In this battle of two popular and capable Ford truck models, Harrisonburg Ford takes a look at the Ranger vs. F-150. Both trucks have a lot to offer, but different sizes and options for each mean that one truck will likely fit some customers better than the other truck. Let’s take a look.
The Ford Ranger only offers one drivetrain in a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission. This engine makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, which allows it to tow up to 7,500 pounds when properly equipped. For some buyers with smaller items to tow, this is plenty. You also have the advantage of better fuel economy with the Ranger at 21/26 MPG city/highway.
The Ford F-150 has multiple engine choices, including a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 and a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6. The engine boasting the most significant power numbers is the 3.6-liter PowerBoost V6 hybrid at 430 horsepower and 570 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 19,500 pounds.
The F-150 is in another size category from the Ranger, so it’s not surprising that it has more passenger room in nearly every body style. The SuperCab and SuperCrew layouts of the F-150 are by far the most spacious. The Ranger also has a SuperCrew configuration, but it’s still 6.6 inches less wide than the F-150, which means only 34.5 inches of rear legroom compared to 43.6 inches with the F-150.
Neither the Ranger nor the F-150 are ideal city vehicles, but the Ranger’s smaller size means it’s more maneuverable and easier to get into smaller spaces than the F-150. The Ranger also holds an advantage over the F-150 in driving off-road. Again, the smaller size helps, and the Ford Ranger Tremor package is a lot more affordable than the F-150 Raptor.
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America for a good reason. When it comes to long-term value, it’s still a better choice than the Ranger for that reason. F-150 trucks tend to hold their value simply because they’re in high demand. The F-150 is generally the better choice if you want a work truck. Its hauling and towing ability far outshine what the Ranger is capable of.
However, a case can definitely be made for the Ranger if you’re looking for a smaller, more affordable truck to serve as a daily driver and an occasional weekend warrior. For many people who don’t need a work truck, the Ranger is pretty capable in every area.
Get a better idea of how the Ranger or F-150 might fit your specific needs by visiting Harrisonburg Ford today for a test drive.