If a full-size pickup truck is more than you need in terms of capabilities, the Toyota Tacoma is an ideal option. Toyota offers it in six core trim levels: SR, SR5, TRD Sport, TRD Off-Road, Limited and TRD Pro. The big updates for the 2022 Toyota Tacoma now available at Taylor Toyota of Hermitage are an enhanced suspension, greater ground clearance and new wheels for the TRD Pro. You can also get these upgrades via the Trail Edition package that is available for the SR5 trim level. Another popular option in the midsize pickup truck space is the Ford Ranger. In this article, we will break down the 2022 Toyota Tacoma vs 2022 Ford Ranger and show you why we believe the Tacoma is the top option in the class.
Our Toyota dealership serving Hermitage Hubbard Warren New Castle offers the Tacoma in two cab styles: a two-door extended cab called the Access Cab and a four-door crew cab called the Double Cab. The extended cab comes with a 6.1-foot bed. The crew cab comes with either a 5-foot or 6.1-foot bed. Ford offers two cab options as well, and they are comparable to the Toyota setups. Ford calls its two-door extended cab the SuperCab and pairs it with a 6-foot bed, and it calls its four-door crew cab the SuperCrew and pairs it with a 5-foot bed. The Tacoma has a number of advantages in our opinion. One is that it boasts one of the most distinctive exterior designs in the class, and its ruggedness is a reflection of its off-road capabilities. The second is that the bed size differences are not insignificant in practice, and we love that Toyota gives you the option of the crew cab with a longer wheelbase.
Your cab choice will also determine your seating capacity and passenger spaciousness. In the case of both brands, the extended cabs can seat four, and the crew cabs can seat five. Be mindful that the extended cabs do not provide independent ingress and egress for the rear passengers. If you intend to often have adult passengers in the rear seat, then we highly recommend the crew cabs. Both models provide more than 30 inches of rear legroom. Another advantage we believe Toyota has is the base model. The Ranger XL is really basic, and Ford seems to have approached as it does its work truck trim levels. Toyota, on the other hand, approaches the base model as it would with a crossover. Features include a 7-inch HD touchscreen, a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio and three USB ports.
Perhaps no aspect of our 2022 Toyota Tacoma vs 2022 Ford Ranger comparison will receive more attention than the powertrains, and this is another area where Ford and Toyota take very different approaches. Every 2022 Ford Ranger has a turbo 2.3L four-cylinder engine—270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque—mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. With proper equipment, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard. Four-wheel drive is available. Toyota offers two engines. Paired with a six-speed automatic, the base engine is a 2.7L four-cylinder—159 hp and 180 lb.-ft.—and standard with the SR and SR5. It can also tow up to 3,500 pounds. Optional with those trims and standard with all others is a 3.5L V6 that makes 278 hp and 265 lb.-ft. It is available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission and can tow as much as 6,800 pounds.
The base Tacoma has a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot. Driver assists include smart cruise control, lane departure warning and frontal collision detection with automatic emergency braking. The SR adds an 8-inch touchscreen. Opting for the V6 at any trim level opens a bunch of options, including integrated navigation, rear parking sensors and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross-traffic alert. The TRD Sport adds a wireless charging pad and offers the option of a 360-degree camera system as opposed to the standard rearview camera system. The Limited adds integrated navigation and blind-spot monitoring as standard equipment. The base 2022 Ford Ranger has only a basic infotainment system with a 4.2-inch LCD screen. Only a rearview camera system and frontal collision mitigation system are standard. Other driver assists are offered as options.
If you have any other questions about the 2022 Toyota Tacoma, the 2022 Ford Ranger or any of the other competition, we are happy to answer them. You can call Taylor Toyota of Hermitage or contact us via text, email or live chat on our website. You can also visit our showroom serving Hermitage Hubbard Warren New Castle at your convenience to test-drive the Tacoma.