2019 Ford Ranger Fuel Economy Revealed – Up to 26 MPG for 4x2
Ranger Numbers Are Tops Among Gas-Powered Pickups
Ford announced the official EPA fuel economy numbers for the 2019 Ranger midsize pickup, and they’re very reasonable indeed. Its most efficient configuration, a 4x2, is capable of 21 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg, numbers that Ford claims are tops among gas-powered midsize trucks. Equipped as a 4x4, the Ranger nets a still-impressive 20 city/24 highway/22 combined mpg in EPA testing.
That fuel economy is the result of a standard 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine routing its power through a ten-speed automatic, a gearbox that beats out its competitors’ six- and eight-speed transmissions. One caveat: Ford’s EcoBoost engines tend to do better in testing than they do in the real world, so we’ll have to wait and see what kind of fuel economy the Ranger gets in the wild.
Still, the Ranger’s lab-tested efficiency numbers compare very favorably to the most popular midsize pickups. The Toyota Tacoma 4x2 gets 20 city/23 highway/21 combined mpg with its standard 2.7L I-4 or 19/24/21 with the optional 3.5L V-6. The Tacoma 4x4 gets 19 city/22 highway/20 combined mpg with the four-pot or 18/22/20 combined with the more powerful six.
The Chevrolet Colorado’s numbers split the difference between the thirsty Tacoma and the thrifty Ranger. The Colorado 2WD achieves 20 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg with the standard 2.5L I-4 and 18/25/20 with the optional 3.6L V-6. The base Colorado 4WD achieves 19 city/24 highway/21 combined mpg, while the V-6 gets 17/24/19.
Expect the 2019 Ranger’s 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 to offer power and torque more akin to its competitors’ V-6 engines, rather than their base I-4s. We predict about 300 hp and 320 lb-ft from the turbo four, as the same engine in the Mustang makes 310 hp and 350 lb-ft. Retuned for regular fuel and a flatter torque curve, the Ranger might see some slight dips compared to its pony car relative. Still, those numbers would compare well to the Colorado V-6 (308 hp and 275 lb-ft) and Tacoma V-6 (278 hp and 265 lb-ft).
Of course, for the best in midsize pickup fuel economy, there’s the optional diesel engine in the Chevrolet Colorado. That truck’s 2.8L Duramax turbo I-4 is capable of 20 city/30 highway/23 combined mpg with two-wheel drive or 19/28/22 with four-wheel drive (the latter number is tops among any 4x4 pickup available to consumers).
We should be behind the wheel of the 2019 Ranger soon, and we’ll be sure to report back with our findings as soon as possible.