Compare 2009 Toyota Tacoma vs 2008 Ford Ranger

2009 Toyota Tacoma
2008 Ford Ranger
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2WD Reg I4 MT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg I4 MT 20 26 $14,210 $15,170
2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $15,040 $16,055
2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $15,053 $16,070
4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $17,919 $19,130
2WD Access I4 MT 20 26 $17,812 $19,205
2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $18,516 $19,965
2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $18,647 $20,105
2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $19,866 $21,420
2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $20,683 $22,300
4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $21,368 $23,040
2WD Double V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,535 $23,500
2WD Double LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,994 $24,000
4WD Access V6 MT 14 19 $22,809 $24,595
2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $23,450 $25,285
4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $23,626 $25,475
4WD Double V6 MT 14 19 $23,544 $25,695
4WD Double V6 AT 16 20 $24,352 $26,575
4WD Double LB V6 AT 16 20 $24,810 $27,075
Select style
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL 21 26 $13,731 $14,490
2WD Reg Cab 118" XL 21 26 $14,913 $15,775
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 21 26 $15,107 $15,985
2WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 21 26 $15,178 $16,240
2WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 16 22 $15,669 $16,780
2WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 21 26 $16,211 $17,375
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 21 26 $16,466 $17,655
4WD Reg Cab 112" XL 15 20 $17,309 $18,380
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $17,190 $18,450
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 16 22 $17,804 $19,125
4WD Reg Cab 118" XL 15 20 $18,336 $19,495
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $18,346 $19,720
4WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 15 20 $18,482 $19,870
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 15 19 $18,712 $19,905
4WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 15 20 $18,892 $20,320
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $19,400 $20,880
4WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 15 20 $19,514 $21,005
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $19,992 $21,530
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $20,557 $22,150
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $21,148 $22,800
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $21,402 $23,080
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $22,559 $24,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,210
$13,731
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,170
$14,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$242 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The affordable 2009 Toyota Tacoma is a bargain compared to its full-size competitors. The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 26 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.6 52.7
Passenger Capacity
3 3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.2
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 54.5
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 69.3
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- TBD - 29.7
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - 34.0
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - 33.0
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - 107.6
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
190.4 189.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- TBD - 7.9
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - 78.5
Height, Overall (in)
65.7 66.2
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - NA
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 44.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.4 111.5
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - 37.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Tailgate Width (in)
- TBD - 52.0
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.5 72.7
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
56.7 54.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 16.5
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 37.4
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- TBD - 54.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.5 40.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10 x - TBD - 9.00 x 1.75
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.28 x 0.39
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.0 17
Fuel Tank Location
Midship Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 39.7
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 22.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 37.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - NA
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - 765
Spare Tire Size
Full-size Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1594
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - 765
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R15 P225/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1594
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - 1984
Front Tire Size
P215/70R15 P225/70R15
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 158
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 158
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1580
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 1580
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1788 1757
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7500 4800
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2685 2550
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1462 1273
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4600 4380
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2380 2000
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - 1650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Fuel System
EFI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3800 154 @ 3750
Engine Order Code
NA 99D
Displacement
2.7L/164 2.3L/140
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
159 @ 5200 143 @ 5250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 26
Transmission
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- TBD - NA
Trans Power Take Off
- TBD - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.95 3.72
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - 9.0
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.50
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
- TBD - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.79
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.22 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.20
Trans Order Code
NA 44R
Summary
Body Code
- TBD - 111.5" WB
Body Style
Regular Cab Reg Cab 6' Styleside
Vehicle Name
Toyota Tacoma Ford Ranger
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.31 3.73
Axle Type - Front
- TBD - Independent SLA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 35
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 2400
Suspension Type - Rear
Leaf-Spring 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- TBD - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - 2550
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 35
Axle Type - Rear
- TBD - Ford Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone SLA w/Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - 2750
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - 2000
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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