Spec-sheet brawl: Top-of-the-line Ford Ranger vs. Mazda BT-50 vs. Toyota Hilux

by Andrew Guerrero | Aug 16, 2022
Ford Ranger 2023 vs Toyota Hilux 2023 vs Mazda BT-50 2023
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Just when you thought the truck wars were starting to quiet down, Ford launches the next-generation Ranger. Let’s see how this fresh challenger fares in one of the country’s hottest segments. For this spec-sheet brawl, we’ll be pitting the Blue Oval’s latest truck against the all-new Mazda BT-50 and the Toyota Hilux.

The BT-50 was once the partner of the Ranger, but now the Mazda pickup is paired with the new Isuzu D-Max. The Hilux, meanwhile, is the oldest in this group, but it’s been a bestseller in its segment since forever. For a fair matchup, we’ve chosen the high-trim 4x4 AT variants from each brand and kept the maximum price difference at P90,000.

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When it comes to exterior dimensions, the Ranger Wildtrak is the largest pickup here while the BT-50 is the smallest. When it comes to wheelbase figures, the Ford is the longest, while the Toyota is the shortest. All three come standard with 18-inch alloy wheels. The Ranger Wildtrak is equipped with 255/65 R18 tires, while the BT-50 and Hilux Conquest come with 265/60 R18 tires. The Ford tires are narrower but have a larger diameter.

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What’s under the hood? The Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 packs a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine that pumps out 207hp and 500Nm of torque—this is the most powerful of the trio. This is followed by the Hilux Conquest 4x4 equipped with a 2.8-liter diesel mill that puts out 201hp and 500Nm of torque. This matches the torque of the Ford but is slightly down on power by a few ponies. Lastly, the BT-50 4x4 is equipped with a 3.0-liter diesel unit which makes 187hp and 450Nm of torque, the lowest figures in this trio despite having the largest displacement engine.

In the transmission department, the Ford comes with a ten-speed automatic transmission, while the other two pickups get six-speed auto trannies. All three trucks come standard with locking rear differentials. The Ranger Wildtrak is the only one in the group with four-wheel disc brakes, as the other two stick with a more traditional front disc and rear drum setup.

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When it comes to safety, all three pickups come with seven airbags, ABS, and electronic stability control, but Ford is ahead when it comes to its long list of driver-assist tech.

For a more detailed side-by-side spec comparison, check out the table below. Which of these 4x4 pickups would you like to drive home? Let us know through the survey below and in the comments.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak Bi-turbo 4x4 AT

Mazda BT-50 3.0 4x4 AT

Toyota Hilux 2.8 Conquest 4x4 AT

Price (Philippine Peso) 1,875,000 1,790,000 1,880,000
Drive 4WD 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 5 5 5
Engine Type 2.0-liter twin-turbo inline-4 diesel 3.0-liter turbo inline-4 diesel 2.8-liter turbo inline-4 diesel
Power (hp) 207 187 201
Torque (Nm) 500 450 500
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 80 76 80
Transmission 10-speed automatic 6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) disc/ disc disc/ drum disc/ drum
Wheels 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloy
Tires 255/65 R18 265/60 R18 265/60 R18
Front suspension double wishbone, coil springs double wishbone, coil springs double wishbone, coil springs
Rear suspension live axle, leaf springs live axle, leaf springs live axle, leaf springs
Locking Rear Differential yes yes yes
Seat material leather + synthetic leather leather fabric
Infotainment system 12-inch touchscreen (portrait) 9-inch touchscreen 8-inch touchscreen
Speakers 6 8 6
Push start button yes yes yes
Airbags 7 7 7
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes yes
Electronic Stability Control yes yes yes
Camera 360-degree view rear 360-degree view
Autonomous Emergency Braking yes no no
Blind Spot Monitor yes yes no
Lane-keep assist & departure warning yes lane-departure warning only no
Forward-collision alert yes yes no
Rear Cross-traffic alert yes yes no
Tailgate lift assist yes no yes
Dimensions (mm) 5,370 x 1,918 x 1884 5,280 x 1,870 x 1,810 5,325 x 1,900 x 1,845
Wheelbase (mm) 3,270 3,125 3,085

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