When looking to the safety features of these two trucks, the Tacoma comes out ahead.
In a comparison of both the warranty and safety features of the Toyota Tacoma vs. the Ford Ranger, the inclusion of ToyotaCare is a huge advantage for the Tacoma. ToyotaCare provides new Toyota drivers with free 24-hour Roadside Assistance for two years/unlimited miles plus no-cost factory scheduled maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles.
Another notable advantage of the Tacoma is Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P), which comes standard with all trim levels of the Tacoma. Toyota Safety Sense provides Tacoma drivers with the following features:
Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) is designed to help avoid the potential of a vehicle collision by using an in-vehicle camera and radar that helps to detect a vehicle or pedestrian in front of your vehicle.
Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS) is designed to alert the driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane under the appropriate conditions.
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), when enabled, helps your vehicle to maintain a preset distance between it and the vehicle in front of it. DRCC is designed to automatically slow your vehicle’s speed to maintain your selected distance and will resume to your preset speed once the vehicle in front is no longer driving slower than your preset speed.
Automatic High Beams (AHB) helps detect headlights and taillights ahead of your vehicle by using an in-vehicle camera. The AHB system can then toggle between high or low beams, helping you to have the correct amount of light to see the road ahead of you.
A clear divide exists between the safety features that come standard with the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and the standard safety features of the 2019 Ford Ranger. The Ford Ranger XL comes with just one safety feature comparable to TSS-P, and the XLT and Lariat trims come with just three.
In order to have more comparable driver assistance features on the Ranger XL base model, buyers must add on the Technology Package which includes Adaptive Cruise Control, but adds an additional cost. When it comes to safety features, there is no trim of the 2019 Ford Ranger that comes with standard safety features comparable to TSS-P’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control -- a feature which comes standard on all Tacoma models.
To push the divide even further, the Toyota Tacoma comes with the Star Safety System. This system features Hill-start Assist Control (HAC) and Smart Stop Technology® (SST). The Tacoma also comes with knee airbags, another safety feature missing from the Ranger.