2019 Ford Ranger Is The Most Fuel-Efficient Midsize Truck In America

Ford has a lot riding on the 2019 Ranger and the truck as an ace up its sleeve as the automaker has revealed the model is the “most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America.”

Jumping right into the numbers, the rear-wheel drive Ranger has an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. With four-wheel drive, those numbers fall to 20 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined.

To put those numbers into perspective, the rear-wheel drive Chevrolet Colorado with the four-cylinder petrol engine is rated at 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. With four-wheel drive, the model returns 19 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined.

The Ranger also beats the popular Toyota Tacoma which returns 20 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined when equipped with a four-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive. The four-wheel drive variant is rated at 19 mpg city, 22 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined.

While the Ranger’s fuel economy ratings aren’t massively better than the competition, it’s important to remember the truck has a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that develops 270 hp (201 kW / 273 PS) and 310 lb-ft (419 Nm) of torque. The Colorado’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder produces 200 hp (149 kW / 202 PS) and 191 lb-ft (259 Nm) of torque, while the Tacoma’s 2.7-liter four-cylinder churns out 159 hp (118 kW / 161 PS) and 180 lb-ft (243 Nm) of torque. This means the Ranger isn’t just more fuel-efficient than its key rivals, but also significantly more powerful than their four-cylinder variants.

The 2019 Ranger will arrive at U.S. dealers next month and pricing starts at $24,300 for the entry-level SuperCab variant. The SuperCrew model begins at $26,520 and can top $44,000 when fully loaded with optional equipment.

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  • TheAmerican

    Yeah… just ignore the fact that the 4×4 Colorado diesel gets the same average, and the 2×4 gets an average of 25- which is higher than 23.

    • metric

      It’s not ignored, they’re simply in different classes. That like comparing a Hybrid Camry to a gas Accord….

      • TheAmerican

        They classify it by weight and size. Not engines, as far as trucks go.

    • Bullitt2605

      Any gain you get with a diesel in mpg you lose in purchase price and maintenance.

  • karmat

    How is it that they’ve made drastic improvements in emissions, but fuel economy has barely improved over the years? All these advancements in combustion and aerodynamic technology, and a small 2wd pickup can barely get 26mpg on the highway?

    • TheAmerican

      If it had a v6 I’d bet it’d be more efficient. That tiny 4 banger is working too hard.

    • S T

      The weight of safety, and trucks still are not really aerodynamic. The definition of small has also changed significantly.

  • Fuel-efficient truck is an oxymoron.

    • TheAmerican

      Yeah. The “ecoboost” crap isn’t very good either…
      Dad’s truck: 2013 F150 with a v8. it’s lifted, has offroad tires, weighs about 6,500 pounds
      Mom’s truck: 2015 F150 with the 3.5 TT v6. Stock ride height and tires. Weighs about 5000 pounds (smaller engine, tires, alu body)
      We tested both as stated above, with the same driver. MPG is similar within 1mpg on city, and they are the same on the highway.

      • Out of curiosity. Do your parents really need trucks, or is it more for the show? For us in Europe it’s kind of incomprehensible.

        • S T

          I dont know about his, but my parents use their trucks enough that I would say they need both, but could probably eek by with one. My dad’s (crew cab dually 4wd) usally has a slide in overhead camper on it, and often is pulling a 3 horse slant trailer. My mom’s (crew cab 3/4 ton 4wd) is used more as a usual truck, hauling this and that in the bed, towing the horse trailer for day rides ect. Both appear and function as stock, but have some engine modifications.

        • TheAmerican

          We camp a lot and mountain bike. Putting a bike on a bike rack is a pain in the ass and it’s easier to just throw em in the bed.
          We COULD have an SUV, but it would be annoying with the activities we do.

          • We use station wagons for that in Europe. Everything fits easily.

          • TheAmerican

            Yeah but they are long and low. Not good for offroad.

      • Bullitt2605

        Until you tow with one, the Ecoboost puts the V8 to shame.

  • flyfish

    I’ll care what mileage figures are when they release and manual transmission!

  • GPFan

    Please Ford, put this engine in the Australian Ranger. Show some love to a country that’s supported you so much in the past and continues to do so!! Plus the 3litre diesel from the F-150 wouldn’t go a miss either. Wouldn’t be able to build them quick enough

  • krusshall

    I test drove and poked around it at a recent auto show. The rear seat is not as spacious as the GM twins. The configurable gauge cluster is the same that Ford has used for many years so it feels dated. The drive was too short to say anything of value.

  • SteersUright

    Such a dated design and interior though. Expected more from an all-new truck.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      Except it’s not all new.

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