with rugged off-pavement capability, easily understood interior controls, a composite truck bed with movable tie-down cleats, power outlet, and updated TRD Pro trim with off-read-ready equipment such as the TRD Pro high-mounted snorkel air intake. This feature allows the 2019 Toyota Tacoma to drive in water without choking the engine. The engine gets up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 on the highway – significantly behind the Ford Ranger.

When adding up all of the features of the 2019 Ford Ranger and comparing them to the features of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, the difference is substantial. While both trucks can hold up to five people, the ride will be significantly more comfortable in the 2019 Ford Ranger, which has a larger cabin capacity. This makes it a great choice for taking on long trips and gives you the option to tow up to 7,500 pounds. This is a noticeably larger towing capacity when compared to the 2019 Toyota Tacoma, which can only tow up to 6,800 pounds.

Whether you are more tech-oriented and searching for a truck loaded with up-to-date technology, or just looking for the most power for the dollar, the 2019 Ford Ranger outweighs the 2019 Toyota Tacoma in terms of efficiency, power, and technology.

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