Agile handling and comfortable ride; energetic engine; class-leading towing and payload; high-end cabin for the segment; standard accident avoidance tech
Limited cab/bed combinations; a touchscreen isn't standard; no driver seat height adjustment without power seats
The Ranger is new to the United States for 2019. Read more about what makes it new and noteworthy in our 2019 Ranger First Drive Review.
The XL represents pretty good value for the segment, but we'd still start things off with the XLT and strongly consider the 302A package for two key elements: the height-adjustable driver's seat and the Sync3 touchscreen interface that greatly improves interior functionality.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is available in only two body styles: SuperCab (extended) with a 72.8-in bed and SuperCrew with a 61-in bed. There are also three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat.
Standard equipment on the XL ($24,300 SuperCab; $26,520 SuperCrew) includes 16-in steel wheels, automatic headlights, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, a backup camera, air conditioning, vinyl flooring, cloth upholstery, power windows and an AM/FM stereo. The 101A package adds keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, extra speakers, a USB port, Bluetooth, 911 Assist emergency communications (works through a Bluetooth-synced phone), 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability and a color infotainment display. Also optional is the Ford Co-Pilot360 package that includes lane-keeping assist, pedestrian detection for the forward-collision warning system, automatic high beams and blind-spot warning with rear-cross traffic alert and trailer tow monitor.
The XLT ($27,940 SuperCab; $30,115 SuperCrew) includes the above optional equipment plus 17-in alloy wheels, foglamps, upgraded exterior trim, rear privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors, interior carpet and a 110V AC outlet. The 301A package adds power-folding mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio and the Sync 3 electronics interface that includes an 8-in touchscreen, two extra USB ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and voice controls. The 302A package includes all of that plus heated 8-way power front seats, a manual-sliding rear window, remote ignition and a sport appearance package.
The Lariat ($32,210 SuperCab; $34,385 SuperCrew) includes the contents of those packages plus 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, further upgraded exterior trim, proximity entry and push-button start, floor mats and leather upholstery. Its 501A package adds automatic wipers, a 10-speaker B&O sound system and a Technology package (available separately on XLT and Lariart) that includes integrated navigation and adaptive cruise control.
Optional on every trim level is the FX4 Off-Road package that includes off-road-tuned shocks, all-terrain tires, a frame-mounted steel bash plate and Trail Control -- a sort of off-road cruise control adept at getting you out of especially tricky and sticky situations. On the XL, this can be paired with the STX Appearance package to create a more fittingly rugged look than what the rather bare-bones base XL provides. An electronic-locking differential, a tow package, a spray-in bedliner and Ford's SecuriCode keyless-entry keypad can also be added to all trim levels.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
2019 Honda Ridgeline -- If you don't need the Ranger's stronger towing, hauling and off-road capabilities (and many truck owners do not), the crossover-like Ridgeline is the only pickup that surpasses the Ranger's comfort, space and civilized driving experience.
2019 Toyota Tacoma -- If you're OK with a more rugged driving experience, the Tacoma is a characterful choice that's well-regarded for its off-road prowess. You can read more in our comparison 2019 Ford Ranger vs Toyota Tacoma: Which is Better?
2019 Chevrolet Colorado -- The Colorado aces the Ranger in two main areas: it's available with a Crew Cab/long bed body combo, and its ZR2 off-road model offers hardcore capability the Ranger can't touch. Otherwise, Ford largely has Chevy beat subjectively and on paper.
Used Ford F-150 -- The Ranger is in no way just a cheaper or smaller version of the F-150 -- the two are fundamentally different. Still, you'll be able to pick up a used or certified pre-owned F-150 for the price of a new Ranger. Something to certainly consider.