6-way comparison: Ford Ranger vs. Toyota Hilux vs. Mitsubishi Strada vs. Nissan Navara vs. Isuzu D-Max vs. Mazda BT-50

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It’s no secret that the pickup segment in the Philippines is hotly contested. In fact, most manufacturers choose to pack their pickup offerings with as many features as possible because they know how much we Filipinos love them.

One such brand is Ford, while they have “struck out” on other segments, they struck gold in the pickup segment with the Ranger. So much so that it is one of the best-selling vehicles (not just pickups) in the country.

The next generation Ford Ranger has just been launched, and now it’s time to find out if Ford has indeed done right or not.

Do take note that for this comparison, we chose to highlight the top-of-the-line variants of each model.

Below are the criteria we used, which are based on what we think matters most to the consumers.

Ford Ranger

Photo: Ford Ranger Wildtrak

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4×4

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 5370 x 1918 x 1884

Ground clearance: 235mm 

Engine: 2.0L Bi-Turbo Diesel

Power and Torque: 210PS and 500Nm

Transmission: 10-speed automatic

Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 Liters

Infotainment: 12″ Colored Portrait Touchscreen SYNC®4a with Wireless Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™ Compatibility (Voice Commands available with Wildtrak Variants)

Safety: Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Centering, Auto High Beam, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Departure Warning & Lane Keeping System, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert & Braking, 360 Degree Camera, Reverse Brake Assist, Evasive Steer Assist, Hill Launch Assist & Roll Over Mitigation, Hill Descent Control, 7 airbags, ABS + EBD, ESP with Traction Control System

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Price: PHP 1,875,000

Hilux

Photo: Toyota

Toyota Hilux GR-S

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 5,320 x 1,900 x 1,815

Ground clearance: 279mm 

Engine: 2.8L Diesel, 4-Cylinder, 16-Valve DOHC Variable Nozzle Turbo with Air-cooled Intercooler

Power and Torque: 204PS and 500Nm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 Liters

Infotainment: 8″ Display Audio AM/FM/Bluetooth/USB/Apple Carplay/Android Auto/Smart Device Link (SDL)/Miracast

Safety: 7 airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Brake System), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Downhill Assist Control (DAC)

Price: PHP 1,990,000- 2,010,000 (Emotional Red)

Strada Graph

Photo: Mitsubishi

Mitsubishi Strada Athlete 4WD AT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 5,305 x 1,815 x 1,795

Ground clearance: 220mm 

Engine: 2.4-liter DOHC 16-valve Clean Diesel with VGT and MIVEC

Power and Torque: 181PS and 430Nm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic (4WD Super Select-II)

Fuel Tank Capacity: 75 Liters

Infotainment: 8″ Touchscreen with Mirror link feature, Bluetooth, USB, Aux-In

Safety: Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist, Active Stability and Traction Control (M-ASTC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and Trailer Stability Assist (TSA), Hill Descent Control, Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Blind Spot Warning System (BSW), Auto High-Beam, 7 airbags

Price: PHP 1,818,000

Navara

Photo: Nissan

Nissan Navara PRO-4X

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 5,260 x 1,875 x 1,855

Ground clearance: 220mm 

Engine: Inline 4-Cylinder, DOHC, with Variable Turbocharger (VGS) and Intercooler

Power and Torque: 190PS and 450Nm

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Transmission: 7-speed automatic transmission

Fuel Tank Capacity: 80 Liters

Infotainment: Nissan 8″ Advanced Touchscreen Display Audio Apple CarPlay / Android Auto / Bluetooth (Handsfree Calling and Audio Streaming) / USB (Type A and Type C) / iPod / Aux / Tuner

Safety: 6 airbags, With Moving Object Detection and Off-Road Monitor, Intelligent Emergency Braking (IEB), Intelligent Forward Collision Warning (IFCW), Intelligent Driver Alertness, Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), High Beam Assist (HBA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC)

Price: PHP 1,746,000

Dmax

Photo: Isuzu

Isuzu D-MAX 3.0 4X4 LS-E AT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 5,277 x 1,880 x 1,810

Ground clearance: 240mm 

Engine: Inline 4-Cylinder, In-line Blue Power Diesel engine with turbo intercooler, semi-midship weight distribution

Power and Torque: 190PS and 450Nm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Fuel Tank Capacity: 76 Liters

Infotainment: 10.1″ full touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Safety: 7 airbags, brake override system, ABS, EBD, brake assist, electronic stability control, traction control, hill start assist, hill descent control

Price: PHP 1,825,000

Mazda Bt50

Photo: Mazda

Mazda BT-50 3.0L 4×4 AT

Dimensions (Length x Width x Height): 5,280 x 1,870 x 1,810

Ground clearance: 240mm 

Engine: Inline 3.0L DOHC Diesel Engine In-Line 4-Cylinder Intercooler Turbocharged

Power and Torque: 190PS and 450Nm

Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Fuel Tank Capacity: 76 Liters

Infotainment: 9” LCD USB, Bluetooth Hands-Free Android Auto & Wireless Apple Carplay

Safety: 7 airbags, (ABS), (ESC), Hill Descent Control, Hill Launch Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Automatic Highbeam Control, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control

Price: PHP 1,790,000

Verdict

Here’s where things get interesting, based on the specs and prices above, the most “bang-for-buck” option is the (often overlooked) Mazda BT-50. Besides the Nissan Navara, it is the only top-of-the-line pickup that comes in below PHP 1.8 Million. What makes the BT-50 a better option is the fact that it has a newer engine and platform (than the Navara). Also, the BT-50 has a whole host of safety features that are up to par with the more expensive competitors.

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So what about the Ford Ranger? well, it’s the second most expensive option, but it must also be said that it’s the newest and is filled with a lot of creature comforts and safety features. It also has the most powerful engine. I would have to say that the Ford Ranger is the 2nd best choice out of the bunch.

As for the others, the Navara is actually the most affordable but the platform and engine are quite dated. What can’t be taken against it though is the fact that it has the full suite of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility safety features. Next up is the D-MAX. While it is a big step up compared to its previous generation, it falls short in terms of safety and is quite pricey. The Strada meanwhile comes short on engine power and is also on the expensive end of the spectrum.

Lastly, the Hilux is the most expensive option at a whopping PHP 115,000 more than the second most costly (Ranger) option. It also lacks a staggering amount of safety options compared to the others on the list.

So to answer the question, Ford has done right by the Ranger. The Ford Ranger (based on specs and prices) is worth it in every sense.

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo Salapantan

Pablo's first word was probably "Car", and this has developed into a personal passion that has consumed his professional life as well.

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