Ford Ranger Vs. GMC Canyon: Familiar Foes Face Off

By Justin Cupler | March 10th, 2019

The midsize truck segment has exploded as of late, and new models seem to debut every few years. One of the newest additions to the segment is the return of one of the original midsize pickups, the Ford Ranger. The 2019 Ford Ranger finds itself in a tight battle against a familiar face, the 2019 GMC Canyon, to earn the favor of our Jacksonville area truck shoppers.

How do these two midsize pickups stack up? Find out below.

Exterior

The Ford Ranger is all-new for 2019, so it boasts the latest and greatest looks in the midsize pickup segment. While its looks are not overly pickup-like thanks to its rounded nose, it is modern and pleasing to the eye. And as you move up through the trim levels, the Ranger gains premium features and even more style thanks to its upgraded wheels and additional chrome and body-color bits.

The GMC Canyon returned to the scene in 2015 with an all-new look and powertrains. Unlike the Ranger, the Canyon’s upright grille and blockier design made it look like a downsized GMC Sierra 1500. This design remains the same all the way through 2019.

 

The 2019 Ford Ranger comes as either a SuperCab with a long bed or a SuperCrew cab with a short bed. The Ranger is 210.8 inches long, 73.3 inches wide, and 70.7 to 71.5 inches tall. It rides on a 126.8-inch wheelbase and weighs 4,232 to 4,441 pounds.

 

The 2019 GMC Canyon has three body-and-cab formats: Extended Cab with a long bed, Crew Cab with a long bed, and Crew Cab with a short bed. This leads to a little more variation in size relative to the Ranger. The Canyon is 212.4 to 224.6 inches long, 74.3 inches wide, and 70.3 to 70.7 inches tall. It rides on a 128.3- to 140.5-inch wheelbase and weighs 3,922 to 4,508 pounds.

 

Folks buy pickup trucks for what? Their beds, right? The Ranger’s bed is 44.8 inches wide and 61.7 to 74 inches long. This allows it to haul 43.3 to 51.8 cubic feet of cargo. The Canyon’s bed is 44.4 inches wide and 61 to 72.9 inches long. GMC has not released the Canyon’s cargo volume.

Advantage: 2019 Ford Ranger

  • Newest take on the midsize pickup
  • Smaller footprint
  • Longer bed

Advantage: 2019 GMC Canyon

  • More truck-like design
  • Fancy Denali trim

Interior

 

The majority of the Ranger and Canyon lineups are fairly simple with a delicate mixture of rugged pickup and easy-to-drive crossover. When you get into the range-topping Canyon Denali, the GMC moves close to being a luxury pickup with its premium leather upholstery, ventilated seats, navigation, Bose audio system, and more.  

 

In terms of tech, the 2019 Canyon and 2019 Ranger offer similar features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE Wi-Fi, 8-inch touchscreens, and more. The Ranger gets a victory in the safety department with its available automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and more. The Canyon offers only limited safety features in the forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning in the range-topping Denali trim.

In its front seats, the entire 2019 Ranger lineup offers 39.8 inches of headroom, 43.1 inches of legroom, 56.7 inches of shoulder room, and 55.8 inches of hip room. The 2019 GMC Canyon’s front seats offer an extra 1.6 inches of headroom, 1.9 inches of legroom, and 0.8 inches of shoulder room, but they come up short in hip room by 0.8 inches.

In its rear seats, the 2019 Ranger SuperCab has 35.9 inches of headroom, 30.4 inches of legroom, 55.2 inches of shoulder room, and 55.3 inches of hip room. The equivalent of the Ranger SuperCab is the Canyon Extended Cab, and its rear seats offer 36.7 inches of headroom, 28.6 inches of legroom, 57.3 inches of shoulder room, and 52.2 inches of hip room.

 

The largest of the Ranger interiors comes as the SuperCrew model. It offers 38.3 inches of headroom, 34.5 inches of legroom, 56.3 inches of shoulder room, and 53.5 inches of hip room. The Canyon Crew Cab offers 38.3 inches of headroom, 35.8 inches of legroom, 56.2 inches of shoulder room, and 53.3 inches of hip room.

Advantage: 2019 Ford Ranger

  • Loads of safety features
  • More rear legroom

Advantage: 2019 GMC Canyon

  • Wider rear seat
  • Premium Denali model

Performance

The 2019 Ford Ranger has a simple powertrain lineup that includes just one engine and one transmission: a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque that mates with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The only option is between rear- pr four-wheel drive.

The GMC Canyon has three engine options, starting with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 191 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Buyers can pair this engine with rear- or four-wheel drive.

In the middle of the range is a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that cranks out 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can set this engine up with rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.

 

Topping the range is a 2.8-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine that produces 186 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.

 

While towing may not be as big of a deal for midsize pickups as it is for full-size models, the Ranger and Canyon deliver in this area. The 2019 Ranger can tow 7,500 pounds across the board, and the Canyon can tow up to 7,700 pounds with the optional diesel engine.

 

Like towing, payload capacity isn’t a huge deal in the midsize truck segment, but it can play a role in the buying process. The Ranger can haul 1,560 to 1,860 pounds, while the Canyon comes up a little light at 1,459 to 1,605 pounds.

 

The 2019 Ford Ranger is the most fuel efficient gasoline-fueled pickup in the U.S. with its up to 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined. The Canyon isn’t far behind with its 2.5-liter engine delivering up to 20 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined. Its V-6 engine delivers up to 18 mpg city, 25 highway, and 20 combined. The Colorado with the diesel engine delivers a strong performance at up to 20 mpg city, 30 highway, and 23 combined.

 

Both these pickups have off-road credentials. The Ranger has the FX4 Off-Road package that adds an off-road-tuned suspension, 17-inch off-road tires, an electronic-locking rear differential, exposed tow hooks, a steel bash plate, the Terrain Management System, Trail Control, and more. The Canyon All Terrain matches this package with its hill-descent control, off-road suspension, and transfer case shield.

 

Advantage: 2019 Ford Ranger

  • Potent standard four-cylinder engine
  • Modern 10-speed automatic
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Big standard towing

Advantage: 2019 GMC Canyon

  • Torque-heavy diesel engine
  • Higher peak towing
  • 30 mpg highway with diesel engine

Pricing and Features

The 2019 Ford Ranger comes in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Their starting prices range from $24,300 to $32,200.

 

The 2019 GMC Canyon’s lineup includes six trim levels — SL, Canyon, SLE, All Terrain, SLT, and Denali. These trims’ starting prices range from $23,295 to $41,495.

2019 Ford Ranger Key Features and Pricing by Trim

XL: $24,300

  • 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Auto-stop/start engine
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electric power steering
  • Trailer-sway control
  • Four-pin trailer-wiring provisions
  • Ball-mount provisions in rear bumper
  • 16-inch silver-painted steel wheels
  • Automatic-on/off halogen headlights
  • Black-painted steel bumpers
  • Cargo light
  • Daytime running lights
  • Six cargo tie-down hooks
  • Black door handles
  • Black-painted manual mirrors
  • Black wheel-lip moldings
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Power windows with one-touch up/down driver’s side
  • Single-zone manual climate control
  • 2.3-inch driver-information screen
  • Black vinyl flooring
  • Intermittent windshield wipers
  • Power door locks
  • Ford MyKey
  • Outside temperature display
  • Two front and one rear 12-volt power outlet
  • Black urethane steering wheel
  • Manual tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-speaker AM/FM audio system
  • FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • SYNC
  • AppLink
  • Smart-charging USB port
  • Four-way manual seats
  • Rearview camera
  • Curve Control
  • Automatic emergency braking

 

XLT: $27,940

  • All XL features, plus
  • 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Body-color bumpers
  • Halogen fog lights
  • Carbon Black mesh grille insert with silver surround
  • Two front tow hooks
  • Power mirrors
  • Power-locking tailgate
  • Body-color wheel-lip moldings
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear 110-volt power outlet
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • Color-coordinated carpet with floor mats
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless entry with auto lock
  • Flip-up rear seats (SuperCrew) with underseat storage
  • Anti-theft alarm
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Forward and reverse parking sensors

 

Lariat: $32,210

  • All XLT features, plus
  • 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with Stealth Gray pockets
  • LED cargo light
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED fog lights
  • Chrome grille bars and grille surround
  • Body-color door handles
  • Power-folding mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Body-color mirrors
  • Sliding rear glass
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Dual 4.2-inch driver-information center screens
  • Ambient lighting
  • Nubuck-edged floor mats with Ranger logo
  • Overhead console
  • Keyless unlock and ignition
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • SYNC 3 infotainment system
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Leather seating
  • Eight-way power front seats
  • Heated front seats

2019 GMC Canyon Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SL: $23,295

  • Extended Cab body
  • 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes
  • Electric power steering
  • Electronic traction control
  • 16-inch Ultra Silver cast-aluminum wheels
  • Black belt-line moldings
  • Black door handles
  • Black mirrors
  • Black tailgate handle
  • Cab-mounted cargo light
  • Chrome rear bumper
  • CornerStep rear bumper
  • Daytime running lights
  • Halogen projector-beam headlights with LED signatures
  • Two-way manual passenger’s seat
  • Four-way manual driver’s seat
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver-information center
  • 7-inch GMC Infotainment System
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • AM/FM six-speaker audio system
  • Black interior door handles
  • Front center console with USB ports
  • Tilt steering
  • Power door locks
  • Power windows with driver’s one-touch up/down
  • Vinyl flooring
  • Vinyl seating
  • Rearview camera
  • Teen Driver

 

Canyon: $26,795

  • All SL features, plus
  • Carpeted flooring
  • Dual rear seats with underseat storage
  • Carpeted floor mats
  • Cloth seating

 

SLE: $30,095

  • 17-inch Bright Silver cast-aluminum wheels
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color heated mirrors
  • Chrome belt-line moldings
  • EZ-lift and lower tailgate
  • Fog lights
  • Spotter mirror
  • 4.2-inch driver-information center
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Two rear USB charging ports
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Cruise control
  • GMC Connected Access capable
  • HD Radio
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Soft-touch instrument panel
  • Dual reading lights
  • Aluminum interior trim
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Six-way power driver’s seat
  • OnStar
  • Overhead console
  • Rear window defogger
  • Remote keyless entry
  • SiriusXM
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Theft-deterrent system
  • HD rearview camera

 

All Terrain: $37,595

  • All SLE features, plus
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Hill-descent control
  • Off-road suspension
  • Transfer case shield
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • Unique black grille
  • 17-inch Dark Argent Metallic wheels
  • Single-zone automatic climate control
  • Four-way passenger seat
  • Heated front seats
  • Manual-sliding rear window
  • Carbon-fiber-inspired interior accents
  • Exclusive contrast red stitching

 

SLT: $36,895

  • Crew Cab body
  • 3.6-liter V-6 engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Automatic-locking rear differential
  • Tow/haul mode
  • Trailer assist guidelines
  • 18-inch polished cast-aluminum wheels
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome mirror caps
  • Manual-sliding rear window
  • Four-way power passenger’s seat
  • Automatic single-zone climate control
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Folding rear bench seat
  • Remote ignition
  • Leather front seating
  • Wireless charging pad

 

Denali: $41,495

  • All SLT features, plus
  • Polished exhaust tip
  • 2-inch receiver hitch
  • Four- and seven-pin trailer wiring harnesses
  • 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels
  • 5-inch chrome assist steps
  • Body-color rear bumper
  • LED bed lighting
  • Denali chrome grille
  • Spray-on bedliner
  • Premium GMC Infotainment System
  • Navigation
  • Seven-speaker Bose premium audio system
  • Ventilated front seats
  • Forward-collision alert
  • Lane-departure warning

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Ranger?

The 2019 Ford Ranger is great for buyers who are tired of the rat race of leafing through dozens of options to buy a truck. With its single drivetrain option, limited trim levels, and massive capabilities across the board, it is easy to find a Ranger that’ll work for you.

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Canyon?

Buyers looking for something more upscale will appreciate the 2019 Canyon Denali and its premium features. Also, the Canyon’s optional diesel engine has massive towing capabilities and delivers better fuel economy on those long highway commutes to work.

 

In the 2019 Ford Ranger, you can tackle the daily commute to Jacksonville while getting class leading fuel economy. Need to tow a trailer to Orange Park or just cruise to Fleming Island? The 2019 Ranger can do it in style. Head down to Garber Automall serving the Jacksonville area to take the 2019 Ranger for a test drive. If you can’t make it in today, you can check out our online inventory and choose the best 2019 Ranger for you and then call to schedule a test drive.