2008 Ford Ranger vs. Its Competition

2008 Ford Ranger 2WD 2-door SuperCab 126" Sport Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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

The Mazda B-Series is a version of the Ranger that Ford supplies to its Japanese partner; you may prefer the B-Series' styling.

2008 Ford Ranger 2WD 2-door SuperCab 126" Sport Angular Front Exterior View2008 Ford Ranger
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2009 Chevrolet Colorado LT w/1LT2009 Chevrolet Colorado
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2009 GMC Canyon2009 GMC Canyon
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2008 Mazda B-Series Truck 2WD Reg Cab Man Side Exterior View2008 Mazda B-Series Truck
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Quick Specs
6.4
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.
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.
MSRP From   
$14,490$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 Automatic
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/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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