Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevy Colorado: 2019 Truck Comparison Test | Edmunds

Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Tacoma vs. Chevy Colorado: 2019 Truck Comparison Test | Edmunds

last several years, the Toyota Tacoma and
Chevrolet Colorado have dominated the
mid-size pickup market. But we haven’t seen a
Ford Ranger since 2011. But now it’s back. JASON KAVANAGH: And we’ve got
all three pickups here today at the same time, the
same place to find out– where does new Ranger fit in? ELANA SCHERR: But
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your truck buying needs. JASON KAVANAGH: These
trucks are all crew cab 4×4 configurations. We’ve got a Ford Ranger XLT with
the FX4 package, a Chevrolet Colorado Z71, and a Toyota
Tacoma TRD Off-Road. Now, these are affordable
off-road packages and not the top-dog offerings. ELANA SCHERR: You know, I
gotta get in here and say, I like big trucks
and I cannot lie. But I might be willing to
be won over to mid-size. I mean, I get it. It’s a lot more convenient
for daily driving, and hey– if they can play in
the dirt, that’s even better. JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah, and
I’ve got a Le Mans race car I have to tow,
but I live in a city, so I can’t deal with
a full-size pickup. It’s just too big. For me, a mid-size pickup
is the only solution. DAN EDMUNDS: As for
me, I go overlanding, and off-road performance
is really important. I’m willing to put up with a
truck that isn’t perfect Monday through Friday if it does
what I want on the weekend. JASON KAVANAGH: You
might be wondering, where’s the Honda Ridgeline? After all, it’s our
top-ranked mid-size pickup. The reason why is
because it lacks some of the off-road capability
of these other trucks. For example, it doesn’t
have a locking differential, low range, or even
some of the ground clearance of these others. For those reasons, we
parked it for this test. DAN EDMUNDS: This
version of the Tacoma has been around since 2016. It’s available with
a four-cylinder, or what this truck
has– a 3.5-liter V6. It’s pretty much a
4Runner pickup truck. JASON KAVANAGH: The Ranger
is all-new to North America. It’s been sold in its
current form in Australia and other places
for a few years now. The difference is, we
get a unique engine and transmission– an
EcoBoost four-cylinder with a 10-speed automatic. ELANA SCHERR: The current
Colorado dates back to 2015. It’s got kind of a
big truck energy, like a shrunken Silverado. You can get it with a
four-cylinder, or a diesel, or the gasoline V6, which
is what we’re testing. All right, I don’t mean to
make a pun on the Toyota name, but the inside of the Tacoma
is kind of like a toy– in a good way, like one of
those old Playskool cars, where it’s big, chunky
plastic controls, big knobs, and gauges and vents. It’s all really easy
to get to, easy to use. The off-road controls
are all up here, which is fantastic because you
don’t need them when you’re driving around in the city. And they’re easy to get to
and very clear when you’re out in the dirt. There’s a lot of storage in
convenient places for both the driver and the passenger–
very egalitarian in here. I do wish that maybe
instead of 10 cup holders, they’d had two USB
ports– there’s only one. And there’s also no Apple
CarPlay or Android Auto. It’s like, hi– it’s 2019. If you don’t like
that stuff, or you don’t care about
that stuff, you’ll really like the interior
because it’s very friendly, very on-brand for Tacoma. I feel like Toyota
sort of forgot about the comfort of the
passengers in the rear seat when they designed this. You sit up really high. The seats are really flat. And there’s not a
whole lot of leg room and definitely not
a lot of headroom. That might be a little
bit because we’ve got the optional sunroof. But as it sits, I
certainly wouldn’t want to be off-roading
in the back of this. There’s also just not
a lot to do back here. You don’t even have an armrest. As mentioned, you definitely
don’t have a USB port. Mm, you’ve got cup
holders though– six of them. Where the backseat of the
Tacoma really shines though, is in the usability
and flexibility of its in-cab storage. I’m going to show you. There are a couple
of different ways to use the storage back here. First of all, no
matter what you’re doing there’s a 60-40
split in the seat, so you can fold down one and
let someone sit in the other. First is the quick
and dirty way– just fold up the seat bottoms. Gets you a little
more space this way and access to these bins. They’re connected, so you
can put, like, a fishing pole or something in there. To fully use the storage back
here is a little bit more complicated, but I think
you’ll agree it’s worth it. [LATCHING, RATCHETING] Look at this nice,
big, flat shelf. You can put a lot of stuff
here– tie it down, plenty of anchors. Or maybe put a dog bed back here
and take your buddy for a ride. JASON KAVANAGH: The
first thing that jumps out about the Colorado’s
cabin is the sense of space. It’s a pretty roomy cabin. The controls are also
really well-placed. You’ve got big, chunky
knobs, well-labeled buttons, and the infotainment
system is really good, too. It’s got Apple CarPlay, Android
Auto, and four USB ports– two in front, two in rear. And also, it looks like there’s
a lot of in-cabin storage, but it’s kind of misleading. For example, this center
console bin is huge and it holds a ton of stuff. But the downside is, it’s
kind of just a big hole. There’s no storage
organization whatsoever. And you look at
the door pockets– it looks like you’ve got three
places to store stuff there. But really, they’re small
and they’re hard plastic, so if you put anything
in them, they’re just going to rattle
around and make noise. So from a functionality
standpoint, the Colorado’s cabin
is kind of a mixed bag. Like the front seat,
the Colorado’s backseat is pretty wide. And you could fit three
people across back here, and the person in
the middle is not going to hate you afterward. When they’re not there, the
center armrest folds down and there are two pretty
big cup holders here. Backseat passengers will
also appreciate that there’s a 12-volt Power Point. And did I mention
those two USBs? One thing we noticed is,
you’ve got to be a little bit careful getting in and
out of the back seat because it’s easy
to catch your toes. But on the plus side, you’ve got
a couple of different options when it comes to in-cab storage. The backseat is split 60-40. The seat bottom
folds up like this to reveal some in-cab storage. Alternatively, you can
flip the backrest down, and that’s super easy. Boom. The only downside is this
stack height is pretty high. But overall, this
is simple and easy. DAN EDMUNDS: Here in
the Ranger, there’s no mistaking you’re
in a Ford truck. And it’s really spacious, too. And I like the fact that it’s
got Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and four USB ports. And the controls are
mostly really near at hand and easy to figure out. But there are some
exceptions– these HVAC controls are
lookalike, and tiny, and hard to see in low light. The four-wheel drive control
could use a little hash mark to tell me which one
it’s in because I have to shade it to see if
there’s a lot of sunlight here. And this touchscreen needs
a shortcut button or two as you have to do everything
on the touchscreen. As for the storage, there’s
a couple of cup holders but not much else. This armrest is only really
good on the driver’s side. The passenger– they
don’t get anything. Overall, the new Ranger feels
like a Ford truck, just not a very new one. And that’s because
it really isn’t. Here in the backseat
of the Ranger, things are a little
bit tight for me. My headroom’s OK, but my knees
are jammed up against the seat here. And the rear seat back angle
is a little bit vertical– not too bad, though. Rear seat is cushioned well. But what I really like are
there are two USBs back here and a 110 outlet and
a little shelf for a phone. And there’s also
a center armrest that you can fold down to
reveal a couple of cup holders. But let’s take a look
at the in-cab storage. You’ve heard of 60-40
split rear seats. How about 100-0? In this truck, you can’t
have three people in this cab and carry cargo. It’s all or nothing. And here it’s really
kind of lumpy. I don’t think your pet’s
going to want to lay on this. This isn’t too good. Let’s see what happens
when we fold the seat back. Fold these here and
that’s as far as it goes. This is not a package platform. It’s just access for the jack. I expected more, frankly. They may have optimized
this for the US market, but they didn’t spend
much time back here. For many people, these trucks
are a means to an end– a way to haul their toys
out of town for the weekend. If only we had a dirt bike. [WHOOSHING, ENGINE REVVING] Whoa! Check it out. Let’s get it in the trucks. The dirt bike fit in all
three trucks with no problem. The differences between them
were the tie-downs, features, and bed construction,
rather than the size. ELANA SCHERR: The Tacoma
is the best equipped in the bed department
and it all comes standard on this trim level. No need for an expensive
spray-in liner here. Toyota uses a composite bed. It’s molded to include
110 outlet, two storage compartments, and
two-tier loading. You can throw a couple
of 2x6s in the notches, and then throw a
sheet of plywood across to make a second shelf. There are plenty of
places to strap stuff down with six tie-downs
and four movable cleats. Other conveniences include a
damped locking tailgate, a bed light, and a step-down bumper. For me, the best thing about the
Tacoma is the lower bedsides. Look, I can reach the D-rings. JASON KAVANAGH: The Ranger’s
bed is pretty basic. It has six fixed
tie-down points, an optional spray-in bed liner. But what it doesn’t have is
two-tiered loading or even a damped tailgate. What the Ranger does have that
the others don’t– a tailgate that locks and unlocks
with the key fob. DAN EDMUNDS: There’s not
a lot to the Chevy’s bed. It’s a basic steel box,
has pretty tall sides. It doesn’t come with
a bed liner unless you opt for a spray-in one
like this truck has. It’s only got four
tie-downs even though you can add more using
these optional holes here. It’s got a damped tailgate,
and it locks, but with a key. But the thing I really like
is this corner bed step and the handhold
that goes with it. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: Dan, when
we were driving earlier, you pointed out something
to me about Ranger. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh, yeah– Ranger. You can chop letters off and
it keeps spelling a word. Ranger– range– rang– ran– Ra– r. JASON KAVANAGH: Anger. DAN EDMUNDS: Anger–
take the front one off and spell something too. ELANA SCHERR: So, guys– it’s not that
common that you get carsick in the driver’s seat– DAN EDMUNDS: [LAUGHING] Right. ELANA SCHERR:
–but somehow, Ford has managed to make that
possible in this truck. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah. This front end floats
around quite a bit. And there’s a
little bit of pitch too– more than I
would have expected. JASON KAVANAGH: It’s
not confidence-inspiring in terms of ride quality. It just doesn’t feel like
there’s a lot of control. ELANA SCHERR: No, it’s enough
that I’m actually a little bit anxious going around corners. I mean, it’s the kind
of handling you’d expect from, say, a ’70s sedan. DAN EDMUNDS: I feel
differently about the handling. I think this thing
goes straight nicely, and it goes around
corners pretty well unless you hit a bump in
the middle of the corner. But my biggest problem
with the handling is there’s no feel
through the steering. In other words, as the tires are
loading up, you don’t feel it. So you don’t have no confidence. But it’s actually
tracked pretty well. ELANA SCHERR: You don’t
have no confidence? DAN EDMUNDS: I have confidence. Well, maybe I don’t. JASON KAVANAGH:
Yeah, I’m with Dan. The front end–
it feels too soft and the steering is
too numb and too light. ELANA SCHERR: The
engine and trans combo are the best thing
about this truck– super fun, super fast. This engine doesn’t have the
most horsepower, numbers-wise, but it definitely has
the best response, and it does have
the most torque. DAN EDMUNDS: It has
plenty of punch. And it gets off the
line really well. And the transmission
seems to– hey, now you’re just showing off. ELANA SCHERR: [LAUGHING] Well,
why wouldn’t you, because– DAN EDMUNDS: Right. ELANA SCHERR: –I
agree with you. It’s got– it’s the most fun,
in terms of acceleration. And it also sounds the best,
which is sort of a surprise. JASON KAVANAGH: It’s
also really quiet, too. But you’re right– you’ve
got that wall of torque, which is great for any
kind of passing maneuver. The only thing I’d
say is in D, it tends to favor the higher
gears and the revs are too low, and then it’s constantly
having to downshift. But if you put it in S,
it transforms that driving experience. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, I think
that makes sense, though. D for fuel economy and S
for having a little fun. ELANA SCHERR: The
seats are adjustable, but they could use, like, a
couple of notches in between where they are, especially in
the angling of the back seat. I don’t feel like it’s
super comfortable. DAN EDMUNDS: Well,
this is the XLT with the basic mechanical seats. There’s an upgrade
package that will give you power seats with finer control. ELANA SCHERR: Oh,
that would be nice. DAN EDMUNDS: And then the Lariat
is the same, but with leather. ELANA SCHERR: Oh yeah,
how is it back there? JASON KAVANAGH: Well,
with this seat the way it is for you, Elana, I’ve
got plenty of leg room. And even Dan, who’s 6’9″– [LAUGHTER] ELANA SCHERR: At least. JASON KAVANAGH: I’ve got– I’ve got knee room right now,
so it’s not terrible right now. Dan, is that chair
in a spot– seat in a spot where you’d
be happy on a long trip? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah I could be. I’d probably put it
back a little bit more, but I wouldn’t have to. And by the way, I’m 5’14”, OK? Just for the record. ELANA SCHERR: That’s
a lot of math. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: The
thing that stands out about this truck
to me the most is– nothing stands out that much. I mean, it’s pretty
well-rounded. I like the way it rides. I like the way it steers. It feels pretty civilized. JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah I agree. The drive quality, especially,
is the most tied-down, the most sorted of the bunch. It just feels cooperative
and confidence-inspiring. ELANA SCHERR: You
could go and just do whatever fun thing you
wanted to go do in your truck and not spend any time
worrying about any of the elements of driving
to go do that thing. Or just, like, around
town, you know, running errands, or,
like, even date night. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, which is
going to be most of the time. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah, ‘cos
you go on so many dates. DAN EDMUNDS: I meant around
town running errands– Home Depot, usually. JASON KAVANAGH: It’s
pretty quiet overall. I mean, you think about
road noise, wind noise, engine noise. All of these are
pretty well suppressed. ELANA SCHERR: Yeah,
it’s silent in here. Like, I’m glad you’re
not eating snacks because I would
hear every crunch and I’d be all
irritated with you. DAN EDMUNDS: The seats
feel a little bit small and a little bit firm, but– JASON KAVANAGH: Well, that
works for me, especially. I’m a narrow guy, pretty slim. So the seats actually
worked in my favor. DAN EDMUNDS: Well,
about three years ago, I weighed about 40 more
pounds than I do now. And then I thought that
seats were tiny and terrible, but now that I’ve
lost a little weight, I actually like them better. JASON KAVANAGH: Now
you’re in my camp. All right. ELANA SCHERR:
Bragging skinny guys. DAN EDMUNDS: Another
thing I liked about the Colorado that goes
along with everything else– just the overall competence–
is the brake pedal. It feels nice and firm. You get good
response out of it– easy modulation– it
just feels real natural. JASON KAVANAGH:
Powertrain-wise, we’ve got a V6, normally aspirated,
and an 8-speed automatic. Guys, what do you think? DAN EDMUNDS: I think
it’s just about right. I mean, eight seems
to be enough gears. And this engine doesn’t have
the most torque in the world but has good power, and
I don’t find it lacking. JASON KAVANAGH: And definitely,
I think, that Colorado has the best on-road
manners of the bunch. I’m really curious to see how
it stacks up off-road being that, you’re right, it doesn’t
have a locking differential or different terrain condition
response stability control settings– that kind of thing. So we’ll see. DAN EDMUNDS: The
thing that stands out about the Colorado is
nothing stands out very much. There’s nothing here
that I don’t like. It’s got great
steering, handling, and it goes down
the road smoothly. The damping seems about right
over big bumps and small alike. You know, I could spend a lot of
time behind the wheel in this. No real weak points to speak of. ELANA SCHERR: Said the driver. JASON KAVANAGH: Hey-o. [LAUGHTER] ELANA SCHERR: I’m just kidding. DAN EDMUNDS: I could use
a new passenger, too. ELANA SCHERR: That
was really mean. Jay is doing a good job. JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah,
why you gotta bag on me? I’m just sitting here. [MUSIC PLAYING] [CLUNKING] ELANA SCHERR: Oof. DAN EDMUNDS: Oh. Ow. ELANA SCHERR: You OK? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
what was that? ELANA SCHERR: That
was an attempt to not be quite so
straight up and down, but I didn’t realize that your
knees were where they are. JASON KAVANAGH:
All right, out here on the pavement in the Tacoma– this feels like the oldest truck
here for a number of reasons. But the one that sticks out
the most is the powertrain. The transmission always seems
to be in way too high a gear, and there’s not enough torque
down low for the engine to be able to pull that gear. So that’s the first thing
that jumps out to me. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, it keeps
changing its mind, you know. It dithers between
one gear and the next at the slightest provocation. JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah,
it’s a modern powertrain, but it feels like
an old powertrain. The engine’s loud. There’s a lot of road noise. And the steering, too– it’s really slow steering
that has, actually, some feel. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah,
I do like that. JASON KAVANAGH: But it’s
also weighted indifferently. So the steering just kind of
doesn’t work for me either. ELANA SCHERR: I hate
a steering wheel that doesn’t care about you. JASON KAVANAGH: Right? DAN EDMUNDS: It
just feels the most like a truck of any of the– JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah, this is
the “truck-iest”, definitely. DAN EDMUNDS: It’s
the truck-iest one. JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah, although I
do prefer the ride quality here to what we had in the Ranger. ELANA SCHERR: No barfing. JASON KAVANAGH:
A barf-free zone. Yeah, let’s talk
driving position too. The floor in the Tacoma is
much closer to your butt than in the other trucks, so
you have this legs-out driving position. The greenhouse in the Tacoma
also is shorter than the rest as a consequence of the
floor being raised up. And also, did you guys
notice the steering wheel telescopes, like, maybe
an inch, inch and a half? DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, I need
another inch, inch and a half. ELANA SCHERR: So the floor’s
up and that’s actually what gives us all of the– all the clearance
underneath that Dan’s so happy about
off-road though, right? DAN EDMUNDS: Right. It’s a compromise Toyota
was willing to make. JASON KAVANAGH: Yeah,
the Tacoma definitely has more off-road inherent
goodness baked in, so I’m curious to see
how that pans out. ELANA SCHERR: I gotta say,
and this sounds sort of mean, but I almost feel like
we’ve gone back in time and are doing reviews of all
three trucks from like four, even six years ago. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, this
truck was redesigned in 2016. But its bones date
back beyond that. The Colorado’s a
fewer years old. And the Ranger, you know,
has been in a similar form in Australia back to 2011. So none of them are all-new. JASON KAVANAGH:
To me, the Tacoma feels like the oldest
truck of the bunch, and there’s a number
of reasons why. The steering is another
one I’m not crazy about it. It does have feel,
but the weighting is sort of indifferent and
the steering ratio is slow. So if you’re in a
parking lot situation, you’re just putting armful
after armful of steering input into this thing. DAN EDMUNDS: The brake pedal– JASON KAVANAGH: Oh. DAN EDMUNDS: –I noticed
that it has good braking, but it’s kind of really
hard to modulate smoothly. It’s kind of like
grabby and inconsistent as you put on the brakes. JASON KAVANAGH: In
summary, the Tacoma feels the truck-iest
of the bunch, which can be good and bad. ELANA SCHERR: There’s nothing
sophisticated about the Tacoma, but it does feel like it
was designed for something. I’m gonna find out
what that thing is. DAN EDMUNDS: Yeah, and I feel
like whatever it’s doing, it’s doing it on purpose. [MUSIC PLAYING] JASON KAVANAGH: We just
moved from the pavement in our off-road-oriented
trucks on to the first couple of miles of our trail. And Elana, what were
your impressions? ELANA SCHERR: Well, all of the
trucks made it, no problem. But they felt very different
as you were in the cab. I think it’s
probably easiest if I describe that in a sort
of interpretive dance. So first, the Ford Ranger– DAN EDMUNDS: Pretty much. ELANA SCHERR: Like a dolphin. The Toyota– sort of
jittery, but very stable. The Colorado– in
between the two. A lot of up and down,
but again, very stable. JASON KAVANAGH: Dan,
what do you think? DAN EDMUNDS: Well, the
Toyota is the only one with push-button start. That doesn’t sound like
an off-road feature, but there were no
keys to the knees– big difference. JASON KAVANAGH:
Yeah, definitely. The Tacoma, so far, feels
like it’s the most capable and the Ranger– kind of squishy. The Colorado is kind of
someplace in between. Well, the more aggressive and
harder terrain is yet to come, so we’re going to hit the trail. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: So, unlike
Dan, who does this, sort of, big, rocky, dirt
trail driving for fun, I usually only end up on this
kind of road by accident. Weet. Oh. [GASPS] I have no
idea what I’m doing, and yet, the truck seems to
just, kind of, keep going. I made it all the
way up the hill in 4-High, like, I
never had to use 4-Low. But I’m going to put it
into 4-Low for the way down, partially just so I
know how to do it, and also because then I can
use the gearing of the truck to slow me down, rather than
sort of riding the brakes all the way down. The thing that’s
making the Tacoma so forgiving of my
inexperience off road is that as long as I
don’t drive it directly into a ditch or a giant
rock, it has enough articulation that the
suspension will move around– drop into the
hole, or whatever– without bringing the
tires up off the ground, and so I still have traction. And then I can just drive
myself out of a problem. [RATTLING] Whoop. [LAUGHING] Or into a bush. Maybe I’ll start doing
like Dan and looking for these roads on purpose. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: This
is pretty cool. The map database knows
which trail we’re on, and I’m on a trail that
is a black diamond trail. So far it’s not black diamond. I’m still in high range. Four-wheel drive, of course. All right, I think this is
where I put it into low range. Well, let’s see how it goes. [GRINDING] Uh oh. I think I’m teetering
on two wheels. All right, let’s try
putting it in low range now. It’s not doing it. All right, AdvanceTrac off. Low range engaged. Back to drive. Did that help? No. It looks like I’m going to have
to lock the rear differential. So push the rear
diff lock button– and it’s locked– and
forward momentum restored. Straddle the V and
go for the rock. That wasn’t much
of a frame twist area that would get that
wheel that far off the ground. That’s surprising. Yeah, looks like we’re going to
get more of the same up here. Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoo
hoo-hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo. Now, we’ve got the
wheel up in the air. I want to see this. Excuse me while I open the door. [CHIMING] Oh, yeah. About six inches. You know what I didn’t
like is that somewhere in there, this
thing automatically shifted from 4-Low to 4-High. So I came down that
section in 4-High, and I never made that choice. That’s terrible. I was going too fast. I wasn’t able to use the
transmission to slow me down. If it goes into 4-High,
it’s because I put it there, not because the truck did. Bogus. [MUSIC PLAYING] JASON KAVANAGH: I’ll go for
those bumps on top of him. Straddle this crack. Oh, oh, oh. A little momentum goes
a long way sometimes. That noise you hear is
the key bouncing around. We’re just kind of
walking over these rocks. Traction control’s
grabbing us a little bit, but it’s still
going up the hill. Get my tire on that big,
giant boulder in front of us. Get a little bit of speed going. There we go. And it’s just doing it. It’s just going up the hill. All right. So we’re just making our
way down in low range still. It hasn’t automatically shifted
itself into anything else. So it’s very faithfully
responding to my commands. So even though the
Colorado doesn’t have a locking
rear differential, it made it through the spot
that the Ranger got stuck in. Its hood is pretty broad and
it can be hard to see over it. [MUSIC PLAYING] JASON KAVANAGH: I took
the Colorado off-road, and it did better
off-road than I expected. However, there’s something
missing from this Colorado. This thing is the
air dam that goes underneath the front bumper. If we left it on, we would
have tore that thing off within 10 feet. If you want to take
your Colorado off-road, you’re taking off the air dam. ELANA SCHERR: I was actually
a little bit nervous about taking my turn
behind the wheel. I actually made Dan give me
a little bit of direction. So we get up to
the top, and he’s like, all right, we’re done. Turn around. I was like, we’re
still in 4-High. Aren’t we supposed
to be in 4-Low? He’s like, you didn’t
need any of them because you never even
lifted a wheel up. I’m really ready to go
straight up a mountain, as long as it’s in a Tacoma. DAN EDMUNDS: The trail
wasn’t even that difficult and I was lifting
wheels off the ground. The traction control
doesn’t really offer any help in low range. So then I was forced to
lock the differential. And I don’t think
you should have to do it on a trail that’s
pretty much moderate, not really that difficult.
It really needs more. [MUSIC PLAYING] ELANA SCHERR: If this was
just an off-road test, we’d have a unanimous winner. We all loved the Toyota
Tacoma on the trail. It was really good. JASON KAVANAGH:
But this isn’t just a test of off-road ability. We’re looking for the
truck that is best on-road and also has moderate
off-road ability. That decision was
unanimous, as well. The Chevy Colorado is
our overall winner. [MUSIC PLAYING] DAN EDMUNDS: So where does
that leave the Ranger? After all, that’s
the question we wanted to answer when we
started this whole test. Well, it was a split
decision, 2 to 1– Colorado first, Tacoma
second, and the Ranger bringing up the rear. ELANA SCHERR: We’re really
happy to see the Ranger back on the market. I mean, the more
competition, the better. But for now, out of
these three, it’s third. DAN EDMUNDS: I mean, what
was up with that, Jay? It rides like a pogo stick. It won’t stay in low range. The backseat is just awful– JASON KAVANAGH: I
heard this enough. I’m done. DAN EDMUNDS: [GRUNTING] JASON KAVANAGH: There’s a
lot more than just this video if you head to Edmunds. You’ll find pricing,
features, ratings, and reviews on all three of these trucks. And if you want to see
more videos, subscribe. [MUSIC PLAYING]

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. This has to be the worst "review" I've ever seen. My first and last time watching something from Edmunds. They failed to clarify the Colorado does come with FRONT and REAR lockers, if you get that package or option. Also something that baffles me, they will drive an FX4 model Ranger with a rear locker, Fords off-road version of the Ranger… a TRD which is ONE of two Toyota's off-road versions of the Tacoma but they don't drive the ZR2, one of Chevy's off-road version of the truck which just happens to come with both a front and rear locker. This video is like comparing a VW Jetta to a MB S550. It's just not apples to apples. It looks like something they would have turned in to a professor for a class project, and failed.

  2. North American Tacoma is a shame and no were to be like the original Toyota midsize truck like the Toyota HILUX it will fall short of it, shame the u.s. still wont allow that truck back in again due to the chicken tax.

  3. A BIG reason the testers stated the Tacoma ride is "Jittery" is due to the flimsy stock shackle hangers. Archive Garage Hammer hangers replace those and deliver a nice ride improvement and big boost in durability for offroad use.

  4. This is actually realistic. People look at ford Raptors and ram rebels and cant afford em. The full size trucks are never used to full potential.

  5. who are these people and their ratings? USB and storage their biggest concern! Funny. its transportation, ride comfort to and from work. want off road get a K5 blazer or a Ramcharger

  6. Plenty of experience with plenty of Rangers and I absolutely hate them, they are garbage!
    Secondly the new ones cost almost as much as anF1 50. It’s not really new Ford is just marketing it that way. The fit the ergonomics the ride quality the lack of traction. ☹️

  7. I drove all three and ended up buying a new Colorado Z71 4WD. The Tacoma is a great truck but I hated the seating position with legs straight out and its driving dynamics are subpar compared to the Colorado including its grabby brakes. The only thing I liked about the Ranger was the turbo power, but in reality it's no quicker than the Colorado. Kudos to Toyota for the push button start because that is a great feature on a very antiquated truck.
    My business partner has a 2016 Colorado Z71 4 wheel drive with 136,000 miles and hasn't had to do anything other than scheduled maintenance so that played a part in my decision.

  8. just throw in 30 USB ports and storage. Throw 40 more in the bed. USBS! Also they speak like they never dailied a Ford.

  9. They said that the Colorado doesn't have a locking rear differential, but it does. It has an Eaton G80 locker in the rear.

  10. The Tacoma is stiff and uncomfortable, most expensive, drive like a buckboard but only loses 28% over 3 years. The ford handles great and is super comfortable, best in class fuel mileage and just feels, better, it is holding its value better so far.. Colorado lose 51% of its value over 3 years, is uncomfortable, and bores.

  11. If I was over six ft tall I’d buy a full size truck anyway. Most guys would throw their tools or their kids in back

  12. You having issues with the Ranger off road, has more to do with the drivers. Two of them are clueless when driving off road, like who in their right mind crosses their arms like that while driving on trails. I've had my Ranger all over and haven't had any problems, let alone it changing from 4L to 4H on me.

  13. Ford Ranger for the win… Faster than these other two on the street by alot… they didn't talk about that at all. Ford ranger crawl control is much better than toyota's in my experience too.

  14. Thank you for giving us honest reviews. I can always trust your family to give us the truth. Other sites trying to lead you to make you think their trucks are better . You're not trying to sell any of these . You tell us to 100% facts and we make our decision based on what we want . Thank you !

  15. Ford Ranger has dominated every Test Against Toyota  Tacoma on youtube,…..Towing, Braking, Acceleration, Interior Comfort and quality and yes off roading.  Ford Ranger is a better more refined truck.

  16. The Colorado has Chevy's G80 automatic locking rear differential. Did these guys do any research prior to making this video?

  17. Ironically the thrill seeking millenials that will be buying these trucks are 180°from these hipster boomers reviewing them. What was Edmunds thinking?‍♂️.

  18. This is if your in-laws did vehicle reviews…LMAO… Tacoma longevity and resale, coupled with aftermarket goodies make it the clear winner for the whiners….

  19. Check out the GM 3.6 engine problems with timing chains,and what about Ford Ranger 2.3 engine for that huge truck towing 7 or 8,000 pounds?I would pick that proven 4.0 Taco any time, or wait..Colorados also come with the Isuzu Turbo Diesel engine,now we are talking..

  20. I'd never put my faith in a GM vehicle if it was made after '06. QA went downhill and never recovered. Tacomas are great but they feel like an old outdated truck. Drum brakes in 2019, no android auto or car play, and lack of usb ports. This is fine if you want a wheeler but for day to day it sucks.

  21. IMO these trucks are bought 90% for trips to HD or Lowes. If you want a true off road truck buy a Jeep, for HD towing a Ford Superduty Did GM sponsor this video? BTW if you're going off road why would you not lock the rear diff immediately.

  22. Every truck review I watch seems to dwell on Storage ,, come on guys that is what attics and basements are for .. Gotta cup holder ? Ok were good

  23. Edmunds review cars for the general population. They test the cars more towards everyday use, not for the 1% that would thrash the hell out of their cars. Everyone is missing the point of how they review the cars. Stop complaining like little bitches.

  24. I drove a ranger for the first time today and I wasn't impressed. My money is on the Mitsubishi triton Toby Price edition.

  25. Might as well have thrown in the Ridgeline. Clear winner on road, Ridgeline. Clear winner off-road, Tacoma. Clear winner compromise, Colorado.

  26. They always leave out the Canyon. The GM truck that actually looks like a truck instead of a Camaro. Canyon is nicer too. Ridgeline is a suv with a bed not a truck. Ranger is an 8 year old truck with a new engine. Toyota looks the best but could use a few tweaks.

  27. We just bought a new 2019 Ranger, Test drove all 3. Tacoma was never in the running . Colorado was tied with the Ranger but Ford had much better incentives at the time. Invoice price then the incentives subtracted from that. Happy with the Ranger XLT with 302A option package, 8 way electric adjustable front seats, driver and passenger.

  28. Very biased. I have a 2019 ford ranger lariat and it is so much better than a Colorado. It does not ride like a pogo stick.. very weird review

  29. In real life experience (long term use in Southeast Asia) Ford Ranger has front drive train broken shaft due to made of aluminum alloy; Chevy's problems mainly are electrical ones: can't start, certainly died…. Toyota Hilux so far the best work horse!

  30. I have been a subscriber for a while…generally in agreement…but this test….Yeah, the Ford and that back seat? But, I don't know, the Tacoma would have been the last choice….don't agree with you all on this one.

  31. Good vídeo, but i had to watch 2 times to understand everything. Try to speak slowly, you have some no English native language viewers.

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