We all know that Chevy and Ford have a near lifetime rivalry between them. So it’s no surprise that the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado and 2020 Ford Ranger aren’t what you’d call “friends” in the industry. Both trucks compete fiercely every year to find out which one is going to be crowned at the top of their class. All too often, it’s the Colorado. This year will be no exception. As we travel forward here at Drive Taylor, serving Boardman Lancaster Hermitage customers with a full rundown of the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado vs 2020 Ford Ranger, keep in mind the things you’re looking for in a pickup truck. Which one fits unto your idea of a dream truck?
The 2020 Ford Ranger has a few problems this year, chief among them that it only has one engine option. In the modern pickup truck industry, it’s almost inexcusable that Ford would have released the Ranger with such a limited powertrain. As a result of this, it gets stuck with a 2.3L turbocharged engine that produces only 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That kind of powertrain screams “budget truck.”
Meanwhile, the Colorado serves up a second helping of power that gets you 308 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. That’s a much preferable engine option compared to the Ranger’s lone engine. Going it alone doesn’t suit the powertrain of the Ranger very well, and many fans were disappointed to see this truck return with such an underpowered engine. It’s one of the many reasons that the Colorado is simply the better truck. The Colorado also gets a superior 8-speed automatic transmission that makes it the clear choice.
Old timey pickup trucks often suffered from a lack of space. That’s a shame, given that so many customers use their trucks as family vehicles. When you get into the territory of an extended cab, you really need to throw in some extra space for your customers. Keep in mind that many drivers and passengers in trucks are on the taller side, too, so legroom and headroom is super important to a comfortable day’s work or play.
Only the Colorado offers up this “little extra” that makes its cabin practical for today’s driver and passengers. It offers 1.6 inches of additional headroom, .9 inches of additional shoulder room for more breathing space, and 1.9 inches more front legroom, something your long-legged passengers are going to thank you for. The interior of the Colorado is as elegant as it is practical, too, especially when you get to more posh trims like the LT. Along with its additional head and legroom, it also gets auto climate control and a navigation system that will really help out with work or play.
We’re not going to knock for on their Co-Pilot360 suite. It’s a nice spread of safety features that make the Ranger more intelligent, but the Ranger tends to get the bargain basement features that they usually throw in standard on more expensive Ford models. In the meantime, the Colorado has no problem mopping up in this category. You’ll really appreciate features like forward-collision alert, lane departure warnings, and of course, there’s the rock solid build of specific trims like the ZR2.
The ZR2 is one of your steadiest rides on the road, featuring all-terrain tires, raised suspension, and an electronically locking rear suspension. You get a truck that’s more than just steady on its feet. It also has all of the modern driver-assist features you’d ever hope to see from a Chevy truck. Compare that to the dreadfully undermanned Colorado model, and you’re going to see that the choice is pretty easy to make here. It’s the Colorado all the way.
The 2020 Chevy Colorado has once again bested the Ford Ranger. The only surprising thing about that fact is that it wasn’t even close. Ford has really let the Ranger go here, perhaps giving it up as a more economical option rather than an upscale truck that’s meant to do serious work. The Colorado capitalizes on Ford’s willingness to ignore the Ranger’s obvious need for a redesign and better engine selection. This year’s Colorado also gets big gains on technology, such as a supremely easy to use interface on its larger 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system option. Throw in heated front seats and auto climate control, and you’re getting into the “upscale” truck reputation, all while retaining that over-300 horsepower profile. It’s a winning combination all the way around.
Thanks for letting our dealership continue serving Boardman Lancaster Hermitage buyers with intricate reviews of today’s hottest pickup trucks. We’re happy to share our knowledge with you in the hopes that it can help you shop wiser. We also hope you’ll let us save you some money this year on the brand new 2020 Colorado. If you’d like to test drive this model today, just give us a call and tell us which trim to have ready for you. The folks here at Drive Taylor will be waiting.