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2019 Ford Ranger

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$24,000

starting MSRP

Key specs

Base trim shown

Pickup Truck

Body style

18

Combined MPG

4

Seating capacity

210.8” x 70.7”

Dimensions

Rear-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

The good:

  • Dynamite standard powertrain
  • Smooth, easy-shifting transmission
  • Excellent steering feel
  • Nimble, easy to park
  • Multimedia technology (top trims)
  • Cabin comfort

The bad:

  • Questionable fuel economy
  • Already dated interior
  • Smallish seats
  • Base model multimedia content
  • Gets expensive quickly
  • Choppy ride (FX4)

3 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Our 2019 Ford Ranger trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Mid-size pickup truck
  • Turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Rear- or four-wheel drive
  • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Extended cab or crew cab
  • Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 anti-collision system on XLT and Lariat trims
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2019 Ford Ranger review: Our expert's take

By Aaron Bragman
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The verdict: Ford is late to the mid-size truck party, but the 2019 Ford Ranger is seriously compelling.

Versus the competition: You can’t beat the base powertrain in the 2019 Ranger (the only powertrain, actually), but the latest GM appointments do top the Ranger’s already dated interior trimmings.

Owners of older Ford Rangers are a fiercely loyal bunch. When Ford discontinued their compact pickup of choice more than a decade ago, much teeth-gnashing and hand-wringing ensued. When competitors kept renewing their own small pickups yet Ford kept pushing people toward base-model F-150s or Transit Connect compact vans, even more angst resulted. Finally, Ford relented to competitive pressure and reintroduced the Ranger to the North American market — an updated version of its global Ranger pickup, originally developed in Australia and sold everywhere but here. And there was much rejoicing.

As well there should be — the new 2019 Ford Ranger is nothing short of fantastic. It shares many of its components with the global model, but Ford insists there are significant differences, such as an all-new frame designed for U.S. crash tests and payload requirements. But Ford has limited some options: There’s only one powertrain, one wheelbase and only two cab styles and bed lengths to choose from. We sampled two different Ford Rangers to see how they stack up against their mid-size competitors — and to see if “better late than never” applies to the mid-size pickup market, as well.

Style Without Much Variation

The Ranger is immediately identifiable as a Ford — albeit one from a few years ago. The company didn’t do much to update the Ranger’s style when adapting it to the U.S. market, as it looks pretty much like it did when introduced in its current form in 2011. Still, it looks clean and contemporary, with distinctive Ford styling cues up front and a big identifying Ranger logo stamped into the tailgate.

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You can have your Ranger in two different styles: SuperCab (short, rear-hinged back doors) or SuperCrew (four full-sized doors). There’s only one wheelbase and the overall length doesn’t change, which means you get a 6-foot bed with the SuperCab and a 5-foot bed with the SuperCrew. I sampled one of each kind of Ranger — a well-equipped Lariat in SuperCab configuration with an on-road suspension and tires, and a loaded Lariat SuperCrew FX4 Off-Road version with knobby all-terrain tires and a higher ride height.

All About That Powertrain

Putting a turbocharged four-banger in a pickup is still a new concept. Mating it to a 10-speed automatic transmission and making it the only available powertrain is an even bolder move on Ford’s part. But I have to say, it not only works, it works incredibly well. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed automatic is basically the Mustang’s base powertrain, producing 270 horsepower and 310 pounds-feet of torque in this application, which is more than enough to move the Ranger with astonishing alacrity. Put your foot down, and the snorty turbo motor spools up quickly and shoots you forward — the 10-speed auto may have a lot of gears and does indeed shift frequently to make use of all of them, but it’s extremely smooth and barely perceptible in its action. The truck is a genuine joy to drive; it’s astonishing that this is the base powertrain — it’s torquier, more responsive and far more enjoyable than the optional V-6 engines in competitors such as the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier.

But the rest of the Ranger feels just as well sorted out. Ride quality for the on-road model is well-damped and smooth, and its steering is responsive and provides excellent feedback while demonstrating a level of sophistication on the highway that makes it feel like an expensive SUV instead of a mid-size pickup. Opt for the FX4 Off-Road Package and the characteristics understandably change — its thick Hankook all-terrain tires and more robust, lifted suspension make for a choppier ride and less steering feedback, though this is expected given the changes to improve the Ranger’s off-road ability and follow with the changes to how competitors feel. Braking performance is also good, with a firm pedal that produces repeatedly fade-free stops in strong applications. In short, it’s a fantastic platform for a truck that makes us wish it had never left the market — it’s going to push competing vehicles to be better than they currently are thanks to its refinement, performance and outstanding body control.

Fuel economy is still a question, however. While I didn’t get much time in the on-road-oriented Ranger due to a mechanical fault that saw it returned to Ford early (a connector for the four-wheel-drive system had not been plugged in, resulting in non-operational 4WD), I did get an extended drive in the FX4 version. The Ranger is rated at 20/24/22 mpg city/highway/combined with four-wheel drive, but a combination of package options and stiff headwinds saw my mileage vary considerably. Competitors offer a variety of powertrains, from four-cylinder base engines to V-6 options, but the Ranger beats them all thanks in large part to its 10-speed automatic. The only rival that can challenge it is the diesel-equipped Chevrolet Colorado, which almost matches the Ranger in city mpg performance but blows it away in highway mileage. Compare V-6, four-wheel-drive versions of the competitors, or see how the Ranger stacks up against four-wheel-drive four-cylinder versions.

The Best Interior of 2012

While I’d certainly call the Ranger a very successful introduction based on its mechanicals and performance, it’s less successful when it comes to interior appointments. The problem: The interior feels like it’s straight out of the 2012 Ford Fusion sedan … because much of it is. There’s nothing wrong with it in terms of fit and finish, or even amenities and comfort (unless you’re in the cramped backseat), but the gauges, displays, multimedia systems, switches, even the steering wheel seem seven years out of date. These are Ford’s past-generation interior parts, and it gets really noticeable on lesser models of the Ranger. Opt for an XL or XLT with base-level multimedia and you’re treated to a nearly decade-old monochromatic display in a tiny 2.3-inch screen in the XL or a color 4.2-inch screen in the XLT; only top-level trims get a reasonably sized 8-inch display when Sync 3 is chosen on the options list. See what you get for your money on various Ranger trim levels.

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Ford has moved on with the rest of its lineup but didn’t spend much money to introduce an updated version of the Ranger’s interior upon relaunching the truck for the U.S. Buyers who haven’t been in a Ford Ranger since the last one was canceled in 2011 will be thrilled with the new truck’s appointments. Anyone who’s been in another new Ford this decade, however, will recognize this as an old interior. We’re hoping an update is coming sooner rather than later.

Dated though it may be, it’s still a comfortable cabin. The front seats feel a little small in typical Ford fashion (all Ford pickup seats feel undersized compared with their competitors), but they’re supportive over long hauls. Visibility is fine thanks to the high driving position and relatively low beltline. The backseat on the SuperCab model is vestigial at best, but at least the two jump seats are no longer mounted to the sides of the cabin as they were in the previous generation. Still, they’re best suited only for emergencies or small children, yet children small enough to actually fit should probably be in child-safety seats. The four-door SuperCrew version is a bit more accommodating, but no truck in this class has a truly spacious or comfortable backseat even in extended four-door cab models. In that regard, the Ranger is at least competitive.

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Safety Systems

The new Ford Ranger has not yet been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Ford does include its new Ford Co-Pilot360 safety system on all new Rangers at the XLT and Lariat levels, but it is an option on the base Ranger XL. The system includes standard lane keep alert, blind spot information system with rear cross-traffic alert, automatic emergency braking, a backup camera and automatic high beams; adaptive cruise control is optional. The Ranger’s safety equipment puts it at an advantage versus its American competitors from GM, which do not offer much in the way of standard safety equipment in this manner. Forward collision alert is optional on the Colorado, while autonomous braking and adaptive cruise control are not offered. The Toyota Tacoma’s equipment is more comparable to the Ranger’s, while the Nissan Frontier soldiers on as the outdated yet price-leading option.

Pricing

Like its competitors, Rangers start at reasonable prices but quickly climb as you add options and niceties. We’ve already explored Ranger pricing and trim information, so suffice it to say that the cheapest one you can leave a dealership in will cost you $25,495 (all prices include destination fees) for a SuperCab XL 4×2, which might strike you as a little on the pricey side, but keep in mind you’re getting a premium standard powertrain. There’s a mid-level XLT trim and a premium Lariat trim to round things off. My two test vehicles rang in at $41,915 for the Lariat SuperCab 4×4 and $44,240 for the Lariat SuperCrew FX4 Off-Road model. Even fully loaded, the price only climbs by about another $2,000, and it doesn’t come near the $50,000 mark.

Competitor trucks start out cheaper — the Nissan Frontier famously starts at just $20,135 — but the cheaper trucks don’t feature nearly the level of equipment that the Ranger does, and certainly none of them feature an advanced turbocharged engine and 10-speed automatic transmission as standard. But then, other trucks offer more choices for powertrains — the Colorado has three, including a base four-cylinder, a V-6 and a unique turbo-diesel. It also offers a more dedicated hardcore off-road version in the ZR2, mirrored by Toyota’s highly capable Tacoma TRD Pro.

So while competitor pickups may offer buyers more choice, Ford takes the one-size-fits-most approach with the Ranger’s powertrain and body configurations. And that’s OK — the mix they’ve chosen is a tasty one. All the truck needs to be a smash-hit success is an up-to-date Ford interior and it’ll be a home run for sure.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.5
  • Interior 4.3
  • Performance 4.5
  • Value 4.1
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.4
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Most recent consumer reviews

4.0

Pour heating and air 2019

Has more than enough power .when I need it it's got it .don't like the fact that a 2019 should have this problem with the heater and air or the fuel gage .but the brown pills do happen .plus do you need a Vin number for the heater. If iam having a problem with electricity on.this what's going to happen with an E.V

2.0

Wouldn't buy another one.

I enjoy the interior of the newer Ford Rangers, I have a 2019 Ranger Super cab (4door), it rides smooth and feels good on a long drive, this is where my likes end, transmission feels like it has too many gears for that small of an engine. Lord forbid you actually want to work on it yourself, engine bay is so cramped you almost have to remove the engine to work on it, it would be better if it had the inline 6, similar to their 2005 Rangers. I hate how it has a EGR valve/cooler, definitely a major down side to this truck, mine is having problems and is leaking antifreeze into my spark plugs and I don't have the facilities to actually fix it myself. I recommend getting something other than this truck, I regret buying it and will be getting rid of it as soon as I am able.

5.0

In love with 2019 Ranger Lariat Fx4

This truck Is the best purchase I have ever made. My first truck was a '79 F350, then I sold that to get a Crosstrek but I quickly realized I needed a bigger vehicle so I started looking at mid sized trucks and the 4Runner. The 2019 lariat Fx4 with 50k miles on it cost me the same amount as a base model 2015 tacoma with over 100k miles so to me the decision was easy to make. I needed to take this truck to move me and all my stuff entirely across the country from San Diego, up to the Canadian boarder in Glacier National Park, and then to chapel hill North Carolina. Not once did this truck give me any issues and I took it on multiple challenging off-road trails in moab and even completed one jeep trail. (although the jeep trail left me with my first ding on the back bumper) It absolutely blew me away to say the least. Never had issues passing like some tacomas often do, and the adaptive cruise control and lane assist worked excellent. I have a bulged disk in my lower back so its very hard for me to find a comfortable seat for long drives but even after days of 14 hours behind the wheel, I had absolutely no back pain so I felt more than ready to attack the hikes on the trip unlike my subaru. I cannot say enough good things about this truck. Its tough, extremely comfortable, powerful for a 4cyl, great on gas compared to all other midsize trucks, and gave me absolutely ZERO issues while being pushed to its limits both off road and on long journeys. If you're in the market for a midsize truck, you're doing yourself a disservice to not take a good hard look at this truck.

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Safety

Based on the 2019 Ford Ranger base trim.
Risk of rollover
29.2%
Rollover rating
3

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Ford Blue Advantage Blue
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Fords and many non-Ford vehicles up to 10 years old with less than 150,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
90-Day/4,000-Mile (whichever comes first) Comprehensive Limited Warranty
Powertrain
Available
Dealer certification required
139-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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