After getting an unofficial peak at the 2019 Ford Ranger’s fuel economy figures in two-wheel-drive format a couple weeks ago, the official numbers are finally out. As expected from the sneak peak, the Ranger is resting atop the midsize segment when it comes to fuel sipping, but just barely.
As already reported, in two-wheel-drive format the Ranger will carry ratings of 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway or 23 mpg combined. Given the Ranger comes exclusively with Ford’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, it is best compared to the V-6 competition, meaning in two-wheel-drive it edges out Canyon, Colorado, Frontier and Tacoma. Colorado and Tacoma are tied for second-best with the Colorado rated at 18 city, 25 highway and 20 combined. Tacoma is rated at 19 city, 24 highway and 21 combined.
Adding four-wheel-drive to the 2019 Ranger will drop the fuel economy ratings to 20 city, 24 highway and 22 combined. Again, Ranger just barely bests the four-wheel-drive competition. The Colorado loses 1 mpg in both city and highway when checking the 4WD box, while the Tacoma sheds 1 mpg on the city rating and 2 on the highway.
The Ranger is even beating the four-cylinder competition. The closest four-cylinder competitor is the Colorado, which is rated 20 city, 26 highway and 22 combined. Although buyers seeking the absolute best fuel economy in the midsize truck segment will still have to head to a Chevy dealership to snag a Colorado diesel, which is rated at 20 city, 30 highway and 23 combined.