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A versatile and powerful midsize pickup truck.

Ford Ranger Review | CarMax

Making its US comeback for the first time since 2011, the Ford Ranger returns to offer a midsize pickup-truck option alongside its big brother, the Ford F-150. And if you're looking for all the power and practicality of the F-150 in a smaller, more manageable package, the Ranger ticks every box. Ideal for rugged roadtrippers, delivery drivers, or workers who need something that will carry their tools and equipment, the returning Ranger is a midsize pickup truck that is capable and does not skimp on comfort and features. Here's what we'll cover in this 2019 Ford Ranger review:

Key Specs & Features

  • The 2019 Ford Ranger comes standard across all trim levels with a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, good for an output of 270 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. It also comes mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission.
  • The 2019 Ford Ranger is available in two cab sizes: Crew Cab—featuring a five-foot-long bed, and the SuperCab—with a six-foot-long bed.
  • The 2019 Ford Ranger is available in both two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive variants.
  • The 2019 Ford Ranger comes with plenty of driver convenience features—standard on the XLT and Lariat trim levels are front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, and the Ford Co-Pilot360™ system featuring lane-keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring.

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5 Reasons To Buy

1. Punchy Performance

Ford Ranger Review: Engine | CarMax

Don't think for a second that packing a smaller engine than the F-150 means the Ranger is somehow lacking in guts. The 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine, standard on all Ranger models, is the real secret weapon of this vehicle. It delivers on power, outputting 270 hp with 310 lb.-ft. of torque, and helps give the 2019 Ford Ranger gets an estimated towing capacity of 7,500 lbs. when properly equipped—more than enough for your everyday work and cargo-transportation needs.1

2. Performance with Good Fuel Economy Numbers

Despite putting out that much power and towing capacity, the 2019 Ford Ranger with the 2.3L engine still manages an EPA-estimated 23 mpg combined in 2WD form, with the 4WD models managing an EPA-estimated 21 mpg combined.2 Both offer a good combination of fuel economy and power in a midsize truck package. This makes it very practical, whether you're looking for a workhorse or a family hauler.

3. Plenty of Space Inside And Out

Ford Ranger Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Being a pickup truck, the 2019 Ford Ranger packs plenty of room for cargo—either with the five-foot-long Crew Cab bed or the six-foot-long SuperCab bed. But that extends to the interior as well, with the Crew Cab offering four seats and 89.2 cubic ft. of passenger space, and the SuperCab packing five seats and 97.6 cu.-ft. of passenger space. Whether you need the bed to transport equipment and cargo or the interior space to transport family and friends, the 2019 Ford Ranger is the pickup for all seasons.

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4. Driver Convenience Technology

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Don't be put off by the idea that a big pickup truck is tricky to drive—not only does the 2019 Ford Ranger have the advantage of being a midsize truck, it also has a number of both standard and optional driver-convenience features too. This include automatic headlights, a rearview camera, blind-spot monitoring, parking sensors, and more.

5. More Confidence in All Terrains

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Being a pickup truck with available 4WD, the 2019 Ford Ranger is designed to tackle various tricky terrain types and weather conditions with ease—particularly with the FX4 Off-Road package. Optional on all three trim levels, this package features off-road tires, upgraded suspension, front tow hooks, an electronically locking rear axle and a low-speed crawl control system. If you're yearning for a cross-country adventure, the 2019 Ford Ranger is the ideal companion for most obstacles you might face.


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What You Need to Know

2019 Ford Ranger Trim Levels

The 2019 Ford Ranger is available in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat.

The base XL features as standard:

  • 16-inch steel wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Air conditioning
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking
  • A four-speaker sound system

On the mid-tier XLT trim you get:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Ford CoPilot360™ system, with blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist
  • 4.2-inch center console screen with Ford Sync®
  • Remote tailgate locking
  • 4G Wi-Fi hotspot3

And on the top-of-the-range Lariat trim, you get all the previously listed features as well as:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated and power-adjustable front seats
  • 8-inch center console touchscreen with Ford Sync 3
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather seats

2019 Ford Ranger Color Choices

The 2019 Ford Ranger is available in the following selection of colors:

  • Absolute Black
  • Hot Pepper Red
  • Ingot Silver
  • Lightning Blue
  • Magnetic
  • Oxford White
  • Saber
  • White Platinum

Similar Vehicles

You’ve got plenty of options if you’re looking for the right pickup truck. If you aren’t sure the 2019 Ford Ranger is the best fit for you, check out these similar vehicles.

Ford F-150

Obviously, the Ford Ranger's own big brother is always going to be a contender when looking to buy a pickup truck, as it remains such a popular choice. The current 2019 model, part of the 13th generation that was introduced in 2015, is a great choice if you're looking for something with a bit more power. The 2019 Ford F-150's selection of V6 engines offers plenty of go and there is the option of a 3.0L diesel V6 in that lineup as well. Couple that with the top-line Raptor off-road package, designed for excellent all-terrain driving ability, and the F-150 remains a compelling choice. The F-150 makes a great work truck but it's also a fantastic option if you like off-road adventures.

Chevrolet Colorado

The Colorado will help you find the perfect balance between work and play. The 2019 model offers a choice of three engines—a 2.5L four-cylinder, a 2.8L turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, and a 3.6L V6—and five trim levels means the choice of features and powertrains is in your hands. The Colorado can also be kitted out to be as comfortable, practical, convenient, and ruggedly dependable as you want. Need a midsize pickup truck for your specific requirements? You'll likely find a Chevy Colorado with all the specs and features just for you.

Nissan Frontier

If you are looking purely for a utilitarian, rugged, no-frills midsize truck, the Nissan Frontier is a great choice. Part of the second generation introduced way back in 2005, the 2019 Frontier keeps trucking along—the way that it always did. The Frontier offers strong off-road capabilities and a stripped-back driving experience. There's a range of engine options including a very handy 261-horsepower V6 on all 2005–2019 models. With a new-generation Frontier arriving in 2020, previous Frontiers make a great choice for if you're looking for a rugged and dependable used truck.

The Bottom Line

The 2019 Ford Ranger is a great choice overall. Combining the practical elements of a larger truck, the comfort and convenience of a regular sedan car, and the maneuverability of something much smaller than a pickup truck, the Ford Ranger can handle your work, play, and all-terrain travel requirements with ease.

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1Various factors may impact towing capacity, including weight of passengers, cargo, and options/accessories.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles 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 for details.
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