Ford Ranger vs. Ford F-150

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, Automotive Editor - March 27, 2019

Consumers looking for a pickup truck are spoiled for choice. Automakers are continually coming out with new, updated versions of their respective offerings in both the mid-size and full-size segments. Ford's F-Series of pickups has been the perennial leader in terms of popularity and sales, but the American automaker recently introduced a more affordable model for drivers that want something a little smaller: the Ranger.

The major differences between the Ranger and the F-150 include the Ranger being more affordable, smaller, and less capable. To get a better idea of which one works best for you, here's a comparison of Ford's mid-size offering and its full-size model.

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What the Ranger Gets Right

Right off the bat, the Ranger is noticeably more affordable than the F-150. Pricing for the 2019 Ranger starts at $25,395 (including destination), while the base 2019 F-150 carries a price tag of $29,650. The immediate cost savings of $4,255 is one of the big reasons to go with the smaller Ranger.

Thanks to the Ranger's smaller size, the mid-size pickup is easier to drive. Overall length for the truck measures in at 210.8 inches. The smallest version of the F-150 (with the Regular Cab) is 231.9 inches long. The extra 21 inches of length makes the F-150 harder to maneuver in urban areas and park.

What the F-150 Gets Right

If you're looking at pickup trucks, there's a large chance that you're looking for something that can tow large cargo. If that's the case, the F-150 is the clear option. When properly equipped, the F-150 can tow up to 13,200 pounds, which is much more than the Ranger's max towing figure of 7,500 pounds. Payload capacity for the F-150 is rated at 3,270 pounds, while the Ranger isn't as stout with a payload capacity of 1,860 pounds.

When it comes to powertrains, the F-150 is much more robust than the Ranger. The F-150 is available with a 3.3-liter V6, a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, a 5.0-liter V8, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, and a 3.0-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel engine. The only engine available with the Ranger is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder. With more powertrains to choose from, the F-150 has more flexibility.

While the F-150 is the better choice for consumers that want a heavy-duty truck, the F-150 is also currently available in an off-roading Raptor variant that is unchallenged in the full-size segment. If going over rugged terrain at high speeds sound like fun, the Raptor is truly one of a kind.

Size Over Capability

Comparing the Ranger against the F-150 is, as the old saying goes, like comparing apples to oranges. The pickup trucks compete in different segments and are different sizes. For consumers that don't need to tow upward of 13,000 pounds and don't want something as big as an F-150 for daily use, the Ranger still has enough grunt to complete a lot of large tasks.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

If you want a pickup truck that puts capability first, the Ford F-150 is the better choice. When properly configured, you'll never have to worry about towing too much cargo or pushing the truck to its limits. It has more powertrain options, allowing you to pick the ultimate truck for your needs, an off-roading variant, and a more spacious bed.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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