It’s back! The venerable little Ford Ranger pickup, although not so little anymore. With the mid- size pickup market expanding, Ford have introduced a more compact Ranger based on the Australian Ford Ranger, but with different suspension tuning, different engine and transmission. The new Ranger has a tough, well-integrated look with short overhangs, a high beltline, steeply raked cabin windshield, trapezoid grill, and big fenders to complete a contemporary handsome look. The Ranger is not available as single cab model instead it starts with a SuperCab version, with six-foot box, four seats, and small, rear-hinged back doors that only open if the front doors are opened first.
The SuperCrew as tested has a five-foot box, five seats, and four conventionally opening doors. All Rangers in Canada are 4×4 equipped. The Ranger model lineup features: XL SuperCab 4×4: $30,969, XLT SuperCab 4×4: $35,539, XLT SuperCrew 4×4: $37,339, and the Lariat SuperCrew 4×4: $42,289 as tested.
The engine powering the Ranger is the second generation Ford 2.3L twin scroll turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder, with a forged steel crankshaft borrowed – from the Mustang EcoBoost- making 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s mated to a ten-speed automatic as fitted to the Ford F-150.—there is no manual transmission option. The Ranger can carry up to 1,650 lb of cargo with the short bed, Crew Cab 4 x 4 configuration, and 1,560 lbs for the SuperCrew. All Ranger models have a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs, (When properly equipped with tow package) which Ford says is best-in-class,
The Ranger’s cabin design is neat and well organized. The dash is also relatively uncluttered with big clear dials for stereo volume and tuning. The infotainment system is powered by Ford’s excellent SYNC system. The Lariat includes such niceties as heated leather seats, auto-dimming mirror, satellite radio, lane-keeping assist, and a blind-spot monitoring system that adjust when for trailer length for safer lane changes in traffic. The front seats are very supportive and comfortable, and have eight-way power with lumbar support on the Lariat. The SuperCrew is roomier for second-row passengers than the SuperCab, while the rear cushion lifts up to uncover some hidden storage space below it.
The new Rangers impressive 7,500 lb of towing capacity (when equipped with its trailer brake controller and towing package) means it’s the ultimate work and play truck. Highly recommended and sure to do very well. Another hit for Ford!
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 4×4 pickup truck Base priced from $42,289 Website: www.ford,ca