A number of Blue Oval vehicles have fared quite well in some recent comparison tests, with the Ford Bronco Sport beating out the Toyota RAV4 and Jeep Wrangler, the Ford Bronco also taking down the Wrangler, the Ford Maverick topping the Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford F-150 beating the Toyota Tundra, and the Ford F-150 Lightning scoring a close win over the Rivian R1T. Now, we can add the 2022 Ford Ranger to that list as well, as Consumer Reports recently declared it a superior option to the Toyota Tacoma.
The all-new, next-generation Ford Ranger recently launched in select global markets, but the current-gen model is still racking up its fair share of accolades, including ranking as the top mid-size pickup in J.D. Power’s 2022 Initial Quality Study (IQS) and winning a Kelley Blue Book Five-Year Cost to Own Award and Top 10 Best Resale Value Award. Now, it has also beaten out one of its chief rivals for a variety of reasons.
The first is capability, as Consumer Reports notes that the 2022 Ford Ranger can out haul and out tow the Tacoma, offers quicker acceleration, and returns superior fuel economy to boot. It also ranks above average in terms of Consumer Reports‘ reliability ratings and owner satisfaction, offers a better driving position and visibility, superior ride quality, is quieter, and features more supportive seats when compared to the Tacoma.
“The Ranger performs better than the Tacoma in most of our evaluations,” Consumer Reports concludes. “It has superior handling capabilities, is quieter and easier to live with, and has stronger towing and cargo capabilities. With its above-average reliability and points awarded from the standard FCW and AEB, the Ranger has an overall score that’s high enough to allow us to recommend it.”