Spec-sheet brawl: Ford Ranger vs. Nissan Navara

Two new arrivals duke it out
by Drei Laurel | Sep 27, 2018
ILLUSTRATION: Raynand Olarte
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Well ladies and gentlemen, it’s pickup season once again. Nissan and Toyota have refreshed versions of the Navara and Hilux, respectively. Then we have Chevrolet which has just introduced a new variant of the Colorado.

Recently though, all eyes have been on Ford with the introduction of the much-awaited Ranger Raptor. A performance-oriented pickup truck is all well and good, but arguably the biggest news from the American carmaker is that it has equipped the top-spec Wildtrak with a bi-turbo engine similar to the Raptor.

That’s a pretty big deal., but along with the added perofrmance comes a price. With all this in mind, we thought it’d be neat to pit the Ranger Wildtrak against some of the other new offerings this year. First up is the Navara, which has gained some nifty safety tech to go along with its steady performance and macho looks.

The Japanese offering’s biggest advantage--and possibly only one up front--is its price. The VL 4x4 AT, at P1,423,000, is more than P200,000 cheaper than the bi-turbo Wildtrak and its P1,695,000 price tag. Of course, the American is up on power, torque, and comes with more airbags, so you have to consider those as well.

Take a look at the specs below and decide for yourself. So, are you going with the Navara or Ranger?

  Nissan NP300 Navara 4x4 VL AT Ford Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 AT
Price (Philippine Peso) 1,423,000 1,695,000
Drive 4WD 4WD
Seating capacity 5 5
Engine 2.5-liter turbo diesel 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel
Power 187hp @ 3,600rpm 210hp @ 3,750rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 2,000rpm 500Nm @ 1,750-2,000rpm
Fuel tank capacity (liters) 80 80
Transmission Seven-speed automatic 10-speed automatic
Brakes (front/rear) Ventilated disc/drum Ventilated disc/drum
Front suspension Independent double wishbone with coil spring and stabilizer  Double wishbone with coil springs
Rear suspension Multi-link with stabilizer Leaf spring
Wheels 18-inch alloy 18-inch alloy
Tires 255/60 R18 265/60 R18
Seats Leather Leather
Airbags Driver/passenger Driver/passenger, side, curtain
Dimensions (mm) 5,255 x 1,850 x 1,840 5,354 x 1,860 x 1,821
Wheelbase (mm) 3,150 3,220
Payload capacity (kg) 1,000 1,120
Ground clearance (mm) 245 232

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