In this First Drive review , Dan Edmunds gives all the details of the 2019 Ford Ranger including the interior, exterior, the bed, MPG, towing specs, off-road performance, and all the configurations.

We haven't had the Ford Ranger here in North America since 2011, and even then it was a compact pickup that no one much wanted apart from fleet buyers. Ford stood on the sidelines as the compact segment evolved into a midsize pickup segment and flourished. Now, at long last, Ford is ready to jump back in with the 2019 Ford Ranger, and Americanized version of a world-market Ranger that was never sold on these shores.


Q: What engine powers the 2019 Ford Ranger?
A: The new Ranger offers just one engine, a 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost that makes 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The Tacoma and the Colorado make a bit more power, but the Ranger makes considerably more torque than either of them. As a pickup, the extra torque may serve it well. And the turbocharged engine won't lose oomph in high-altitude locales.

Q: Is the Ford Ranger any good at towing?
A: Yes, the Ford Ranger is well-equipped to tow. It has a 7,500-pound tow rating, and that applies to all cab, bed and drive configurations. All you need to do to get that rating is opt for the trailer towing package. The engine's torque certainly makes this believable, but it is the 10-speed automatic (the only offering) that seals the deal for us. Such a high number of gears means there should be no hunting or dithering on grades because the right gear will always be close at hand.

Q: Can the Ford Ranger haul much payload?
A: The Ford Ranger has the highest payload rating among all midsize pickups. The extended-cab 4x2 can haul 1,860 pounds and has no equal. The extended-cab 4x4 (1,770 pounds) and crew-cab 4x2 (1,650 pounds) also offer best-in-class payload ratings for those configurations. Oddly, the Ranger crew-cab 4x4's rating of 1,560 pounds trails behind similar versions of the Colorado/Canyon and the Honda Ridgeline, but only slightly.

Q: What is the Ford Ranger like inside?
A: The new Ranger is based on a Ford Australia design that dates back to 2011, and the interior does show its age from a design standpoint. It looks like a Ford from 15 years ago, with tiny buttons and a plain central touchscreen infotainment system. The seats are comfortable and the driving position is excellent, but we wish the rear seat had a split-fold mechanism. As it stands, you can't put one person on one side and cargo on the other unless you pile your stuff on the seat itself.

To see our full review, pictures, specs and other information, visit the 2019 Ford Ranger on Edmunds.com:
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Comments

    • Susan Louis
      Susan Louis

      The introduction of the new ford ranger reminds me of when coke introduce new coke .
      This should be a hot seller but ford priced these wrong . Why would anybody in their right mind buy a ranger that is more expensive than an F-150 ???
      Either they lower the price about $5000 or will fade away .

      about 14 hours ago
    • Mitch Barredo
      Mitch Barredo

      Too expensive.

      about 2 days ago
    • David Stanley
      David Stanley

      over priced over stuffed and prone to break down

      about 10 days ago
    • Ken Brooks
      Ken Brooks

      I will keep my '01 f-150 4x4 with a new long block, serviced tranny, new shocks, rebuilt front end, new brakes witch are 4 wheel disk along with new rotors, new blue tooth with backup camera, hell man, I've got about $12K into this awesome truck and good for another 200K miles! I wish I could post a picture of it. New cars and truck prices are stupid!!

      about 12 days ago
    • Vim Hill
      Vim Hill

      we bought a new ford ranger in 2008 for $17000 and now its over $40000, inflation at 2% per year my ass, that works out to over 10% per year, no wonder nobody can afford a new car

      about 14 days ago
    • Sergio M. Lebrón
      Sergio M. Lebrón

      $40,000 for this piece of shit? Lol fuck out of here

      about 15 days ago
    • tama tonga
      tama tonga

      Piece of crap!!!
      Chevy Colorado skeleton all the way.
      Let's slap a ford label on a chevy and Nissan, Tacoma and call it a ford ranger raptor....
      F@$% you crapy ford.
      7500 tow cap? Bull sh$% not with that light weight aluminum they have.
      It's no wonder why those things are going to be in the shop quite a lot.
      4 cylinder with low torque? No my friend I'd never be able to load sh$% if I'm working in construction.

      about 18 days ago
    • mom2huskies
      mom2huskies

      40K is a lot of money. I will just keep my old Ranger, which I have had for 15 years. A lot can be said for no car payment.

      about 21 day ago
    • R Bear
      R Bear

      It is a F15 just cut down. My 2011 Ranger has a bigger engine and get better mileage and I can haul a 4x8 sheet of plywood. I can't see pay over 40K for truck that looks like and drives like a F10.

      about 21 day ago
    • Emil Lacuesta
      Emil Lacuesta

      Im looking more towards the ram limited. They really impressed me

      about 24 days ago
    • DrHogfan
      DrHogfan

      sizewise is this truck bigger than my Sport Trac ?

      about 1 month ago
    • Stanley Kania
      Stanley Kania

      Toyota Resell Value says it all

      about 1 month ago
    • Fishxy *
      Fishxy *

      Love the new Ranger

      about 1 month ago
    • Never Gonnatell
      Never Gonnatell

      This is the worst of all the currently available midsize trucks. Worst options, worst styling, worst pricing. I'd take the ZR2 with the 2.8 over this any day. That being said, price wise there's no sense in buying any of them. You're only a grand or so off from getting a full size truck and they're not much smaller, which effective makes them useless.

      about 1 month ago
    • Jim J
      Jim J

      I bought one and the truck is phenomenal. Purchased an xlt and it is powerful comfortable and I don't need an f150. The price was worth every penny and the incentives are coming..

      about 1 month ago
    • Kevin Brewer
      Kevin Brewer

      My 2007 Ranger has 230k, I will replace it when it has 400k, means I won't be replacing anytime soon.
      Kevin

      about 1 month ago
    • raudel arteaga
      raudel arteaga

      Your better off with a new Tacoma.!

      about 1 month ago
    • Jacob Golden
      Jacob Golden

      I'll stick to my '99, thanks.

      about 1 month ago
    • Mark Geller
      Mark Geller

      Thanks for the review. What do you mean by "the controls...are finicky?

      about 1 month ago
    • Karl Madsen
      Karl Madsen

      What? No espresso machine?

      about 1 month ago
    • Creen
      Creen

      Ford finally builds a midsize? They only stopped making the Sport Trac in 2010.

      about 1 month ago
    • Dick Tipp
      Dick Tipp

      Goofy looking piece of shit. The 4 door design is NOT a real truck. You might as well buy an SUV. Trucks are for working men, minus the gaggle of kids. The bed space? You can't even fit a 4x8 sheet of plywood in it, let alone a motorcycle. Trucks arent trucks. That 87, 2 door long bed 4wd Ranger I have rusting in my driveway with a half million miles is a real Ranger. Not this dinky ass thing.

      about 1 month ago
    • smokewagon47
      smokewagon47

      40k for a Ranger! I think Ford forgot what the Ranger name stands for. The world has gone crazy.

      about 1 month ago
    • David Beaux
      David Beaux

      Why not just buy an F-150? This Ranger is only a fraction smaller. American automakers are pretty ignorant. There's a market segment available for compact pickup trucks, not a mid-to-large size pickup.

      about 1 month ago
    • Sommer Dutton
      Sommer Dutton

      looks great!

      about 1 month ago
    • H. Snider
      H. Snider

      Way way way TOO MUCH, $$$$$$$$$ I love my 91 ranger even better after I watched this

      about 1 month ago
    • Coast to Coast videos
      Coast to Coast videos

      I ❤️ this truck!!

      about 1 month ago
    • Mike Miller
      Mike Miller

      My 96 ranger has 220,000 mi and still hanging in there☺

      about 1 month ago
    • Dustin Juliano
      Dustin Juliano

      As with all reviews, this is obviously just an opinion in the video regarding the interior, but I actually really love the touch screen and button layout you get in the Ford truck line. It’s simple and intuitive to catch onto, and for returning Ford customers it’s like being right at home. The touch screen Sync 3 system is extremely responsive and easy to use, so I also strongly disagree with no “real” buttons being a negative. Also, off-road video reviews show that ground clearance is just as good as Tacos offer, and the off-road features are pretty much on par as well.

      about 1 month ago
    • heesil77
      heesil77

      No stick only 4cly motor no way

      about 1 month ago