After an 8-year break, the Ford Ranger pickup truck returned in new midsize form. When the Ranger left in 2011, the smaller pickup market was quiet. Since then, new models have emerged such as the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, and the best-selling Toyota Tacoma. The 2019 Ford Ranger comes into competition with impressive features such as standard turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, 7,500 pounds towing capacity, class-leading payload capacity, and a number of technological and safety features. While offering a choice of two cabs and two-bed lengths, the 2019 Ford Ranger can be equipped to make towing easier and the FX4 Off-Road package for adventurers.
The 2019 Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck is offered in three trims: XL, XLT and Lariat. It is available with two cab configurations: supercab with a 6-foot bed or a crew cab with a 5-foot bed. The base Ranger includes 16-inch wheels, automatic headlights and power windows. The audio system is a 3.5-inch screen with 4-speaker AM/FM, USB inputs and auxiliary cable. Good news is, the Ranger does come standard with a pre-collision warning system.
Its recommend at least moving up to the Ranger XLT, which adds 17-inch wheels, front and rear parking sensors, the Co-Pilot360 safety system with trailer-tow monitoring, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring, a 4G Wi-Fi modem and enhanced infotainment system. It also opens the door to the upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system that supports with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The new 2019 Ford Ranger offers only one engine and transmission setup. Its a turbocharged 2.3-liter 4-cylinder generates 270 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Luckily, this Ford powertrain is a good one, laudably mixing potent power and impressive fuel economy. On horsepower side, it nearly equals V6 rivals, and simply passes them in torque. It allows the Ranger to tow up to 7,500 pounds, which is more than any other gasoline engine in this segment, and only a few hundred pounds behind the diesel-powered GMC Canyon and Colorado Chevy. The Ford Ranger payload capacity is also class-leading, up to 1,860 pounds.
Like most new vehicles today, the 2019 Ford Ranger features an engine start/stop system that cuts power in idle, such as stoplights. If you’re don’t like on the engine constantly restarting in traffic, it can be defeated with the press of a button. Though it’s a turbocharged engine, this Ford EcoBoost runs just fine on regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline.
2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with 10-speed automatic
270 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
310 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 21/26 mpg
The 2019 Ford Ranger is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base XL SuperCab model with rear-wheel drive has Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $25,395 (all prices include the $1,095 destination fee). The recommended midgrade variant Ranger XLT begins at $29,035. The range-topping Ranger Lariat comes for $33,305. Opting for the SuperCrew bump these prices by a couple of thousand. A 4-wheel drive is an extra $4,000. A fully loaded 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew 4×4 with options can exceed $43,000.