The Turbocharged 2019 Ford Ranger Prepares to Reclaim North America

It has been seven years since the last Ford Ranger was built for North America. In that time, the market for mid-size pickup trucks has only grown. Facing competitors that happily took up the slack left by Ranger’s absence, it hopes to reclaim its place as a leader in the industry. Urban pickup drivers need a versatile, sturdy truck that is easy to maneuver in metropolitan traffic and parking places. The 2019 Ford Ranger is both small enough to make life easier for the city truck driver. And tough enough to take on whatever comes its way.


How much room does the Ranger have for passengers and cargo?

The Ford Ranger does not offer a regular cab option for 2019. It is available only in SuperCab and SuperCrew, with space to seat five people. The SuperCrew has a five-foot truck bed, while the SuperCab can have a six-foot bed or no bed at all. All versions have a 126.8-inch wheelbase and provide between 26.5 and 33.9 cubic feet of cargo space.


How powerful is the engine and what options are available?

The Ford Ranger packs a lot of power for a mid-size truck. Ford only uses one engine in the Ranger, and the turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The 10-speed automatic transmission is the same used for the F-150, but with a smaller case. When it is outfitted with the optional towing package and trailer brake controller, the Ranger can tow an impressive 7,500-pound maximum, making it a very versatile vehicle. 


Is the Ranger a good choice for off-roading?

If you need a truck for adventure off the beaten path, the FX2 or FX4 off-road package is perfect for you. It adds upgraded tires, steel front bash plate, reinforced skid-plates that are mounted to the frame, and off-road-tuned shocks and suspension. Safety assist features, such as Trail Control and Hill Descent Control, also come standard.


What versions are available?

Ford gives you three versions of the new Ranger from which to choose. The XL is the base model and comes standard with black grille and body trim, 16-inch wheels, 2.3-inch infotainment screen with four speakers. The XL doesn’t provide cruise control or automatic emergency braking in their standard vehicle. The next level up is the XLT, which offers more standard features, like an exterior upgrade to body-color bumpers and molding and 17-inch wheels. The top of the line is the Lariat. It is loaded with many of the XLT optional features as standard, like SYNC3, 18-inch wheels, and body-color handles and trim, as well as the signature fender vent. Dual climate zone, dual 4.2-inch displays in the instrument cluster, and power, leather, heated seats are all standard in the Lariat.


Has the interior been upgraded?

The Ranger carries the same basic interior look as other Ford trucks. With a familiar dashboard and center console, there is little to identify it specifically as a Ranger. The 2019 Ford Ranger does contain a good infotainment system with dual LCD screens in the instrument panel as part of the standard model. Stay plugged in with FordConnect's Wi-fi hotspot for information and entertainment as you travel with your family.


How expensive is the 2019 Ranger?

Since, traditionally, there was not a lot of difference in the price of a mid-size and full-size truck, speculation about the price of the new North American Ranger grew rapidly. Ford wanted to release the Ranger again, but with a much better price range for the American public. With versatility not often found in mid-size pickup trucks, the 2019 Ford Ranger comes at a very reasonable price. The SuperCab starts at $24,000, and the SuperCrew begins at $26,520. Both offer many options to upgrade your pickup. 


How safe is the new Ranger?

For those who like to take the adventure off the beaten path, the FX4 contains the Ford Terrain Management system, first introduced on the Raptor. With four modes, it can handle a multitude of terrain types, including grass, mud, sand, snow, and gravel. For city use, it has an advanced safety system that provides adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assistance, among other features. This is standard on the Lariat and optional for the XLT.

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