Both Ford and Chevrolet have established reputations for building hardy pickup trucks that can easily get a job done. In the midsize pickup segment, this is especially true now that Ford has entered the ring with the 2019 Ranger. The question to consider: Is the 2019 Ford Ranger or the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado better? When it comes right down to it, there’s plenty of reasons to stay with America’s favorite truckmaker.
Under the hood of the 2019 Ranger, you will find a single engine option, which is the venerable 2.3-liter EcoBoost® four-cylinder engine. The Colorado has three powertrains to choose from — a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 3.6-liter V6 and a 2.8-liter Duramax® turbodiesel. While the Colorado has more choice, when it comes to standard power, the Ranger wins. That’s because its 2.3-liter engine puts out 270 horsepower compared to the Colorado’s base 2.5-liter engine’s 200 horsepower. It also delivers best-in-class gasoline torque at 310 lb-ft.
The Ranger also lets you do more. It has a maximum best-in-class towing capacity of 7,500 pounds when properly equipped, while the Colorado can only tow a maximum of 7,000 pounds. Ford’s truck also manages to have a best-in-class payload of 1,860 pounds.
Despite having more power and towing and hauling capability, the Ranger still manages to get better fuel efficiency than the Colorado. In fact, it has the best fuel-efficiency ratings in its class. Front-wheel-drive Rangers have an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while the Colorado’s base engine on the front-wheel-drive model only gets 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.*
When you purchase the base 2019 Ranger, you will find that you get a lot more standard features than you would in the base Colorado. For instance, the entry-level trim will give you Auto Start-Stop technology, Trailer Sway Control, Ford MyKey® technology, and a 4.2-inch Ford SYNC® display and infotainment system. These features are only available on a slightly higher Colorado trim. With the available FX4 Off-Road Package, you’ll get cutting-edge technologies like Terrain Management System™ and Trail Control™, making the Ranger an exceptional choice for off-roading.
We’ve waited a long time to see the Ranger at Sanderson Ford once again, and with its best-in-class abilities and exceptional styling, the 2019 Ford Ranger is well worth the wait. Stop in today and see it for yourself.
*EPA-estimated city/hwy mpg for the model indicated. See fueleconomy.gov for fuel economy of other engine/transmission combinations. Actual mileage will vary. On plug-in hybrid models and electric models, fuel economy is stated in MPGe. MPGe is the EPA equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric mode operation.