By Mauricio Lezcano / carsntravel.com / Photos Ford Media Center
For 2019, Ford Ranger makes a triumphant return, a midsize pickup engineered Built Ford Tough, ready for adventure and packed with driver-assist technologies to enable easier driving both on and off-road.
Ranger’s muscular body features a high beltline, while a raked grille and windshield lend an athletic appearance and aid in aerodynamics and reduced wind noise. Short overhangs mean better approach and departure angles off-road.
The available FX4 Off-Road Package features off-road-tuned suspension, all-terrain tires, frame-mounted heavy-gauge steel front bash plate and skid plates, rear locking differential, innovative Terrain Management System with four distinct drive modes and Trail Control.
From the rear, the Ranger nameplate stamped in the tailgate conveys strength, and the tailgate itself is designed to handle people and cargo. A rugged steel bumper with an available integrated trailer hitch receiver helps make towing campers, ATVs or watercraft a breeze.
Ranger comes in entry-level XL, mid-level XLT and high-level Lariat trim series with available Chrome and Sport appearance and FX Off-Road packages, and in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations.
Inside, Ranger blends comfort and functionality with room for up to five people, their gear and accessories. A center stack includes an 8-inch touch screen, while the instrument cluster features dual LCD productivity screens for real-time vehicle, navigation and audio information.
Ranger incorporates smart driver-assist, passenger convenience and connectivity technologies. Advanced driver-assist technologies include standard Automatic Emergency Braking, while Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, a Reverse Sensing System and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage are standard on XLT and Lariat trim levels. Additional driver-assist technologies standard on Lariat include Pedestrian Detection and Adaptive Cruise Control.
The available SYNC 3 features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Ford Alexa personal assistant functionality and optional navigation. An available FordPass Connect 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices. Available AC power outlets allow for charging of laptops and USB outlets provide more options for passengers to connect. Available B&O PLAY premium audio is specially tuned for the Ranger cab to deliver a rich and engaging listening experience.
The 2019 Ford Ranger’s standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost produces 270 horsepower and, more importantly, 310 lb.-ft. of torque, the most engine-turning power of any gas engine in the midsize pickup segment, including V6 engines from competitors; Paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed transmission, Ranger features a unique combination of power and capability.
Anchored by a high-strength steel frame and robust solid rear axle with Hotchkiss suspension, Ranger can conventionally tow more than any gas engine truck in its class 7,500 pounds when equipped with the tow package and a trailer brake controller.
Ranger offers such innovative technologies as standard Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, available Blind Spot Information System with class-exclusive trailer coverage, and available SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost provides a torque target on par with competing V6 engines, but with the efficiency of a four-cylinder. When you pair that with its 10-speed transmission, you’ve got one of the most versatile, powerful and efficient powertrains in the segment.
Manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $34,385.00, for the 2019 Ford Ranger Super Crew 4X2, the one I drove included: Equipment Group 501A ($1,795.00), Lariat Series ($595.00), Running Boards 5” Rectangular Black ($635.00), 18” Machined Face Sport Wheel ($895.00), Sport Appearance Package ($895.00), Spray-in-Bedliner ($495.00), and it came in at $40,790.00 including destination & delivery ($1,095.00).