This week, our colleagues at the Ford Authority are stationed outside of San Diego, California to try out Ford’s 2019 Ranger. Yes, that very same Ranger that is about to challenge the two midsize GM trucks – the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon.
Though it has already been available globally for several years, the 2019 Ranger is new to the U.S. market. What sets the North American model apart from its international variants is a revised exterior and a unique powertrain – a 2.3L EcoBoost shared with the Ford Mustang paired with the 10-speed automatic transmission co-developed with GM.
This sole engine/transmission offering in the 2019 Ranger, the combination makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque while delivering an EPA-rated 23 mpg combined, a segment best. As if all that weren’t enough, the 2019 Ranger can also out-tow and out-haul the competition with a 7,500 pound tow rating and 1,860 pound payload.
But all that capability comes at a price: the 2019 Ranger starts at over $25,000, and can come close to $50,000 with all the desired options checked. Meanwhile, the 2019 Chevy Colorado and 2019 GMC Canyon start at a notably lower $20,500 and $21,400, respectively.
So, if you’re curious to know how the new, Michigan-built 2019 Ranger stacks up to the GM trucks, head on over to our sister site – Ford Authority – and ask your questions about the new Ford truck in the comments section right here.