2019 Toyota Tacoma vs 2019 Ford Ranger
The 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger debate is already rolling up and down grassy inclines, rockslides, and foot-deep muddy rivers. For drivers near El Cajon, Pacific Beach, and San Diego, you have two capable vehicle choices in the Tacoma and Ranger.
To help you choose one of these iconic workhorses, we at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego have put together this 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger comparison, so you can leave the lot with the truck that suits your daily driving needs.
Both of these trucks have powerful engines under the hood. The new Toyota Tacoma has an available 3.5L V6 direct injection Atkinson-cycle engine. This engine puts out a heavy-hitting 278 horsepower. Unfortunately, the new Ford Ranger only produces 270 horsepower from its available 2.3L EcoBoost® engine, which means you’ll lose necessary power for those sandy stretches comparable to a rally car course.
When you switch from a paved trailhead to off-road dirt, gravel, or sand, you’ll feel your 2019 Tacoma seamlessly adjust to whatever road type you throw it on.
The Star Safety System™ in the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is as much of an off-road feature as part of its safety suite. This system prepares your vehicle for any terrain thanks to an included Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), and Smart Stop Technology® (SST)—to name a few.
Ford certainly has its own set of off-road safety systems that are included as part of their driver-assistive suite. The 2019 Ranger offers its impressive AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®) and a highspeed Curve Control. However, the Toyota Tacoma gives new meaning to terrain management with its CRAWL Control (CRAWL), a system that gives you the ability to set and lock a crawl speed between 1 MPH and 5 MPH.
This lets you enjoy the ride on rockier sections of the trail instead of worrying about bouncing from the accelerator to the brake pedal.
Off-Road-Oriented Exterior Features
Regardless of where you’re driving, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is built to take on anything from a highway to a wooded backroad. Camping trips just became more streamlined, thanks to the 120-volt, 400-watt deck-mounted AC power outlet and a spacious Sheet-Molded Composite (SMC) cargo bed with steel outer panels.
The 2019 Ranger has a sizable cargo bed as well, but it doesn’t have the same impact-resistant SMC construction. Luckily, the Ranger has available dual front tow hooks and a cargo lamp that makes loading a weekend’s worth of firewood a breeze, even at midnight. We just wish the tailgate could be quickly removed like the one on the Tacoma.
Which Will You Choose?
We know that our 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Ford Ranger comparison displays both trucks as powerful, full of driver-assistive features, and well-equipped for any adventure. However, the automotive experts at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego believe that you will enjoy the safety and off-road readiness of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma.
We’re happy to assist drivers near El Cajon, Pacific Beach, and San Diego with any of their automotive needs. If you’ve made your decision or find yourself unable to make up your mind, we invite you to visit us or contact our showroom to schedule a test drive in the 2019 Toyota Tacoma at your convenience.