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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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.
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Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4
EPA Class  
Style Name  
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Reg Cab 6' StylesideRegular CabRegular Cab
ManualManual w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2009 Ford Ranger vs. 2009 Chevrolet Colorado2009 Ford Ranger vs. 2009 GMC Canyon