North Georgia Ford Compares 2008 Ford Ranger VS 2008 Toyota Tacoma Near Ellijay, GA

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2008 Ford Ranger

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2008 Toyota Tacoma

Safety Comparison

Both the Ranger and the Tacoma have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes and available four-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Ranger comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Toyota doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Tacoma.

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Ranger’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Ranger V6 is faster than the Toyota Tacoma V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

8.6 sec

8.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ranger gets better fuel mileage than the Tacoma:




4 cyl./Manual

21 city/26 hwy

20 city/25 hwy

3.0 V6/Manual

16 city/22 hwy

15 city/19 hwy


4.0 V6/Manual

15 city/20 hwy



3.0 V6/Manual

15 city/20 hwy

15 city/18 hwy


4.0 V6/Manual

15 city/19 hwy


To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Ranger uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tacoma with the 4.0 DOHC V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Ranger’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Tacoma:



Front Rotors

11.28 inches

10.83 inches

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Ranger has larger standard tires than the Tacoma (225/70R15 vs. 215/70R15). The Ranger FX4’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tacoma (31 x 10.5R15 vs. 265/65R17).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ranger Pickup’s wheelbase is 2.1 inches longer than on the Tacoma (111.5 inches vs. 109.4 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ranger is shorter than the Tacoma, making the Ranger easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:



Regular Cab Standard Bed

188.9 inches

190.4 inches

Regular Cab Long Bed

198.4 inches


Extended Cab Standard Bed

203.6 inches

208.1 inches

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ranger Super Cab has .7 inches more front legroom and 11.9 inches more rear legroom than the Tacoma Access Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ranger has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Tacoma doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Ranger’s foot pedal parking brake releases with one motion. The Tacoma’s plunger parking brake is released by turning the handle while pressing a button, a much more difficult operation.

The Ranger’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Tacoma’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Ranger’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Tacoma doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

The Ranger’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Tacoma’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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