2019 Ford Ranger Tops Class at 26 MPG Highway

December 11, 2018 by Carly Schaffner, @carlyschaffner

Ford’s new 2019 Ranger midsize truck, which will go on sale in January, received strong fuel economy ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency.

In its most fuel-efficient configuration, the 4×2, the 2019 Ranger achieves 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg combined.

The Ranger’s city and combined scores top EPA ratings of its its gas-powered peers in the midsize-truck segment.

When configured as a 4×4, the pickup delivers 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

The reborn Ranger will be powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine delivering 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with a 10-speed transmission.

Competition

The Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline all compete for share against Toyota’s perennially popular Tacoma. Through the first 11 months of 2018, Tacoma accounted for nearly half of all midsize pickup sales.

The 2019 Tacoma is rated 20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined in a 4×2 configuration. As a 4×4, the Tacoma offers 19 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

General Motors’ Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon both get 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined as 4x2s. The 4×4 models are rated 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

Chevrolet offers a diesel-powered Colorado that exceeds the Ranger’s highway rating and matches its combined figure. The 4×2 Colorado diesel achieves 20 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. The 4×4 version is rated at 19 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway and 22 mpg combined.

However, the diesel engine option adds $3,500 to the price of the truck.

Nissan’s Frontier, which hasn’t seen a full redesign in over a decade, is rated up to 17 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined as a 4×2. The Frontier 4×4 is rated at 15 mpg city, 21 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.

The Toyota, Chevrolet, GMC and Nissan trucks each offer an additional engine that is more powerful but less efficient.

Honda’s all-wheel-drive unibody Ridgeline excels on the highway with 25 mpg, but gets only 18 mpg in the city and 21 mpg combined. Its only engine option is a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Towing

In addition to strong fuel economy marks, the Ranger also has a maximum tow rating of 7,500 pounds and maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds.

Already a competitive segment, the midsize truck category will heat up in 2019 when Ranger enters the arena, followed by the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup, which debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Through November, sales of light trucks – pickups, SUVs and crossovers – accounted for 68 percent of the total U.S. market, up from 63 percent during the same period in 2017. Midsize pickup truck sales topped 478,484, a 16.2 percent increase over the same period last year.

Pricing for the 2019 Ford Ranger starts at $23,396 including destination.

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