It wasn’t all that long ago that the small pickup truck market was considered dead. But it has lit up like a Christmas tree over the past five years. Segment stalwarts like the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier now have a hungry pack of rivals, including the Chevrolet Colorado, the GMC Canyon, and the Ford Ranger, which was introduced just last year.
The V6-powered 2020 Toyota Tacoma is still the class leader when it comes to sales, but the turbocharged Ford Ranger is quickly gaining popularity. These mid-size trucks don’t have the size and power of their full-size showroom mates, but they’re quite capable. They’re generally more affordable than their bigger brothers and easier to live with on a daily basis, especially if you live in an urban area. But which is best? Let’s examine the 2020 Ford Ranger and 2020 Toyota Tacoma in key areas and decide.