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Top Features of Base Model
- Rugged off-road ability
- Strong towing
- Long list of standard equipment
- Excellent power
2019 Ford Ranger: Everything You Need to Know
About the Model:
The Ford Ranger is an all-new mid-size pickup revived after nearly a decade. It is aimed at buyers who aren't interested in a large, full-size truck. The Ranger continues a strong-selling legacy that dates back to 1983.
The Ford Ranger provides excellent towing, hauling, and off-roading capabilities in an easy-to-park and fuel-efficient pickup truck package.
What’s New in the 2019 Ford Ranger?
The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is a big step-up over the old version of the truck, which left the market in 2011.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is much larger than the last model. This is a result of its move from the compact to the mid-size segment. It also offers:
- Better towing (7,500 lbs)
- Greater hauling (1,860 lbs)
- Much more interior room
- A power boost to 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is from its 2.3-liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine
- A 10-speed automatic transmission
- A new off-road package with Ford's Terrain Management
- Modern infotainment and active safety systems
What Does the 2019 Ford Ranger Compete With?
The Ford Ranger competes with the following pickup trucks:
The mid-tier XLT trim is one of the most popular versions of the Ranger. It splits the difference in features between the entry-level XL and the top-shelf (more expensive) Lariat. It includes Ford's Co-Pilot360 active safety equipment. It also offers access to high tech options such as adaptive cruise control and navigation.
The Ford Ranger is a good option for those who need to tow or haul, but who don't want to step into a full-size pickup. It's especially appealing for city drivers facing narrower streets and restricted parking.
Exterior Design of the 2019 Ford Ranger
The size of the 2019 Ford Ranger makes it unmistakable when seen alongside the 2011 edition of the truck. They share almost no styling cues, but the newer model is handsome and fits in well with the current crop of mid-size pickups.
All versions of the Ford Ranger are available as a 4-door SuperCrew or a SuperCab with rear-hinged half-doors. SuperCrew models are matched with a 5-foot cargo bed. SuperCabs benefit from a 6-foot bed.
The Ford Ranger XL features:
- 16-inch steel wheels
- a black grille
- black grille surround
- black front and rear bumper
While the Ford Ranger XLT adds:
- a chrome grille surround
- body-color bumpers
- 17-inch alloy wheels
The Ford Ranger Lariat introduces:
- LED headlights and fog lights
- chrome center-bar grille
- 18-inch alloy wheels
Ordering the FX4 Off-Road package adds unique graphics to the Ford Ranger as well as skid plates and its own unique bumpers. This gives it a more aggressive character.
Interior Style in the 2019 Ford Ranger
The cabin of the 2019 Ford Ranger it is the least competitive with its rivals. The materials used throughout feel out-of-date when compared against offerings from Chevrolet, GMC, and Honda. Lariat models deliver nice leather for the seating surfaces. That being said the dashboard and center stack design and the limited color palette used throughout the interior are a letdown considering its price point.
Passenger room and comfort is good up front regardless of body style, and acceptable for adults in the 4-door, 5-passenger SuperCrew. The 4-passenger SuperCab is a tighter squeeze.
While it is possible to fit three across the rear row of the Ford Ranger SuperCab, it will be uncomfortable unless they are young children. The seats fold up to use the space behind the front row to haul cargo, which is a better option for SuperCab buyers. LATCH connectors are included with the truck.
On the plus side, the basic control set for the Ford Ranger's is easy to interact with from the driver's seat. There is also a reasonable amount of storage to be had for those riding up front.
What Technology Comes in the 2019 Ford Ranger?
The new Ford Ranger is modest in the way of tech at the base level but can be upgraded on higher trims.
The 2019 Ford Ranger can be had with technology features including:
- 8-inch SYNC3 touchscreen infotainment system
- Adaptive cruise control
- 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
- Automatic climate control
- Heated seats
- Automatic high beam headlight control
The 2019 Ford Ranger comes standard with:
- A 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
- The MyKey parental control system over vehicle speed and stereo volume
- 4.2-inch SYNC touchscreen infotainment system
- Forward collision warning with automatic braking
- Rearview camera
What Kind of Safety Features are in the 2019 Ford Ranger?
The new Ford Ranger offers standard safety equipment such as a forward collision warning system. This monitors the road ahead for obstacles and automatically brakes the truck in an emergency. The MyKey feature offers parents the ability to limit the pickup's speed and stereo volume when lending it to a teen driver.
Additional optional safety equipment (under the Ford Co-Pilot 360 banner) for the 2019 Ford Ranger includes:
- Driver attention monitoring. This feature tracks whether you are getting drowsy behind the wheel and lets you know it's time to take a break
- Lane departure warning. The Ford Ranger can sound an alert if the vehicle drifts out of its lane
- Lane keep assist. This system nudges the truck back into its lane should it stray over the line markings on the road
- Blind spot monitoring. A set of electronic eyes that scan each side of the truck to notify you if there is a vehicle sitting in your blind spot
Each of these Ford Co-Pilot 360 features is standard on XLT and Lariat Ford Ranger trucks and can be added to the XL trim.
What is the 2019 Ford Ranger Like to drive?
The 2019 Ford Ranger feels quicker and more powerful than any one of its mid-size pickup competitors. Its turbocharged 4-cylinder engine responds quickly when asked to accelerate, and also performs well even when towing at its 7,500 pound limit. Even with 10-speeds to choose from, the truck's automatic transmission never gets lost or hung up between ratios.
Handling on the road is quite good, although not as smooth or refined as you'll find in the pair of pickups on offer from GM, or the Honda Ridgeline. You'll notice the occasional upset from the rear end of the truck when traveling over rough roads. Overall, however, the ride is settled and quiet inside the Ford Ranger's cabin.
When equipped with the FX4 Off-Road package, the Ford Range makes excellent use of its smaller size to access trails that full-size trucks would find tough. The Terrain Management system provides Normal, Grass, Gravel and Snow, Mud and Ruts, and Sand as its selectable drive modes. These configure throttle and transmission behavior, and traction and stability control programs to best work with the 4x4 system for each situation. There is also the Trail Control feature that lets you set a (low) speed and maintain it, crawling forward in a controlled manner.
The Ford Ranger posts fuel mileage of 23-mpg city / 26-mpg highway in two-wheel drive form. This makes it thriftier in city driving than even diesel-powered versions of the Chevrolet Colorado.
Should I Buy a 2019 Ford Ranger?
The 2019 Ford Ranger is a compelling mid-size truck at the entry and mid-tier trim levels. It offers excellent all-around performance. The Lariat trim, however, doesn't offer enough luxury or features to justify its higher sticker price.
Should I buy a Used Ford Ranger?
The newest Ford Ranger is close to a decade old, and rides on a platform nearly twice that age. We don't recommend a used Ford Ranger.
How Much Does the New 2019 Ford Ranger Cost?
The new Ford Ranger starts at $26,520 for the base XL trim model with two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive SuperCab Lariat models come in at an MSRP of $32,210. The truck is on sale now.
Pros and Cons of the 2020 Ford Ranger
- Excellent power
- Strong off-road performance
- Reasonable fuel economy
- Well-sized for urban living
- Class-leading towing and hauling for gas-engine mid-size trucks
- Expensive Lariat models don't deliver on features or luxury
- Interior design is dated
- Only one available drivetrain
- Rival trucks offer cheaper base models
The History of the Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger was originally introduced in 1983 as a compact truck intended to do battle with small pickups that had infiltrated the American market from Japan. Offering a mix of four-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines throughout the 80s, as well as a V6, the Ranger would be redesigned for the 1993 model year. In 1998 the truck was restyled again, and it would remain largely unchanged for the next 13 years, before being retired in North American after 2011.
Globally, however, the Ranger name lived on. Although the Ford Ranger truck sold in Europe, South America, and Asia was based on a different platform than that which had originally been available in the U.S., it would serve as the starting point for the vehicle that would eventually return to America as the 2019 model.
Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Ford Ranger
- Body Style
- 2.3L EcoBoost
- 270 hp
- Electronic 10-Speed SelectShift Auto
- Passenger Doors
- Passenger Seating
- Rear Wheel Drive
- City MPG
- Hwy MPG
- Air Conditioning
- LCD Monitor
- Tinted Glass
- Engine: 2.3L EcoBoost -inc: auto start-stop technology
- Transmission: Electronic 10-Speed SelectShift Auto
- 3.73 Axle Ratio
- GVWR: 6,050 lbs
- 50-State Emissions System
- Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- 70-Amp/Hr 700CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
- 150 Amp Alternator
- Towing Equipment -inc: Trailer Sway Control
- 2080# Maximum Payload
- Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
- Front Anti-Roll Bar
- Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
- 18 Gal. Fuel Tank
- Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
- Short And Long Arm Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
- Leaf Rear Suspension w/Leaf Springs
- 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
- Wheels: 16" Silver Steel
- Tires: P255/70R16 A/S BSW
- Clearcoat Paint
- Black Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
- Black Wheel Well Trim
- Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
- Black Door Handles
- Black Manual Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
- Fixed Rear Window
- Light Tinted Glass
- Variable Intermittent Wipers
- Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
- Black Grille
- Reverse Opening Rear Doors
- Autolamp Fully Automatic Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
- Cargo Lamp w/High Mount Stop Light
- Radio: AM/FM Stereo -inc: Bluetooth pass thru and 1 USB port
- Radio w/Seek-Scan, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Aux Audio Input Jack and External Memory Control
- Streaming Audio
- Integrated Roof Antenna
- 4 Speakers
- 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
- Driver Seat
- 2-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Lumbar Support
- Removable Full Folding Bench Front Facing Fold-Up Cushion Rear Seat
- Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
- Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Voltmeter, Oil Pressure, Engine Coolant Temp, Transmission Fluid Temp, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
- Fixed Rear Windows
- Mobile Hotspot Internet Access
- Front Cupholder
- Rear Cupholder
- Manual Air Conditioning
- HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
- Locking Glove Box
- Interior Trim -inc: Cabback Insulator and Chrome Interior Accents
- Full Cloth Headliner
- Urethane Gear Shift Knob
- Front Cloth Bucket Seats -inc: manual 4-way adjustable driver/passenger w/manual lumbar, flow-through console and floor shifter
- Day-Night Rearview Mirror
- 3 12V DC Power Outlets
- Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
- Full Vinyl/Rubber Floor Covering
- Pickup Cargo Box Lights
- Smart Device Remote Engine Start
- Tracker System
- Instrument Panel Bin, Dashboard Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 2nd Row Underseat Storage
- Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Up/Down
- Delayed Accessory Power
- Power Door Locks
- Trip Computer
- Analog Display
- Manual w/Tilt Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
- Front Center Armrest
- Securilock Anti-Theft Ignition (pats) Engine Immobilizer
- AdvanceTrac w/Roll Stability Control Electronic Stability Control (ESC) And Roll Stability Control (RSC)
- ABS And Driveline Traction Control
- Side Impact Beams
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
- Ford Co-Pilot360 - Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
- Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
- Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
- Safety Canopy System Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
- Airbag Occupancy Sensor
- Mykey System -inc: Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning, Programmable Sound Chimes and Beltminder w/Audio Mute
- Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Height Adjusters and Pretensioners