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Ford releases Ranger fuel economy figures

by Ronan Glon

Using a four-cylinder engine pays off.

Ford has released fuel economy figures for the 2019 Ranger.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the rear-wheel drive variant of the new Ranger at 21 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg in a combined cycle. Selecting four-wheel drive lowers those figures to 20, 24, and 22, respectively.

These numbers place the Ranger near -- but not at -- the top of its class when it comes to fuel economy. The turbodiesel-powered Chevrolet Colorado remains the efficiency champ in the compact truck segment. The EPA rates it at 22 mpg city, 30 mpg highway, and 25 mpg combined with two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive models check in at 20, 28, and 23, respectively.

At launch, the Ranger will only be offered with a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine turbocharged to deliver 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. It's a truck-specific variant of the engine found in the entry-level Mustang and the Focus RS. Rear-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission come standard, while four-wheel drive is offered at an extra cost. The Ranger can tow 7,500 pounds and haul 1,860 pounds in its most capable configuration.

Made in Michigan, the 2019 Ford Ranger will begin arriving in showrooms in January. Pricing starts at $24,300 for an entry-level model with two doors and a six-foot bed, though buyers need to add a mandatory $1,095 destination charge.

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