2019 GMC Canyon 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 Canyon 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 Canyon. 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 Canyon 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 Canyon 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 Canyon’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Ranger’s (6 vs. 5 years).

GMC pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Canyon. GMC 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 rated the Canyon second among midsize pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Ranger isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine

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

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

Fuel Economy and Range

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

 

 

Canyon

Ranger

 

RWD

Auto

22 city/30 hwy

21 city/26 hwy

 

4x4

Auto

20 city/28 hwy

20 city/24 hwy

 

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

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

Transmission

The Canyon offers a manual transmission for better acceleration, control and fuel economy. The Ranger doesn’t offer a manual transmission.

Tires and Wheels

The Canyon Short Box Denali Crew Cab’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ranger’s optional 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Canyon Short Box Denali Crew Cab has standard 20-inch wheels. The Ranger’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling

The Canyon 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 Canyon’s wheelbase is longer than on the Ranger:

 

Canyon

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 Canyon 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 Canyon 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.

Passenger Space

The Canyon 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 Canyon 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 GMC Canyon offers an optional EZ-Lift and Lower (not available SL), 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 GMC Canyon has a standard CornerStep, which allows for much easier access to the cargo area. The Ford Ranger doesn’t offer a rear cargo step.

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

Ergonomics

The Canyon’s optional power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Ranger’s optional power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Canyon Denali keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Ranger doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Canyon’s optional (except Base/SL) 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.

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