Compare 2008 Ford Ranger vs 2009 Toyota Tacoma

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2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ranger 2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $17,190 $18,450
Ranger 2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 21 26 $15,107 $15,985
Ranger 2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 21 26 $16,466 $17,655
Ranger 2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $18,346 $19,720
Ranger 2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 16 22 $17,804 $19,125
Ranger 2WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 16 22 $15,669 $16,780
Ranger 2WD Reg Cab 112" XL 21 26 $13,731 $14,490
Ranger 2WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 21 26 $15,178 $16,240
Ranger 2WD Reg Cab 118" XL 21 26 $14,913 $15,775
Ranger 2WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 21 26 $16,211 $17,375
Ranger 4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $21,402 $23,080
Ranger 4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $19,992 $21,530
Ranger 4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 15 19 $18,712 $19,905
Ranger 4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $19,400 $20,880
Ranger 4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $22,559 $24,350
Ranger 4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $21,148 $22,800
Ranger 4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $20,557 $22,150
Ranger 4WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 15 20 $18,892 $20,320
Ranger 4WD Reg Cab 112" XL 15 20 $17,309 $18,380
Ranger 4WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 15 20 $18,482 $19,870
Ranger 4WD Reg Cab 118" XL 15 20 $18,336 $19,495
Ranger 4WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 15 20 $19,514 $21,005
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2WD Access I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $18,647 $20,105
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT 20 26 $17,812 $19,205
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $18,516 $19,965
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $20,683 $22,300
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $19,866 $21,420
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $23,450 $25,285
Tacoma 2WD Double LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,994 $24,000
Tacoma 2WD Double V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,535 $23,500
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $15,053 $16,070
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT 20 26 $14,210 $15,170
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $15,040 $16,055
Tacoma 4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $21,368 $23,040
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $23,626 $25,475
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 MT 14 19 $22,809 $24,595
Tacoma 4WD Double LB V6 AT 16 20 $24,810 $27,075
Tacoma 4WD Double V6 AT 16 20 $24,352 $26,575
Tacoma 4WD Double V6 MT 14 19 $23,544 $25,695
Tacoma 4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $17,919 $19,130

Pricing

Invoice Price

$17,190
$18,647

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$18,450
$20,105

Monthly Payment Estimate

$308 / month
$335 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

6.4
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

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. The affordable 2009 Toyota Tacoma is a bargain compared to its full-size competitors.

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TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

16 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

22 mpg 25 mpg

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

NA 57.7

Front Leg Room (in)

42.4 41.7

Front Hip Room (in)

52.7 53.6

Second Leg Room (in)

NA 28.2

Passenger Capacity

3 4

Front Head Room (in)

39.2 40.0

Second Hip Room (in)

NA 53.6

Front Shoulder Room (in)

54.5 57.7

Second Head Room (in)

NA 35.2

Exterior Dimensions

Cab to End of Frame (in)

72.9 - TBD -

Height, Overall (in)

66.3 65.7

Ground to Top of Frame (in)

NA - TBD -

Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)

44.0 - TBD -

Wheelbase (in)

125.7 127.2

Ground Clearance, Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Cab to Axle (in)

38.1 - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

69.4 72.2

Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)

29.5 - TBD -

Overhang, Front (in)

34.0 - TBD -

Frame Width, Rear (in)

32.8 - TBD -

Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)

121.6 - TBD -

Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)

203.6 208.1

Ground Clearance, Rear (in)

8.0 - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume (ft³)

37.4 - TBD -

Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)

54.4 - TBD -

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

40.5 41.5

Tailgate Width (in)

52.0 - TBD -

Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)

72.7 73.5

Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)

- TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)

54.4 56.7

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

16.5 18.0

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)

10.00 x 2.50 10 x - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.28 x 0.39 10.8 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr-Assisted

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Brake ABS System (Second Line)

NA NA

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

19.5 21.0

Fuel Tank Location

Midship Midship

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

NA NA

Aux Fuel Tank Location

NA NA

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock

NA - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

44.6 - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center

19.2 17.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

42.7 42.0

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Tires

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear

717 - TBD -

Spare Tire Size

Compact Full-size

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)

1843 - TBD -

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front

717 - TBD -

Rear Tire Size

P235/75R15 P215/70R15

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Tire Capacity (lbs)

1843 - TBD -

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)

1984 - TBD -

Front Tire Size

P235/75R15 P215/70R15

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2280 3500

Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 350

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

228 350

Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500

Weight Information

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)

2510 2380

Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)

6000 7500

Curb Weight - Front (lbs)

2056 1969

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)

4860 4900

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)

2600 2685

Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)

1487 1611

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

15 x 7 15 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact 15 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

15 x 7 15 x - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.2 9.1

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)

NA NA

Maximum Alternator Watts

1650 - TBD -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

540 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

115 - TBD -

Engine

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas I4

Fuel System

SMPI EFI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

180 @ 3950 180 @ 3800

Engine Order Code

99U NA

Displacement

3.0L/182 2.7L/164

Engine Oil Cooler

NA NA

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

148 @ 4900 159 @ 5200

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

16 19

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

22 25

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

- 21

Transmission

Transfer Case Power Take Off

NA - TBD -

Trans Power Take Off

NA - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont.

Manual Automatic w/OD

Transfer Case Model

NA NA

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.72 2.80

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

NA NA

Clutch Size (in)

9.0 NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.50 1.00

Trans Type

5 4

Trans PTO Access

NA - TBD -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.79 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

NA NA

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

3.40 2.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.20 1.53

Trans Order Code

44R NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Ranger Toyota Tacoma

Body Code

125.7" WB - TBD -

Body Style

Supercab 6' Styleside Access Cab

Suspension

Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)

2510 - TBD -

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear

4.10 3.58

Axle Type - Front

Independent SLA - TBD -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

30 - TBD -

Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)

2850 - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

2-Stage Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

NA NA

Axle Ratio (:1) - Front

NA - TBD -

Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)

2600 - TBD -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

30 - TBD -

Axle Type - Rear

Ford Semi-Floating - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

SLA w/Torsion Bar Double-Wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 1.18

Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)

2750 - TBD -

Frame

Frame Type

Ladder Ladder

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 5

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