Ranger vs HiLux is the new schoolyard battle | opinion

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Ford Ranger or Toyota HiLux? Ranger vs HiLux is the new schoolyard battle | opinion 2 October 2015 by Joshua Dowling · CarsGuide Forget Commodore versus Falcon, there is a new rivalry gripping the heart of the nation and it's likely to lead to stand-up blues.Ford Ranger or Toyota HiLux?Now that the first all-new HiLux in 10 years has arrived, the ute market is finally a level playing field. We are no longer comparing new with old models after five new ute arrivals in the past five months.This is as new as the current crop of utes has ever been, especially so close together. We will find out in a few weeks which is the best of the modern bunch.Meanwhile we're predicting a close call between the Ranger and the HiLux.The HiLux is better equipped, slightly cheaper to buy and much cheaper to run. The Ranger has a stronger engine and feels just that little bit more planted on the road.But, boy does Ford know how to charge for it — even though 36 of the 37 variants lack a rear camera — and that is likely to weigh against it in the back-to-back tests in coming weeks.A tip if you're in the market for either: wait until early next year when some of the initial hype has died down.Don't expect sharp drive-away prices until June next yearYou may even grab a modest discount as dealers clear 2015-built examples. But don't expect sharp drive-away prices until June next year. If you're lucky.Are you more tempted by the Ford Ranger or the Toyota HiLux ute? Let us know in the comments below. Related articles 2015 Lexus IS200t review | first drive25 September 2015 by Craig Duff 2015 Lexus RX SUV review | first drive11 September 2015 by Craig Duff Lexus considering motorsport options for Australia4 September 2015 by Craig Duff 2015 Lexus RC F review | road test19 June 2015 by Paul Gover Kia and Hyundai star in US quality survey18 June 2015 by Richard Blackburn What to read next Comments Related articles 2015 Lexus IS200t review | first drive25 September 2015 by Craig Duff 2015 Lexus RX SUV review | first drive11 September 2015 by Craig Duff Lexus considering motorsport options for Australia4 September 2015 by Craig Duff 2015 Lexus RC F review | road test19 June 2015 by Paul Gover Kia and Hyundai star in US quality survey18 June 2015 by Richard Blackburn Related pages Toyota HiLux Toyota Ute Related cars for sale Search Ford cars for sale Search Ford Ranger cars for sale Search Ford Utes for sale Get the latest news, reviews and advice every week Subscribe '); }