After driving three different Ford Rangers, we know there’s a lot to like. The only powertrain available — a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission — is great, with plenty of power and the best fuel economy in a real-world MPG test that was part of our larger 2019 Mid-Size Truck Challenge. But all three have also had an annoying low-speed shudder.
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In low-speed acceleration, particularly from a stop there’d be a brief shudder once the truck reached roughly 10 mph that we couldn’t place besides a sense of it coming from behind the driver’s seat. Lest you think we’re alone in this, Ranger owners have been complaining about the same issue on various online forums. Ford told us that two of our tested trucks have been sent to its engineers for evaluation, but we haven’t heard anything beyond that. If we do hear anything more, we’ll be sure to let you know. For now, if you’re considering buying a Ranger, see if you notice the issue during a test drive and if you find it as annoying as we do.
In other pickup trucks news, GM issued two recalls for the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500. The first, for 2019 and 2020 model years of the trucks, involves excessive glue on battery cable rings that may cause an intermittent electrical connection and lead to an increased risk of stalling. The second is only for 2019 models and involves a software error that might disable the electronic stability control and antilock brake system without illuminating the related malfunction warning lights. If you own either pickup, be sure to take a look at the recalls and see if your truck is affected.
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