2019 Ford Ranger Review

Ford revealed the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger for North America, bringing midsize truck fans a new choice from This country’s truck product sales leader – one that’s engineered Built Ford Tough and packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road.

Production begins in 2018 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant as customer demand is growing for midsize trucks. U.S. product product sales are up 83 percent because 2014 as a new generation of midsize truck buyers look for more maneuverable, fuel-efficient pickups.

The 2019 Ford Ranger answers the call with an all-new midsize pickup featuring a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain created particularly for North American truck customers. Powerful and strong, with a higher-strength steel body Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost® engine mated to the only 10-speed transmission in the segment.

“Ranger has usually kept a special place in the hearts of truck fans,”

stated Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice leader Product Development and Purchasing.

“The all-new Ranger is designed for present day midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid activities on weekends.”

Ford Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and higher-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.

Built Ford Tough

Built Ford Tough is engineered in Ranger’s DNA – from its higher-strength steel body backbone to its body-mounted steel front and rear bumpers. Ford engineers put Ranger through the same torture screening as the legendary F-150 goes through.

Even its design is tough. Ford Ranger’s muscular body functions a higher beltline that emphasizes strength, while a raked grille and windshield provide an athletic appearance – designed to aid in aerodynamics and reduce wind noise. Short overhangs are functional off-road for clearing obstacles.

From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate by itself is designed to handle people and cargo. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze.

Inside, Ford Ranger blends comfort and ease and functionality with room for up to 5 people, their gear and accessories. A center bunch includes an 8-inch touch screen for the available SYNC® 3 program while the instrument cluster functions dual LCD productivity displays for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.

Ranger’s twin-power dome hood houses its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine designed for efficiency and capability thanks to direct fuel injection, a twin-scroll turbocharger and 16-valve design. For added durability, the engine functions a forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual overhead cams.

“Ranger’s proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque focus on on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a 4-cylinder,”

stated Thai-Tang.

“When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.”

Adventure-ready

Ford Ranger is designed for a new generation of midsize truck customers who head off-road to recharge.

Ranger prioritizes floor clearance to help climb over off-road obstacles. The FX4 Off-Road Package provides additional trail capability with off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a body-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate, body-mounted skid plates and FX4 badging.

To give customers a great all-terrain driving experience, Ford Ranger’s FX4 Off-Road Package functions an innovative Terrain Management System™ similar to the F-150 Raptor’s. It includes 4 unique drive modes – normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. The program can shift on the fly to ally alter throttle responsiveness, transmission gearing and vehicle controls to tailor traction, driveability and performance to any given terrain or weather condition.

The FX4 Off-Road Package presents Ford’s all-new Trail Control™ technology. Like cruise control for the higherway but designed for low-speed, rugged terrain, Trail Control takes over acceleration and braking – sending power and braking to every individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering along the course.

Power is distributed through Dana® AdvanTEK® impartial front and solid rear axles on each 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4) for increased all-terrain traction. Ranger 4-wheel-drive variations feature 2-higher, 4-higher and 4-low.

Innovative technology

Ford Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Lariat include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Luxury cruise Control.

Available SYNC® 3 functions Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford+Alexa personal assistant functionality and optional navigation. An available FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power shops allow for charging of laptops and USB shops provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ford Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.

Additional functions include optional LED headlamps and taillamps. Optional exterior lighting includes puddle lamps and lighting for the cargo bed, while Ford’s available Smart Trailer Tow connector alerts drivers to faulty trailer connections.

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