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Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma

2021 Ford Ranger


2021 Toyota Tacoma

Starting MSRP

2.3L EcoBoost I-4


2.7L I-4
270 hp


159 hp
7,500 pounds

Towing Capacity

6,800 pounds
1,860 pounds

Payload Capacity

1,685 pounds
21/26 city/hwy mpg

Gas Mileage

20/23 city/hwy mpg

2021 Ford Ranger vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma

Your search for a midsize truck won’t be complete until you’ve compared the 2021 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma, but the team at Holiday Ford has already laid out everything you need to know. If you’re looking for a pickup truck with more engine power, superior towing and hauling capabilities, and plenty of rear legroom, you’ll love what the Ranger has to offer.

2021 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma: Engines

Oshkosh and Appleton drivers should be surprised to learn that the Ford is more powerful than the Toyota; however, they might still be shocked to see how dominant the new Ranger really is! Even though the Ford is less expensive than the Ranger, it starts you off with a lot more power and better fuel economy:

2021 Ford Ranger Standard Engine:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost I-4
  • 270 hp 
  • 310 lb-ft of torque 
  • EPA-estimated 21/26 city/hwy mpg

2021 Toyota Tacoma Engine:

  • 2.7L I-4 
  • 159 hp 
  • 180 lb-ft of torque 
  • EPA-estimated 20/23 city/hwy mpg

The Tacoma does offer a compelling engine upgrade with 278 hp, but why would you pay even more to get what the Ford Ranger offers as standard?

2021 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma: Towing and Payload

Built Ford Tough isn’t just a slogan; it’s a promise! Naturally, the Ford Ranger offers best-in-class gas towing and best-in-class payload limits! The Tacoma comes up short in both areas:

  • 2021 Ford Ranger Towing and Payload: 7,500 pounds max towing, 1,860 pounds max payload 
  • 2021 Toyota Tacoma Towing and Payload: 6,800 pounds max towing, 1,685 pounds max payload

If you plan on doing much heavy lifting in

2021 Ford Ranger vs. Tacoma: Seating and Space

If you’re comparing the Toyota Tacoma vs. Ford Ranger, you should know that both models offer seating for four or five passengers, and both trucks can be equipped with five or six-foot beds. However, there are important differences to keep in mind:

  • In their respective four-passenger configurations, the Ranger offers 30.4 inches of rear legroom and the Ranger offers just 24.6 inches of rear legroom.
  • In their five passenger configurations, the Ranger maintains its edge with an extra two inches of rear legroom.

Trust us when we say that everyone’s going to want to come along for the ride! If you’re looking for a midsize truck that can accommodate more passengers, the Ranger is the obvious choice.

Test Drive the 2021 Ford Ranger Today!

Before you drive in from Fond Du Lac or Campbellsport, make sure to check out our current leasing specials! If you’re ready to take your turn behind the wheel, all you need to do is let us know.

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