2021 Ford Ranger vs. Its Competition

2021 Ford Ranger equipped with Tremor Off-Road Package
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

The Ford Ranger is a mid-size pickup that competes for a wide range of buyers: work, play, commuters.

The Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon twins do the same, although their exteriors aren’t as compelling.

The Tacoma looks good from the outside, but its interior is compromised and not very comfortable.

The Nissan Frontier is new for 2021 so older versions should be deeply discounted.

Adventure-seekers looking for more space could consider the new Ford Bronco—its rear seats are more useful.

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5.2
The 2021 Ford Ranger ventures further off the pavement this year with oversized off-road packages for the mid-size truck.
5.0
The 2021 Chevy Colorado’s many configurations give shoppers the kind of choice typically reserved for full-size trucks, but Chevy skimps on safety features.
7.0
The 2021 Ford Bronco SUV transforms the burden of the past into a modern marvel.
4.8
The 2021 GMC Canyon looks good and performs well, but falters on safety.
5.0
The 2021 Toyota Tacoma wears its age like a badge of honor.
3.8
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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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6
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Style Name     
XL 2WD SuperCab Pickup Box Delete *Ltd Avail*2WD Ext Cab 128" Work TruckBase 2 Door 4x42WD Ext Cab 128" Elevation StandardSR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 AT (GS)King Cab 4x2 S Automatic
Drivetrain     
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
444444
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Body Style     
SuperCabExtended Cab PickupSport UtilityExtended Cab PickupAccess CabKing Cab
Transmission     
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