The Ford Ranger Takes on Toyota & Chevy Competition

Which Mid-Size Pickup Pulls Ahead?

Ford Ranger is a mid-size pickup that presents a compelling alternative to the everyday full-size truck. Even before it went on hiatus in 2011, it was a favorite of those day-laboring, working in the trades, and even off-road pleasure cruisers. But even now that it's back for the 2019 model year, it's still got worthy rivals, notably Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado. However, only one pickup gets edges where it counts. See why it's Ford Ranger, right here at Keyser & Miller Ford in Collegeville!

2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2019 Toyota Tacoma

  • With a standard 270-horsepower, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that produces 310 pound-feet of torque, Ford Ranger is a more powerful and confident drive out to King of Prussia than Toyota Tacoma. In fact, these are both best-in-class ratings. Toyota Tacoma features a standard 2.7-liter I4 that puts out only 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque.
  • Ford Ranger has better towing and hauling ratings for a Norristown duty roster. It can lug payloads up to 1,860 pounds max in SuperCab 4x2 configuration as well as tow up to 7,500 pounds. Again, these are both class-topping capabilities. Toyota Tacoma can only support payloads up to 1,620 pounds and tow as much as 6,800 pounds, and that's with a V6, auto transmission, and in 4x2.
  • An 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system is available in Ford Ranger, and it features Waze navigation compatibility, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Ford+Alexa interoperability, and available Wi-Fi Internet access via FordPass Connect. Toyota Tacoma has 6.1- and 7-inch Entune options with a built-in navigation option, but no crowd-sourced nav compatibility, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, or virtual assistant support.

2019 Ford Ranger vs. 2019 Chevy Colorado

  • Off-roading outside Phoenixville, you can count on Ford Ranger for better acceleration and more turning and pulling power. It features a standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine that delivers best-in-class 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Chevy Colorado, however, features a standard 2.5-liter inline-four capable of only 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. There's a 308-horsepower, 3.6-liter V6 gas engine available, but it can only produce 275 pound-feet. An optional 2.8-liter Turbo-Diesel can put out 369 pound-feet, but it's rated at just 186 horsepower.
  • On tough Eagleville jobs, Ford Ranger is better-equipped for towing and hauling than Chevy Colorado. In SuperCab 4x2 builds, you can haul 1,860 pounds max, and max towing support weighs in at 7,500 pounds. Both numbers slot at the top of the class. Chevy Colorado can haul only up to 1,574 pounds, tow only 3,500 pounds with a 2.5-liter I4, and tow only 7,000 pounds with a V6. You can get an up-to-7,700-pound rating, but you'll have to invest in a costly diesel engine.
  • Ford Ranger offers more safety features than Chevy Colorado. Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking comes standard, plus, a lane-keeping system with lane-keep and departure warnings, reverse sensing, and a class-exclusive blind-spot monitor with trailer coverage are standards on XLT and Lariat trims. The latter even gets standard adaptive cruise control. You can get a Safety Package on Chevy Colorado LT trims with forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and rear park assist, but it's only available, and the lineup itself can't offer the same feature diversity as Ford Ranger.

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