2023 Ford Ranger vs. 2023 Toyota Tacoma

The 2023 Ford Ranger offers turbo performance with an efficient gearbox, solid infotainment and a spacious pickup bed. How does it compare to the 2023 Toyota Tacoma, a pickup with great off roading capabilities, a chunky appearance and numerous customization options?

Design & Style

The Tacoma is a moderately sized pickup which has received an SR5 upgrade and dual trim options. It can be purchased in crew or extended cab form, with a bed that ranges from five to six feet. It performs exceptionally well off road, thanks to its combination of generous surface clearance with multiple accessories designed to help it navigate tough terrain.

The Ford Ranger is also moderately sized. Its exterior features curvy lines which are a nice contrast to the interior, and has an appearance which resembles a fleet truck. Those that purchase the Tremor package will enjoy off road capabilities which match the Tacoma. The seats within the cabin are comfortable and those that desire more space can purchase XL. It can be purchased in the form of a crew or extended cab and its steel wheels, vinyl floors and seats look very attractive.

Technology & Safety

The Ford Ranger has done well on its crash tests, and is equipped with modern features designed to shield occupants from harm. These include emergency automated brakes, blind area monitoring, adapted cruise control and airbags. Amenities within its cabin consist of an eight inch touch display, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and an audio system from B&O.

The Toyota Tacoma comes with the same safety gear as the Ford Ranger. This includes adapted cruise control; emergency automated brakes, lane departure alerts, and airbags with automated high beam illumination. Amenities within its cabin consist of Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, eight inch touch display, air conditioning, adjustable seats and leather upholstery.


The Toyota Tacoma is powered by a V6, 3.5 liter engine that can generate 278 horsepower. It can tow up to 6,800 pounds with a payload capacity of 1,685 pounds. The Ford Ranger is powered by a turbo 4, 2.3 liter engine that can generate 270 horsepower, with a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds and max payload capacity of 1800 pounds.

The Bottom Line

Both pickup trucks seat the same number of passengers, offer identical safety features and are evenly matched when it comes to horsepower. But the most important attribute when it comes to pickups is their hauling and payload capacity, and the numbers speak for themselves. The Ford Ranger tows a heavier load than the Toyota and has a higher payload capacity. And considering that both trucks cost the same amount, it doesn’t make sense to buy the Tacoma, especially with its cramped interior and inferior fuel economy, which makes the Ford Ranger the winner.

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