2020 Tacoma vs. Ranger Comparison

Toyota and Ford have pioneered many aspects of the car industry, perhaps none more so than the mid-size truck category.

In production since 1995, the Tacoma was built on over 50 years of truck heritage and excelled as a simple yet reliable pickup truck. Over the years, it has flourished into an advanced and rugged design. Fast forward to 2020, the new 2020 Tacoma comes refreshed with a redesigned front grille, available LED headlights, and restyled tail lights.

The Ranger is another pickup truck that led the way for the future. The name “Ranger” has been given to multiple Ford vehicles over the years, but the Ford Ranger compact pickup truck debuted in North America in 1983 and was discontinued without a replacement in 2011. Currently, 2020 marks just the second year of this new generation of Rangers.

While the Ranger took a hiatus, the Tacoma continued to see improvements and has become one of Toyota's biggest successes.

Besides obvious exterior upgrades, both the Tacoma and Ranger entered the 2020 market with new advancements. See who comes out ahead in categories like reliability, safety, and interior in this head-to-head match up.

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Reliability

One characteristic that is key for mid-size truck drivers is reliability. As you continually use it every day, you want to know that you're getting what you paid for.

 

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Reliability

  • Toyota customers can rely on the ToyotaCare standard maintenance and roadside assistance program.
  • The Tacoma has 25 years of continuous production while the Ranger has a gap in its recent history.
  • With a plethora of awards, the Tacoma truck and Toyota brand outrank Ford and the Ranger in a variety of categories.
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Safety

Advanced safety features come standard on all trims of the 2020 Tacoma. Comparable driver-assistance safety features will cost extra on the 2020 Ranger.

 

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Safety

  • Toyota offers more standard safety features with TSS-P and Star Safety System™.
  • Although Ford has a safety package with similar features to TSS-P it is only offered for the Ranger XLT trim and higher.
  • Overall, the 2020 Tacoma has more safety features for less.
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Convenience

If you're looking for convenience while driving, hands-free technology is important to help keep you safe while on the go.

 

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Convenience

  • The 2020 Tacoma includes Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Amazon Alexa standard.
  • While the Ranger has a comparable multimedia system, customers will have to spend more to receive these similar benefits.
  • Toyota Tacoma drivers have more trim options than the Ford Ranger with options for off-road capable vehicles.
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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Ranger

With a new year comes the refreshed 2020 Tacoma bringing even more capability, more tech, and more style to this iconic off-road legend.

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Conclusion: Tacoma vs. Ranger

  • The 2020 Tacoma was revamped from its previous model adding new and improved interior and exterior features.
  • New Tacomas come with more standard features like TSS-P and ToyotaCare than the Ford Ranger.
  • When comparing similar trim levels, like the Ranger XLT and Tacoma SR5 4x2 Access Cab, the Toyota Tacoma starting MSRP falls below that of the Ford Ranger.
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