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Old 10-07-2019, 07:26 PM
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This is a good read, packed with good info:

https://jalopnik.com/mid-size-trucks...mes-1785674405
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Tabman10 View Post
Iím generally a Ford guy, but the current Ranger is a dated design compared to some of the newer offerings. Currently, I hear and read very consistently that the Colorado/Canyon trucks are still the trucks to beat. Iím sure thereís a good chance this will change in a 1-2 years, when the real all-new Ranger/Bronco hits the streets.
So in summary...the Ridgeline is not a truck - minivan with the back chopped off, designed for the butch soccer moms.
The Ranger has by far the best powertrain in any of the gas midsize trucks, and IMO makes up for its shortcomings. I leased a 2016 Tacoma and the V6 sucks. The V6 in the Colorado/Canyon is better than the Tacoma, but it still makes power too high in the rev range to be useful in a truck. The torque of a turbo motor is what you want in a truck.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:25 AM
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The Ridgline has the most interior room, almost like a fullsize
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:59 AM
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Originally Posted by FLEC View Post
The Ridgline has the most interior room, almost like a fullsize
cough...BS....cough....
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by acala91 View Post
The Ranger has by far the best powertrain in any of the gas midsize trucks, and IMO makes up for its shortcomings. I leased a 2016 Tacoma and the V6 sucks. The V6 in the Colorado/Canyon is better than the Tacoma, but it still makes power too high in the rev range to be useful in a truck. The torque of a turbo motor is what you want in a truck.
GM recently updated the V6 with a better torque curve. That, plus the 8 speed, makes it a fairly decent tow vehicle when kept within it's limits.

Tacoma is definitely the "weaker" of the midsize offerings, but if you shift it rather than just leave it in drive it becomes a whole different machine.

Ranger might have good torque, but I couldn't accept the sound. It has fake engine noises piped into the interior, and with the window down the exhaust sounds exactly like a Volkswagen Jetta.

I guess I'm either old school or a redneck, but I'll take a V8 over anything else. It can be in the crappiest truck out there, but V8 engine noise and power = my requirement in a truck.
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Didn't read all of the answers but since the newer small pick-ups aren't much smaller than a full size is there really any benefit to downsize?
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Didn't read all of the answers but since the newer small pick-ups aren't much smaller than a full size is there really any benefit to downsize?
There is if you live in a city where parking isn't easy.

I bought a Frontier when I lived in Orlando for that reason, parking a full size is a PITA. I sold it in 2 years because it didn't tow my 21ft bay boat with ttop nearly as good, so lesson learned. If I was towing a smaller bass boat, I would have considered the Frontier the perfect truck for me, so they have their place.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by lazyboi1212 View Post
Ridgeline isn't a Truck. It's unisex, unibody, glorified grocery getter.
Ranger is a Truck. Body on Frame.
OP stated he wanted a truck.
Well then if he wants a real truck why is he looking at Fords? Everyone knows only Chevy makes "real" trucks....

Figured if this thread is going down hill, I'd add some grease.
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Old 10-09-2019, 09:41 AM
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I wasnít impressed with the Ranger in person, especially the interior. They gave me a Colorado V6 loner last time I had my 2018 Duramax in for service. Very nice truck. When I move up to a larger boat in the next year or so and donít have to trailer Iím planning to sell the Duramax and get a Colorado gasser.
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Until they come out with a manual transmission I am sticken with my Sport trac.

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Just, no.

I can deal with the V6 ecoboost sound, maybe, but not this.
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Old 10-09-2019, 11:51 AM
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I am 550 miles into my 4door 4wd short bed ranger. it is a weekend vehicle. I still like it. good gas mileage. I have not towed with it yet (I have to get to 1000 miles first). Rides well. feels light on its feet. quick off the line. Basic interior. some cool tech. I had Tacoma, Colorado, and Ranger on my list. Test drove all of them. I did not like the Tacoma due to gear hunting, weak engine feel and suspension. Off the list. Colorado was a strong contender. Definitely a truck. Lots of truck features. drove like a truck. no complaints. Chose the Ranger over the Colorado due to more comfortable ride/nimbleness and gas mileage/turbo. It was a trade off of truck features or ride/economy. I would have driven the Honda Ridgeline if it had a larger tow rating.
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Old 10-09-2019, 01:33 PM
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Ridgeline in not a framed truck
it's a modified minivan



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Neighbor has one (Ridgeline.) Uses it to haul kayaks and groceries.

Just yesterday I saw him unload a 5-gal air compressor.

Not for me. Maybe make a Ridgeline Si with 400+ HP and then we'd be talking...
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Originally Posted by inboardman View Post
I wasn’t impressed with the Ranger in person, especially the interior. They gave me a Colorado V6 loner last time I had my 2018 Duramax in for service. Very nice truck. When I move up to a larger boat in the next year or so and don’t have to trailer I’m planning to sell the Duramax and get a Colorado gasser.
Every time I drive my son's Colorado v6 8 speed I am impressed, amazed how peppy it is,.. and I drive a 6.2 full size.

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Old 10-09-2019, 05:57 PM
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Even the slight derails are good, All comparisons welcome.
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Originally Posted by Captainbadfinger View Post
Ridgeline in not a framed truck
it's a modified minivan


Bruce & Caitlyn
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Old 10-10-2019, 04:09 AM
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Lmfao
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Originally Posted by Captainbadfinger View Post
Ridgeline in not a framed truck
it's a modified minivan


If your going to make it funny at lest get the right picture. Thatís a pilot. SMH.
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If your going to make it funny at lest get the right picture. Thatís a pilot. SMH.

the pilot is based off their minivan
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