Are you looking for an almighty truck to help you get around Houston, Sugarland, and Pearland, Texas? If so, you’ll likely find yourself torn between the 2020 Toyota Tacoma and the 2020 Ford Ranger. These two vehicles offer great performance both on and off the road as well as ways to stay connected while on the go.Both are great choices, so how are you supposed to decide between these two trucks?

Luckily, we here at Mike Calvert Toyota have put together this Toyota Tacoma vs. Ford Ranger review. After reading, you’ll have a better idea as to which truck is right for you. Ready to get started? Contact us today.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Off-Roading

Toyota Tacoma Off-Roading on Rocks

Off-Road Capabilities

When you drive a truck, you know that roads are optional. Some of the best adventures take place on the dirt paths and rock beds that separate the men from the boys. When comparing the off-road capabilities of the Toyota Tacoma vs. Ford Ranger, you’ll see some similarities. For example, both come with available 4WD capabilities to help maintain traction on slippery surfaces.

Additionally, you can choose to equip both trucks with an optional off-roading terrain system, such as the Tacoma’s Multi-terrain Select system. With the Ranger, you can choose four different terrain modes, but with the Tacoma, you can choose five settings. Each one automatically adjusts wheelspin, traction, and other performance settings to help you conquer whatever obstacles Mother Nature may throw your way.

While there are some commonalities, you’ll also notice some differences between these trucks. One big difference is the ground clearance between the two vehicles. With the Ranger, you’ll have a ground clearance of 8.4 inches with the option to upgrade to 8.9 inches. With the Tacoma, on the other hand, you’ll have a standard 9.4-inch ground clearance.

It’s clear that when you drive the Tacoma, you’ll have an easier time climbing over obstacles than you’d have in the Ranger.

2020 Toyota Tacoma Interior Apple CarPlay® Technology

2020 Toyota Tacoma with Android Auto™

Toyota Tacoma vs Ford Ranger Infotainment

Even when you’re exploring the back roads of life, you can enjoy your favorite digital features thanks to the infotainment systems found with the Tacoma and Ranger. Let’s take a look at some of the features you’ll find with the standard infotainment system of both trucks.

Toyota Tacoma vs. Ford Ranger Standard Infotainment



Screen Size

7-inch display

4.2-inch display

Audio Capabilities


Apple CarPlay®

Android Auto™

Amazon Alexa


When you drive a Tacoma, you’ll have access to plenty of standard entertainment features, unlike the Ranger. However, you can upgrade the multimedia system of the Ranger to SYNC®3, where you’ll have access to an 8-inch multimedia screen with Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities. Still, why would you pay extra for the same features you can get included in the Tacoma base model?

Furthermore, even if you were to upgrade your Ranger to the SYNC® 3 technology, you still wouldn’t have Amazon Alexa capabilities. This skill lets you talk to your multimedia system like you would talk to your Alexa device at home. You can ask for direction to the café you’re meeting your friends at, ask for traffic updates on your commute home from work, or play your favorite playlist with the hands-free Alexa capabilities. You can even use your Amazon Alexa device to remotely access your Tacoma from home or access compatible smart home features from your Tacoma.

Toyota Tacoma vs Ford Ranger: Which Is Right for You?

When you’re looking to purchase a truck, you’ll likely find that the 2020 Toyota Tacoma and 2020 Ford Ranger are at the top of your list since they have many comparable features. Although, after taking a closer look at these trucks—particularly with the off-road capabilities and infotainment technologies—it’s clear that the Tacoma is the better option.

To learn more about this truck and how its features can enhance your commute around Houston, Sugarland, and Pearland, Texas, we invite you to visit our dealership. Give our team at Mike Calvert Toyota a visit today to learn more about the Toyota Tacoma!

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