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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 as a midsize, 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 GMC Canyon Crew Cab

Starting Price: $28,695 | Price Yours

Above Average: Plenty of safety features; only diesel in the segment except its Chevy Colorado sibling; stylish and comfortable.

Below Average: There are better choices if you want to go off road; options add up quickly

Consensus: Sibling to the Chevy Colorado, the 2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab distinguishes itself with plenty of comfort and style, as well as lots of safety and tech features and a modern interior. Options can cause the price to escalate quickly (for example, the turbodiesel engine adds $4,000 to the cost), and it’s not the best choice off road. Because its new resale value has yet to be determined it will likely trail the Toyota Tacoma.
 

Once thought lost to the Toyota Tacoma, the midsize pickup market is now more competitive, including relatively new entries the 2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew and the 2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab. Both trucks seat five passengers, bring a level of ruggedness and practicality to the table, and offer decent towing and payload capacity. They are both offered with four-wheel drive, although for true off-roading capability, you’ll have to step up to the Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road package, the equivalent of which is called All-Terrain on the GMC. The Ranger makes great power right out of the gate, but only comes with one engine. The Canyon’s entry-level 4-cylinder is a little weak, so we recommend stepping up to the 3.5-liter V6, or if you need max towing capacity, the 2.8-liter turbodiesel.

Similarities

Neither is offered with a manual transmission; comparable starting prices; plenty of options and tech upgrades.

Ford Ranger SuperCrew Advantages

Top end pricing is about $6,000 less; entry-level engine makes much more power and torque; available off-road package.

GMC Canyon Crew Cab Advantages

Numerous engine options, including a turbodiesel; optional short and long beds; smoother ride

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 nice tech features, 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 GMC Canyon Crew Cab, for which our choice would be the 3.5-liter V6 upgrade. If saving money is a priority, or conversely, upgrading to a proper off-road package, then the Ford Ranger is the pick of these two, but given its luxurious interior, choice of both engines and bed lengths, and its tech and safety offerings, we have to award this one to the GMC Canyon. Beware, though, that if resale is a factor, both of these trucks still trail the standard-bearer Toyota Tacoma.

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  2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew 2019 GMC Canyon Crew Cab
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 2.3-liter turbo I4 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/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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 212.4 inches
Width 85.8  inches  83.9 inches 
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) 1,624 lbs. payload up to 2,026 lbs.
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