2020 Ford Ranger vs Toyota Hilux Comparison: Spec Sheet Battle

Updated Jul 23, 2020
  • Table of contents
  • 1. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest (4x4): Tough Trucks
  • 2. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Dimensions
  • 3. Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Interior
  • 4. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Engine and Performance
  • 5. Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Safety
  • 6. Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Variants and Price
  • 7. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Conclusion
Spec-wise, which is superior – the Ford Ranger Wildtrak, or the Toyota Hilux Conquest?

1. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest (4x4): Tough Trucks

Filipinos love trucks. That’s a given. We use it to carry heavy loads even on harsh terrain, and many even use it as a capable and reliable family vehicle.

Of course, the bevy of options in the market resulted in one of the greatest rivalries in the Philippine automotive industry: the Toyota Hilux versus the Ford Ranger.

On the Ford side, we have the Ranger. It’s an old nameplate that was used as the name of a Ford F-Series trucks from 1965 to 1981. It wasn’t until 2011 when Ford Australia finished designing the T6, which was given the name: Ford Ranger.

The 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak – Power Roller Shutter | Ford Australia

On the Toyota side, we have the Hilux. An equally old marque that never left Toyota’s lineup since 1968.

Years after these pickup trucks were introduced, they’re still very popular. And of course, the one or the other has become the go-to vehicle for many who are seeking an off-road capable, 4x4 pickup truck that can take the rigors of Philippine terrain.

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So now we’ve come to this question; which is better spec-wise? The Toyota Hilux Conquest 4x4 or the Ford Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo 4x4? Two, top of the line variants of their respective models.  

A picture of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger head to head

Let's get this spec sheet battle going shall we?

2. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Dimensions

If we’re talking about size, the Ranger Wildtrak is marginally larger than the Hilux Conquest. This is because it is 5,354mm long, 1,860mm wide, and 1,821mm high. In comparison, the Toyota made pickup truck is 5,335mm in length, is 1,855mm wide, and is 1,815mm high.

The Ford Ranger Wildtrak even has a longer wheelbase at 3,220mm, which is 135 mm longer than the Hilux’s 3,085mm.

In addition to being larger, the Ford Ranger also has a larger 3,500 kg towing capacity compared to the Hilux Conquest’s 2,500 kg. The Ford pickup also has a slightly larger payload capacity of 1,120 kg, which is 5kg more than the Hilux’s 1,115 kg. Why? Well more on that later. 

A picture of the front of the Ford Ranger Raptor

When it comes to looks both of the Hilux Conquest and the Ranger Wildtrak are great looking vehicles

When it comes to exterior design, both the Hilux Conquest and the Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo are more rugged looking than their lower spec counterparts. Both models have no chrome making for a darker, sportier look, plus the Conquest even has a totally different grille than the standard Toyota Hilux.

Regardless of how different they are on the outside, these two models are really attractive pickup trucks, each with their own take on each of their respective, tried and true designs.

In terms of actual exterior features, both the Hilux Conquest and the Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo have LED fog lamps and daytime running lamps. The former however does have HIDs for its headlamps. Both pickup models also come with a bedliner for their decks.

A picture of the front of the Toyota Hilux Conquest

They're both macho and very appealing to the male demographic

3. Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Interior

Inside, both the Ranger Wildtrak and this 2020 Toyota Hilux are very reminiscent of their SUV counterparts: the Ford Everest and the Toyota Fortuner respectively. Both are quite spacious, can fit in five people including the driver, and their dashboards are well arranged.

With regards to driving convenience features however, this is where the Ranger Wildtrak is a bit better with the presence of adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, and an 8-way electronically adjustable driver’s seat.

A picture of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak's interior

For a pickup truck, the Ford Ranger is roomy. Also note it's similarities with the one inside the Everest

Both the Hilux Conquest and the Ranger Wildtrak however does come with each of their own automatic climate control systems, keyless entry with a push to start button, automatic headlamps, multimedia touchscreen displays with Bluetooth, both have six speakers, and USB ports. 

Note though that the head unit on board the Toyota pickup truck model measures only 6.5 inches, which is tiny compared to the 2020 Ford Ranger’s 8 inch touchscreen. The latter also comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

A picture of the interior of the Toyota Hilux

The interior of the Hilux looks just like the one aboard the Toyota Fortuner

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4. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Engine and Performance

Let’s just state this clear and simple: the Ranger Wildtrak is definitely more powerful than the Hilux Conquest. This is thanks to its 2.0 liter biturbo diesel inline-4, the same engine that the Ford Ranger Raptor uses.

Aboard the Ranger Wildtrak, the said engine can make 213 horsepower at 3,750 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,000 rpm. Power is sent to all four wheels through a 10-speed automatic. The Ranger Wildtrak also comes with a nifty shift-on-the-fly knob and a locking rear differential.

A picture of the Toyota Hilux's engine

The Toyota's turbo diesel is less powerful, but its known for being tough as nails

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In comparison, the Toyota Hilux Conquest’s 1GD-FTV turbo diesel inline-4 can make 174 horsepower at 3,400 rpm and 450 Nm at 1,600-2,400 rpm. It also has a locking rear differential plus an auto disconnect front differential, but its transmission is a six-speed automatic which means it has shorter legs than the Ranger.

Note though that the Hilux Conquest has a manual version and that point cannot be ignored by hardcore off road people. But, if it comes to a straight road drag race, the Ranger Wildtrak biturbo will always win.

A picture of the 2.0 liter Biturbo engine on the Ranger Wiltrak Biturbo

You cant ignore the Bi-turbo Ecoblue's power

The more powerful engine of the Wiltrak explains its larger towing capacity, as well.

 
Toyota Hilux Conquest 4x4
Ford Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo 4x4
Engine
1GD-FTV
EcoBlue 2.0 Biturbo
Displacement
2.8 liter
2.0 liter
Number of Cylinders
4
4
Number of Valves
16
16
Transmission Type
6-speed automatic
10-speed automatic
Four-wheel-drive
Four-wheel-drive
Max Output (HP)
174 hp @ 3,400 rpm
213 hp @ 3,750 rpm
Max Torque (Nm)
450 Nm @ 1,600 – 2400 rpm
500 Nm @ 1,750 – 2000 rpm
Fuel Type
Diesel
Diesel
Fuel Capacity
80 liters
80 liters
Suspension Front
Independent double wishbone
Double Wishbone with coil springs
Suspension Rear
Live Axle
Leaf Spring

5. Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Safety

Like with the onboard driving convenience features, the Ranger Wildtrak has more. This comes in the form of many driver assist features like an active parking assist, an adjustable speed limiter, forward collision warning, lane departure warning and lane keeping warning, and a blind spot detection system.

Both the Hilux Conquest and the Ranger Wildtrak however do come with essential safety features that one would expect from a modern, off road capable truck. They both have anti-lock braking with electronic brake distribution, stability control, traction control, hill start assist, and trailer sway control.

6. Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Variants and Price

One advantage that the Hilux Conquest has over the Ranger Wildtrak is that it comes in two sub variants. The Hilux Conquest 2.8 G AT, which is priced at Php 1,808,000, and the Hilux Conquest 2.8 G MT at Php 1,678,000.

In comparison, the Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo 2.0 4x4 AT only comes in one flavor and it is priced at a cheaper Php 1,695,000.

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7. 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak vs Toyota Hilux Conquest: Conclusion

To conclude this comparison, we recommend the Hilux Conquest for rough offroading activities. It has a disconnecting front differential which can be useful for particularly gnarly scenarios, and Toyota has a vast dealership network making access to after sales services a whole lot easier.

A picture of the rear of the Toyota Hilux Conquest

Which has the better looking rear end? The Hilux Conquest?

If you’re looking for a powerful, but mostly on the road pickup truck, we highly recommend the Ford Ranger Wildtrak Biturbo. Or else, you can find real experiences with the car in Ford dealerships that we have collected.

Do note though that the Hilux Conquest also does well on the road, while the Ranger also does off-road. These are just our impressions of what these trucks can do, and the ultimate decision on which to pick is up to you: the buyer.

A picture of the rear of the Ford Ranger Wildtrak as it travels through a forest

....Or the Ford Ranger Wildtrak's?

For more comparison articles like this, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

 

Author

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps. 

 

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