2009 Ford Ranger vs. Its Competition

2009 Ford Ranger XL

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.

2009 Ford Ranger XL2009 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
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.
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.
With the addition of the new V-8 option, the 2009 GMC Canyon goes from unappealing to quite competitive.
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   
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas I4
EPA Class   
Style Name   
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab Automatic
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Reg Cab 6' StylesideRegular CabRegular CabReg Cab
ManualManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Ford Ranger vs. 2009 Chevrolet Colorado2009 Ford Ranger vs. 2009 GMC Canyon2009 Ford Ranger vs. 2008 Mazda B-Series Truck