Midsize Truck Comparison: Ranger vs Tacoma, Colorado, Canyon, Frontier

Discussion in 'General Ford Ranger Discussions' started by rduvall, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. DHare

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    I just measured my 2015 Colorado 4x4 CrewCab with 6' bed. Height and width for Ranger are almost identical to the Colorado. Length of Ranger is about 1' shorter because Ranger has a 5' bed rather than the 6' bed on my Colorado.
     
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    I'm really wanting to see if the rear seats will lay flat without removing the headrests and how much storage is under the seats. I keep my dog box in the truck on trips and am hoping I can fold the rear seats down and fit the box on top.
     
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    Updated the comparison with the latest info. Yellow fields with greyed out text are speculative.
     
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    One thing I wish Ford had copied from GM - the step built into the end of each rear bumper. Those are really handy for us old folks who have to crawl up in the bed once in a while!
     
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    I wish the rear cab of the crewcab would have been designed better. The Ridgeline is best hands down for midsize trucks. It has rear seat that folds up for flat floor. The others have the back area that folds down. Videos of the global ranger shows the seats fold down but not completely flat which is disappointing.
     
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    That is too funny! I hear ya.
     
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    Has anyone seen the console opened up? Even better would be a good picture. Some consoles are more user friendly and have better storage than others. The console in my 2015 Colorado was basically a big bucket for items to get lost in, with no upper tray to store pens, air gauge, coins, etc. Finally found an aftermarket upper tray on Amazon that works great - allows access to USB port, has coin storage, etc. You have to wonder why GM couldn't have included that.
     
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    Anyone have more information on the trail controls mechanism? Found a quote that mentions it used electric motors to manage but nothing else that I can find on the subject.

    “Ford says the technology is driven by electric motors, where Toyota's crawl control is a vacuum-based system.”
     
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    vacuum systems suck
     
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    Skip to minute 2 of this video to see the Tacoma jerk and hiccup while in Crawl Control mode. The Ranger with Trail Control is much better.

     
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    #33 Nov 3, 2018
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    In depth video of Trail Control. Can adjust speed in 1/2 MPH increments up to 10 MPH. Can go 5 MPH in reverse.

     
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    Some nice Auto-X action in the Ranger.

     
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    I hear some wheel spin on the launch he did. Turbo spoils quick and the torque seems almost instant.
     
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    Rduvall, if you really want an eye opener for comparisons, take a look at each model's tow capacity for a non-braked trailer. The information can be found in each model's owners manual online. Our Ranger (at 1,650#) isn't the class leader in this category but sure beats the heck out of a Tacoma (1,000#).

    BTW, this is my first post. Ordered my Ranger last week. The wait has begun.
     
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    Da hell? So the Tacoma Crawl Control also jerks like that when using it on steep terrain? :surprised:
     
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    Not a huge difference but the owner's manual states the gas tank is 18.8 gallons.
     
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    Good approach/breakover/departure angle comparison video.
     
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    Tacoma has good clearance but still jerks in Crawl Control mode. Colorado is bad in every category, not a true competitor to Tacoma or Ranger. I assume the Colorado ZR2 trim is better but it's pricey.
     

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