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2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew

Starting Price: $27,615 | Price Yours

Above Average: Great payload capacity and towing up to 7,500 pounds; impressive power and torque

Below Average: No diesel engine option; options quickly add up; ride quality is a bit stiff

Consensus: After an 8-year absence, the Ford Ranger returns to the midsize pickup fray, with an impressive 4-cylinder turbo engine that makes great power and torque, including the ability to tow up to 7,500 pounds, an optional premium Bang & Olufsen stereo, and an impressive payload capacity. Beware, however, that adding options can cause the price to escalate quickly, and the ride is stiff. Make sure you take it for a test-drive.
 

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab

Starting Price: $27,595 | Price Yours

Above Average: Optional diesel engine offers great torque and 30 mpg; different engine choices and bed lengths

Below Average: Base engine’s a little underpowered; resale value still lags the Toyota Tacoma

Consensus: With the 2019 Colorado Crew Cab, Chevrolet offers a solid little pickup that comes with a choice of three engines, bed lengths, and a the ZR2 off-road package. A rarity in its class, it also offers a powerful Duramax diesel engine that gets 30 mpg. Its looks may be a little conservative for some, but it’s an honest, dependable truck that’s rugged and offers nice tech and options.
 

Once thought lost to the Toyota Tacoma, the midsize pickup market is now more competitive, thanks to the Chevrolet Colorado’s return in 2015. This year it is joined by the new-for-2019 Ford Ranger, offered like itself in 4-passenger (Super Cab) and 5-passenger (SuperCrew) variants. Both the Colorado Crew Cab and Ranger SuperCrew are rugged and seat five passengers comfortably due to their rear bench seats and ample legroom. The Ford Ranger SuperCrew only offers a single engine variant, but it’s got plenty of power and towing capability, while Colorado buyers have to step up to a higher trim level for a stronger engine. Both have plenty of features and optional upgrades, including rugged off-road variants, and both make no bones about their primary use as work trucks. That said, each can be outfitted and upgraded to suit an individual buyer’s taste. But beware, the options add up quickly.

Similarities

Comparable starting prices, but both increase quickly as you add options and trims; towing capacity; both offer an off-road variant

Ford Ranger SuperCrew Advantages

Base model makes significantly more power and torque; smoother transmission

Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab Advantages

More engine options; smoother ride; more bed options

Final Recommendation

This is a tough match-up, as both of these trucks really bring their “A” game to a segment long thought lost to the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier. The 2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew makes a strong case for itself with an excellent base engine and transmission and some good qualities in a truck, but it doesn’t give buyers much choice, offered with only one bed length and one engine. It’s significantly more powerful than the base 2019 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab; the variant that makes comparable power adds an extra $7,000 to the price. The Ranger suffers from a very stiff ride as well. If you can stand the ride and are watching your pennies, then the SuperCrew makes a convincing case for itself, and if you’re strictly shopping base models, it’s arguably a runaway. But if you’re looking at the overall picture, given its better ride, slightly better towing capacity, and much larger variety of both engine choices and bed lengths, we have to give this one to the Chevy.

Ready to buy a midsize pickup truck? Search for a Colorado or Ranger on sale near you!

  2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.3-liter I4, turbocharged 2.5-liter I4
Horsepower 270 hp @ 5,500 rpm 200 hp @ 6,300 rpm
Torque 310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm 191 lb-ft @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 10-Spd Automatic, 6-Spd
Fuel Economy 23 mpg (21 city, 26 hwy) 22 mpg (20 city, 26 hwy)
Also Available   3.6-liter V6, 2.8-liter I4, turbodiesel
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles/5 years or 60,000 miles powertrain 3 years or 36,000 miles/5 years or 60,000 miles powertrain
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating n/a 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 5 5
Wheelbase 126.8 inches 128.3 inches
Overall Length 210.8 inches 212.7 inches
Width 85.8  inches (w/ mirrors) 83.9 inches (w/ mirrors)
Height 71.2 inches 70.7 inches
Turning Diameter 42 feet 41.3 feet
Headroom, Front 39.8 inches 41.4 inches
Headroom, Rear 38.3 inches 38.3 inches
Legroom, Front 43.1 inches 45.0 inches
Legroom, Rear 34.5 inches 35.8 inches
Shoulder Room, Front 56.7 inches 57.5 inches
Shoulder Room, Rear 56.3 inches 56.2 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 97.6 cu. ft.  cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 1,770 lbs. payload (4x2); 1,560 lbs. (4x4)  n/a
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