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2019 Ford Ranger Boasts Best-In-Class Fuel Economy

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Midsize trucks will always be more efficient than larger ones.

Automakers are taking great strides to make their full-size pickups more fuel efficient. Like the Ford F-150, with its EcoBoost engine and aluminum body shell. But there's no getting around the fact that smaller trucks will inherently be more economical. And the Ranger is the most fuel-efficient of them all.

As we expected, the new 2019 Ford Ranger arrives as "the most fuel-efficient gas-powered midsize pickup in America." With EPA ratings now released, Dearborn's midsize truck achieves 21 mpg in the city, 26 on the highway, and 23 on the combined cycle.

Those figures are for the two-wheel-drive model. Go for the 4x4 and you'll take a slight penalty at 20 mpg city, 24 highway, and 22 combined. (That's just a single mile less on the city and combined cycles, and two on the highway.)

"Midsize truck customers have been asking for a pickup that's Built Ford Tough," said Ford truck marketing manager Todd Eckert. "And Ranger will deliver with durability, capability and fuel efficiency, while also providing in-city maneuverability and the freedom desired by many midsize pickup truck buyers to go off the grid."

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The achievement comes down in no small part to the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four and its ten-speed automatic transmission, delivering 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. The manufacturer claims that as the most torque in its class, beating six-cylinder competitors, and with the highest towing capacity to boot: "properly equipped" with the available tow package, the Ranger will pull 7,500 pounds on a trailer, with a maximum payload of 1,860 lbs. Deliveries begin next month, with prices starting at $27,940 in base trim and topping out at $38,385 for the Lariat 4x4.