Who would win in a truck drag race: a Ford F-150 or the new 2019 Ford Ranger?
The results are maybe not all that surprising.
There’s a lot of variance in trucks these days, to the point where a Ford F-150 could come with anything from 290 to 450 horsepower, so when we put two pickups against each other in a drag race, it helps to know precisely what we’re racing.
On the right is a 2019 Ford F-150 XLT that suffered some hail damage on the hood so that the boys at The Fast Lane Truck could pick it up for a steal. Under the hood is a completely undamaged 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine producing 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels thanks to Ford’s impressive 10-speed automatic transmission.
The F-150 is still a big pickup for 2019, weighing in at around 5,100 lbs.
The Ranger, on the over hand, is a tight, trim, new midsize pickup that only weighs roughly 4,400 lbs in its Lariat trim. All engines for the North American ranger are the same, that being a 2.3-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder producing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s great for a midsize pickup, but it doesn’t really compare to the F-150.
Will the light size of the Ranger help it out in a drag race? In a word: no.
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When you’re both driving bricks, the brick with more horsepower is generally going to be faster. That’s the case with the F-150. With both pickups sporting 4-wheel-drive, the F-150 just walks away off the line and the Ranger just can’t keep up.
The F-150 wins the first race by over a truck length. Just to ensure it was the truck that won and not the driver (which seems unnecessary considering they both have automatic transmissions), our hosts switched rides to race again with the same result. The Ranger just doesn’t have the power to keep up in a race.
What the Ranger does have is affordability and fuel economy. A little 2.3-L turbo sips gas compared to the F-150’s big V6, and it also comes in $8,000 cheaper while being better equipped. For a new truck on a budget, it’s hard to beat the new Ranger.