Since you mention towing, the side by side tow comparison showed the Ranger with more suspension wallow. I'm very happy with the tow handling of our Colorado's....And I should mention that the 2.3 Ranger pulled a trailer up the Ike at 60 mph all the way not breaking 4000 rpm
Our 2.8 diesel couldn’t do that.
That hAs to make you wonder.
I believe the 2.8 took almost 2 min longer and couldn’t even come close to 60mph
I wonder if Ford is doing any stupid engineering with that 2.3
one thing that really make no sense is shutin* off 2 cyl on the GM 2.7 ... When is that motor ever going to be running on 2 cyl.
I have to think that is just stupid.
The Ranger and the Colorado both had trailers connectedThe Ranger has far more horsepower than the 2.8 so it will go faster. The thing is, if not drag racing up that hill to Eisenhower Tunnel (a trip I have made many times) and driving like a normal person, the 2.8 does it with ease. The 2.8 has lots of torque and steadfastly holds it's speed on that hill. A friend who owns an old Ford F250 with the 7.3 diesel in it was riding with me and noted that my Canyon is a "hill climbing machine".
Even though it is slower in TFL's Ike test, I bet the 2.8 uses less than half the fuel of the strung out Ranger or 3.6 for that matter clearing that hill.
The biggest problem I find on that hill is other cars. They get in my way The 2.8 has lots of torque and maintains speed, but once some dumbass (almost inevitably in a Subaru) cuts me off and slows me down, there is not a lot of horsepower to get the lost speed back. That is why one does not cut in front of hill climbing Semis. They need to hold onto every MPH and may run your silly ass over...
I have pulled my travel trail at 6000lbs up some pretty big hills and it was impressive to say the least. None of the hills were as long as the Ike.I guess I have never truly tested the hill climbing ability of my 2.8. I don't live within at least 600 miles of a Mountain and it does everything I ask well.
It’s hard to believe how bad today’s engineers are.Or just keep the 2.8 Colorado. As much as I bag on GM, Ford's "Better Idea" usually isn't.