2010 Ford Ranger vs. Its Competition

2010 Ford Ranger
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior 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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Quick Specs
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.
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.
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.
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
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Gas I4Gas 4-CylGas I4Gas 4-cylGas I4
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2WD Reg Cab 112" XL2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Reg I4 MT (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
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Reg Cab 6' StylesideRegular CabRegular CabKing CabRegular Cab
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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