Compare 2008 Ford Ranger vs 2009 Chevrolet Colorado

2008 Ford Ranger
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2WD Reg Cab 112" XL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL 21 26 $13,731 $14,490
2WD Reg Cab 118" XL 21 26 $14,913 $15,775
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 21 26 $15,107 $15,985
2WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 21 26 $15,178 $16,240
2WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 16 22 $15,669 $16,780
2WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 21 26 $16,211 $17,375
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 21 26 $16,466 $17,655
4WD Reg Cab 112" XL 15 20 $17,309 $18,380
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $17,190 $18,450
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 16 22 $17,804 $19,125
4WD Reg Cab 118" XL 15 20 $18,336 $19,495
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $18,346 $19,720
4WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 15 20 $18,482 $19,870
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 15 19 $18,712 $19,905
4WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 15 20 $18,892 $20,320
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $19,400 $20,880
4WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 15 20 $19,514 $21,005
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $19,992 $21,530
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $20,557 $22,150
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $21,148 $22,800
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $21,402 $23,080
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $22,559 $24,350
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2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck 18 24 $15,953 $16,705
2WD Reg Cab 111.2" LT w/1LT 18 24 $16,849 $17,830
2WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 15 20 $18,049 $18,900
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" Work Truck 18 24 $18,097 $18,950
4WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck 17 23 $19,300 $20,210
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/1LT 18 24 $19,282 $20,405
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/2LT 17 23 $19,282 $20,405
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/3LT 15 21 $19,282 $20,405
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/1VL 18 24 $19,396 $20,525
4WD Reg Cab 111.2" LT w/1LT 17 23 $20,161 $21,335
4WD Ext Cab 125.9" Work Truck 17 23 $21,248 $22,250
4WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 16 21 $21,349 $22,355
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1VL 18 24 $21,758 $23,025
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1LT 18 24 $22,046 $23,330
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/2LT 17 23 $22,046 $23,330
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/3LT 15 21 $22,046 $23,330
4WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/1LT 17 23 $22,212 $23,505
4WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/2LT 16 22 $22,212 $23,505
4WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1LT 16 21 $25,458 $26,940
4WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/2LT 16 21 $25,458 $26,940
Pricing
Invoice Price
$13,731
$15,953
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$14,490
$16,705
Monthly Payment Estimate
$242 / month
$278 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance. The new available V-8 engine is a long time coming and helps position the Colorado as a worthy rival to the most capable compacts and an alternative to full-size trucks.
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Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 24 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
3 3
Front Head Room (in)
39.2 39.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
54.5 57.1
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 44.0
Front Hip Room (in)
52.7 53.3
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.9 7.7
Cab to End of Frame (in)
78.5 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
66.2 64.9
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
NA NA
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
44.0 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
111.5 111.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- TBD - 7.7
Cab to Axle (in)
37.9 34.2
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
69.3 67.6
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
29.7 33.0
Overhang, Front (in)
34.0 33.9
Frame Width, Rear (in)
33.0 NA
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
107.6 110.9
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
189.4 192.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
16.5 18.6
Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.4 44.0
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
54.4 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.5 42.6
Tailgate Width (in)
52.0 52.4
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
72.7 72.8
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
54.4 57.2
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
9.00 x 1.75 11.6 x 2.5
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.28 x 0.39 11.2 x 1.6
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17 19
Fuel Tank Location
Midship Inboard LH Frame Rail
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 39.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA 3.31
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
39.7 NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
22.0 17.4
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P225/70R15 P215/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1594 1452
Rear Tire Order Code
NA QRD
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1984 1452
Front Tire Size
P225/70R15 P215/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
765 NA
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA QRD
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1594 1452
Spare Tire Order Code
NA ZCY
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
765 NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
158 360
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1580 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1580 2400
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
158 350
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2550 2896
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1273 1395
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2000 2633
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
4800 6000
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1757 1870
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4380 4850
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 16 x 6
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 16 x 6
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 590
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 125
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
1650 NA
Engine
Displacement
2.3L/140 2.9L/177
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
143 @ 5250 185 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-Cyl
Fuel System
SMPI SFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
154 @ 3750 190 @ 2800
Engine Order Code
99D LLV
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
9.0 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.50 1.37
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 0.73
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 3.67
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.20 2.26
Trans Order Code
44R MA5
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.72 3.75
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Reg Cab 6' Styleside Regular Cab
Vehicle Name
Ford Ranger Chevrolet Colorado
Body Code
111.5" WB E63
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2550 2900
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
35 30
Axle Type - Rear
Ford Semi-Floating Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front
SLA w/Coil Springs Coil Springs
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.10
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2750 2900
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2000 2633
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.73 3.73
Axle Type - Front
Independent SLA Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
35 30
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2400 2633
Suspension Type - Rear
2-Stage Multi-Leaf 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 5

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