|181-308 HP||Horsepower||270 HP|
|191-369 lb-ft||Torque||310 lb-ft|
|20/30 MPG||Max Fuel Economy||21/26 MPG|
With superior fuel efficiency than larger trucks and high levels of power and capability, compact pickup trucks are becoming increasingly popular. Two vehicles in this class that have been commonly compared since their release are the 2019 GMC Canyon vs 2019 Ford Ranger, but which vehicle is the right choice for you?
The 2019 GMC Canyon is a tough contender for its growing class. It is affordable, powerful, efficient, and advanced. With multiple engine options, the Canyon can be customized to meet the needs of any driver, with configurations that offer class-leading fuel efficiency or class-leading towing capacity. On the inside, the Canyon is exceptionally advanced and offers one of the most extensive standard entertainment suites in the compact pickup truck class. The Canyon is also incredibly safe and earned a high-reliability score from J.D. Power. All of these qualities combined with the Canyon’s low starting MSRP make for one of the toughest competitors on the market.
The 2019 Ford Ranger also performs at the top of the compact pickup truck class but falls second in nearly every way to the 2019 GMC Canyon. Like the Canyon, the Ranger is also efficient, powerful, and capable, however not quite as much as the Canyon. The Ranger is also less generous in terms of its standard features and is more expensive than the Canyon. However, the Ranger is a great option for drivers looking to go off-roading regularly and offers balanced handling.
Overall, the 2019 GMC Canyon and 2019 Ford Ranger represent two of the best options in the compact pickup truck class. But in order to determine which vehicle is right for you, it’s important to take a closer look at how they compare in terms of performance, entertainment, and safety.
Although the 2019 Ford Ranger is newly redesigned after a long hiatus, the 2019 GMC Canyon offers better performance in nearly every way. The Canyon is more fuel efficient, more powerful, and more capable. If you’re looking for the ultimate in performance out of your compact pickup truck, the Canyon is the best option.
The 2019 GMC Canyon comes with a standard 4-cylinder engine, an available V6 engine, and even a turbo-diesel option. The available V6 engine has proven to be the most popular option among consumers, as it offers more than enough power at up to 308 hp. However, the Canyon’s turbo-diesel engine is capable of up to 369 lb-ft torque and offers incredible fuel economy ratings at up to 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. When properly equipped, the Canyon earns one of the highest maximum towing capacities in its class at 7,700 LBS, which is 200 LBS more than the 2019 Ford Ranger can handle. The new Canyon also handles well across tough terrains and in less than ideal weather conditions, and even offers tight steering through windy roads. Overall, the Canyon’s ride is smooth and comfortable, which is enhanced by its upscale interior and premium seating. The 2019 GMC Canyon is not only one of the most powerful and capable vehicles in its class, but also one of the most affordable if you’re looking for any of these qualities this compact pickup truck is hard to pass up.
The 2019 Ford Ranger brings a high level of performance to the compact pickup truck class, just not quite as high as the 2019 GMC Canyon. When it comes to fuel efficiency, horsepower, and towing capacity, the Ranger is close to the Canyon, but can’t meet or exceed what it has to offer. This is in part due to the limitations of the Ranger’s one available engine, a 2.3L 4-cylinder engine. This engine is capable of producing up to 270 hp and 310 lb-ft torque with fuel economy ratings of up to 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. These stats are not by any means low for the compact pickup truck class; however, they simply can’t compete with those of the 2019 GMC Canyon. The higher starting MSRP of the 2019 Ford Ranger also helps give the Canyon even more of an edge; it should be noted that the Ranger is very capable as an off-roader.
While both the 2019 GMC Canyon and 2019 Ford Ranger offer an excellent selection of standard features, the Canyon is much more generous than the Ranger when it comes to its standard entertainment suite. While the Ranger offers a very slim list of option, the Canyon provides enough standard entertainment features for even the most tech-savvy drivers.
On the base model of the 2019 GMC Canyon, you’ll find a long list of advanced standard features including a 7-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and two USB ports. Meanwhile, the Canyon also offers an impressive selection of available entertainment features which includes an 8-inch touchscreen display, satellite radio, a Bose sound system, a WiFi hotspot, navigation, wireless device charging, and additional USB ports. The Canyon is also one of the more affordable vehicles in the compact pickup truck class, which makes upgrading to any of its available features more reasonable. The infotainment system onboard the 2019 GMC Canyon has received excellent reviews from drivers and critics for its user-friendly interface, clear graphics, and responsiveness. The infotainment system is further complemented by plenty of physical controls, which makes it even easier to control while driving. Overall, the Canyon offers one of the most advanced and generous standard entertainment suites in its class, while also offering affordable premium upgrades.
The 2019 Ford Ranger does not have nearly as much to offer for entertainment features on its base model. Standard on Ranger you’ll find a small 4.2-inch non-touchscreen display, voice command technology, and a WiFi hotspot, but that’s just about it unless you’re planning on upgrading to a higher trim level. In that case, you could enjoy features like an 8-inch touchscreen display, navigation, satellite radio, and HD radio, but these will come at a significant jump in price. The 2019 Ford Ranger is the more expensive vehicle when compared to the Canyon, and each of its trim levels add thousands to the bottom line and may still require additional package upgrades to enjoy more premium features. If you’re looking for a vehicle with plenty of entertainment features at an affordable price, you’ll want to opt for the 2019 GMC Canyon over the 2019 Ford Ranger.
The 2019 GMC Canyon and 2019 Ford Ranger both have a lot to offer in the category of safety. They offer a generous amount of standard and available driver assist features while providing the safe and reliable construction that has become synonymous with modern vehicles. However, the Canyon offers the same level of protection for less, giving it the overall edge.
The 2019 GMC Canyon performed well during its safety testing with the NHTSA and IIHS, earning the highest rating of ‘Good’ in a total of five crash test categories with the IIHS. Standard features on the 2019 GMC Canyon include a rearview camera, while available safety features include rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning. The Canyon also received an above average rating from J.D. Power for its reliability and offers an extensive warranty program including a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty. Drivers looking for a safe and reliable compact pickup truck will appreciate what the 2019 GMC Canyon has to offer, and its low starting MSRP is another major benefit.
The 2019 Ford Ranger comes standard with a long list of safety features thanks to Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 which comes standard on many of its models. These features include a rearview camera, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking, as well as the MyKey system which allows volume and speed restrictions to be set for secondary drivers. The Ranger also has several optional safety features including lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a driver attention monitor, and blind spot monitoring. However, the Ranger earned a lower reliability rating than the Canyon and has a higher starting MSRP. If you’re looking for a safe and reliable option, save a couple thousand dollars and opt for the 2019 GMC Canyon.