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2019 Ford Ranger Review: Specs, Price, Interior, Performance

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Introduction

Since 2001, Ford has not been active in the mid-size-truck automobiles category. In 2019 however, Ford is aiming to relaunch its dominance in the automobile industry by producing the 2019 Ford Ranger. This comes at a time when the mid-size pick-up class category is highly dominated by the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon which saw a total of 170 000 sales in 2018. The 2019 Ranger has all the power, capability, fuel efficiency and dependability of the 2018 Ford F-150 and 2018 Ford Super Duty. Other vehicles like Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline also continue to offer similar services in this category. The Ranger comes with four and six cylinder diesel engines with the option of either manual or automatic transmission. The power volume consists of a turbo four with 10-speed automatic transmission. The turbo four uses 2.3 litres and give out 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque.

2019 Ford Ranger Specs

The following table shows 2019 Ford Ranger’s specs:

BASE PRICE

$25,395

VEHICLE LAYOUT

Front-engine, rear/4-wheel-drive, 4- or 5-passenger/ 4-door pickup

ENGINE

2.3L/270 -hp./310-lb four-turbo

TRANSMISSION

10-speed auto transmission

CUBE WEIGHT

4100–4500 lb

WHEELBASE

126.8 in

LENGTH*WIDTH*HEIGHT

210.8 * 73.3 * (70.7–71.5) in

0-60 MPH

6.3–6.7 sec

EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON

Combined/city/highway: 22­–23/20–21/24–26 mpg

ON SALE IN U.S.

Fall January 2019

 

2019 Ford Ranger Safety

Ford has been out of the mid-size-truck competition in the U.S. since 2011, which is the same year as the launch of the worldwide Ranger that underpins this new truck and has been sold elsewhere in the world since. However, this new North American Ranger has been exclusively updated and improved for duty purposes. The global Ranger may be viewed as the truck a kid makes out of Play-Doh. The U.S. market Ranger is the result of a professional designer who uses his tool kit to style a clay buck. The frame is provided with mounting locations for strong solid steel bumpers front and rear, and with the optional towing package, the Ranger is rated to tow up to 7500 pounds or haul 1860 in the bed. This latter approximation figure is every bit as big as the F-150’s number. Ford also says it revised its metal sheet stampings to tighten up panel gaps on American trucks compared to those for overseas markets, although we could see daylight around the tailgate when looking at it in the rear-view mirror.

The ranger offers on-road systems as well as off-road assistance for safety purposes. Talk of the lane departure alert, blind spots monitor and coverage, upgraded reverse sensing system as well as automated emergency brake systems. Driver assistance capabilities include pedestrian detection and an adaptive cruise control system. For the FX4 Off-Road Package, you also get Ford’s all-new Trail Control system, which is a useful control for off-road adventures. Additionally, an electronically enabled hydraulic pump is available in the Ranger for purposes of maintaining speed on off-road downhills.

2019 Ford Ranger Appearance

A first look at the 2019 Ford Ranger reveals a blend of style and functionality. The new Ford Ranger is ready for adventure with the right blend of Built Ford Tough rugged components, capability and smart technological advancements for a new generation of Ford truck buyers.

When it comes to style, the mid-size-truck market has an edge over the full-size. In comparison with the Ridgeline of the Tacoma, the spectrum is much wider and broader here. The Ranger manages what many of us consider to be the best line between tough and chic, with the high-riding look of the Tacoma and the Colorado ZR2 providing a  handsome home for Ford’s hexagonal grille. In the interior side, lower-trim trucks suffer from uninspired black plastics, but the top trims get upgraded to richer pieces.

The new market design and chassis were made exclusively for North American truck buyers. The basis for the 2019 Ford Ranger is a fully boxed frame formed from high-strength steel. The front suspension is a two-wishbone independent design, while the rear shows class-exclusive parabolic springs.

 

2019 Ford Ranger Interior and comfort.

Comfort is an essential element of any vehicle. The 2019 Ford Ranger has firm seats with an extra space which can accommodate five people from all the four doors. Internal instruments and controls are easily noticeable and they are fitted with user friendly adjustments. Driver assistance technologies including navigation and connectivity features are available for the Ford Ranger 2019.

Family comfort

Although brought to you by the makers of the brawny F-Series line-up, the new 2019 Ranger is less a traditional truck and more of a utility vehicle. It’s manoeuvrable, relatively quiet, and quick off the line and has a comfortable ride more like the Honda Ridgeline midsize pickup. It is considered ideal for family comfort and adventure.

2019 Ford Ranger Performance

Power is provided by the proven 2.3-liter Ecoboost engine mated to the only 10-speed transmission in the segment.1 All-terrain capability in 4WD models includes the innovative Terrain Management System shared with Ford F-150 Raptor. This system alternates engine responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls to automatically allow traction, driveability and performance to the terrain or weather conditions with specified driver-selectable modes.

It is important that the Ranger rides well. There’s quite a fair bit of dive and squat under braking and acceleration, but that’s to be expected with a vehicle raised so high over its axles. The 2019 Ford Ranger body rolls a touch, then takes a set that it maintains without any unsettling instability. Two-wheel-drive Rangers possess 8.4 inches of ground clearance, while the 4x4s accumulates half an inch, for 8.9. All the two configurations offer electronically locking rear differentials, while the front remains open in 4x4s. Four-wheel drive adds approximately 250 pounds and slightly high busyness from the front end, but the ride remains civil.

Ranger is the first vehicle to feature an all-new Ford Trail Control technology. Just like cruise control for the highway, Trail Control is designed for low-traction and rugged terrain. It provides acceleration and braking, sending power and braking to each individual wheel, allowing the driver to focus on the trail and steering.

2019 Ford Ranger Price

The 2019 Ford Ranger XL, the base model, starts at $24,000, making it one of the more expensive options in the compact pickup truck class. Two other trims will be available, the Ranger XLT, which starts at $27,940, and the Ranger Lariat, which starts at $32,210. However, with packages and options this truck can easily go above the $40,000 mark.

While pricing goes beyond the more affordable trims of the F-150, choosing to downsize is a tough decision for many truck customers. That said, the Range looks good in appearance to first-time truck buyers that may not be ready to own a full-size pickup like the F-150.

Summary

It’s taken close to a decade since there was a new Ford Ranger at automobile dealerships. A lot has changed in that time. Midsize pickup trucks are larger than ever before. They also offer more towing and hauling capability, more passenger comfort and more modern tech inside. The old Ranger would be horribly outclassed if Ford just brought it back from the dead. But from what we can tell so far, the new 2019 Ford Ranger will have those bases covered and then some.

A lot of what you’ll see on the Ranger will be familiar if you’ve spent any time in its big brother, the F-150. On the inside, the Ranger will get Ford’s Sync 3 technology in addition to available features such as smartphone connectivity, blind-spot monitoring and even in-car Wi-Fi. The Ranger also comes with a healthy number of advanced safety features including forward collision mitigation and lane keeping assist.

Under the hood, the Ranger is currently slated to get only one engine: a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 270 horsepower. While we’d prefer to have a few powertrains to choose from, Ford’s recent turbocharged engines (especially in trucks) have treated us well, so we’ll hold out some hope.

It’s too soon to say how the Ranger will stack up against the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma. But if the success and popularity of the F-150 are any guide, the 2019 Ford Ranger will likely be quite enticing if you’re shopping for a midsize pickup.

The 2019 version of Ford Ranger has all the right reasons to shake the mid-size category vehicles across the world. It has a very good chance of winning over some small-pickup buyers with an ideal mix of capability and crossover-like comfort, not to mention the brand equity inherent in the name. Ford’s total sales of its Rangers in the U.S amounted to 6.68 million from 1982 through 2012, Wards Intelligence data shows. That’s nothing to sneeze at.

The Ranger, currently being assembled at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI, goes on sale this month at U.S. dealers. Stay tuned for full driving impressions and specs.

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