2010 Ford Ranger vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Ranger
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

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.

Other rivals include the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.

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.

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6.2
The 2010 Ford Ranger isn’t so modern and refined, but it’s a practical, fuel-efficient, and reasonably safe choice for those who just want a truck.
6.8
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
With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.
6.6
The 2008 Mazda B-Series is an inexpensive, fuel-saving alternative to big pickups, but it feels every bit of its advanced age.
7.8
For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
7.4
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
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Gas Mileage     
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Engine     
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Passenger Capacity     
333243
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