Compare 2021 Ford Ranger vs 2020 Nissan Frontier

2021 Ford Ranger
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LARIAT 2WD SuperCab 6' Box
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ranger LARIAT 2WD SuperCab 6' Box 21 26 $31,833 $33,160
Ranger LARIAT 2WD SuperCrew 5' Box 21 26 $33,922 $35,335
Ranger LARIAT 4WD SuperCab 6' Box 20 24 $35,386 $36,860
Ranger LARIAT 4WD SuperCrew 5' Box 20 24 $37,474 $39,035
Ranger XL 2WD SuperCab 6' Box 21 26 $24,317 $25,070
Ranger XL 2WD SuperCab Pickup Box Delete 19 18 $24,075 $24,820
Ranger XL 2WD SuperCrew 5' Box 21 26 $26,645 $27,470
Ranger XL 4WD SuperCab 6' Box 20 24 $28,058 $28,925
Ranger XL 4WD SuperCrew 5' Box 20 24 $30,386 $31,325
Ranger XLT 2WD SuperCab 6' Box 21 26 $27,955 $29,120
Ranger XLT 2WD SuperCrew 5' Box 21 26 $30,043 $31,295
Ranger XLT 4WD SuperCab 6' Box 20 24 $31,507 $32,820
Ranger XLT 4WD SuperCrew 5' Box 20 24 $33,595 $34,995
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Crew Cab 4x2 S Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 S Automatic 18 24 $26,932 $27,900
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SV Automatic 18 24 $27,799 $28,800
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SV Automatic Long Bed 18 24 $30,313 $31,410
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Automatic 17 23 $35,387 $37,490
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 S Automatic 17 23 $29,870 $31,290
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV Automatic 17 23 $30,538 $31,990
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV Automatic Long Bed 17 23 $30,938 $32,410
Frontier King Cab 4x2 S Automatic 18 24 $25,862 $26,790
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV Automatic 18 24 $26,710 $27,670
Frontier King Cab 4x4 S Automatic 17 23 $28,646 $29,680
Frontier King Cab 4x4 SV Automatic 17 23 $29,175 $30,560

Pricing

Invoice Price

$31,833
$26,932

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$33,160
$27,900

Monthly Payment Estimate

$553 / month
$465 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

5.2
3.8

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2021 Ford Ranger ventures further off the pavement this year with oversized off-road packages for the mid-size truck. A new V-6 gives buyers a reason to shop the 2020 Nissan Frontier this year, but waiting for next year’s redesign is a better idea.

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Fuel Economy

City

21 mpg 18 mpg

Highway

26 mpg 24 mpg

Interior Dimensions

Front Hip Room (in)

55.8 55.6

Second Leg Room (in)

30.4 33.6

Front Head Room (in)

41 39.9

Second Hip Room (in)

55.3 58

Front Shoulder Room (in)

56.6 58.3

Passenger Capacity

4 5

Second Head Room (in)

35.9 38.6

Second Shoulder Room (in)

55.2 58.3

Front Leg Room (in)

43.1 42.4

Exterior Dimensions

Ground Clearance, Rear (in)

8.4 9.8

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

77.8 72.8

Overhang, Front (in)

35.8 -

Ground Clearance, Front (in)

8.4 9.8

Length, Overall (in)

210.8 205.5

Height, Overall (in)

70.7 70.1

Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)

33.1 -

Wheelbase (in)

126.8 125.9

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

20.8 18

Cargo Volume (ft³)

51.8 27.1

Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)

61.4 61.4

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

44.8 44.4

Tailgate Width (in)

55.4 -

Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)

72 59.5

Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)

61.4 61.4

Brakes

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.2 11.7

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System (Second Line)

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.1 11.3

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18 21.1

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

42 43.5

Tires

Rear Tire Size

P265/60SR18 P265/70TR16

Front Tire Capacity (lbs)

3240 -

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P265/60SR18 P265/70TR16

Spare Tire Size

Full-Size Full-Size

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)

3240 -

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

3500 5000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

3500 6620

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

3500 6620

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

350 500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

350 662

Weight Information

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)

6050 6012

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4145 4320

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)

3500 -

Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)

8650 11230

Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)

1777 -

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)

2885 -

Curb Weight - Front (lbs)

2368 -

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 16 X 7

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Styled Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

18 X 8 16 X 7

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Full-Size Full-Size

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Styled Steel

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)

800 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

150 185

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

800 -

Engine

Engine Order Code

99H NA

Displacement

2.3 L/140 3.8 L/231

Engine Oil Cooler

None None

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

270 @ 5500 310 @ 6400

Engine Type

Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

310 @ 3000 281 @ 4400

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

21 18

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

23 20

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

26 24

Transmission

Trans PTO Access

No No

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

2.15 2.25

Trans Type

10 9

Transfer Case Power Take Off

No No

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.52 1.22

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.85 0.71

Reverse Ratio (:1)

4.87 4.80

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.98 3.26

Trans Order Code

44U NA

Transfer Case Model

None None

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.77 1.65

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD

Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.86

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.27 1.00

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.70 5.42

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Ranger Nissan Frontier

Body Code

T T

Body Style

SuperCab Crew Cab

Suspension

Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)

3500 -

Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)

2885 -

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear

3.73 3.69

Axle Type - Front

Independent Independent

Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)

2885 -

Suspension Type - Rear

Leaf Leaf

Axle Ratio (:1) - Front

3.73 3.69

Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)

3500 -

Axle Type - Rear

Rigid Axle Rigid Axle

Suspension Type - Front

Short And Long Arm Double Wishbone

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

7.7 9.0

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

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Overall Side Crash Rating

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Side Barrier Rating

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Side Barrier Rating Driver

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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

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Combined Side Rating Front Seat

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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

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Rollover Rating

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