6 Speed vs 10 Speed for Off roading

I?m in the market for a new Ranger and researching the benefit of going with the tried and tested 3.2l 6 speed auto vs the new soon to be released 2l bi turbo 10 speed auto. The price addition of $1200 is not significant enough to be the deciding factor. I do not plan frequent towing but will be off roading rather more often on a variety of surfaces ranging from gravel and sand to rocky. This will of course be mixed in with frequent freeway and city driving. 


I am interested in any opinions out there on the capability of a 10 speed transmission (or perceived capability given it is not available for testing yet!) off road as most tests done thus far on such transmissions (Ford F150) have been on tarmac or towing focused. A concern is the possibility of gear hunting with the larger number of gears on surfaces that transition from low to high traction constantly such as going from sand to gravel or rock. Thanks!

More from our Forum


Scoteye in Website Critique
Missing Vehicles (garage)

I have recently purchased 2 4x4s after an extended break after selling the pajero, neither are...

Scoteye in Ssangyong Offroad Cars
P0190 & P0120

So I knew that I may have issues going for a lesser known foreign vehicle but the price was right....

Scoteye in Jeep Wrangler
Thinking Of Buying A JK

I'm thinking of buying a JK in a 4 door. What is more reliable  petty or diesel? Is the...

Scoteye in Jeep Wrangler
I've Installed Some Cheap Ebay Lights On My Roof Rack

Hey there,I've finally got around to install some cheap but great looking lights on my roof rack...

Scoteye in Website Critique
Reply Count Doesn't Match Actual Replies

having a bit of an issue, reply count dosent match actual replies.Eg: my thread on thinking of...

leadabode in General 4WD
Offroad PC Game - Off-Road Drive

So I just saw this little gem while I was googling for offroading games. Has anyone tried that...

Stevethebushie in Mitsubishi Pajero
Pajero Diff Ratios

Diff Ratio Numbers and Transfer Case figures for Mitsubishi Pajero Gen 1 2.3TD = 4.875, 5.29 ...

Hube1 in Jeep Patriot
Manual

Hi, Just got a 2010 Patriot, Freedom series really nice condition etc.  Tried to find info on...