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2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew

Starting Price: $27,615 | Price Yours

Above Average: Great payload capacity and towing up to 7,500 pounds; impressive power and torque

Below Average: No diesel engine option; options quickly add up; ride quality is a bit stiff

Consensus: After an 8-year absence, the Ford Ranger returns as a midsize, with an impressive 4-cylinder turbo engine that makes great power and torque, including the ability to tow up to 7,500 pounds, an optional premium Bang & Olufsen stereo, and an impressive payload capacity. Beware, however, that adding options can cause the price to escalate quickly, and the ride is stiff. Make sure you take it for a test-drive.
 

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2019 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab

Starting Price: $27,625 | Price Yours

Above Average: Best-seller; reputation for durability and reliability; solid resale numbers

Below Average: Gets pricey as you add options; neither Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto is offered on any model

Consensus: In the midsize pickup world, the Toyota Tacoma has been the standard-bearer for pretty much… always. It’s renowned throughout the world for its durability and toughness. A huge seller in the U.S., the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab also comes in more than 30 configurations, from luxury to off-road to sporty, with a choice between a rather anemic 2.7-liter four-cylinder and a more powerful 3.5-liter V6. There’s a Tacoma for just about every need but bear in mind that its towing capacity could be better, and it lacks Android Auto or Apple CarPlay connectivity.
 

For many years, the midsize truck market was led by the formidable Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. But lately there are some new players on the scene, including the 2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew, which goes head to head against the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab. Both seat five and start in the mid 20s, but there they differ. The Ranger is offered with an impressive turbocharged 4-cylinder right out of the gate that makes significantly more power than the Tacoma’s I4. However, the Tacoma is offered with an optional 3.5-liter V6 that makes more power without a significant bite in fuel economy. Each is offered in different configurations that increase the luxury level, and both have a dedicated off-road package (the FX4 Off-Road package in the Ford’s case and the Tacoma’s TRD Pro). They’re both sharp-looking everyday work trucks that offer some nice amenities and features and customization possibilities.

Similarities

Nearly identical starting prices; both have dedicated off-road versions

Ford Ranger SuperCrew Advantages

Higher towing capacity; more technology options; high-end models are still cheaper by about $7,000

Toyota Tacoma Double Cab Advantages

More comfortable ride; higher resale value

Final Recommendation

Ford comes in strong here against the formidable Toyota Tacoma, making a very good case for itself with a robust and reasonably fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder, some options packages, good towing and payload capacity, and a great 10-speed automatic. The Ranger comes well equipped right out the gate, so it does lead in terms of value at the lower end of the spectrum, but its hard ride counts against it. The reigning champ Toyota Tacoma Double Cab does miss a few cues, lacking some connectivity features and even power seats, but it’s hard to go wrong with its rock-solid reliability, strong resale value, and huge variety of customization options. Ford’s put in a solid effort here, but our money is on the Tacoma.

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  2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew 2019 Toyota Tacoma Double Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.3-liter turbo I4 2.7-liter I4
Horsepower 270 hp @ 5,500 rpm 159 hp @ 5,200 rpm
Torque 310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 180 lb-ft @ 3,800 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 10-Spd Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (21 city/26 hwy) 21 mpg (20 city/23 hwy)
Also Available   3.5-liter V6; 6-spd manual
Specs    
Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
NHTSA Safety Rating n/a 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 126.8 inches 127.4 inches
Overall Length 210.8 inches 212.3 inches
Width 85.8  inches  74.4 inches 
Height 71.2 inches 70.6 inches
Turning Diameter 42.0 feet 40.6 feet
Headroom, Front 39.8 inches 39.7 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 38.3 inches
Legroom, Front 43.1 inches 42.9 inches
Legroom, Rear 34.5 inches 32.6 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 58.3 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.3 inches 58.9 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 97.6 cu. ft. 57.5 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 1,770 lbs. payload (4x2); 1,560 lbs. (4x4) 1,175 lbs. payload
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