Edmunds says you can: http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/ford/ranger/index.html
"i looked at a reg. cab '03 Tacoma 4x4 SR5 over the weekend. pretty cute little truck. problem was it was over $20,000."
C'mon, the truck must have had a decent assortment of options, then. Base model 4x4 regular cab Tacomas sticker less and sell for even much less ($15,932). http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/toyota/tacoma/index.html
What I found interesting is that it appears Ford doesn't offer a 4x4 Ranger regular cab with a four-cylinder engine. Their cheapest 4x4 Ranger regular cab (according to Edmunds, mind you) is their 3.0 V6 version with a manual. TMV is $18,737. In comparison, a 4x4 Tacoma regular cab with the 2.7 I4 and manual transmission in only $15,932.
Now, compare this 3.0 Ranger http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/ford/ranger/2drregularcabedgeplus4wdstylesidesb30l6cyl5m/specs.html?id=lin0018 to the 2.7 Tacoma http://www.edmunds.com/new/2003/toyota/tacoma/2drregularcab4wdsb27l4cyl5m/specs.html?id=lin0018
Even though the Ranger has a V6 with bigger displacement, it makes only 4 horses and 3 lb/ft torque more than the Tacoma's smaller I4. The Tacoma has a bigger payload capacity, but the Ranger is rated to tow more.
That's pathetic. No wonder Ford doesn't offer a 4 cylinder in a 4x4 Ranger!
I would say if you want a regular cab 4x4 truck and are interested in the Tacoma or Ranger, the Tacoma has the Ranger beat big time. Yes, the Ranger has 4 more hp and 3 lb/ft more torque, but the Tacoma costs $2,805 less. Plus, you're getting the bullet-proof Toyota I4, which is in a different galaxy when compared to Ford's 3.0 V6 when it comes to reliability and longevity.
And before people start complaining that they can buy the Ranger for less, these figures come from Edmunds' True Market Value (TMV), which represent what people are buying these trucks for. Both trucks had a TMV approximately $2,000 less than sticker.
Oh yeah, one more little thing. The Ranger's Consumer Rating was a paltry 6.5, while the Tacoma's was 8.7.
check out this article:
dont tell me you haven't seen that ford SD commercial racing the silverado with a trailer attached. well, it's true. there simply is no comparison.