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2020 Ford Ranger vs. 2020 Chevrolet Colorado: Which American Pickup Is The Last One Standing?

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B. Sreenath

Automotive Journalist

April 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM

The current year's Ford Ranger and Chevy Colorado are two of the most sought after mid-size pickup trucks, among many others. They are in the list of top ten trucks under many reviewer lists. But besides the loyalty that drives truck drivers to a specific brand, many other features interest the avid driver seeking a mobile-friendly everyday job and commuter. Let us discuss the key differentiators in both of these top-class pickups.

Primarily, the first few things that pickup truck drivers think about before buying any truck are the price, accessories, trims, and worth. The current year's Ranger is available in three trims, namely, XL, XLT, and Lariat. The average MSRP of the base model of these variants in their order is $24,110, $28,460 and $32,500. Meanwhile, the present year's Colorado's are available in Base, WT, LT, ZR1, and ZR2, with each of the base models priced at $21,300, $24,800, $27,700, $33,900 and $41,400. But although Colorado's base price is lower than the Rangers', the latter still provides exceptionally powered engines and equipment at lower prices than the former.

The exterior of the Ranger is 211 inches in length, 78 inches in width, and 71-72 inches in height. These trucks also have a bed size of 5' or 6' depending on the variant. Key and noticeable features of this model include a grille in black, tow hooks in the front, daytime running lamps, and an optional tailgate with power locks. Similarly, this Chevy truck is 212-225 inches in length, 74-77 inches in width, and 70-72 inches in height. It presently comes in two-bed sizes, which are 5'2" or 6'2". The standard exterior feature of the model comprises the rear bumper with body color, door handles, and mirror caps. Additionally, owners can even add a remote assisted locking tailgate to their pickup. 

Presently, the 2020 Ranger comes in two cab configurations, namely Super Cab, which can accommodate a maximum of four people, and SuperCrew, which can comfortably accommodate five people at once. The critical interior features of this model include the infotainment system of Ford SYNC, a screen with a 4.2-inch display, and a WiFi hotspot. Meanwhile, the 2020 Colorado comes in two-seater Extended Cab trim and a five-seater Crew Cab. Additionally, the XL base trim of this model is a four-seater. The only critical interior feature which is very attractive in this model is the infotainment 3-system of the manufacturer. 

The current year's standard Ranger trim comes with a 2.3-liter Ti-VCT I-4, wherein the I-4 represents a four-cylinder. It produces 270 hp and 310 lb-ft torque and is available in both rear-wheel-drive (RWD) as well as four-wheel-drive (4WD) trims. The estimated mileage of this vehicle on the highway and in the city is 26, and 21 mpg of the RWD trims respectively and 24 and 21 mpg for the 4WD trims. The maximum towing capacity of this pickup is 7500 lbs. 

On the other hand, the base model of Colorado trims consists of a four-cylinder 2.5-liter engine that is capable of generating 200 hp and 191 lb-ft torque, which is far less than its competitor. Also, the V6 3.6-liter engine of this model can produce a maximum of 208 hp and 275 lb-ft torque, which is relatively competitive. The last option is the turbodiesel 2.8-liter engine that generates 181 hp and 369 lb-ft torque. The 2.5-liter engine provides an estimated mpg of 26 and 20 on the highway and the city, respectively; however, the V6 engine offers 25 and 18 mpg on the highway and the city. Similarly, one can expect the turbodiesel engine to provide an estimate of 30 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city. 

The maximum towing capacity for this year's Colorado pickup is 7700 lbs. Another drawback of this model is that the 30 mpg turbodiesel is only available in specific models like LT, ZR1, and ZR2 assisted with 4WD Crew Cab. The price of the vehicle comes to $35,495 at an average. Also, the standard maximum towing capacity offered with the 2.5-liter models is 3500 lbs, and standard V6 trims provide 7000 lbs of tow capacity. Another unfortunate drawback is that the 4WD is not available in both the base 4WD and Extended Cab models. 

The 2020 Chevy Colorado also lags behind the safety features of the 2020 Ford Ranger pickups. The former comes with standard features in its segments, such as automated traction control, a deterrent system for theft, six airbags, a camera for rearview, and a Teen-Driver system. Aside from this, owners can add alerts for forwarding collisions and warnings for lane departures on various trims. 

Meanwhile, the latter comes with a camera for rearview, AdvanceTrac along with Roll Stability Control, control for the curve, anti-lock brakes for four wheels, restraint system that remains active at all times, and anti-theft system of SecuriLock. Other standard features include collision warning for forward, emergency braking, which are mechanized, and the MyKey system. 

Therefore, even though Colorado takes a league in certain aspects, they still fall behind many aspects in comparison to the Ranger trims. Also, optimizing the former to come up to a higher level than the latter may become a costly affair for the buyers. But at the end of the day, the judgment call is of the owner, and we will get to know which trucks are more preferred once the sales figures get released at the end of the year. Stay tuned for more information on pickups and other vehicles in the industry.

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