2019 Nissan Frontier vs. 2019 Ford Ranger

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Both the Frontier 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, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.


J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Ranger isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 19 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 4 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Fuel Economy and Range

The Frontier has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ranger (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.


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

Brakes and Stopping

The Frontier’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Ranger are solid, not vented.

Suspension and Handling

The Frontier has engine 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.


The Nissan Frontier may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 350 pounds less than the Ford Ranger.

The Frontier is shorter than the Ranger, making the Frontier easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:




Extended Cab Standard Bed

205.5 inches

210.8 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

205.5 inches

210.8 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

219.4 inches


Passenger Space

The Frontier Crew Cab has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ranger SuperCrew (101.1 vs. 97.6).

The Frontier King Cab has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Ranger SuperCab.

The Frontier Crew Cab has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ranger SuperCrew.

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