Midsize pickup trucks are evolving in such a way that they are closing the gap in performance and capability with their full-size siblings while also retaining their light-duty and maneuverable characteristics. A comparison between the 2021 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2021 Ford Ranger will give potential buyers a very interesting look at two of the segment’s most popular models.
The Tacoma has led the way in midsize pickup truck class, especially when it’s considered that the Ranger went out of production for a number of years. Toyota has provided future owners of the 2021 Tacoma with an available V-6 engine that will match the performance offered by the Ranger.
Colonial Toyota customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Tacoma today by calling, 203-403-6890.
2021 Toyota Tacoma
2021 Ford Ranger
|3.6-L, V-6||Available Engine||Turbo., 2.3-L, 4-Cyl.|
|Yes||Amazon Alexa Compatible||No|
Toyota has continued to make sure that the 2021 Tacoma is among the most flexible vehicles in its class. While all trim grades have a lot to offer, some buyers might not want as much as others. Entry-level versions of the 2021 Tacoma will have a naturally aspirated 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine under the hood that will be attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will make 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque but will still be able to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Colonial Toyota customers will also be able to have a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine under the hood that will make 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. When a V-6 version of the Tacoma is properly equipped, it will be able to tow up to 6,700 pounds.
Ford uses a single powertrain in the 2021 Ranger, a turbocharged 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Owners of the 2021 Ford Ranger can expect the truck to produce 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque.
A 2021 Tacoma with a four-cylinder engine will be able to record up to 20 miles per gallon in the city and 23 miles per gallon on the highway. Buyers opting for the Tacoma V-6 will be able to expect to see up to 19 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Toyota and Ford have each leaned into outfitting their respective lineups with the latest technology. Both automakers have smartphone-compatible infotainment systems available as standard equipment as well as a high-speed Wi-Fi mobile hotspot. However, Toyota goes a step further and offers compatibility with the Amazon Alexa digital home assistant. The 2021 Ford Ranger doesn’t have this capability.