Two of the most successful models on the American continent are the Toyota Tacoma and Ford Ranger trucks. These are two different pickup trucks that have dominated different markets for years. On the one hand, Japanese technology prevails in Toyota Tacoma, and on the other hand, North American power in Ford Ranger.
In the case of the Toyota Tacoma, it shares its strategy with the Toyota Hilux, as both are generally distributed in the countries where they are offered. In North America, the Tacoma has high approval ratings, while in the rest of the continent its sister shows very good sales.
Today, we’ve selected the most complete pickups from each brand to see their key features. In the case of the Tacoma, let’s look at the TRD Pro variant, the most exclusive configuration, with special preparation.
Features of this version include black TRD Pro logo decorated front seats with 10-way driver adjustment, LED headlights, blind spot and cross traffic warning system, JBL audio system, special exhaust system, FOX shock absorbers, TRD stamp on the box, skid plates. and a spoiler. This Toyota Tacoma variant also features an Electronic Locking Rear Differential, TRD Pro Graphics, Multiterrain Select, Cruise Control, Suspension Modification, Custom Fog Lights, Dual Zone Climate Control, Power Rear Window, Sunroof, Toyota Safety Sense Package, Rear View Camera , leather upholstery, multimedia system with an eight-inch screen, terrain selector, hill assist, seven airbags, stability and traction control, etc.
Under the hood, the new Tacoma TRD Pro has a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a capacity of 278 hp, and the transmission can be a six-speed manual or automatic. 4×4 traction with high and low.
Now its main rival, the Ford Ranger, can also fight for the leadership in the segment. For this opportunity, we will choose the Lariat variant with the Tremor package. In fact, that’s why Torque News Ford’s Jimmy Dinsmore thinks the Ford Ranger is better than the Toyota Tacoma. However, there is also an opposite point of view. Toyota Torque News reporter Jeff Teague presents at least 3 reasons why the Toyota Tacoma beats the Ford Ranger.
The engine is represented by a 2.3 Ecoboost engine with a capacity of 270 hp, associated with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Traction 4×4.
In terms of equipment, the new Ford Ranger is equipped with independent front suspension, special Fox shock absorbers, special graphics, automatic headlights, LED headlights, tow hooks, parking sensors, forward and reverse gear detection system. Inside, the Ranger has dual-zone climate control, 110V outlet, 4 gauges, 2-inch, 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC 3, collision avoidance with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, ambient lighting, automatic high beams, and a locking glove box. , cruise control, lane keeping system, outside temperature display, multi-function steering wheel, multi-position seats, Ford Co-Pilot 360°, rearview camera, six airbags, tire pressure system, post-collision system, remote start system, etc. .
So, which of these two pickups do you like best and why? Please let us know in the comments section below.
In terms of price, both trucks are very competitive. Toyota Tacoma is cheaper than Ford Ranger. The Tacoma is offered at $46,685 MSRP, while the Ford Ranger tops out at $48,380 MSRP.
Also, check out my previous story on how Toyota is preparing to launch a low-cost alternative to the Tesla Model Y by the end of 2022 at a competitive price.
Armen Khareyan is the founder and editor-in-chief of Torque News. In 2010, he founded TorqueNews.com, which has since published expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. It can be reached at the address Twitter breaking newsFacebook, Linkedin and Youtube.
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