2019 Ford Ranger First Review
- Ford Ranger returns after six-year hiatus
- Turbo 4-cylinder engine generates 270 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque
- Class-exclusive 10-speed automatic transmission
- Two cabs, two beds, three trim levels
- Available tech includes built-in Wi-Fi, Ford+Alexa personal assistant
- Scheduled to go on sale early 2019
- 2019 Ford Ranger price starts at $25,395 | Price your own 2019 Ranger
The 2019 Ford Ranger isn't on sale yet, but it's so close we can touch it. Our Lyn Woodward got her hands all over it, in fact, and our video crew captured the whole thing. Get up close and personal with the new Ranger in the video above, dig into the details below, and find out why this truck is one of our favorites for 2019.
How much does the 2019 Ford Ranger cost?
2019 Ford Ranger prices start at $25,395 for a 2-door, 2-wheel-drive Ranger SuperCab. That price can reach $37,305 if you order a Ranger Lariat with 4-wheel drive. Adding 4-wheel drive to any Ranger, by the way, adds about $4,000 to the price. If you want four doors on your truck, the Ranger SuperCrew starts at $27,615 and tops out at $39,480. The FX4 off-road package is priced at $1,295.
When does the 2019 Ford Ranger go on sale?
The 2019 Ford Ranger is scheduled to go on sale in the first quarter of 2019.
Where is the 2019 Ford Ranger built?
The new Ranger is being built in Wayne, Michigan, at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant.
Will there be a Ford Ranger Raptor?
While Ford has already unveiled a Ranger Raptor for international markets, the company has yet to commit to one for the U.S. But we’re not betting against it.
2019 Ford Ranger Fuel Economy
Ford has yet to announce official 2019 Ford Ranger fuel economy figures.
2019 Ford Ranger Trims and Features
The 2019 Ford Ranger will be offered in three trims: XL, XLT and Lariat. Like all new vehicles, the Ranger offers a comprehensive menu of infotainment and connectivity, as well as driver assist and safety features including automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and Blind Spot Information (BLIS) that covers a trailer on the top two trims, XLT and Lariat. Available Lariat assist features include adaptive cruise control and pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection.
Infotainment options include Ford’s Sync 3 system with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibility; the Ford+Alexa personal assistant feature that allows management of home systems and includes navigation; 4G LTE Wi-Fi capable of supporting up to 10 devices; plus AC laptop and smartphone charging.
The 2019 Ford Ranger will be offered in two body styles — SuperCab, with rear demi-doors for rear seat access; and the four-door SuperCrew. No standard cab.
There are two cargo bed lengths — 5 and 6 feet — and Ford touts the new Ranger’s maximum payload of 1,860 pounds as best-in-class. That rating easily surpasses the current max payload champ among competing midsize trucks – 1,580 pounds, held by the Honda Ridgeline, edging the Chevy Colorado’s max of 1,574.
The new Ranger’s towing capacity is also impressive: 7,500 pounds. That figure, obtained when this new Ford midsize truck is equipped with the tow package and brake controller, is also best-in-class for gasoline engines. The only competitors rated to pull more are the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon siblings. When equipped with their optional 2.8-liter 4-cylinder diesel engine, they are rated to tow up to 7,700 pounds.
2019 Ford Ranger Engine
Unlike most of its midsize competitors, the Ranger will have just one engine and one transmission: a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine matched with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The engine is a version of a powerplant that sees service in high-performance passenger cars such as the Focus RS and Mustang GT. In this application, the Ranger’s 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Those are both impressive figures. The first is akin to the V6 power outputs of the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevy/GMC midsize trucks, and ranks best-in-class for gasoline engines in this segment.
Ford says the new Ranger’s engine includes several modifications for truck use. Example: forged steel crankshaft and connecting rods. EPA fuel economy ratings will be announced closer to when the Ranger is ready to appear in showrooms.
Like all pickups, great and midsize, the Ranger will offer a 4-wheel drive option, as well as Dana Trac-Loc differentials and an available electronically locking rear differential. Anticipating a high percentage of use on unpaved surfaces, Ford will offer an FX4 off-road option. The package augments the Ranger’s standard ground clearance (as yet unspecified), and adds frame-mounted skid plates, off-road tires, and shock absorbers tuned for bashing about in the rough.
FX4 also includes a Terrain Management System, adapted from the F-150 Raptor. The system uses four driver-select operating modes: normal; grass, gravel, and snow; mud and ruts; and sand. An intriguing element of FX4 is its Trail Control feature, essentially a low-speed cruise control for off-road use, allowing the driver to concentrate on steering.
2019 Ford Ranger Engine Specs
Engine 2.3-liter turbo 4-cylinder with auto start-stop
Configuration Aluminum block and head
Intake manifold Lightweight composite shell-welded
Exhaust manifold High-flow three-port cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold
Valvetrain DOHC, four valves per cylinder, twin independent variable camshaft timing
Valve diameter/lift Intake, 31 millimeters/8.31 millimeters; exhaust, 30 millimeters/7.42 millimeters
Pistons Lightweight high-strength cast aluminum with low-friction skirt coating and steel ring carriers
Connecting rods Forged steel with full floating pins
Bore x stroke 3.45 x 3.7 inches (87.5 x 94 millimeters)
Displacement 140 cubic inches (2,300 cubic centimeters)
Compression ratio 10.0:1
Recommended fuel 87 octane
Fuel capacity 18 gallons
Fuel delivery Direct injection
Oil capacity 6.2 quarts 5W-30 with filter (10,000-mile service interval)
Power 270 horsepower
Torque 310 lb.-ft.
2019 Ford Ranger Interior and Exterior Photos
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