When it comes to trucks, Ford delivers. The 2020 Ford Ranger and F-150 are no exceptions. Two great trucks, but two different sizes. Let’s help you decide if a compact or full-size truck is your best option. If you are in the Denver area, Brighton Ford is here for you.
The 2020 Ford Ranger is one of the most capable, well-rounded, vehicles in the compact pickup truck class; and can have just about everything you want from a small truck. It seats four people in SuperCab models and five in SuperCrew models with comfortable and roomy front seats in both models. The standard extended-cab SuperCab Ranger comes with a 6-foot bed, while the crew-cab SuperCrew model has a 5-foot bed. With its compact size, the rear seats can be a little cramped, but the SuperCrew model is a good choice if you are going to have passengers in the back seat. With a little more room, it can seat adults fairly easily. The Ranger comes in three trims: XL, XLT, and Lariat.
The 2020 Ford F-150 is an excellent full-size pickup truck and sits near the top of full-size pickup truck rankings. It provides plenty of roomy head and legroom for everyone. The Regular Cab models seat up to three people. In the SuperCab and SuperCrew models, capacity jumps up to six, with a small back seat in SuperCab models, and a full-size back seat in the SuperCrew models. The Ford-150 front seats have comfortable and supportive seating; the SuperCab has adequate seats for adults, and the SuperCrew models have plenty of room for back-seat passengers. Cloth upholstery is standard as well as convenient flip-up rear seats in the SuperCab and SuperCrew models. There are trims to meet everyone’s needs. The Ford F-150 is offered in seven trims; the XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, Platinum, Limited, and Raptor.
Every Ranger comes with a powerful turbocharged engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission that combine for a smooth and seamless acceleration. Its turbocharged engine feels energetic in just about every driving situation, and it handles well on winding roads. For a compact truck, the Ranger also has impressive towing and hauling capabilities. Payload capacities range from 1,560 to 1,860 pounds and it can tow up to 7,500 pounds, which places it among the class leaders. The Ranger features a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine that puts out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It's capable whether you're driving to work or towing a trailer down the highway. Acceleration is generally quick, and the 10-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth shifts. When equipped with rear-wheel drive, the Ranger gets 21/26 mpg in the city and highway. With four-wheel drive, ratings drop to 20/24 mpg in the city and highway.
New for the 2020 Ford F-150 is a 10-speed automatic transmission that is standard with all engines. Ford offers several powerful engine options. It comes with a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 290 horsepower and 265 pound-ft. of torque. This is plenty of power for the city and highway, but if you’d like some more power, Ford has you covered. Options include a 5.0-liter V8 that makes 395 horsepower and 400 pound-ft. of torque, a turbocharged Eco-Boost 2.7-liter V6 that produces 325 horsepower and 400 pound-ft. of torque, and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 375 horsepower and 470 pound-ft. of torque. There's also a 3.0-liter turbodiesel that puts out 250 horsepower and 440 pound-ft. of torque. All of these engines give the F-150 better towing and hauling capabilities than the base engine. They also help deliver better acceleration. The 375-horsepower turbocharged V6 provides the F-150’s highest towing capacity. The F-150 has impressive towing and hauling capacities. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 13,200 pounds and has a maximum payload of 3,270 pounds. With its base engine and rear-wheel drive, the F-150 gets an EPA-estimated 19/25 mpg in the city and on the highway. Those are some of the best ratings for full-size pickup trucks.
Safety and Tech Features, Price
Ford offers impressive standard and available safety and tech features in their Ford trucks.
Ford delivers a line of standard driver assistance features in the Ranger that include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. The standard Ford's MyKey system lets you do things like set speed and audio volume limits for secondary drivers. Ford also delivers a line of available active safety features that include front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert with trailer coverage. Tech features include Bluetooth, four speakers, a WIFI hotspot and a USB port. You can also upgrade to Ford’s impressive SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and navigation.
Standard safety and tech features in the F-150 include an AM/FM radio, Ford’s impressive Co-Pilot 360 suite, including a rearview camera, with dynamic Hitch Assist, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, and curve control. Available features include the easy to use SYNC 3 infotainment system, voice-activated SYNC connectivity system, an 8-inch touch screen, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port, navigation, Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Ford Rangers’s starting price is $24,410 for the XL trim and ranges to $32,500 for the Lariat trim. Starting price for the F-150 is an affordable $28,495 for the XL trim to $53,205 for the Raptor trim.
Which truck best suits your style and needs? Both are solid trucks, but each has different offerings. The 2020 Ford Ranger delivers almost everything in a compact pickup truck. It's capable, easy to drive, and has the power and handling that most people need. If you are looking for more options in power, higher payload and towing capacity, the F-150 might be the choice for you. Come see for yourself at Brighton Ford.