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Looking for the most fuel-efficient midsize pickup? At 23 mpg combined 2019 Ford Ranger achieves exactly that and more...

If you've been following developments at Ford in recent years, the move away from traditional V6 gasoline engines to a future of turbocharged 4-cylinder engines is hard to ignore. The all-new Ranger was the latest to join, challenging the 'no replacement for displacement' crowd, with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine producing a V6 replacing 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed transmission.

It's close to the Colorado and Canyon, and even further from the 3.5-liter Tacoma, but still, no match to the Ranger as you factor in other essentials with the EPA-estimated rating. Combined MPG's of all mostly fluctuate from 21-23 mpg, influenced by their differences in city and highway mileage, and of course displacement. In the Rangers case that is 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined in 4x2 configuration.

The EPA-estimated rating to overall power output ratio is what gives the Ranger an advantage. Toyota's Atkinson-cycle 3.5-liter V6 barely beats the Ranger on power at 278 horses and takes a big dive on torque at just 265 lb-ft. GM's 2.5-liter 4-cylinder shared with the Cayon and Colorado drops even more to 191 lb-ft of torque and 200 horsepower. An available 3.6-liter V6 produces power and torque numbers closer to the Ranger.

These numbers also translate into another major positive, towing capacity. At 7,500 LBS the Ranger is the best in its segment, beating the Tacoma at 6400 LBS and Colorado/Canyon at 3,500 LBS. Upgrading to the V6 for just over $1,000 more in the GM products nets you 7,700 LBS. Its maximum payload of 1,860 LBS is also one of the best.

Ford set out to build a midsize pickup that largely reflects what the North Ameican public needs now and year into the future. If you're already sold on other aspects of the Ranger, the figures outlined here make it even more value packed.
 

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Will be waiting on some towing tests to see what the Ranger delivers in terms of fuel economy. Although it has the best towing capacity in the segment, I wonder how overtaxed the 2.3l engine may be on a full load.
 

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Chevy has just put a new 4 cylinder turbo in the Silverado but its definitely more suited to those using the truck as a family hauler and daily driver. For serious heavy duty hauling you are still going to want to go for a larger engine.
 
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