2019 Ford Ranger Delivers What It Promised, And More

December 6th, 2018 by

 

Tough and tenacious have come to reclaim their territory. It’s time to reclaim yours.

The 2019 Ford Ranger has only been on our show floor for one day, but you’re already missing out. Though it comes from a long line of generational success, the Ranger is a stand-out even in its families prestigious Built Tough culture. Delivering on what it promised and more, the Ranger shamelessly reminds us not to sleep on mid-size pick-up capabilities.

Promise #1 – Out-Perform

Not only does the new Ranger promise to out-haul, out-torque, and out-class its competition, but it promises to do it with its eyes closed. The Ranger has 2 fewer cylinders than its neighboring competitors: The Chevy Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, GMC Canyon, and Nissan Frontier. Its towing capacity pedestals 7,700 lbs, and its payload projects a whopping 1,860—totaling 1,140 lbs more than its closest rival.

Promise #2 – Out-Feature

The 2019 Ranger features several technologies designed to enhance your experience and elevate every adventure. Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping System, and a Pedestrian Detection Braking System are all included, but that’s not all the technology you’re guaranteed.

The 2019 Ranger will introduce the 2.3L EcoBoost engine with an Auto Start-Stop system that optimizes power and efficiency using turbo charging gasoline injection. Pair it with the unprecedented 10-speed automatic transmission and available rear-locking differential and you have a game changer. The rear-locking differential is made to thrive at low speeds on low-traction surfaces, giving you the off-road performance you thought was exclusive to TV commercials. The Ranger promises to easily conquer the steep, slippery, sandy, and snowy.

Some Features to Mention

  • FX4 Off-Road Package

Skid plates that protect the undercarriage, a status screen that lets you monitor steering angles, and all-terrain tires that sport a fierce tread pattern for heightened traction. Need we say more?

  • Advanced Trail Control

Brake and throttle control just became effortless. Consider this your off-road cruise control. Engine, transmission, and brakes are all engaged with a push of a button, maintaining a constant speed between 1 and 20 mph.

  • Terrain Management System

Shift on the fly into one of four modes: Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud Ruts, Sand, and Normal mode. Each mode holds specific mapping for throttle and transmission, which adjusts shift points.

Promise #3 – Out-Offer

You’ll get more bang for your buck in the Ranger’s 3-option lineup. For $25,395 (including a $1,095 destination and delivery charge), you’ll inhabit the base XL trim with a double cab, rear-wheel drive and a six-foot box. Standard will present steel wheels, cloth bucket seats, a 3.5-inch screen on the dashboard and a four-speaker audio system. But the best part? Automatic emergency braking is standard. So even the third stringer has found its way on the level playing field.

Upgrade to the XLT trim and you’ll see why you jumped to $29,035. Alloy wheels, two extra speakers, fog lights and a bigger and bolder 4.2-inch screen is enough to make you drool. So not only are you conquering all climates, but now you look good doing it (as long as you can control the drooling). The XLT also raises the stakes with Ford’s CoPilot360 safety suite, tacking on automatic high beams, blind spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. But perhaps the feature that will really sell you on the second stringer is Ford’s 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability. Connect up to 10 devices and never miss a beat in this double cab, 6-ft box RWD.

And finally, the first string. The top dog. The Lariat. Starting at $33,305, the double cab finds its stride in fancy features—LED headlights, leather-trimmed seats, keyless entry, and 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system operating on Ford’s Sync 3.

Get the full picture by coming into Apple Autos and witnessing the Ranger for yourself!

Can’t wait? Pre-order now at Apple Autos.

 

 

 

Posted in Car Reviews