04 May 2023
If you would like an in-depth comparison of the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger, please watch the video below:
If South Africa could have a national car, it would be a bakkie!
Tough, durable and practical. These are attributes that most people want in a good workhorse. The main question that most people have is what Bakkie should they buy and why?
When it comes to buying a new bakkie, South Africans have several exciting options to choose from.
Two of the most popular bakkies on the market today are the Toyota Hilux (for more information click here) and the Ford Ranger. Both of these bakkies are designed to handle heavy loads, rough terrain, and tough conditions, making them a favourite among farmers, contractors, and off-road enthusiasts.
What makes these bakkies even more popular is that they are available in a variety of Single, Xtra and Double cab options with some special variants such as Ford Ranger’s Raptor or Toyota Hilux’s Legend.
This section will list all of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger models with their individual prices.
|Toyota Hilux Models||Price|
|Toyota Hilux 2.0VVTi S 5MT||R 346 200|
|Toyota Hilux 2.0VVTi S A/C 5MT||R 356 400|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4GD S 5MT||R 390 300|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4GD S A/C 5MT||R 400 800|
|Toyota Hilux 2.7VVTi RB S 5MT||R 446 100|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 RB SR 6MT||R 483 300|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 RB Raider M/T P/U S/C||R 522 100|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD6 4x4 SR 6MT||R 556 200|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 RB Raider 6AT||R 558 400|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 4X4 Raider 6MT||R 600 700|
|Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider 6AT||R 620 500|
|Toyota Hilux 2.4 GD-6 4X4 Raider 6AT||R 623 900|
|Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4X4 Raider 6AT||R 695 300|
|Toyota Hilux Models||Price|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.7VVTi RB S 5MT||R 508 400|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.4GD6 RB SR MT||R 550 400|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.4GD6 RB Raider MT||R 584 600|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.4GD6 RB Raider AT||R 603 100|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.4GD6 4X4 SR MT||R 633 800|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.4GD6 4X4 Raider MT||R 674 800|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.4GD6 4X4 Raider AT||R 704 300|
|Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider A/T P/U D/C||R 730 300|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8GD6 RB Legend MT||R 780 000|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8GD6 4X4 Raider AT||R 816 400|
|Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD6 RB Legend A/T P/U D/C||R 826 400|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8 GD-6 Legend 4X4 P/U D/C||R 838 300|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 4.0 V6 4X4 Legend AT||R 874 700|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8 GD-6 RB 21 Legend 4X4 AT||R 875 100|
|Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD6 4X4 GR-S AT||R 918 100|
|Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Legend RS A/T P/U D/C||R 921 900|
|Toyota Hilux Double cab 2.8 GD-6 RB 21 Legend RS 4X4||R 937 000|
|Toyota Hilux Double Cab 2.8GD6 4X4 Legend RS AT||R 973 800|
|Toyota Hilux Models||Price|
|Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.4 GD-6 RB Raider 6MT||R 537 100|
|Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.4 GD-6 RB Raider 6AT||R 542 100|
|Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.8 GD-6 RB Legend 6MT||R 644 900|
|Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.8 GD-6 RB Legend 6AT||R 673 600|
|Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 6MT||R 727 400|
|Toyota Hilux Xtra Cab 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend 6AT||R 765 500|
|Ford Ranger Models||Price|
|Ford Ranger 2.2||R 340 400|
|Ford Ranger 2.2 SuperCab Hi-Rider||R 412 800|
|Ford Ranger 2.2 double cab Hi-Rider||R 417 900|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi XL P/U Super cab||R 431 200|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi XL P/U S/C||R 448 500|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi Hi-Rider XL auto||R 470 600|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab Hi-Rider XL auto||R 470 600|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi Hi-Rider XLS||R 472 200|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi XL P/U D/C||R 490 000|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi 4x4 XL||R 499 600|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi double cab Hi-Rider XL auto||R 514 900|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab Hi-Rider XLS auto||R 515 700|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab 4x4 XL||R 519 700|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi double cab Hi-Rider XLS||R 549 400|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi 4x4 XLS auto||R 551 800|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi double cab 4x4 XL||R 552 800|
|Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi 4x4 XLS auto||R 577 000|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi SuperCab 4x4 XLS auto||R 579 900|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XLT A/T P/U D/C||R 626 700|
|Ford Ranger 2.2TDCi double cab 4x4 XLS auto||R 627 500|
|Ford Ranger FX4 2.0D A/T P/U D/C||R 658 200|
|Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi SuperCab 4x4 XLT auto||R 689 500|
|Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi double cab Hi-Rider XLT auto||R 697 800|
|Ford Ranger 2.0Turbo double cab 4x4 XLT||R 701 500|
|Ford Ranger FX4 2.0D 4X4 A/T P/U D/C||R 733 000|
|Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi double cab Hi-Rider Wildtrak||R 746 800|
|Ford Ranger 3.2TDCi double cab 4x4 XLT auto||R 758 600|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D Bi-Turbo Wildtrak A/T P/U D/C||R 773 100|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D Bi-Turbo Stormtrak A/T P/U D/C||R 815 100|
|Ford Ranger 2.0Bi-Turbo double cab 4x4 Wildtrak||R 832 100|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D Bi-Turbo Stormtrak 4X4 A/T P/U D/C||R 874 100|
|Ford Ranger Models||Price|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL HR S/C P/U||R 464 200|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL HR A/T S/C P/U||R 477 800|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL HR Super Cab P/U||R 485 400|
|Ford Ranger Base 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x2 6MT||R 486 000|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL HR A/T Super Cab P/U||R 499 900|
|Ford Ranger Base 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x4 6MT||R 528 600|
|Ford Ranger XL 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x2 6MT||R 529 900|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL HR 4X4 S/C P/U||R 531 300|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL HR 4X4 A/T Super Cab P/U||R 542 900|
|Ford Ranger XL 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x2 6AT||R 545 000|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XLT HR A/T Super Cab P/U||R 547 100|
|Ford Ranger XLT 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x2 6AT||R 592 700|
|Ford Ranger XL 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x4 6MT||R 607 300|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D XL 4X4 A/T D/C P/U||R 621 900|
|Ford Ranger XLT 2.0L SiT D-Cab 4x4 6AT||R 669 800|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D Bi Turbo XLT HR A/T 4X4 Super Cab P/U||R 688 900|
|Ford Ranger XLT 2.0L BiT D-Cab 4x2 10AT||R 702 300|
|Ford Ranger 2.0D Bi Turbo Wildtrak HR A/T 4X4 Super Cab P/U||R 772 800|
|Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0L BiT D-Cab 4x2 10AT||R 778 300|
|Ford Ranger XLT 2.0L BiT D-Cab 4x4 10AT||R 782 100|
|Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0L BiT D-Cab 4x4 10AT||R 867 700|
|Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.0L V6 Lion D-Cab AWD 10AT||R 953 500|
|Ford Ranger Models||Price|
|Ford Ranger 2.0Bi-Turbo Double Cab 4x4 Raptor||R 951 900|
|Ford Ranger Raptor Special Edition 2.0D BI-Turbo Double Cab 4X4 A/T||R 999 150|
|Ford Ranger Models||Price|
|Next-Gen Ranger Raptor:|
|Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 BI Turbo EcoBoost Raptor 4X4 A/T||R 1 094 800|
In this section, the newest Toyota Hilux range and the newest Ford Ranger range will be compared, focusing on key features such as payload capacity, towing capacity, engine power and performance, durability and reliability, comfort and convenience, safety features and off-road capability.
Payload capacity is defined as how much you are able to load into your bakkie and its loading bay without breaking the suspension. You want a bakkie that can carry a lot of weight. That is why you bought a workhorse in the first place.
Both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger have impressive payload capacities that make them ideal for heavy-duty work. The Hilux has a payload capacity that ranges from 775 kg to 1,115 kg, depending on the model and configuration.
On the other hand, the Ranger's payload capacity ranges from 607 kg to 1,037 kg, depending on the model and configuration.
The Toyota Hilux range has a slightly higher payload capacity than the Ford Ranger range. This means that you can carry almost anything on the back and in of your Hilux! From adventuring gear to building supplies for your next project.
Towing capacity is a simple concept to understand. It can be defined as how much weight in kilograms your vehicle can tow at a time. This is very important to know. You can seriously damage your bakkie if you pull more than its maximum towing capacity.
When it comes to towing capacity, both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are equally capable. The Hilux has a towing capacity (unbraked) that ranges from 1,500 kg to 3,500 kg, depending on the model and configuration.
The Ranger's towing capacity (unbraked) ranges from 2,500 kg to 3,500 kg, depending on the model and configuration.
Both vehicles can tow any trailer that might want to take with you on your adventures or day-to-day work activities.
What should every bakkie have? Power!
You need to be able to roar over mountains with a bakkie!
The Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are both designed with powerful engines that provide excellent performance and fuel efficiency. The Hilux’s top-of-the-range models come with a 2.8-litre diesel engine that generates 150 kilowatts (kW) and 500 Newton metres (Nm) of torque
The Ranger’s top models have a 2.0-litre Diesel engine that generates 157 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. Ford Ranger also has a variety of “Next-Gen” Ranger models. The top variants of this range deliver an incredible 184 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque.
Although the normal Ford Ranger has slightly more power than the Toyota Hilux, it has Toyota’s reliability and years of off-road experience to make up for the lack of pure power. The Hilux also makes up for the power with its extra focus on stability and suspension.
The outdoors is a rough place. To navigate it safely and thoroughly, your off-roader has to be durable and reliable. This is the same for the bakkies used for industrial and working needs. You don’t want your bakkie to break down in the middle of nowhere or in the middle of an important job.
Both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are known for their durability and reliability, with strong frames, sturdy suspensions, and quality components. The Hilux has been on the market for over 50 years and has established a well-deserved reputation for being the toughest and most dependable bakkie in the world. With a track record like this, it's hard to imagine any other bakkie being able to match the Hilux's reliability and durability.
While the Ranger has won some awards for its durability and has been tested in harsh conditions, it simply can't match the Hilux's proven performance over such a long period. While some variants of the Ranger may be more durable than others, when it comes to overall reliability and toughness, the Hilux is the clear choice.
Driving a bakkie is not only about power and performance but also about comfort and convenience. What is the use of going off-road in an uncomfortable vehicle?
While both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are primarily designed for work, they also offer a comfortable and accessible driving experience.
The Toyota Hilux offers a comfortable and spacious cabin with easy-to-use controls, comfortable seats, and ample room for up to five passengers. While the Ranger also has these features, the Hilux's cabin is just as comfortable and practical, without compromising on its toughness and durability.
The Ranger indeed has slightly better sound insulation and a more refined cabin, but when it comes to overall comfort and convenience, the Hilux is a great choice for anyone who needs a reliable bakkie that can handle heavy loads and rough terrain while still providing a comfortable ride for its passengers. The Toyota Hilux boast features such as a 4WD selector, fabric or leather seat trim, cruise control, power steering and more.
Toyota as a brand specialises in creating the safest experience for all of its drivers and thus equips every one of its vehicles with the best safety features on the market.
Both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger come with features that are designed to protect the driver and passengers in case of an accident.
The Toyota Hilux is equipped with advanced safety features, including driver and passenger airbags, vehicle stability control, Hill Assist Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Park Distance Control and an anti-lock braking system, which ensures that the bakkie is stable and easy to handle even in the most challenging driving conditions. These features provide peace of mind to drivers and passengers alike, knowing that they are protected by the latest safety technology on the market.
While the Ford Ranger also has some impressive safety features, such as driver and passenger airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, and traction control, it's important to note that it has additional features like lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control, which are not available on the Hilux.
However, when it comes to overall safety and dependability, the Hilux is an excellent choice for anyone who needs a bakkie that can handle heavy loads and rough terrain while keeping its occupants safe and secure.
What is an off-roader without off-road capabilities?
The Hilux and Ranger are both specifically chiselled to handle almost every off-road terrain.
The Toyota Hilux is a true off-road champion, with a reputation for its legendary off-road capability thanks to its robust suspension, high ground clearance, and four-wheel drive system. The Hilux can easily conquer steep inclines, deep mud, and rocky terrain, making it the perfect bakkie for adventurous drivers who want to explore remote areas.
The Hilux also comes with a range of advanced features such as a rear differential lock, hill-start assist control, and downhill assist control, which makes it even more capable off-road.
The Ford Ranger is also a capable off-road vehicle, with high ground clearance, a four-wheel drive system, and an electronic locking differential. Its Terrain Management System allows the driver to select different driving modes for different terrain conditions, such as sand, mud, or snow. The Ranger also has a water wading depth of 800mm, which means it can cross rivers and streams with ease.
Both the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger are great off-road vehicles. Depending on your preference, they can both suit all of your adventuring needs.
Both the Hilux and the Ranger are great vehicles although, the Toyota Hilux has been around longer than the Ford Ranger and is considered one of the best bakkies of all time.
The entry-level model of the Ford Ranger is the most affordable, but the Toyota Hilux has more models around that price range.
Toyota is well known for its reliable cars. The Toyota Hilux range is no exception.
A bakkie is a versatile vehicle that can go off-road, carry or tow heavy loads and looks menacing and stylish while doing it.
Both the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger are excellent sturdy bakkies, but when it comes to durability, reliability, and off-road capability, the Hilux is the clear winner. With its sturdy suspension, high ground clearance, and four-wheel drive system, the Hilux has established itself as one of the toughest and most dependable bakkies in the world over its 50 years on the market.
It is the perfect choice for anyone who wants a bakkie that can handle heavy loads and rough terrain without sacrificing reliability and durability!