The Ford Ranger will return to U.S. dealerships next month as the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered pickup on the market.

The two-wheel-drive 2019 Ranger will get 21 mpg city/26 highway/23 combined, according to EPA estimates. The combined figure ties the Chevrolet Colorado diesel engine’s 23 mpg, but bests all other midsize pickups with gasoline engines. The Ranger’s city mpg figure also is highest among gasoline-powered midsize pickups.

A fuel-economy edge, no matter how small, may provide Ford a marketing tack in what promises to be a highly competitive battleground. Ford routinely dominated the midsize truck market until the Ranger was dropped in 2011. The segment, now led by the Toyota Tacoma and Colorado, has expanded 16 percent this year and will gain more entries from Jeep and Ram over the next several years.


READ MORE… “Ford Ranger pickup rated at 23 mpg combined, best among gasoline-powered rivals” was originally posted at Automotive News on 12/11/18.