Which do you think wins in a Toyota Hilux vs Ford Ranger drag race? 

Updated Sep 02, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Two popular trucks race out in the wilds of South Africa. 

Brand rivalries in the car industry are nothing new. But in the realm of pickup trucks, this is intensified to the max. This car class after all is quite popular, and people who buy one truck model or another are known to be fiercely loyal to their respective marques. 

The Hilux and the Ranger side by side about to race

The Toyota Hilux vs the Ford Ranger [Photo Source: Cars.co.za]

Now, two of the most popular trucks in the global market are the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger. And if you’ve been following market figures and social media posts about these two, then you’ll know that they’re really close rivals. But which of them do you reckon will emerge victorious in a drag race? 

To answer that, the folks at cars.co.za did exactly that with South Africa’s equivalent of the Hilux Conquest 2.8 4x4 AT, which is dubbed as the Hilux Legend. On the Ford side, there’s the limited-edition Ranger Thunder. It looks different, but it shares the same mechanical bits with the locally available Ranger Wildtrak Bi-turbo 2.0 4x4 AT.  

Hilux Legend vs Ranger Thunder - Race! Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 Legend 4x4 vs Ford Ranger Thunder 4x4 [Video Source: Cars.co.za]

Before talking about the results, be aware that the Hilux Legend’s 2.8-liter engine can produce up to 201 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. The Ranger Thunder meanwhile uses a 2.0-liter biturbo mill that can churn out 210 horsepower and 500 Nm.  

As one can see, these two truck’s torque ratings are similar to each other but the Ford has a bit more horses than the Toyota. As pointed out in the video though, the American-branded model has a bit of a disadvantage as it is a fair bit heavier than the Hilux Legend. Specifically, the Ranger Thunder weighs in at 2,220 kg, while the Hilux Legend clocks in at 2,029 kg. 

On the first run, the Hilux managed to keep a significant lead. This was because the Ranger’s traction control kicked in on second gear, and thus reduced the truck’s power output. 

A picture of the Hilux keeping its lead against the Ford Ranger

The Hilux managed to pull away from the Ford on the first run [Photo Source: Cars.co.za]

For the second race however, the Ranger used a combination of 4x4 high and sport mode. It was a close race, but the Ford managed to keep its lead. It wasn’t mentioned in the video, but we can assume that the Hilux was in 4x4 high/sport mode from the start.

So, what do you think of the race? Would the results be different if they raced on a different road surface or does this cement the Ranger as the faster truck? 

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Toyota Hilux

The Toyota Hilux is a pickup with a globally known nameplate for being one of the reliable workhorse vehicles. It was 1968 when automotive giant Toyota's pickup truck started building a reputation for being rugged and dependable, and it continues until today with the facelifted model launched in 2020. This popular pickup continues to evolve and slowly move upmarket after gaining luxuries. The most significant revolutionary jump of the Hilux happened in 2004 when the seventh-generation of the model was introduced. It was the first 21st-century iteration of Toyota's pickup. It is also the first generation to ride on Toyota’s new Innovative Multi-purpose Vehicle architecture. It provided improved safety, better ride comfort, modern D-4D diesel engines, more interior space, and a more modern aerodynamic body. The current 8th generation offers a more refined and stylish design than its predecessor, but the tradition of being a tough pickup continues. It gets a much-awaited refresh in 2020 inline. Aside from improved looks, the Philippine iteration also comes with more powerful engine options. The Toyota Hilux is available in 4x4 and 4x2 variants. In the Philippines, the pickup truck is offered with diesel engines. It is available with automatic or manual transmission depending on the variant.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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