Clash of Titans: Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Legend RS 

In the realm of powerful and capable bakkies, the Ford Ranger 3.0 V6 Wildtrak and Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend RS stand out as fierce rivals. With their robust engines, advanced off-road capabilities, and impressive features, these vehicles cater to the demands of adventurous drivers while fulfilling the role of comfortable family cars. We're here to compare these goliaths and see which one has broader shoulders and brawny biceps. 


Beneath the large bonnet, the Ford Ranger houses a formidable 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine, delivering potent performance and high torque. With an output of 184kW and 600Nm, the V6 Ranger was built to haul heavy loads and tackle challenging terrains effortlessly. Meanwhile, the 2.8 GD-6 Hilux with its 150kW and 500Nm offers a reliable and proven 2.8-liter turbocharged diesel engine with strong mid-range torque. 



Off-Road Prowess

Both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux are renowned for their off-road capabilities, making them the go-to vehicles for 4x4 adventures. The Ranger incorporates an advanced four-wheel-drive system, coupled with off-road technologies such as a terrain management system and an electronic locking differential. This setup ensures superior traction and control over challenging terrain. Similarly, the Hilux Legend RS features a robust four-wheel-drive system, equipped with technologies like downhill assist and a Limited Slip Differential (LSD). Although both vehicles excel in off-road environments, the Ranger's additional off-road features give it a slight edge in this field.


Interior Comfort and Features

Where the cabin is concerned, both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux offer comfortable and feature-rich interiors. The Ranger in Wildtrak guise boasts a spacious and well-designed cabin, featuring premium materials, supportive seating, and a host of convenience features. Its 12-inch infotainment system has smartphone integration and advanced connectivity options such as the FordPass app, which gives you access to features like remote start. On the other hand, the Hilux Legend RS provides a practical and comfortable interior with a range of storage compartments and durable materials. Its infotainment system also offers a touchscreen display and connectivity features but isn't anywhere near as large and impressive as the Ranger's. You also get a standard 9-speaker JBL audio system in the Hilux. While both bakkies provide comfortable interiors, the Ranger's premium touches, advanced connectivity and slick V6 may appeal to those seeking a more refined experience.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Safety is important in any vehicle, and both the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux prioritize the well-being of their occupants. The Ranger offers a comprehensive suite of safety features, including autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. It ensures a high level of safety through advanced driver-assistance technologies. Similarly, the Hilux incorporates safety features such as a Pre-collision system, Lane-Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control. While both bakkies provide essential safety features, the Ranger's wider range of driver-assistance technologies gives it a slight advantage here.



Pricing & Reliability

Price and reliability play significant roles in the purchasing decision. The Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux are both renowned for their reliability and robustness, making them evenly matched. In terms of pricing, the Ranger 3.0 V6 Wildtrak is more expensive by a hair at R1 026 400, with its powerful engine and advanced features. On the other hand, the Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4x4 Legend RScomes in at R1 003 000 with a solid reputation for reliability. Ultimately, the choice between the two may depend on individual preferences, they both click in at just over the R1 million mark while the Ranger boasts the title of 2023 SA Car of the Year. 



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