The Ford Ranger Returns--But How Does it Stack Up against the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier?

The Ford Ranger was American's best-selling trucks for more than 20 years; a reliable midsize pickup that was the first vehicle many Newark, DE, teenagers learned to drive. The Ranger is back in 2019, building on its legacy and rounding up the Ford truck lineup.

The question remains--how does this revived classic compare to its stiff competition? Here's a look at the Ford Ranger XLT against two competitors: the Toyota Tacoma SR5 and Nissan Frontier SV.


Ford Ranger XLT vs. Toyota Tacoma SR5

  • If you're looking for power, payload and towing capacity out of your midsize truck, then Ranger XLT is the clear-cut choice. Its standard 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine puts out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Properly configured, it can tow up to 7,500 pounds. The Tacoma SR5, meanwhile, puts out only 159 horsepower with its 2.7-liter DOHC engine, with a 3,500-pound towing capacity.
  • The Ranger XLT makes negotiating the roads around Bear, DE, a smooth process with some nifty standard features. Electronic Power Assist Steering adjusts to low- and highway-speed scenarios, for optimal feedback and control. Trailer Sway Control ensures stability when towing. The Toyota Safety Sense system encompasses similar features.
  • Productivity won't be a problem in the Ranger XLT. Keep laptops and other devices charged with a standard 110-volt power outlet. You'll also have your own wi-fi hotspot through FordPass Connect. The Tacoma SR5 doesn't have either of those options as standard. The two infotainment systems--Ford SYNC and Toyota Etune--have similar capabilities like Bluetooth and USB ports.
  • Safety is always paramount, and both the Ranger XLT and Tacoma SR5 come with an impressive list of standard features. Drivers in Elkton, MD, will appreciate AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, a complex system that calculates body roll and responds to keep the truck on the ground. Toyota's Star Safety System incorporates a similar feature into its safety package.

Ford Ranger XLT vs. Nissan Frontier King Cab SV

  • The Nissan Frontier King Cab SV, with a 2.5-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, can't keep up with its Ford EcoBoost counterpart. Here's the kicker: neither can the Nissan 6-cylinder engine. The Nissan engines produce 152 and 261 horsepower, respectively. The Ford EcoBoost checks in at 270 horsepower.
  • The numbers simply don't lie--the Ford Ranger XLT is more powerful than its Nissan Counterpart. The power differential shows in towing capacity: the Ranger XLT can tow up to 7,500 pounds, compared to 3,800 for the Nissan Frontier King Cap SV.
  • The Ford Ranger XLT is priced higher than the Nissan Frontier King Cab SV, and the price differential shows in the cabin appointments. The Ranger XLT comes standard with advanced features like AppLink, which lets you access your favorite smartphone apps through steering wheel controls. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is an available upgrade for the Ranger XLT as well. The Nissan Frontier King Cab SV does have an advantage with a standard 7-inch touchscreen display.
  • Both trucks offer the standard array of driver and passenger airbags, but the similarities end there. The Ford Ranger XLT utilizes a number of other features to keep you safe, including Curve Control, which automatically slows the truck when taking a curve too fast. The Ranger XLT also comes with standard security features like a perimeter anti-theft alarm, and more!

When You're Looking for Big Power in a Smaller Truck, the Choice is Clear

Built Ford Tough is the Ford truck mantra for a reason. The new Ford Ranger lives up to its heritage, and delivers superior power and technology. If you think a new Ford Ranger would look great in your garage, make the short trip from Elkton, MD, and come see us at Porter Ford today!