The First Review is in: Kelley Blue Book Points Out Where the New 2019 Ford Ranger Excels Against the Competition

Wondering about our automaker's all-new mid-size pickup ahead of its much-anticipated appearance in 2019? You're in luck. The automotive research and valuation expert's professional reviewer, Lyn Woodward, gave us the scoop in a recent release.

Overall, for KBB and its industry authorities, there were more than a few ways in which Ford Ranger stood out. For one, the truck's maximum payload support, up to 1,860 pounds, easily earned a best-in-class standing, surpassing the 1,580 pounds supported by competitors like Honda Ridgeline and the 1,574 pounds of those like Chevy Colorado. Secondly, said Woodward, its power ratings and towing capacity were "impressive:" Ranger can dish 270 horsepower backed by 310 pound-feet of torque, making it possible to lug up to 7,500 pounds. That's a best-in-class for gas engines. Of course, rivals like Colorado and its new GMC Canyon sibling can tow up to 7,700 pounds, but to get there, you'd need to dole out for a costlier diesel engine.

These advances were just the beginning, too. 2019 Ranger is set to roll out with a rugged FX4 off-road option, too, for instance, with enhanced ground clearance, durable frame-mounted skid plates, go-anywhere off-road tires, and tuned shock absorbers, not to mention a Terrain Management System with normal, grass, gravel, and snow, mud and ruts, and sand modes. Ditto for the unique Trail Control feature, a low-speed cruise control for heading off the beaten path.

In fact, you can already check out the many other areas where Ford Ranger is upending this and other competition. See how it compares to those from Chevrolet Colorado to Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier, right here on our website. Then, when the latest pickup finally drops, be sure to stop by and see it up close and personally here at Phil Waterford's Manteca Ford. Your test drive will be waiting just around the corner at 555 North Main Street!

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