2019 Chevrolet Colorado vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Colorado are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Ranger doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Colorado. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Ranger.

Both the Colorado and the Ranger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Colorado the rating of “Top Pick” for 2016, a rating granted to only 159 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Ranger has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

The Colorado’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ranger’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Colorado. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Ranger.

Reliability

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

The Colorado’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6 produces 38 more horsepower (308 vs. 270) than the Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

The Colorado’s 2.8 turbo diesel produces 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (369 vs. 310) than the Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Colorado V6 is faster than the Ford Ranger (automatics tested):

 

Colorado

Ranger

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

17.5 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

7.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.4 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.5 sec

4.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Colorado Diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Ranger:

 

 

Colorado

Ranger

RWD

Auto

20 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

4x4

Auto

19 city/28 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Colorado V6’s fuel efficiency. The Ranger doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

The Colorado has 3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ranger (21 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The Colorado stops much shorter than the Ranger:

 

Colorado

Ranger

 

70 to 0 MPH

174 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

Suspension and Handling

The Colorado has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ranger doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Colorado’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ranger:

 

Colorado

Ranger

Extended Cab Standard Bed

128.3 inches

126.8 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

128.3 inches

126.8 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

140.5 inches

n/a

For better maneuverability, the Colorado Extended Cab’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Ranger’s (41.3 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The front grille of the Colorado uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Ranger doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab is quieter than the Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4x4 (69 vs. 76 dB).

Passenger Space

The Colorado Extended Cab has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear headroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ranger SuperCab.

The Colorado Crew Cab has 1.6 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .9 inches more front shoulder room and 1.3 inches more rear legroom than the Ranger SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity

The Chevrolet Colorado offers an optional EZ-Lift and Lower (not available Base), which prevents the heavy tailgate from falling with a crash and causing injury. It allows adults and children to easily open and close the tailgate with one hand to better facilitate loading and unloading. The Ford Ranger doesn’t offer a tailgate assist.

The Chevrolet Colorado has a standard CornerStep (not available ZR2), which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Ford Ranger doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

The Colorado has stake post holes, to allow the containment of tall, light loads. The Ranger doesn’t offer stake post holes.

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Ford Ranger is limited to 7500 pounds. The Colorado Extended Cab offers up to a 7700 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

The Colorado’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Ranger’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

On extremely cold winter days, the Colorado’s optional (except Base/WT) heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Ranger doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations

Motor Trend selected the Colorado as their 2016 Truck of the Year. The Ranger has never been chosen.

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