2019 Ford Ranger Is The Best in 'Gas Fuel Economy'

NAIAS 2019 Ford Ranger, All-New Ranger
North American International Auto Show, Detroit, Michigan. (Photo: Flickr)

The 2019 Ford Ranger roster has added another important spec and that is the best-in-class fuel economy. This basis is in terms of the city and the combined EPA ratings among the gasoline-powered competition.

According to Road/ Show, Ford was able to announce last Tuesday that the new Ranger is going to be rated for 21 miles per gallon city with 26 mpg city and 23 mpg combined. This is equipped with rear-wheel drive. The earlier mentioned source also revealed that four-wheel-drive Rangers will be scored with EPA ratings of 20/24/22 mpg.

As expected, there are some important details that people need to watch out with the Ranger's fuel economy win. While it is considered as the gasoline midsize-truck champ, it is not as efficient as the GMC Canyon and diesel-powered Chevrolet Colorado. These are rated for 22/30/25 mpg with rear-wheel drive and 20/28/23 mpg with the four-wheel drive.

It is also worth mentioning that the Honda Ridgeline posts have similar highway fuel economy numbers to the Ranger. The earlier outlet reports there is over 26 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 25 mpg with all-wheel drive. The Chevy Colorado is able to return as well 26 mpg highway with its four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive.

In the end, the fuel economy of the new ranger still figures does place it right at the top of the class among its gasoline competition. (For brevity, only automatic-transmission variants are shown, and the GMC Canyon was skipped as it matches Colorado's numbers.)

Meanwhile, the 2019 Ford Ranger reportedly uses a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. It is rated for 310 pound-feet of torque and 270 horsepower, with a 10-speed automatic transmission standard. This will tow up to 7,500 pounds as well and has a payload rating of over 1,860.

As mentioned earlier, both figures are, again, best-in-class among its gasoline-powered rivals. The 2019 Ford Ranger price begins at $25,395. Watch out as we report a first-drive review of the new truck soon. Here are some of the details about the prominent vehicles in the market:

Ford Ranger     RWD     2.3L Turbo I4    270        310         21            26           23

Ford Ranger     4x4        2.3L Turbo I4    270        310         20           24           22

Chevrolet Colorado     4x4        2.5L I4   200        191          19            24           21

Honda Ridgeline            FWD      3.5L V6 280        262         19            26           22

Nissan Frontier               RWD     2.5L I4   152          171          17            22           19

Toyota Tacoma              RWD     2.7L I4   159         180         20           23           21

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