While searching on-line listings for used automobiles I got here throughout two pickup vans that have been listed for comparable cash. Both had two doorways, rear-wheel drive and handbook transmissions, too, making them extremely fascinating within the Jalopnik universe. The query is, although, for those who have been available in the market for a small, used pickup truck, would you go for the 2004 Toyota Tacoma or the 2006 Ford Ranger?
Coming in at $8,599, the Ford Ranger is each newer and cheaper than the Tacoma, even when it’s solely about $300 cheaper. That $300 is probably not an enormous amount of cash within the grand scheme of issues, however on the similar time, $300 is $300. It’s additionally purple, which is an objectively higher colour than the Tacoma’s silver. And whereas pressured induction is commonplace in pickup vans today, this explicit Ranger rocks a naturally aspirated 3.0-liter V6 that’s solely been pushed 79,973 miles. Not dangerous for lower than $10,000.
On the opposite hand, there’s the Toyota Tacoma. It’s barely older and is priced at $8,895, however actually, what’s the distinction between a truck that’s 20 years outdated and one which’s 18? Especially once we’re speaking a few Tacoma. This truck and its 2.4-liter four-cylinder are going to final till the warmth demise of the universe. At least you higher hope it does as a result of it’s bought some critical miles on it. In reality, it has 231,841 on the odometer. Still, it’s a Tacoma promoting for lower than $10,000. What did you anticipate?
So which one would you choose? On the one hand, you could have the Tacoma’s legendary sturdiness however a truck that’s not removed from the quarter-million-mile mark. Alternatively, you may go for the Ranger with considerably fewer miles on it. Will it die on you earlier than that Tacoma although? It’s definitely a raffle. Let us know which one you’d go along with down within the feedback beneath.