What's the difference between Ford Ranger and Ford F-150?

If you think a pickup truck is pretty much a pickup truck, you really couldn’t be more wrong these days. The market is so competitive and so lucrative at the moment that every manufacturer is looking to gain an advantage over its rivals with new innovations and new ideas. You’d even be wrong if you thought all trucks from the same manufacturer were pretty much the same apart from their size and capability.

A great example is if you compare the Ford Ranger vs. Ford F-150. Everyone is aware of the F-150 and what it is, so the new Ford Ranger is just a smaller version of the Ford F-150, right? The Ranger is a midsize truck and the F-150 is a full-size offering, but the fact they are Ford trucks is almost all they have in common, and here's why.

The Ranger we have here is very different to previous incarnations Ford used to sell here in the US before it was discontinued. It's heavily based on a model that's been sold elsewhere in the world for a while now, but our version has been specially modified to suit the US market.

You only have to look at the two trucks to see just how different they are from each other. The F-150 is big, brash, muscular and blocky, while the Ranger is sleeker, sportier and borrows more of its styling from Japanese midsize pickups than it does from domestic full-size trucks. None the less, it can look hardcore when it's properly dressed-up in the right trim with the right accessories. The choice is yours.

Trim levels
Once again, the difference here is obvious. While the Ford F-150 comes in seven different trim levels with an almost unlimited number of ways to configure them, there are just three trim levels in the Ford Ranger lineup. The F-150 comes in XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited and Raptor trims, while the Ranger is currently only available in XL, XLT and Lariat variants. Keep watching though, because there is a Raptor version of the Ranger elsewhere in the world that surely has to arrive here soon.

There are no fewer than six different engines in the F-150 family, but for the moment, there's only one engine available in the Ranger. The Ranger does have a seriously good engine in the shape of a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder turbo that puts out 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, but that's still 20 horsepower less than the smallest F-150 powerplant offers.

Size and capability
An F-150 is available with three different cabs and three different beds, while there are just SuperCab and SuperCrew versions of the Ranger with 6-foot and 5-foot beds respectively. The shortest version of the F-150 is 209.3 inches long and the longest is 250.5 inches long, while every Ranger is 210.8 inches long.

The maximum tow rating of the Ranger is 7,500 pounds and the maximum payload is 1,860 pounds. With an F-150, you can haul up to 3,270 pounds and you can tow up to a maximum of 13,200 pounds.
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