Nothing stays a secret for too long these days. The official EPA fuel economy ratings for the upcoming Ford Ranger have leaked out before Ford was ready to release them. At initial glance, it appears at least some configurations of the Ranger will be at the top of their class when it comes to fuel sipping.
A forum member over at enthusiast site Ranger5G caught the window sticker of a new Ranger online. The document lists the official fuel economy ratings of 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. Keep in mind this particular truck is a 4X2 SuperCrew XL model. The truck’s 4X4 fuel economy rating remains a mystery, for now.
In the U.S., Ranger will offer only one engine option. This singular option will be Ford’s EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque that will flow exclusively through Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. This means there should only be two variations of EPA ratings, one for the 4X2 (above) and the still-unknown 4X4 rating.
Comparing the leaked figures to the competition, it appears the Ranger will come in at the top of the pack. A Chevrolet Colorado with the brand’s 2.5-liter four-cylinder is rated 20 city 26 highway; opting for the Colorado V-6 knocks the ratings to 18 city and 25 highway. Meanwhile, with Toyota Tacoma V-6 2WD comes in at 19 city and 24 highway, while the Honda Ridgeline 2WD carries ratings of 19 city and 26 highway.
For now, the Ranger will be at the top of its class when it comes to gas engine fuel economy. Of course, the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon with GM’s 2.8-liter Duramax diesel remain the overall fuel economy winners, with ratings of 22 city and 30 highway.
Expect the rest of the 2019 Ranger’s fuel economy figures to trickle out very soon.