Ford Ranger vs. Ford F-150

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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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, Automotive Editor - March 17, 2021

Pickup trucks continue to be incredibly popular choices on the market. Consumers looking for a versatile pickup that can tow large cargo, while being comfortable enough for the daily commute have a lot of options to choose from. Ford has had the best-selling pickup truck for decades with the F-150 and there’s no sign that the truck’s dominance is slowing down.

For consumers who think a full-size pickup truck may be too big or capable for them, Ford also sells the Ranger. If you’re looking into comparing the Ranger against the F-150 to see which one is the better fit for you, you’ve come to the right spot. In this comparison, we’ll look at the similarities and differences to help you find the best option for you.

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What The F-150 Gets Right

The F-150 was recently completely redesigned, bringing a new exterior look, more high-tech features, and more innovative updates that make it easier to live with. If you regularly tow large cargo, the F-150 is the clear winner, boasting a towing capacity of up to 14,000 pounds when properly equipped. That’s almost double what the Ranger can tow, which is up to 7,500 pounds.

Ford gave the redesigned F-150 a major tech update for the 2021 model year. The pickup truck comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, but can be fitted with a massive 12-inch unit. Wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an 18-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, and wireless smartphone charging are all available with the F-150. The largest touchscreen in the Ranger is an 8-inch unit, while a 10-speaker audio system is as far upscale as the pickup truck gets.

Performance is also in the F-150’s corner. Ford offers six powertrains with the F-150 with engines that range from a 290-horsepower 3.3-liter V6 up to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 with an electric motor for up to 430 hp. That’s right, the F-150 is now available with a hybrid powertrain that’s not only the most efficient option, but also the most powerful one in the lineup.

What The Ranger Gets Right

The smaller Ranger is far more affordable than the F-150. Pricing for the Ranger starts at $26,015 (with destination), while the F-150 carries a starting price tag of $30,635. The extra $4,620 can go a long way into getting a nicer Ranger. At the top of the range, the F-150 costs $72,520 with the Ranger being priced at $34,105.

If you live in an urban area or do a lot of driving on tight, city roads, the smaller Ranger is the pickup that’s easier to drive. Comparing SuperCrew (four full doors) pickup trucks against one another, reveals that the F-150 is 21 inches longer in length, 2 inches longer in width, and four inches taller in height. The Ranger’s smaller size makes it the easier pickup truck to drive.

Need the Extra Towing Capacity?

While many people think they need the Ford F-150’s powerful powertrains and extra towing capacity, that’s not always the case. For people that only plan on towing a small trailer or making runs to Home Depot, the Ranger offers plenty of capability. It’s not as capable, but it’s smaller, more affordable, and cheaper. For most consumers, the Ranger will be more than enough.

Our Verdict: Ford F-150

If you have the extra funds, the Ford F-150 is a far better pickup truck. It’s more high-tech, far more capable, and far more powerful than the Ranger. If off-roading is your thing, the available F-150 Raptor is an absolute beast compared to the Ranger’s available off-roading packages.

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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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