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2019 Ford Ranger First Drive Review

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Motor Trend just did a very thorough comparison test of Ranger, Colorado, Ridgeline, and Tacoma. Lots of tests involving "trucky" things. Rankings are pretty much as expected, though Motor Trend was surprised the Ranger didn't do better overall. https://www.motortrend.com/cars/chevrolet/colorado/2019/chevrolet-colorado-ford-ranger-honda-ridgeline-toyota-tacoma-comparison/

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In last place is the supremely disappointing Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma is all hat and no cattle; it looks fantastic, but whether you haul air or hay, it's let down by a cramped cabin, narrow bed, grabby brakes, and an engine and transmission that work in tandem about as well as a pack of cats and dogs.

In third place, in a surprise to us, is the Ford Ranger. As we saw on the farm, the Ranger is capable. Its stellar powertrain has more than enough power to tow and haul, its platform handles weight well, and its extra-wide bed proved to be incredibly useful. But on the road, the Ranger doesn't measure up to our top two finishers. Its suspension tuning is (at best) compromised toward a duty cycle this truck will rarely see in America, and its cabin is cramped and dated. "The Ranger, being the newest truck here, somehow manages to feel the oldest and least refined," Walton said.

The second-place Honda Ridgeline is slavishly designed around the idea of the lifestyle truck, where it excels. But it's relatively (and surprisingly) capable, too. Its pickup box is exceptionally large for its size, and the dual-use tailgate is a much more elegant solution to the problem of unloading a pickup bed than the overly complicated multiposition tailgates on some full-size pickups. There's still room for improvement, though; we'd like to see a dedicated tow-haul mode and something done to improve ride quality when hauling.

Our unanimous winner for best midsize pickup truck is the Chevrolet Colorado. The Colorado so effortlessly walks the fine line between being a lifestyle pickup and a work truck. It has plenty of power for work or play, a buttoned-down ride that doesn't beat you up on your daily commute, a good back-seat package, and an incredibly functional bed. It's the uncompromised pickup—the one that drives like a compact but hauls like a heavy-duty. "It's like these guys are truck-building experts or something," Evans deadpanned. "Not hard to remember why this is a two-time Truck of the Year." No, it's not. As for how it measures up to the (Jeep) Gladiator in the arena? We're as eager as you are to find out.

 

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Not surprising in the least.  I’d also be willing to bet you won’t see these rankings repeated anywhere else.

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36 minutes ago, akirby said:

Not surprising in the least.  I’d also be willing to bet you won’t see these rankings repeated anywhere else.

Money talks and GM is clearly willing to pay it 

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12 hours ago, rperez817 said:

Motor Trend just did a very thorough comparison test of Ranger, Colorado, Ridgeline, and Tacoma. 

No, they really didn’t.  I read it.  It’s more fluff than actual comparison.

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12 hours ago, rperez817 said:

Motor Trend just did a very thorough comparison test .....

 

That's where you should just stop.

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Funny thing that Motortrend crapped on the Ranger interior vs the others in that article.....but what did they have to say about it just one year ago?

https://www.motortrend.com/news/refreshing-or-revolting-2019-ford-ranger-vs-chevy-colorado-toyota-tacoma/

 

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The 2019 Ford Ranger's interior doesn't go for the chunky look seen in Ford's big trucks and SUVs, but instead adopts a sleek and modern aesthetic, with a dash that uses glossy trim and stitched soft-touch materials. The Ranger can be had with an 8.0-inch touchscreen and Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, which must be where many of the truck's functions can be accessed as the center stack has minimal buttons. The Tacoma's cabin looks rugged, though you could argue some parts like the steering wheel and instrument cluster are dated. Once again, the Colorado isn't terribly exciting from the inside.

 

Yes, the same Motor Trend and the same trucks.

Funny, the trucks didn't change since them......maybe the advertising did?

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Ranger inventory is growing, it looks like 5,300 at the start of February.

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4 hours ago, jpd80 said:

Ranger inventory is growing, it looks like 5,300 at the start of February.

careful...we show 12.....11 haven't hit the ground yet....

 

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My local dealer now has 3.

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My dealer still has not replace the one I bought.

Side note:  My neighbor stopped me and told me that someone in a Raptor was driving past my house yesterday.  They stopped, backed up and stared at my Ranger for a good minute.

I've gotten more second looks, thumbs up and people speeding up to see the truck when I'm out driving then anything I've ever owned.  

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Maybe it's a good thing I have to wait then. That's a TON of attention I don't want....

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I sat in one at the Chicago Auto Show. It is a candidate for my next vehicle, but only if I decide to get a camper as well. The Super Cab was a non-starter, it had little rear seat room(not that I was expecting any), the SuperCrew(?) was better.

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Finally sat in a super crew ranger xlt today. I think maybe I was expecting more from the interior so I walked away a bit disappointed. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what it was, but something just seemed off. It’s almost like the interior can’t decide if it’s a truck or a car. Also there wasn’t much color variation. Maybe the differences in color are a bit more noticeable on the lariat interior. The back seat was also smaller than I expected. I’m 6’2” and with the driver seat adjusted to a comfortable position for me, the seat behind it was cramped. I had to spread my legs to sit comfortably. Not sure how well car seats will fit back there.

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I'm currently looking at pickup trucks. The mid-size trucks have almost the same capabilities as my '97 F-150, so I've been looking at them. Unfortunately, the lack of a long box with the crew cab has knocked the Ranger out of the picture right off the bat. Also, in Canada, you can only get a Ranger with a 4x4 drivetrain, which I don't want or need.

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29 minutes ago, 30 OTT 6 said:

I'm currently looking at pickup trucks. The mid-size trucks have almost the same capabilities as my '97 F-150, so I've been looking at them. Unfortunately, the lack of a long box with the crew cab has knocked the Ranger out of the picture right off the bat. Also, in Canada, you can only get a Ranger with a 4x4 drivetrain, which I don't want or need.

One reason I went with the F150 instead of waiting for Ranger was that I could get a 6.5" bed with the supercab which looks best to me and works better for hauling lumber, AND provides a usable back seat for those rare occasions when we have more than 2 people in the truck.

 

I don't like the look of the 4 door with the 5.5' bed and the 4 door with the 6.5" bed is too long.

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