How fast is the new 2019 Ford Ranger? We put it on our test track for a 0-60 MPH and in a tow toward a Toyota Tacoma V6 to find out.
Ranger packs 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft with torque @ 3000 rpm from a 2.3-liter turbocharged four cylinder. 10-speed automatic shifting. Ford lists this classification with 87 octane fuels, but some reports suggest that the truck can reach nearly 300 horsepower on 93-octane. Anyway, the 93-octane is not available in Colorado because of higher altitudes. Our test track is located about 1 kilometer above the sea.
Tacoma's V6 is rated at 278 hp and 265 lb-ft with torque @ 4,600 rpm. The Tacoma we test here is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Is this comparison completely predictable? Well, the Tacoma crew 4 × 4 TRD Off Road you see here weighs approx. 100 kg less than the fully loaded Ranger Lariat 4 × 4 FX4. Toyota has a higher horsepower, and it has been known to get a good start on the line. We did a couple of races with and without ECT PWR mode.
Ranger offers a Sport Transfer mode, but no other performance enhancements. Finally, Ranger was faster than Tacoma. 0-60 MPH at height is 7.34 sec. This is impressive, considering that the fastest mid-sized truck we tested to date was Chevy Colorado with 3.6L V6 and an 8-speed automatic at 7.93 seconds 0-60 mph on the same track.
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