The 2019 Ford Ranger is a new addition to the increasingly popular and growing midsize pickup truck segment, but the Ranger has some serious competition to overcome in the shape of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado. They're both excellent trucks with wide appeal, but when we put them against each other in a head-to-head comparison, you'll soon understand why the Smelterville Chevrolet dealer makes the Colorado the clear winner.
Both trucks are offered with two different cab options, but as a Chevrolet dealer in Smelterville will tell you, crew cabs are by far the most popular versions with truck buyers. To make a true comparison of these two pickup trucks, we'll compare the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Crew Cab with the 2019 Ford Ranger SuperCrew.
Not only is the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado one of the best-looking midsize pickup trucks on the market, it's probably one of the most attractive of all pickups currently available. The recently resurrected 2019 Ford Ranger is much more modern and stylish than the last Ranger, but it looks a little dull at the side of the Chevy, especially one in the ZR2 trim.
Both models seat up to five people in some comfort in this form, but the driver and their passengers get more room inside the cab of the Colorado. In the Ford Ranger, those in the front get 43.1 inches of legroom, while those in the back get 34.5 inches. In the Chevy, rear-seat passengers enjoy a more generous 35.8 inches, while those in the front get 45 inches.
Buyers get more choice with the Colorado when it comes to trim levels. There are just three trims in the Ford Ranger family: XL, XLT and Lariat. The 2019 Chevrolet Colorado family has five trim levels on offer: Base, WT (Work Truck), LT, Z71 and ZR2.
If a choice of engine and the most power is important to you, it's impossible to look beyond the Colorado. All versions of the Ranger have the same engine, a 2.3-liter turbo-four that develops 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. There are three engines to choose from with the Chevy. The base engine is a 200 hp four-cylinder, and the more powerful gas unit is a 3.6-liter V6 generating 308 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. If torque is the most important factor, the Colorado can also be had with a 2.8-liter turbodiesel producing a massive 369 lb-ft.
Towing is what trucks are made for, and it's yet another area where the Colorado is top dog. The Ranger's maximum tow rating is 7,500 pounds, while the Chevrolet Colorado can tow up to 7,700 pounds.
Many consumers want their new truck's infotainment system to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the system in all versions of the Colorado supports both. With the Ford Ranger, buyers can only have the same compatibility as a cost-option for the XLT or standard in the range-topping Lariat.
The Last Word
If you're in the market for a midsize pickup truck that looks great, comes packed with standard equipment and can handle any midsize duties you want to throw at it, the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado is clearly a better buy than the new Ford Ranger.