North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Ranger VS 2019 Chevrolet Colorado Near Calhoun, GA

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2019 Ford Ranger

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2019 Chevrolet Colorado

Safety Comparison

The Ranger has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Colorado offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Ranger offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Colorado doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

To help make backing safer, the Ranger’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Ranger’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Colorado doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Ranger and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems and blind spot warning systems.

Warranty Comparison

The Ranger’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Ranger’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Colorado’s camshafts. If the Colorado’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 70 more horsepower (270 vs. 200) and 119 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 191) than the Colorado’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 275) than the Colorado’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Ranger gets better fuel mileage than the Colorado:





2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

21 city/26 hwy



2.3 turbo 4 cyl.

20 city/24 hwy




2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy


2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

20 city/26 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy



2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

19 city/24 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

ZR2 3.6 DOHC V6

16 city/18 hwy

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Ranger’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Colorado doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Ranger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Colorado doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Ranger has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. A full size spare costs extra on the Colorado. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Ranger has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Ranger flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

Passenger Space Comparison

The Ranger SuperCab has .8 inches more front hip room, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.1 inches more rear hip room than the Colorado Extended Cab.

The Ranger SuperCrew has .8 inches more front hip room, .2 inches more rear hip room and .5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Ranger SuperCab has a much larger cargo box than the Colorado Extended Cab (51.8 vs. 49.9 cubic feet).

The Ranger SuperCrew has a much larger cargo box than the Colorado Crew Cab short bed (43.3 vs. 41.3 cubic feet).

The Ranger’s cargo box is larger than the Colorado’s in almost every dimension:

Ranger SuperCrew

Ranger SuperCab

Colorado Extended Cab

Colorado Crew Cab

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Max Width





Min Width





A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Ranger. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

Intelligent Access standard on the Ranger Lariat allows you to unlock the driver’s door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Colorado doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Ranger Lariat’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Colorado’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ranger detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Colorado doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Ranger XLT/Lariat’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Ranger XLT/Lariat offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Colorado doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Ranger offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Colorado doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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