The Ford Ranger is finally back for 2019 after a mysterious hiatus from its home market. This pickup takes everything that people love about Ford trucks like a rugged look and impressive capability and puts it in a midsize package. It has some tough competition, but the new Ranger manages to stand out in an increasingly competitive field.
Here are five reasons to buy the all-new Ranger.
The Ranger puts up some of the best numbers in its class for towing and payload capabilities for a 4-cylinder engine. When equipped with the optional tow package and trailer brake controller, the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds. That’s more than the available V6 engines in the Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Honda Ridgeline, all with two fewer cylinders and a turbocharger. On top of that, the Ranger has a maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds which is also toward the front of its class. We’d understand if you were skeptical of the capabilities of a 4-cylinder truck, but the Ranger has some serious muscle.
Strong EcoBoost Engine
It would be nice to see more than just one engine available in the Ranger, but the 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline four engine under the hood of every 2019 Ranger is very impressive. It makes 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque while returning up to 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That’s an excellent blend of performance and fuel economy that is hard to match in this segment, especially when you consider the Ranger’s aforementioned towing and payload capabilities.
The Ranger has a no-nonsense interior which makes everything easy to control. Whether it’s the climate control or the SYNC infotainment system, everything is easy for the driver to reach and operate. Whether you’re commuting on the highway or busy on the work site, the Ranger’s features are user-friendly without too much fuss. We recommend upgrading to the 8-in SYNC 3 system which is optional in the XLT trim and standard in the Lariat model which is one of the better infotainment systems in the industry. See the 2019 Ford Ranger models for sale near you
Tons of Accessories
Ford has made a ton of optional accessories available straight from your Ford dealer to help make your Ranger your very own. Ford has even teamed up with Yakima to offer some outdoor adventure accessories designed specifically for the Ranger like a heavy-duty truck bed rack, a crossbar cab rack, a bed extender, a tailgate pad and more. This means you can drive your Ranger home from the dealer that is already uniquely yours. Not to mention the functional benefits of the many available accessories for just the kind of work or play you’ll be doing with your new truck.
Rangers fell victim to some steep dealer markup when they first hit the market. However, if you look at the actual MSRP of the truck, it’s pretty affordable, starting at just $24,000 for the base model. That beats the Toyota Tacoma and the Jeep Gladiator on price. Even when you get into the more expensive and well-equipped models, the Ranger still comes in right around the $40,000 mark which is pretty good when you compare it to the higher-end models of its direct competitors. The Ranger is a good value proposition compared to the full-size F-150 and its midsize competition.
You have a lot of good trucks to choose from if you’re shopping for a midsize pickup. If you’re looking for one with awesome capability from a surprisingly efficient engine and one that’s as at home around town or on the highway as it is going camping or on a work site, the new Ranger is a super versatile truck that’s easy to personalize with the wide variety of accessories available straight from the dealer. Find a 2019 Ford Ranger for sale near you