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A tough and adventurous midsize truck.

Ford Ranger Review | CarMax

If you need a midsize pickup that can withstand tough conditions and look good crisscrossing dirt roads and gravel paths, set your sights on the Ford Ranger. Re-introduced to the North American market in 2019, this truck gives you the freedom to go where you want, when you want, with its turbocharged gasoline engine and fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame. With three trim levels overflowing with driver-assist features and two body styles to fit your crew, the Ford Ranger is a rugged and capable choice for work and play.

While we currently do not have many 2020 Ford Rangers on our lots, we look forward to selling more in the future. Here's what you'll learn in this 2020 Ford Ranger review:

Key Specs and Features

MPG:

  • The 2020 Ford Ranger with 2WD, the 2.3L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.1
  • The 2020 Ford Ranger with 4WD, the 2.3L engine, and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.1

Cargo Space:

  • The cargo-bed area of the 2020 Ford Ranger offers 43.3 cubic feet of volume in SuperCrew® models with the five-foot box.
  • 2020 SuperCab models with the six-foot box boast 51.8 cubic feet of volume.

Towing Capacity:

  • The Ford Ranger's towing capacity is an estimated 7,500 lbs. with the 2.3L four-cylinder on 2020 models when properly equipped.2

Seating Capacity:

  • SuperCab models offer seating for four passengers.
  • SuperCrew models feature seating for five passengers.

Engine Options:

  • 270-hp 2.3L EcoBoost® four-cylinder with Auto Start-Stop technology and 310 lb-ft of torque

Tech Features:

  • FordPass Connect™ with available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot capability3
  • Rearview camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist (XL and higher)
  • SYNC® 3 with eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen (XLT and higher)
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capability (XLT and higher)
  • Forward and reverse sensing systems (Lariat)

Rankings

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5 Reasons to Buy

1. Rugged Construction

Ford Ranger Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

If you need a midsize pickup that you can put through the wringer, the 2020 Ford Ranger can take a beating. Every Ranger sits on a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame with six rugged cross-members that work together with the steel front bumper and a frame-mounted rear tow bar to provide a solid foundation for on- and off-road adventures. A double-wishbone front suspension with rugged coil springs and front monotube shocks optimize the pickup's ride and handling, while rear parabolic leaf springs absorb weight on the rear axle. The result is a truck that has all the toughness you need to take it on outdoor explorations.

2. Robust Turbocharged Performance

Ford Ranger Review: Engine | CarMax

All 2020 Ford Rangers run off a turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder that makes 270 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. It connects to a 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission that enhances gear progressions and delivers smooth, quick shifting. The engine also features Ford's Auto Start-Stop technology, which helps the pickup return an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway when equipped with 2WD.1 Even with the 2.3L four-cylinder, towing performance is strong. When properly equipped, the 2020 Ranger with the 2.3L engine can pull an estimated 7,500 lbs. and carry an estimated max payload capacity of 1,860 lbs.2

3. Driver-Focused Technologies

Ford Ranger Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

The 2020 Ford Ranger matches its rugged personality with smart technology that inspires confidence when behind the wheel. XLT and Lariat trims come standard with a SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, as well as two smart-charging USB ports to keep your devices juiced up for long journeys. Ford Co-Pilot 360™ Technology also adds key driving aids to the 2020 Ranger, like a forward-collision warning system with an automatic emergency braking system on XL and higher trims, or lane-keeping assistance and a blind-spot monitoring system on XLT and Lariat trims. If you want built-in navigation with voice recognition, a Technology package is also optional on XLT and higher trims in 2020.

4. Comfortable Cabin

Ford Ranger Review: Front Seats | CarMax

Roomy and comfortable, the 2020 Ranger is a nice way to travel. SuperCrew models offer seating for five passengers with a three-passenger rear bench, which comes in handy if you need to bring kids or crew along for the ride. In the floor, a covered under-seat storage area is the perfect spot to store tools or personal belongings out of sight, plus there are ample cupholders throughout the cabin. XL and XLT trims come standard with cloth upholstery or there is optional vinyl upholstery for easy clean-up after a day on dusty trails. For extra luxury, the Lariat adds leather upholstery and eight-way power heated front seats.

Ford Ranger Review: Backseats | CarMax

5. Plenty of Package Options

The 2020 Ford Ranger offers various packages that enhance the pickup's rugged good looks, like an available Chrome Package that adds chrome bumpers, halogen fog lamps, and black front tow hooks, or the STX Package with 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels and STX pickup box decals. There are also off-road packages to up the 2020 Ranger's capability on tough terrain, including FX2 and FX4 Off-Road packages. Both add-ons feature off-road-tuned suspensions and other enhancements designed to let you slice through sand dunes and challenge rocky conditions without breaking a sweat.


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What You Need to Know

Available Trims

  • XL: Includes 16-inch silver steel wheels, halogen headlamps, cloth upholstery, AM/FM stereo with Bluetooth® connectivity and four speakers, vinyl steering wheel with audio controls, and more.
  • XLT: Adds 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, halogen fog lamps, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, SYNC 3 with an eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen, Apple Carplay and Android Auto compatibility, and more.
  • Lariat: Adds 18-inch machined aluminum wheels, leather front seats and leather-trimmed rear seats, heated eight-way power front seats, forward and reverse sensing systems, push-button start, and more.

Available Colors

  • Iconic Silver
  • Lightning Blue
  • Magnetic
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat (XLT and Lariat trims; available with STX Package)
  • Saber
  • Shadow Black
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-coat (Lariat trim; available with STX Package)

Interior

  • SuperCrew models offer 43.3 cubic feet of cargo volume in the bed area; SuperCab models feature 51.8 cubic feet of volume.
  • SuperCab models seat four passengers; SuperCrew models seat five passengers.
  • SYNC 3 with eight-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen (XLT and higher trims)
  • Locking glove box (all trims)
  • Leather front seating and leather-trimmed rear seating (Lariat trim)

Average CarMax Prices

The 2020 Ford Ranger is a newer model year and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. Pricing data for this model at CarMax is currently unavailable. See below to learn more about previous model years.

Similar Model Years

If you like the 2020 Ford Ranger, check out some previous model years of this vehicle with similar features.

  • 2019 Ford Ranger
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Safety and Reliability

Repairpal® Reliability Ratings for the 2020 Ford Ranger.5

The 2020 Ford Ranger is a newer model and we currently have a limited number in our inventory. You may also consider other used Ford Rangers with similar features. Below are Repairpal reliability ratings for prior model years of the Ford Ranger.

  • Overall Repairpal Reliability Rating - 4/5
  • Average annual cost of unscheduled repairs and maintenance: $616.00

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2010–2019 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features. Learn more at www.carmax.com/repairpal-reliability.

NHTSA Safety Ratings - 2020 Ford Ranger

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Similar Vehicles

If you're interested in the 2020 Ford Ranger, you should also check out these similar vehicles from previous model years.

Chevrolet Colorado

If you're craving diesel performance in a midsize package, the Chevrolet Colorado strikes a good balance. Optional on 2017–2019 LT, Z71, and ZR2 trim levels is a Duramax® 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine that pummels the pavement to make 181 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, towing capacity is an estimated 7,700 lbs. with the turbodiesel on 2017–2019 models, which is plenty of muscle to pull your equipment.2 With an EPA-estimated 30 mpg highway with the 2.8L diesel engine, the 2017–2019 Colorado matches its towing capacity with less time spent at the pump.1 You also get some premium standard features on the mid-range LT trim (2017–2019 models) like:

  • 17-inch metallic-painted cast-aluminum wheels
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Eight-inch touchscreen display

Ford F-150

Whether you are looking for a full-size truck with a blue-collar work ethic or something more premium for touring around town, the Ford F-150's range of trim levels, engine options, cab styles, and bed lengths have your needs covered. A popular option is the F-150 equipped with Ford's powerful and fuel-sipping 3.5L EcoBoost® engine (standard on the 2017–2018 F-150 Limited and optional on the 2019 XL, XLT, Lariat, King Ranch, and Platinum trims). This engine delivers 375 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque and can tow an estimated 13,200 lbs. when properly equipped (2018–2019 models).3 With 2WD and the 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability, fuel economy for 2018–2019 models is an EPA-estimated 18 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with the 3.5L EcoBoost.2 The Limited trim also blends comfort with convenience by including the following standard features on 2017–2019 models:

  • Power-deployable running boards
  • 360-degree camera with split-view display
  • Multi-contour front bucket seats with Active Motion®
  • Twin-panel moonroof (SuperCrew only)

Toyota Tacoma

Are you an outdoor enthusiast with a thirst for off-road thrills? The Toyota Tacoma shares the same zest for adventure, especially the off-road-capable TRD Pro trim. Offered with a crew cab and a shorter bed with standard 4WD, the Tacoma TRD Pro runs off a 3.5L V6 that generates 278 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque (2017–2019 models). Designed to conquer hills and rugged territory, this model also comes equipped with TRD-tuned front springs with a one-inch lift and special Fox internal bypass shocks. Whether traversing over rock beds or slicing through sand dunes, the Tacoma TRD Pro sports a rugged appearance with the following standard exterior features on 2017–2019 trims:

  • TRD Pro aluminum front skid plate
  • Rigid Industries® LED fog lights
  • Taillights with black bezels
  • Unique TRD Pro hood details

Nissan Frontier

Designed to tackle both personal and professional projects, the Nissan Frontier is a midsize workhorse that's practical and easy to drive. With a choice of four-door crew-cab or extended-cab body styles with five-foot and 6.1-foot bed lengths, a 2017–2019 Frontier can blend in with your schedule, whether you're transporting your crew and kids or making runs to the lumber yard. A 2.5L four-cylinder engine with 152 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque comes standard on S and SV trims (2017–2019 models) or there's the 4.0L V6 with 261 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque (2017-2019 models). The Frontier's midsize dimensions allow for easy maneuverability, plus the truck's ride is surprisingly comfortable. If you need a no-frills work truck, the 2017–2019 base S trim comes standard with:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Bluetooth connectivity

The Bottom Line

Whether you need a midsize pickup to haul recreation toys in your off-hours or a rugged truck to dominate the job site, the 2020 Ford Ranger is a very proficient platform. With three trim levels and two cab configurations, you can find the right model to fit your needs. Available packages up the Ranger's ante, too, making this an exciting truck to shop for and drive.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
2Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
3Wi-Fi hotspots require a data plan to activate and may also require a compatible device. See the owner's manual or manufacturer website for more information.
4RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. Learn more at repairpal.com/reliability.
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