2020 Ford Ranger vs. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado

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Safety

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The Ranger has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Colorado offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Ranger offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Colorado doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Ranger’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Ranger’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Colorado doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Ranger and the Colorado 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 four-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty

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The Ranger’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Ranger’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Colorado’s camshafts. If the Colorado’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Ranger’s reliability 74 points higher than the Colorado.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ranger first among midsize pickups in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Colorado isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 9 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

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The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (270 vs. 200) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 275) than the Colorado’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Ranger is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado:

Ranger

Colorado 4 cyl.

Colorado V6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.2 sec

2.5 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

9.3 sec

7.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

11.4 sec

16.1 sec

12.5 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.4 sec

4.9 sec

3.8 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

17.1 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.3 MPH

82.4 MPH

87.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

Ranger

Colorado

4x2

n/a

20 city/26 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./10-spd. Auto

21 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4x4

n/a

19 city/24 hwy

2.5 4 cyl./Auto

2.3 turbo 4 cyl./10-spd. Auto

20 city/24 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

n/a

16 city/18 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ranger’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Colorado doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Transmission

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A ten-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Ranger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Colorado.

Brakes and Stopping

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

The Ranger stops much shorter than the Colorado:

Ranger

Colorado

70 to 0 MPH

190 feet

206 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

127 feet

135 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Ranger has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Colorado Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling

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The Ranger has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Ranger flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

The Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4x4 handles at .78 G’s, while the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Ranger Lariat SuperCrew 4x4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Colorado Short Box Z71 Crew Cab 4x4 (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 29.7 seconds @ .53 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Ranger has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab (8.9 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Ranger to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

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As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4x4 is quieter than the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab (39 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space

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The Ranger SuperCab has .8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear hip room than the Colorado Extended Cab.

The Ranger SuperCrew has .8 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear hip room and .1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity

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The Ranger SuperCab has a much larger cargo box than the Colorado Extended Cab shortbed (51.8 vs. 49.9 cubic feet).

The Ranger SuperCrew has a much larger cargo box than the Colorado Crew Cab shortbed (43.3 vs. 41.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Ranger. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Payload and Towing

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The Ranger’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Colorado’s (7500 vs. 3500 pounds).

All models of the Ranger can be flat towed on all four wheels, allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Ranger can be unhitched and driven around locally. Only the Colorado 4WD can be dinghy towed.

The Ranger has a much higher standard payload capacity than the Colorado:

Ranger

Colorado

Extended Cab

1860 lbs.

1426 lbs.

Crew Cab

1770 lbs.

1444 lbs.

Extended Cab 4x4

1650 lbs.

1404 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

1560 lbs.

1496 lbs.

The Ranger has higher optional payload capacities than the Colorado:

Ranger

Colorado

Extended Cab

1860 lbs.

1561 lbs.

Crew Cab

1770 lbs.

1578 lbs.

Extended Cab 4x4

1650 lbs.

1533 lbs.

Crew Cab 4x4

1560 lbs.

1551 lbs.

Ergonomics

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Intelligent Access standard on the Ranger Lariat allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ranger Lariat’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Colorado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ranger detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Colorado doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Ranger XLT/Lariat’s standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ranger XLT/Lariat offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Colorado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Ranger offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Ranger owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Ranger with a number “5” insurance rate while the Colorado is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Ranger is less expensive to operate than the Colorado because it costs $106 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Ranger than the Colorado, including $33 less for front brake pads and $53 less for front struts.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Ranger, based on reliability, safety and performance.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Ranger first among midsize pickups in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Colorado was rated third.

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