7 Things You Need to Know About the Return of the Ford Ranger
Small pickup truck enthusiasts were undoubtedly excited to know that Ford has resurrected the popular Ford Ranger pickup for the 2019 model year. While it left the market in 2011 as a compact-size pickup, it’s returned as a larger, mid-size truck ready to compete with the Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado. Here are seven things you need to know about the mighty Ranger’s return to Ford’s truck fleet.
1. Its Body Is Made of Old-Fashioned Steel
Unlike its sibling, the F-150, which is now constructed with a lighter aluminum frame, the 2019 Ford Ranger, including the front and rear bumpers, is made of heavier, stronger steel. It’s built tough and made to battle extreme elements of heat and cold.
2. It Keeps It Simple in the Powertrain Department
Instead of offering a laundry list of engine choices, Ford decided to keep it simple with the all-new Ford Ranger. All Ranger models will feature a 2.3L EcoBoost in-line four-cylinder engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
This ultra-efficient engine has been beefed up for truck duty, as it comes with a forged crankshaft and connecting rods and a double-roller timing chain.
3. It Has Serious Off-Road Capabilities
If you enjoy partaking in outdoor adventures, you’re sure to find the 2019 Ford Ranger a worthy companion. The FX2 (two-wheel drive) and FX4 (four-wheel drive) off-road versions are equipped with electronic locking rear differentials and include other necessary equipment including all-terrain tires, dampers optimized and tuned for off-road driving, a steel front bash plate and steel skid plates to protect the undercarriage from damage.
4. The 2019 Ford Ranger Comes with a Terrain Management System
That’s right — you can optimize how your truck performs and responds by selecting a terrain type. Choose Normal, Grass, Gravel and Snow, Mud and Ruts, or Sand and the Ranger’s built-in system automatically alters throttle response, transmission shift points, traction, and stability control to help keep you and your passengers safe.
5. It Has Plenty of Trims to Choose From
Those familiar with Ford truck lineups will recognize the familiar model types: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Chrome and Sport appearance packages will be available as well if you’re concerned about aesthetics and appearance.
6. Its Interior Is Comfortable and Practical
Inside a 2019 Ford Ranger, you’ll find room for up to five passengers, under seat storage in the rear for stowing a toolbox or emergency kit, dual LCD info screens in the instrument panel and a large 8-inch touchscreen for accessing optional navigation and your music collection.
7. It Lets You Stay Connected Wherever You Roam
The FordPass Connect feature, available on some models, can create an in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot that lets you connect up to 10 devices so you and your passengers can stay in touch during outdoor adventures.