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2009 Ford Ranger vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Ford Ranger XL
6.2
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The Mazda B-Series is a version of the Ranger that Ford supplies to its Japanese partner; you may prefer the B-Series' styling, but it's not available in as many specialized models as the Ranger.

The most direct competitors for the Ranger are the GMC Canyon/Chevrolet Colorado compact trucks.

The Ranger has a smoother V-6 engine, but the GM twins have an optional five-cylinder engine with more power and, for 2009, a V-8 option that in some respects gives it the ability of a larger truck.

The Canyon and Colorado also offers a true four-door model with a back bench seat, though it's uncomfortable for long trips.

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6.2
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The 2009 Ford Ranger is an economical—if not modern and refined—choice for those who just want a truck and don't have higher expectations.
6.8
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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.
7.0
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With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.
6.6
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The 2008 Mazda B-Series is an inexpensive, fuel-saving alternative to big pickups, but it feels every bit of its advanced age.
MSRP From   
$16,395$16,705$16,705$15,535
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name   
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab Manual
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
3332
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
Reg Cab 6' StylesideRegular CabRegular CabReg Cab
Transmission   
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODManual
 
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