The all-new Ford Ranger will have the same Combined MPG ratings as the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon equipped with the Duramax diesel engines. Rear-wheel drive Rangers will have a Combined MPG rating of 23 and 4X4 Rangers will have a 22 MPG Combined EPA estimate according to Ford. This means that Ford's Ranger will have a lower cost for fuel, since the cost of diesel is higher than that of regular unleaded.
“Midsize truck customers have been asking for a pickup that’s Built Ford Tough,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager. “And Ranger will deliver with durability, capability and fuel efficiency, while also providing in-city maneuverability and the freedom desired by many midsize pickup truck buyers to go off the grid.”
The new Ranger offers 310 lb-ft of torque. It will also have a very low RPM for its torque plateau. Such an engine is ideally-suited to towing. The Ranger will also have 270 hp, far more than any other diesel or gasoline 4-cylinder engine in this class. The combination of high torque at low RPMs and high HP at high RPMs will enable the Ranger to be both great for towing and also quick.
As of today's publication of this story, the AAA national average price for diesel is 22% higher than the cost of regular unleaded. The Ranger will save a driver thousands in fuel costs compared to a diesel truck.
Torque News will provide additional information on this topic once FuelEconomy.Gov adds the Ranger's data to its page. We have also requested a torque and hp curve from Ford.