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Available in seven trim levels, the 2023 Toyota Tacoma offers abundant choices across several categories. This light-duty pickup truck is available with a naturally aspirated V-6 engine and the signature 4WDemand drivetrain. Sold in only three editions, the 2023 Ford Ranger offers fewer options in numerous departments.

2023 Toyota Tacoma

$28,250 – $44,580*

20/23 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)**




Horsepower, 2.7-Liter 4-Cylinder Engine

2023 Ford Ranger

$27,400 – $35,500

21/26 MPG

Miles per gallon (city/highway)




Horsepower, 2.3-Liter EcoBoost Engine

Toyota Tacoma Performance Features

Performance Features

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma grabs 278 total horsepower from a conventional 3.5-liter engine block. Adopting a V-6 orientation and Atkinson cycle, the naturally aspirated engine is optimized for light-duty work and typical trips in urban areas. This six-cylinder powertrain works directly with a six-speed automatic transmission system. Completing combustion with assistance from a twin-scroll turbocharger, the 2023 Ford Ranger’s standard 2.3-L EcoBoost engine has an engineered limit of 270 hp. This four-cylinder powerhouse works in tandem with a 10-speed automatic gearbox. However, the 2023 Tacoma still has an advantage in the mechanical department thanks to a six-speed manual transmission system with a simple switch for starting or deactivating the clutch. This midsize Toyota truck rolls on the 4WDemand system with part-time engagement. An electronically managed transfer case fine-tunes the kinematics of the signature drivetrain. Also having automatic controls, a limited-slip differential supplements the rear-wheel drive. Likewise, the 2023 Ranger offers a conventional 4×2 drive system with great all-around performance. This Ford truck also has a 4×4 drive system and shift-on-the-fly controls. Most Ranger trims have a ground clearance of slightly more than 8 inches. You’ll get a 9.4-inch ground clearance on most of the Tacoma models. Additionally, the Crawl Control and Multi-Terrain Select give this vehicle a huge advantage in off-road performance.

Toyota Tacoma Design Features

Design Features

The 2023 Toyota Tacoma is available in some of the most striking paint options in the segment, such as Solar Octane or Electric Lime. One of the hottest colors on Tacoma’s lineup, Barcelona Red Metallic, is available for this light-duty pickup truck. Similarly, the 2023 Ford Ranger has flashy exterior finishes, such as Velocity Blue or Hot Pepper. Rectangular running boards, skull caps, and wheel lip moldings are also available for extra function and style. You’ll find unique exterior styling on the Tacoma, like the heritage-type front grille and bed stamps. This light-duty workhorse even offers metallic skid plates and a tailgate spoiler.

Toyota Tacoma Utility Features

Utility Features

Hauling cargo will be easy on the 2023 Toyota Tacoma, which offers the proprietary Deck Rail System. Steel outer panels reinforce the vehicle’s trademark Sheet Molded Composite bed. You can lock and lower the signature tailgate with little effort. Operating on 120 V, a bed-mounted AC power outlet generates up to 400 W output for your tools and appliances. Ford also offers great utilities for the 2023 Ranger, like the power-locking tailgate and spray-in bedliner with the Tough Bed trademark. Both pickup trucks offer bed lengths of 5 or 6 feet. However, the Toyota model stands out with a sliding rear glass and a panoramic sunroof.

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Contact us at Peter Boulware Toyota to reserve a test drive in the light-duty 2023 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. See for yourself why the Tacoma is the right truck for you!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $1,095 for Cars (GR86, Avalon, Avalon HV, Camry, Camry HV, Corolla, Corolla HV, Corolla HB, GR Corolla, Mirai, Prius, Prius Prime, GR Supra, Toyota Crown), $1,335 for SUV/Van/Small Truck (4Runner, bZ4X, C-HR, Corolla Cross, Corolla Cross HEV, Highlander, Highlander HV, RAV4, RAV4 HV, RAV4 Prime, Sienna, Tacoma, Venza), $1,595 for Large SUV (Sequoia), and $1,795 for Large Truck (Tundra and Tundra Hybrid). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure and may be subject to change at any time. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**2023 projected EPA-estimated mpg rating estimates as determined by manufacturer. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.