2019 Ford Ranger | University Ford of Durham

2019 Ford Ranger | University Ford of Durham


For close to ten years now, Ford hasn’t had a new Ranger designed for the U.S. market. Even though the company pulled the truck off the shelves in 2011, it continued to roll out updated versions in other parts of the globe. Most notably, Ford Australia, unleashed its updated, bigger, better version that same year. In 2015, the truck was again revamped for the world stage and it is this same vehicle on which the 2019 new Ford Ranger has been designed. So enter, the brand spanking new Ford Ranger.


What sort of truck is it?


The 2019 Ranger is a mid-size pickup that has a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder 270 horsepower engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It is available in two cab options – an extended cab also called the SuperCab which has a 6-foot bed and a crew cab with a 5-foot bed. And comes in the three trim choices – XL, XLT, and Lariat. The new Ford Ranger has just the one powertrain but let that not disappoint you because the engine packs a pretty punch - powerful, with great acceleration and exceptional hauling capabilities up to a staggering 7,500 pounds.


Technology and Safety on board


Ford has really gone to town to spruce up its latest offering, giving both the XLT and Lariat trims a SYNC 3 touchscreen intuitive interface, which has Apple CarPlay and Android capabilities. All you will need is a smartphone and good mobile connectivity to use it!


You also have the option of integrated navigation. In addition, there are two data-level USB ports in the front and two charging-only USB ports in the rear. Again, both the new Ford Ranger premium trims come standard with lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors and auto high-beam control. You can choose to add in adaptive cruise controls as well.


Is it worth the buy?


With a spacious cockpit, comfortable seating and great ground clearance, the Ranger has been designed for the adventurous outdoors. And to nail home this point, it has actual skid plates, which protect the engine and the undercarriage better than some of its fiercest competitors on the market. Plus, the Trail Control system in the truck is very good and again fares better than some other more popular vehicles in its class. So the new Ford Ranger though comparatively new in the market is bound to give its competitors a good run for their money. Car and Driver describe it best when they say that the Ranger is ‘the best line between tough and chic’ and to check it out yourself, visit your closest Ford Service near you and see what all the fuss is about.