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 selection that in some respects gives it the ability of a larger truck.
The Canyon and Colorado also offer a true four-door model with a back bench seat, though it's uncomfortable for long trips.
Both of these models offer four-cylinder base engines, though they feel significantly larger than the true-compact Ranger.
Surprisingly, the Ranger’s base four-cylinder engine feels more refined than either the GM trucks or the Toyota.
However, if you’re going to step up to a V-6 yet think a V-8 is overkill, you would probably be happier with either the Toyota or Nissan.
|2010 Ford RangerBrowse Used Listings||2009 Chevrolet ColoradoBrowse Used Listings||2009 GMC CanyonBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda B-Series TruckBrowse Used Listings||2008 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|15 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas 4-Cyl||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4|
|2WD Reg Cab 112" XL||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck||2WD Reg Cab Man||2WD King Cab I4 Man XE||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Reg Cab 6' Styleside||Regular Cab||Regular Cab||Reg Cab||King Cab||Regular Cab|
|Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD|