2019 Toyota Tacoma | Model Comparison - Ford, Nissan & Chevrolet

2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. Its Rivals -- Which Pickup Pulls Ahead?

There are plenty of compact trucks in our neck of the western North Carolina woods with mid-size aspirations, but none can match the new Toyota Tacoma where it counts. After all, it's one of America's favorites for good reasons. Its dependability has stood the test of time. It's got the capability both to take on tough jobs or head off-road. It comes built to shoulder the weight safely, with a host of driver-assistance tech, not to mention that its accommodations and tech are worthy of a competent mobile office. How does it fare against rivals from Ford and Nissan to Chevy? We've made that easy to figure out. Check out the head-to-head here at Modern Toyota of Boone.

2019 Toyota Tacoma vs Ford Ranger

  • Tacoma comes in six trims: base SR, SR5, luxurious Limited, an athletic TRD Sport model, and two rugged-grade options, TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro. Ranger offers fewer choices, appearing in only XL, XLT, and Lariat trims.

  • Choose between two engines in Tacoma: a 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter, four-cylinder that shells out 180 pound-feet of torque or a 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 workhorse capable of 265 pound-feet. Ranger offers only one engine, a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost, and it can only put out up to 270 horsepower. That means, when it comes to hitting the road out to North Wilkesboro, Tacoma has better acceleration.

  • In a new Tacoma, comprehensive safety comes standard. Our automaker's active and passive safety and security suites, Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) and the Toyota Star Safety System™ appear in every trim. That's wraparound protection and ultimate peace of mind for the Lenoir drive that Ranger can't match. Its BLIS® system, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping system, pre-collision assist, pedestrian detector, forward collision warning system, and dynamic brake support are all optional, and Ford's own exclusive tech, Co-Pilot360, is only standard in XLT and Lariat.

  • Tacoma offers a slate of five Entune™ infotainment systems, 6.1- and 7-inch models that incorporate three USB ports, and Qi-compatible wireless charging comes standard at the midrange. Ranger offers only two systems, a 4.2-inch SYNC or an 8-inch SYNC 3, it has only 2 USB ports, and wireless charging isn't offered. That means more entertainment options and connectivity in Tacoma for that trip to Asheville.


2019 Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier


  • Both the engines offered in Tacoma, a 159-horsepower, 2.7-liter capable of 180 pound-feet of torque and its 278-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 counterpart with its 265 pound-feet, best those of Frontier on energetics. The latter offers either a 152-horsepower, 2.5-liter I4 or a 261-horsepower, 4.0-liter V6.

  • Tacoma features a competitive tow rating: up to 6,800 pounds with a V6 engine and auto transmission. Frontier is just behind at a little over 6,700 pounds, making ours the more capable bet for hauling around Hickory.

  • Expect great fuel economy, as Tacoma gets up to 20 city mpg and 23 highway mpg with an I4 and an auto transmission in 4x2 and up to 19 mpg and 24 mpg respectively with a V6 and an auto in 4x2. Frontier can only get up to 19 mpg and 23 mpg respectively, making Tacoma the choice to go the extra mile.

  • Both the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) and Toyota Star Safety System™, our automaker's exclusive driver-assist and passive safety suites, come standard. That's wraparound protection for navigating Johnson City traffic. Frontier, on the other hand, only features an active brake limited-slip differential.


2019 Toyota Tacoma vs Chevy Colorado


  • The 278-horsepower Atkinson-cycle V6 available in Tacoma easily breezes past the 200-horsepower, 2.5-liter I4 standard up the Colorado line, and if you want the power of a 308-horsepower V6 in the latter, it'll cost you: it's only standard at the top of the line. Plus, the two diesel options in Colorado are only that.

  • Tacoma gets better V6 fuel economy than Colorado, up to 19 mpg with an auto in 4x2. Colorado can only get up to 18 city mpg in 2WD. That means the extra mile when you need it around Wilkesboro.

  • All Tacoma models feature both of our automaker's driver-assistance and passive safety technology suites, standard: Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) and the Toyota Star Safety System™. Any comparable feature that Colorado offers is made piecemeal and further up the trim line.


Test Drive the New 2019 Tacoma Today at Our Toyota Dealership in Boone

There's plenty more to the new Toyota truck to give the rest a run for their proverbial money. Call or visit our 225 Modern Drive showroom, and we'll be glad to schedule some time behind the wheel. We hope to see you soon!