2019 Ford Ranger Rated at 7,500 Pounds Towing and 1,860 Pounds Payload
Top Ratings Among Midsize Gas-Powered Trucks
Ford finally announced the towing and payload ratings for the 2019 Ranger midsize truck, as well as the power and torque numbers for its sole engine, a 2.3L EcoBoost I-4. The engine will produce 270 hp and 310 lb-ft, helping the Ranger haul up to 1,860 pounds and tow 7,500 pounds (when equipped with a tow package and trailer brake controller).
Those output numbers, if you’re wondering, are among the best available in the segment. The engine far outstrips other four-cylinder mills available in midsize pickups, but it’s also competitive among even the competition’s six-cylinder units. The Nissan Frontier’s 4.0L V-6 makes 261 hp and 281 lb-ft (though with plenty of big-bore low-end torque), and the Toyota Tacoma’s 3.5 L V-6 makes 278 hp and 265 lb-ft. The Ranger’s most obvious competitor, the Chevrolet Colorado, produces more power than the Ford at 308 hp, but less torque at 275 lb-ft.
The Ranger’s towing and hauling chops are also tops among gas-powered midsizers. The Colorado’s maximum payload slots in at 1,772 pounds with a towing cap of 7,000 pounds for the 3.6L V-6. The Tacoma can haul 1,620 pounds of payload or a 6,400-pound trailer. And the rugged but aging Nissan Frontier is rated at 1,502 pounds of payload and 6,710 pounds of towing. In fact, in the midsize segment, only the Colorado diesel beats the Ford’s towing rating—the diminutive oil burner can lug 7,700 pounds.
So while the 2019 Ranger’s starting price might be a bit higher than some of its competition, it could be argued that you get just a bit more truck. Time will tell if the Ranger actually performs well loaded down—some midsizers feel wheezy and underpowered when hitched to a 6,000-pound trailer—but the Ford does offer notably bigger ratings than the gasoline-powered Colorado, Tacoma, or Frontier.