The Ranger will steal the competition’s thunder with the 2019 model year

We have all been waiting for Ford to release the 2019 Ranger’s specs, and finally, the details are here. Cutting straight to the chase, the 2019 Ford Ranger will come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 270 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque. Even though the engine may seem less potent when compared to the Mustang and the Focus RS, the power output is fairly impressive.

No Replacement For Displacement?

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With that being said, the Ford Ranger’s main rivals – Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colarado – come packed better with their V-6 units.

The Tacoma develops 278 horses, while the Colorado runs on 308 ponies, both of which is more than you get with the Ranger. However, the Ranger’s 310 pound-feet of torque is more than Tacoma’s 265 pound-feet and the Colorado’s 275 pound-feet. The other contender, the Nissan Frontier V-6, also develops a mere 281 pound-feet. The only true challenger in this context would be the diesel Colorado with 369 pound-feet of torque.

This Ranger Is One Strong Vehicle

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While the power output may be a bit mixed, the Ranger takes the cake for the payload and towing capacities... well, almost.

The 2019 Ranger has a maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds. This is significantly higher than the segment standard of 1,500 pounds. The maximum capacity was the Colorado, with 1,574 pounds.

The Ranger comes with a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds with the towing package and trailer brake controller. The next best is the gasoline-powered Colorado, which has a maximum towing capacity of almost 7,000 pounds. The Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier both have maximum towing ratings of about 6,700 pounds.

Final Thoughts

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Ford has smartly priced the car a notch lower than the V-6 models, with prices starting at $25,395. You can already start to configure your Ranger, even though the production will begin later this year. This was, you’’ know what to order when the Ranger goes on sale. It looks like Ford already has a winner on its hands. Will Toyota, Chevy, and Nissan make a move to compete with the Ranger when it launches? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Further Reading

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Read our speculative review on the 2019 Ford Ranger.

2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison.

Toyota Ups the Ante With 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro
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Read our full review of the 2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro.

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It’s almost here. As the 2019 Built Ford Tough Ranger nears production, Ford announces its all-new midsize pickup for North America will deliver best-in-class payload, gas torque and towing capability.

“Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” says Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.”

The 2019 Ford Ranger’s standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost® produces 270 horsepower and, more importantly, 310 lb.-ft. of torque – the most engine-turning power of any gas engine in the midsize pickup segment, including V6 engines from competitors.

Paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed transmission, Ranger features a unique combination of power and capability that only comes from a truck that’s Built Ford Tough.

Anchored by a high-strength steel frame and robust solid rear axle with Hotchkiss suspension, Ranger can conventionally tow more than any gas engine truck in its class – 7,500 pounds when equipped with the tow package and a trailer brake controller.

Production begins later this year at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan.

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