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Auto review: Ford rolls out its reborn
Ranger pickup for 2019, including the
trail-ready FX4
By G. ChamBers Williams iii
Fort Worth star-teleGram
The Ranger midsize pickup has returned to the Ford truck lineup
2019 after an eight-year hiatus, taking on the recently re-introduced
Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon models, among others.
This revived Ranger has a new exterior design, chassis and
powertrain developed specifically for North America, and, like other
newer Ford truck products, makes extensive use of aluminum in the
body to reduce weight and improve fuel economy.
Available now, the Ranger comes in two cab configurations,
SuperCab and SuperCrew, with three main trim levels, XL, XLT and
Lariat, with the FX off-road packages available on both versions.
Both body styles have seating for up to five people, but the
SuperCrew has more rear cabin space with better legroom, and it has
four doors. SuperCab models have a six-foot-long cargo box, while
Super Crew versions have a five-foot box.
Prices start at $24,300 (plus $1,195 freight) for a two-wheel drive
XL SuperCab model, and base prices climb up to $38,565 for the
top-spec four-wheel drive Lariat SuperCrew.
Stepping up to SuperCrew for the XL costs $2,400 more, while it’s
$2,175 more for both the XLT and top-level Lariat SuperCrew models
compared with their SuperCab versions.

front and rear overhangs for clearing obstacles on the trail.
Available is a rugged steel bumper with an integrated trailer hitch
receiver, allowing the Ranger to tow ATVs, travel trailers or boats.
Maximum towing capacity is 7,500 pounds with the Trailer Tow
Package ($495) included on our test model.
Inside, there is a front center dash stack that has an eight-inch
touch screen, and there is an instrument cluster with dual LCD
screens for vehicle, navigation and audio information.
The FX4 Off-Road Package makes the new Ranger trail ready, and
includes off-road shocks, all-terrain tires, a heavy-gauge steel front
bash plate, frame-mounted skid plates, FX4 badges, and a Terrain
Management System similar to that of the F-150 Raptor.
outside temperature display; and a locking glove box.
Features include normal; grass, gravel and snow; mud and ruts;
and sand driving modes. The system automatically adjusts throttle
We had two 12-volt power outlets and two USB ports in the front
response, gearing and vehicle controls to match the terrain or weather of the shifter just under the dash, and there was a 110-volt power
conditions.
outlet as well.
Also included in the FX4 package is Ford’s new Trail Control
Other standard features included 4-G Wi-Fi; auto stop/start for the
technology, which automatically manages acceleration and braking on engine, designed to save fuel in stop-and-go traffic; hill-start assist;
rough terrain. Trailer Sway Control was included on our XLT.
remote keyless entry with pushbutton start; curve control; and a

Standard are Dana AdvanTEK independent solid axles on two- and
perimeter alarm.
four-wheel-drive models, along with an optional electronic-locking rear Our truck came with the Equipment Group 302A ($2,800), which
axle (standard on FX2 and FX4 packages) for increased traction.
brought dual-zone automatic climate control, a sliding rear window
Rear-wheel drive is standard, but four-wheel drive can be added for
Ranger four-wheel-drive versions feature low-range gearing for
with defrost, and remote start.
$4,000 on the XLT and Lariat, and $4,160 on the XL.
serious off-road conditions. There is a knob on the left side of the
Additional options on our tester included very nice 18-inch
Our test model for this report was the midlevel XLT SuperCrew
center console shifter that electronically engages 4WD High or 4WD
machined-aluminum wheels ($895), replacing the standard 17-inch
with shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive (base price $34,295) and the
Low modes, along with the normal 2WD.
wheels; a sprayed-in bedliner ($495); tray-style floor liner ($135);
FX4 Off-Road Package ($1,295), including an electronic-locking rear
We took our Ranger on some mild state and national park off-road
and the Ford keyless-entry keypad on the driver’s door ($95), which
differential.
trails, where it performed flawlessly in light dirt and sand (but we did
ensures that you’ll never be locked out.
The new Ranger is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder
not encounter any mud or heavy rock). Shifting into and out of 4WD
We found the front bucket seats to be generally comfortable, even
gasoline engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. The engine was quick and easy.
on a semi-long drive. The rear seat is comfy enough for two adults, but
is rated at 270 horsepower and 310 foot-pounds of torque.
Advanced safety and driver-assist technologies include standard
tight for three. Rear knee room is limited, however – especially if the
A twin-power dome hood accommodates the EcoBoost engine,
Automatic Emergency Braking, along with Lane Keeping Assist,
front seats are very far back on their tracks.
which comes with a twin-scroll turbocharger. The engine has a
Lane Departure Warning, Reverse Sensing System and a Blind Spot
The Ranger’s ride was surprisingly cushy for a truck, and the cabin
forged-steel crankshaft and connecting rods, and chain-driven dual
Information System with trailer coverage standard on XLT and Lariat
was quieter than expected, even at highway speeds. These features
overhead cams.
trims.
helped make our Ranger a decent road-trip vehicle.
EPA fuel-economy ratings are 21 mpg city/26 highway/23 combined
Lariat models also come with Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive
for rear-wheel-drive models, and 20/24/22 for four-wheel drive, such
There was plenty of power for our needs, even on some mountain
Cruise Control. Adaptive cruise was included on our XLT model in
as our tester.
grades, and the 10-speed transmission shifted smoothly and
the Technology Package ($795), which also brought the Ford SYNC
efficiently. We did not load our Ranger with rear passengers or cargo,
While the Ranger body is mostly aluminum, the truck has a high3 entertainment and connectivity system, with Apple CarPlay and
however, and did not tow any trailers.
strength steel frame, and frame-mounted steel bumpers front and
Android Auto compatibility, Alexa personal assistant functionality and
back.
Our Ranger’s exterior color was Lightning Blue, and the cabin came
navigation.
with Ebony premium cloth seats. (Lariat models have leather.)
As with most midsize pickups, Ford expects the new Ranger to be
Among other available Ranger features are LED headlights and
used as a personal-transportation vehicle rather than as a work truck, taillights, puddle lamps, cargo bed lighting, and the Smart Trailer Tow
Overall, Ford has done an excellent job designing and equipping the
with weekend sporting adventures and light DIY hauling in mind.
new Ranger, bringing a quality entry to the midsize pickup category.
connector, which tells the driver if the trailer light connection isn’t
It’s a sound competitor to the Colorado and Canyon, as well as the
The Ranger was designed with a muscular body with a high beltline working.
Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.
to emphasize strength, Ford says. There also are a raked grille and
Our XLT included such standard features as automatic halogen
windshield, adding to the Ranger’s sporty look. The design also helps headlights, with auto high beams; fog lights; a power tailgate lock;
Total sticker price of our 2019 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCab with
improve aerodynamics and reduce wind noise.
four-wheel drive and the FX4 Off-Road Package was $42,485,
privacy glass; rearview camera; tilt/telescopic steering column; dual
Off-road customers are clearly in mind, as the new Ranger has short sliding sun visors with vanity mirrors; folding second-row bench seat;

including freight and options.

2019 Ford Ranger XLT FX4 CrewCab
4WD Pickup
The package: Midsize, four-door, turbocharged four-cylinder,
gasoline-powered, four-wheel-drive, five-passenger crew cab
pickup truck.
Highlights: Ford’s Ranger pickup returns to the U.S. market for 2019
after an eight-year absence. It comes in two cab/bed configurations
with rear- or four-wheel drive. The XLT CrewCab with the FX4
off-road gear is trail-ready, has decent power, and has lots of
standard features.
Negatives: Pricey for a midsize pickup in this configuration.
Engine: 2.3-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder (gasoline).
Transmission: Ten-speed automatic.
Power/torque: 270 HP./310 foot-pounds.
Brakes, front/rear: Disc/disc, antilock.
Electronic stability control: Standard.
Air bags: Front seat-mounted side; overhead side-curtain,
both rows.
Overall length: 210.8 inches.
Curb weight: 4,441 pounds.
Towing capacity: 7,500 pounds.
Cargo capacity: 1,560 pounds; 61-inch cargo bed.
Major competitors: Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet
Colorado, GMC Canyon, Honda Ridgeline.
Fuel capacity/type: 18 gallons/ unleaded regular gasoline.
EPA fuel economy: 21 mpg city/26 highway/23 combined (2WD);
20/24/22 (4WD).
Base price: $34,295, plus $1,195 freight (XLT CrewCab 4WD).
Price as tested: $42,485, including freight and options (includes
FX4 package).
On the Road rating: 8.5 (of a possible 10).
Prices shown are manufacturer’s suggested retail. Actual selling
price may vary.

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