We can finally color happy every single one pickup fan that has been demanding the new Ranger since its last day of production on December 22, 2011. Though, in the last decade truck manufacturers have really stepped up their game and the pickups we have today are bigger, better, fully loaded with the newest tech and safety features and can effortlessly tow the world’s largest transatlantic ocean liner, the Queen Mary one. Hence, the expectation for the all-new Ranger is pretty high, so, let’s see if Ford has managed to deliver the goods and reclaim some ground with its all-new 2019 pickup.
- The powerful EcoBoost engine
- SYNK 3
- The abundance of available options
- The XL’s ride quality is impressively smooth
- Maximum towing capacity 7 500 lbs
- Handsome appearance
- A plethora of newest safety features
- Unimpressive cabin design
- Subpar storage options inside the cabin
- Only one engine available for all of the trims
- Restricted back seat space in the SuperCab models
Ford Ranger Overview
The Ranger is a solid choice for the midsize pickup truck. Even the lowest trim has a lot of one of a kind features that are usually common for the more upscale vehicles or competitor’s top trims. It has been almost ten years since we’ve seen a new Ranger in the US, though, it was manufactured and stayed popular in other parts of the world.
Our brand-new Ranger has a lot of similarities with the F-150. It is an exciting car to look at and you’ll surely stand out on the road. Plus, Ford has packed a lot of tech and safety features and plenty come standard with a very modest price tag. The on-the-road performance is spot-on, and for a truck this size the handling is way more delicate than the rivals. Overall, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option.
The new pickup is available in two cab configurations: the extended 6 foot and the standard – 5, or the SuperCab and CrewCab. A bit of a drawback – SingleCab with two doors isn’t available this time over. Ranger 2019 comes in three trims, the base XL, mid XLT and the top-level Lariat.
A very handsome pickup, certainly modern and very cool look. The styling and the hot color options are what instantly sets the Ford Ranger apart from the competition. The Saber color alone is something truly unforgettable. The overall sleek athletic look is supported by the dynamic twin power dome hood, a wide chrome, and black grille and rounded wheel arches.
The reviews for the interior are not that kind: no one is impressed. The design is slightly old-fashioned. The front row seating is great, same can be said for the back row, though only for the extended SuperCrew model. The tech is on-point and easy to use, instruments and controls thoughtfully placed within reach, and are easy to read and operate. To sum up: the interior is functional and comfortable, though could use a style injection.
You don’t get your pick of engines with this model, there’s only one this year, though it is very impressive. Ranger’s 270 hp turbocharged (EcoBoost) 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with the 10-speed automatic transmission is all it needs to be. EcoBoost engine provides smooth pleasant ride and the 10-speed automatic quickly shifts up and down as conditions dictate. Seamless acceleration, top towing capacity, and balanced handling all add to the seamless performance. Generally, Ranger will perform much better than you expect.
Ford usually has a strong grip on new advanced tech and impressive safety features, and the Ranger doesn’t disappoint tech-wise. Ford’s voice-control SYNK 3 with a 4.2-inch display screen – it is hands-down the best infotainment system on the market today. Standard features include a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, and the Ranger’s Wi-Fi hot spot is a major convenience, especially for those constantly on the road or for big families. Advanced safety tech showcases the effort that Ford really put into it – it’s one of the safest pickups we have today. Of course, there are a lot of optional tech and safety features, there’s a very long list of anything from the 110-volt power outlet, bigger SYNC 3 touch-screen, HD Radio, 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, blind-spot monitoring, and a 101 other features you should look into.
The value is on point, the cheapest model offers way more than the competition, and if you think that the 40 685 USD price tag for the Lariat Supercab might be a tad steep, remember that this trim offers adaptive cruise control, luxury audio system, lane-keeping assist, a 6 footbed, and the towing capacity isn’t matched even by the gas-powered Toyota Tacoma, or the Chevy Colorado which have a much higher price tags.
The seats are firm and very supportive. The 4-door SuperCrew can comfortably seat five people, the SuperCab seats four and the back seat is limited in space and very uncomfortable. There is standardly highly durable cloth upholstery or you can opt for the luxury cloth, vinyl or leather upholstery. There are two sets of LATCH car-seat connections in the second row.
There’s a solid dual-zone CC that’ll keep you comfortable in any weather.
The Fords trademark new generation SYNK 3 infotainment system is intuitive and user-friendly. SYNC 3 is easily integrated with the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Storage and Space
The 2019 Ford Ranger has a maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, which is the highest in the class with a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. In-cabin storage can be better.
Except for the cramped back seat in the SuperCab model, it is an extremely comfortable truck.
The front row of seats is very supportive and cozy. They are well-shaped to accommodate different body shapes, offering much-needed lumbar support. The comfort of the second row is fairly questionable and fully depends on the trim. While kids won’t feel any discomfort in the back row of the SuperCab, adults will feel right at home in roomier SuperCrew models.
The ride is quite comfortable, with cozy supportive seating in the front, and a quiet cabin. Ford pickup can successfully absorb most of the cracks and bumps. Though, there are some mixed reports on the overall comfort, as some passengers feel queasy.
The Ranger is a definite light-weight among its competition, and test-driving Ranger right after test-driving the heavier competition you will really appreciate the impressively smooth ride quality. Though, it holds its composure and handles well even when tossed around.
Safety & Reliability
The NHTSA ratings aren’t yet available and the IIHS Safety Ratings were all either “Good” or “Excellent” accept for the “Acceptable” score for the small overlap front passenger test results.
Should I Buy The Ford Ranger?
If you are pursuing the American Dream and the only thing that is missing is a pickup, you should consider the Ranger. It is a solid choice and Ford base XL trim is affordably priced by modern pickup standards.
How Much Does it cost?
24 300 USD – 36 390 USD