Spec-sheet brawl: Isuzu D-Max LS-E vs. Ford Ranger Wildtrak

We’ve picked two recently launched heavy hitters for this comparo
by Leandre Grecia | Mar 13, 2021
PHOTO: Isuzu, Ford

New pickups keep coming in left and right, so now we’ve decided to pit two new arrivals and have come up with a pretty heavy bout: the all-new Isuzu D-Max versus the updated Ford Ranger.

We’ve hand-picked the top-spec D-Max LS-E 4x4 to go against the highest non-Raptor Ranger variant, the bi-turbo Wildtrak 4x4, and it’s a rather interesting comparo.

On the one hand, you have the range-topping P1,825,000 D-Max LS-E powered by a new 3.0-liter turbodiesel that churns out 187hp and 450Nm of torque. This powertrain comes mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. On the other, you have the P1,728,000 Ranger Wildtrak and its 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel mill that generates 210hp and 500Nm of torque. This features the same setup as the Ranger Raptor with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

The numbers seem to go in favor of the Ranger, right? Well, in terms of added niceties, it’s a bit of a mixed bag. The newer D-Max gets a significantly bigger infotainment system with an extra pair of speakers. It also gets blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert—the Ranger has neither of these.

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All that being said, a good chunk of the D-Max’s other safety features are also available in the Ranger, and that’s something to note considering the sizeable price difference between the two. For P100,000 less, you still get important on- and off-road assistive tech like lane-keep assist, frontal-collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, and hill-start assist and hill-descent control in the Ford. What’s more, it also boasts an active park assist feature, and that’s a really helpful feature for a machine this big.

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Frankly, it’s really tough to pick between these two. So, you can just check out the specs of these trucks below and be the judge yourself. Tell us below which of these two you’d rather go for, and share your thoughts in the comments. Keep an eye out for our reviews of these vehicles, too, coming soon.

2021 Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS-E 4x4 AT

2021 Ford Ranger 2.0 Bi-turbo Wildtrak 4x4 AT

Price P1,825,000 P1,728,000
Drive 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine setup 3.0-liter in-line-four turbodiesel 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel
Power (hp) 187 210
Torque (Nm) 450 500
Transmission 6-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Fuel tank capacity (L) 76 80
Brakes (front/rear) ventilated discs/auto-adjust drum ventilated discs/drum
Wheels 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloys
Tires 265/60 R18 all-terrain 265/60 R18
Front suspension double-wishbone coil spring
with high-mounted upper control
arm and stabilizer
double-wishbone with coil springs
Rear suspension long-span semi-elliptical
soft-ride leaf spring
leaf spring
Seat material leather leather
Tilt/Telescopic steering wheel adjustment yes/yes yes/no
Paddle shifters no no
Infotainment system 10.1-inch touchscreen, 8-speaker setup 8-inch touchscreen, 6-speaker setup
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto yes/yes yes/yes
Smart keyless entry yes yes
Push-start ignition yes yes
Remote start yes no
Parking brake mechanical mechanical
Automatic climate control yes, dual-zone yes, dual-zone
Automatic headlamps yes yes
Power-folding side mirrors yes yes
Rain-sensing wipers yes yes
ABS w/ electronic brakeforce distribution yes yes
Electronic Stability Control yes yes
Hill-start assist yes yes
Hill-descent control yes yes
Cruise control adaptive adaptive
Blind Spot Monitor yes no
Lane-keep/lane-change assist lane-departure warning only yes
Forward-collision alert w/autonomous emergency braking w/autonomous emergency braking
Rear cross-traffic alert yes no
Tailgate lift assist no yes
Parking assist front and rear cameras active park assist w/front and rear sensors, reversing camera
Airbags 7 6
Dimensions (mm) 5,277 x 1,880 x 1,810 5,354 x 1,860 x 1,848
Wheelbase (mm) 3,125 3,220
Ground clearance (mm) 240 232

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PHOTO: Isuzu, Ford
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