Ford has one of the top pickup truck lineups on the market. Many people will ultimately be choosing between the 2021 Ford F-150 and the 2021 Ford Ranger. While the full-size F-150 offers more passenger room and a greater number of premium luxury features, some drivers will appreciate the midsize Ranger’s more compact design and lower MSRP. Let’s take a closer look at how these two trucks compare.
|Specs||2021 Ford F-150 XL||2021 Ford Ranger XL|
|Fuel Economy (City/Hwy)||20 city / 24 hwy mpg||21 city / 26 hwy mpg|
|Standard Engine||3.3L V6 PFDI Engine with Auto Start/Stop Technology||2.3L EcoBoost® I-4|
|Horsepower||290 horsepower||270 horsepower|
|Maximum Towing Capacity (when properly configured)||14,000lbs||7,500lbs|
|Transmission||10-Speed Automatic Transmission||10-Speed SelectShift® Automatic|
All versions of the 2021 Ford Ranger come equipped with the same powertrain. Under the hood rests a 270-horsepower EcoBoost engine, which ranks among the most powerful in the class. The 2021 Ford F-150 gives you multiple powertrains to choose from. Even the F-150’s base V6 engine cranks out a formidable 290 horsepower.
While the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds, Ford lists the F-150 with a maximum towing capacity of 14,000 pounds. Drivers can also take advantage of the F-150’s higher payload capacity. Both of these trucks can take you on an outdoor adventure. An available FX4 off-road package adds a number of rugged upgrades, including trail-tuned shocks and undercarriage skid plates.
There’s no overlooking the F-150’s larger stature. It’s noticeably longer and wider than the Ranger. Both trucks have a stylish exterior. The Ranger’s contemporary, athletic look is bound to catch your attention. On the other hand, some truck shoppers may prefer the F-150’s boxier design.
Whether you choose the F-150 or the Ranger, you’ll have some eye-catching appearance packages to choose from. Many Ranger fans love the available Black Appearance Package, which adds exclusive 18-inch black alloy wheels and several other blacked-out styling cues. A few other appearance packages are also available for the Ranger, including an all-new STX Appearance Package Special Edition. Expect the F-150’s appearance packages to cause just as many heads to turn.
Like the 2021 Ford F-150, the 2021 Ford Ranger offers a number of great safety technologies. While the Ranger comes standard with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot information and lane-keeping assist are optional. Adaptive cruise control is also offered on the Ranger. Keep in mind that a few more advanced driving aids are available for the F-150. During emergencies, the F-150’s optional Evasive Steering Assist system helps you to safely maneuver around obstacles. Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist system is another one of the F-150’s exclusive features.
If you would like to better compare these trucks, stop by our local Hixson, TN Ford dealer for a test drive. We will be more than happy to answer any questions.