Flipping a coin to decide which truck to purchase between the 2020 Ford Ranger and 2021 Toyota Tacoma may sound like fun, but is that the ideal way to select a pickup? Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, drivers deserve better; you should have the differences presented to you.At Friendly Ford of Hamilton, we can do that, so you can decide what features you want. 


Ford Ranger

Toyota Tacoma




Max Towing Capacity

7,500 pounds

6,800 pounds


1,860 pounds

1,440 pounds

Audio System

10 speakers

6 speakers

Towing and Performance

Both the Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma provide towing prowess, so figure out what maximum you need to accomplish towing tasks.With the Ranger, you can tow up to 7,500 pounds, while the Tacoma allows a maximum of 6,800 pounds. The Ranger also exceeds the Tacoma in payload capacities. 

  • Ford Ranger: 1,860 pounds 
  • Toyota Tacoma: 1,440 pounds 

To keep your truck and trailer from veering off the straight and narrow route you planned, a Trailer Sway Control system will help you stay the course. Although both trucks offer this system, it comes standard in the Ford and is optional in the Toyota.

Make your ride one that shifts through the changes with a variety of smooth-moving gears. In the Ranger, the standard 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission with a Tow/Haul mode enables you to do so. Less adjustability comes with the Tacoma's standard 6-speed automatic transmission.

The Ford registers an EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway MPG-this means fewer stops while you haul a load for a work project or a weekend one. At its best, the Toyota comes close with an EPA-estimated 20 city/23 highway MPG; remember, though, that you may need to stop to refuel more often.

Ranger vs Tacoma Technology

As you embark on your hauls, keep yourself entertained and informed. The Ranger dashboard features an available 8-inch touchscreen display where you can view the results of the Waze™ navigation app and operate the optional B&O™ Sound System with 10 built-in speakers. For the convenience of you and your passengers, the standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot can connect up to 10 devices to the internet.

If you end up driving the Tacoma, you can upgrade your dash to include an 8-inch touchscreen to control your available Premium Audio and Dynamic Navigation system with six JBL® speakers. The Wi-Fi Connect system in this truck hooks up a maximum of five devices. 

Interior Dimensions and Storage

  • You may be spending your days going back and forth in your truck, so enough legroom in the front gives you the opportunity to stretch out… Ford Ranger front legroom: 43.1 inches
  • Toyota Tacoma front legroom: 42.9 inches

Either a 5-foot truck bed or a 6-foot truck bed sits in the back of either pickup, but the Ford bed holds more and can be lengthened with the available Pickup Box Extender.

Here are the dimensions for the Ranger 5-foot box…

  • Bed length: 61 inches
  • Bed width: 44.8 inches
  • Bed height: 20.9 inches

In the Toyota, the 5-foot truck bed does not include any type of extender and contains the following measurements…

  • Bed length: 60.5 inches
  • Bed width: 41.5 inches
  • Bed height: 19.1 inches

Closely examine the differences in truck bed dimensions, and you can visualize how much more you can fit in the Ranger.

2020 Ford Ranger vs 2021 Toyota Tacoma: Decide on the Truck You Want 

Should you flip a coin to decide between the 2020 Ford Ranger and 2021 Toyota Tacoma for your proposed projects and towing trips throughout Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York? We think not; you may be overlooking important qualities you need to succeed on the road.

For the best perspective, schedule a test drive at Friendly Ford of Hamilton.

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Friendly Ford of Hamilton

2536 Route 12B
Directions Hamilton, NY 13346

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