If you like to work hard and play hard, you need a set of wheels that can keep up. Our team at Sam Pack's Five Star Ford of Lewisville wants to help you determine which midsize pickup truck has what it takes to be your next ride around Lewisville, Frisco, and The Colony, TX.
Below, you can see how two of the most popular models match up in this head-to-head comparison of the 2023 Ford Ranger vs. the 2023 Chevy Colorado.
BASE TOWING CAPACITY
BLIND SPOT INFORMATION SYSTEM
When searching for your next truck, capability likely sits high on your list of priorities. Whether you need to transport materials across a muddy jobsite, want to adventure off the beaten path, or both, you need reliable performance to make it happen.
The Ford Ranger offers a variety of drive modes that enable you to tackle challenging terrain with ease. This versatile pickup truck features an available Terrain Management System™ that includes the following selectable drive modes on 4-wheel-drive models:
- Grass, Gravel, or Snow
- Mud or Ruts
The Colorado also has five available drive modes: Normal, Tow/Haul, Off-Road, Terrain, and Baja. So, if adaptable performance sounds appealing to you, you’ll be in good hands with either truck.
What if we told you the Ford Ranger allows you to focus on the trail ahead instead of driving? Yep, you heard that right! Optional Ford Trail Control™ acts like cruise control except it’s meant for the off-road. All you have to do is set a speed and the Ranger will handle the brakes and adjust the speed from there.
The Chevy Colorado goes without a comparable feature that lets you fully immerse yourself into your muddy, dusty, or rocky excursion.
The Ranger and the Colorado may not be the biggest trucks in Ford’s or Chevy’s lineup, but they can still run with the big dogs. Both models have impressive engines under their respective hoods that help you experience adventures on the trails, at the campground, or on the highway.
Peek under the hood of the 2023 Ranger or the Colorado and you’re bound to come across a powerhouse of an engine. The Colorado runs standardly on a 2.7L Turbo engine, with 237 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque on tap.
If you choose the Ranger, a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine moves you forward, with 270 horsepower and an impressive 310 lb-ft of torque. Looks like you’ll experience quicker acceleration and more oomph in the Ranger!
A maximum tow rating of at least 7,500 pounds when properly equipped means you can move a water ski boat with the Ford Ranger. Take your weekend adventures to new places with more capability from your truck.
While the Colorado is strong in its own right, it only offers a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 pounds at its base level, whereas the base Ranger can tow over twice as much right off the bat.
Whether you’re going mudding with your closest friends, heading to the campground to sleep under the stars, or getting comfortable with the trails in your neck of the woods, it’s important to make it through the excursion and back home safely. Ford’s and Chevy’s safety systems can lend a hand.
The Ford Ranger and the Chevy Colorado are committed to your safety on the streets. You’ll see more of what’s happening around you with a standard Rear View Camera on either midsize pickup.
Via their driver-assistive suites, these trucks use camera and sensor technology to boost your awareness of possible trouble spots on the road around you. Ford Co-Pilot360™ and its Chevy equivalent provide:
- Lane-Keeping System
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking
- Auto High-Beam Headlamps
These features keep you focused on the road and your surroundings, and they instill confidence in you as you drive.
Although both the Ranger and the Colorado have some sort of BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) , only the Ranger’s system has added Trailer Coverage. So, if you’re hauling a boat, a pop-up camper, or other towable toy, this feature will warn you of a vehicle in your blind spot!
When you’re hauling in the Colorado, its comparable Blind Zone Steering Assist feature may not offer the same comprehensive coverage.
Now that you’ve seen how these two fierce competitors match up, it’s time to get some firsthand experience. Although the Chevy Colorado puts up a good fight, the Ford Ranger ultimately offers more in terms of capability and on-road convenience.
At Sam Pack's Five Star Ford of Lewisville, we think you’ll love navigating Lewisville, Frisco, and The Colony, TX in this midsize model. But there’s no need to take our word for it! Contact us to schedule your test drive today to see for yourself what the 2023 Ford Ranger has to offer.
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