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:
www.edmunds.com/ford/ranger/2019/

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Comments

    • paul spencer
      paul spencer

      Now let me go on craigslist and look for an 02

      about 9 hours ago
    • Lee Kazuya
      Lee Kazuya

      nope! not basic enough, I need a truck that has a four-speed manual, least amount of electronics, all plastic interior, fabric car seat with manual adjustment, manual window crank, regular cab, steel rims, and a base model black front bumper coupled with the cheap white paint job. now that is how you make a good truck.

      about 1 day ago
    • Castro D
      Castro D

      ONLY IF THEY HAVE THE SAME ENGINE FROM OVERSEAS. DIESEL

      about 3 days ago
    • MistaTofMaine
      MistaTofMaine

      Isn't Nissan Frontier like half the cost of this?

      about 4 days ago
    • FerFel5
      FerFel5

      Tacoma is King.

      about 4 days ago
    • 03hobie
      03hobie

      It was reported that in 2018 a Tacoma was accused of raping an F-150. The result was this Tacoma clone call the Ford Ranger.

      about 5 days ago
    • Jay Muller
      Jay Muller

      Very disappointed. Looks nothing like a ranger. Just another run-of-the-mill overpriced truck.

      about 6 days ago
    • DoubleEdgedSword3
      DoubleEdgedSword3

      Tacoma # 1

      about 6 days ago
    • MrMarkmill
      MrMarkmill

      People complain about price but will drop 15k on a used 2001 tacoma..

      about 8 days ago
    • graycloud057
      graycloud057

      A true piece of crap. You have to see one to truly hate it.

      about 8 days ago
    • Gatorman
      Gatorman

      At these prices they will not sell many! By the end of 2019 the prices will be much cheaper.

      about 10 days ago
    • supershark 9k
      supershark 9k

      Him it bounces on the highway

      Me it’s a truck it has leaf springs

      Also me then writes this post

      For reasons

      about 10 days ago
    • R Bear
      R Bear

      This so called truck is gutless can't even get it to burn rubber at the light, ride and drives like some thing out of the 50's

      about 11 days ago
    • Robert Jay
      Robert Jay

      If they could only finish the ignition and putting a ring around the ignition to 1. Hold it in place and 2. Make is look like it should. It is really obvious that something belongs there as there are 3 notches in the plastic around the switch. Really bad that the factory missed this on all their XLs and XLTs.shame on Ford and shame on their tail chasing customer service that are not able to look at what they should be embarrassed to offer their customers.

      about 12 days ago
    • gavin martin
      gavin martin

      Australian designed and developed........FORDS biggest selling vehicle in OZ........here is diesil only

      about 12 days ago
    • 0nes And Zer0s
      0nes And Zer0s

      Too expensive. Especially in Canada

      about 13 days ago
    • GuyBelmont
      GuyBelmont

      Comparing prices and interiors i would go straight to a Nissan frontier even if its outdated and a gas hog. Its a real truck and more reliable and less lack luster interior

      about 13 days ago
    • Rob Cadenas
      Rob Cadenas

      I hate Ford ,all their stupid cars and trucks have a shitty interior!! For $40k-60k ,I could get a fully loaded Sierra, Silverado,ram
      Fuck you Ford!

      about 14 days ago
    • Molz Ross
      Molz Ross

      What's it survival rate after being under water over night

      Reason being my old 89 Toyota Hilux is still running around the hills after sitting in a river over night just drain the oils and refill and away it went

      about 15 days ago
    • Kevin Beermann
      Kevin Beermann

      That interior looks like a sneeze away from falling apart.

      about 15 days ago
    • Howard Bebbe
      Howard Bebbe

      Dan Edmunds screw you! You don't even know how to drive.

      about 16 days ago
    • Howard Bebbe
      Howard Bebbe In reply to Howard Bebbe

      I drove them all and the Ranger drives the best! Chevy Fanboy!

      about 16 days ago
    • tunezjunkie87
      tunezjunkie87

      I never thought someone could be more obnoxious and pedantic than Doug DeMuro, and make me hate them more than Doug DeMuro, but here your dumb ass is.

      about 17 days ago
    • cingram8168
      cingram8168

      Not interested in anything with a turbo.

      about 19 days ago
    • Franck Sévérac
      Franck Sévérac

      The Colorado looks so much better

      about 20 days ago
    • Chris Go
      Chris Go

      They do have a bed 110 outlet option, just sayin...

      about 20 days ago
    • Bob Laflam
      Bob Laflam

      Enjoyed the review...but...My canyon diesel tows 7500...so not “unmatched” in towing for midsized trucks

      about 21 day ago
    • Rhino Black
      Rhino Black

      The styling is bland...

      about 24 days ago
    • DJ. Trabucon
      DJ. Trabucon

      It looks too bland for me. This should had been called Explorer sport trac or something and reserve the Ranger name for a baby Raptor or something worth the wait

      about 25 days ago
    • Spyked Punch
      Spyked Punch

      I'll pass you broken down Ford boys in my Tacoma 5 years from now on the freeway.

      about 25 days ago
    • rob thoele
      rob thoele

      Ford dealers will be taking off 13-20% off sticker with incentives and dealer discount. The Tacoma is a very uncomfortable driving position and is tighter inside. Ford will sell around 120k first model year but Toyota will still sell more Tacoma's. Toyota reliability is not what is used to be, just google their vehicles. Tranny issues in 2017-2019 Highlanders, oil consumption issues Camry etc. There isn't a manufacture that has things consistently nailed down, one just has more issues than the other.

      about 27 days ago