The new Ford Ranger is finally here. Unlike the old compact model that was killed off in 2011, this one is a true mid-sized truck that’s ready to tote your toys. Tom Voelk drives on and off road at the press launch in San Diego, California and finds the version we get in North America is quite different than the Ranger sold globally.

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    • Michael Anderson
      Michael Anderson

      Ranger 4x4 crew cab $35,000 Sorry folks. Competition does NOT damper prices in trucks. No longer for one segment. Now families, doctors, slimey attorneys & PIG-a-ticans drive trucks!

      about 1 month ago
    • steve pisel
      steve pisel

      Not a fan needs a six cylinder don’t care how many turbos you put on it, a back seat that is split and folds flat a tailgate that is dampened a dash that doesn’t rattle better quality interior just to name a few of the misses by ford! Sorry I’ll pass on this poor attempt ☹️

      about 1 month ago
    • Dbonejonez ruffrufr
      Dbonejonez ruffrufr

      At least Ford finally gave it to us in America thank you

      about 1 month ago
    • Dbonejonez ruffrufr
      Dbonejonez ruffrufr

      Never buy the first year of a "come back" vehicle

      about 1 month ago
    • Alex Pham
      Alex Pham

      hit 1 million miles then talk about it.

      about 1 month ago
    • Filip Tułaza
      Filip Tułaza

      Some People dream about Laborghini ... Audi R8 .... Ferrari ... the new Ranger is my dream car .... amazing car ... i love it

      about 1 month ago
    • Timothy Cook
      Timothy Cook In reply to Filip Tułaza

      Any issues with it yet?

      about 1 month ago
    • THE WOLF
      THE WOLF

      I had to buy Trucks for my business. I wasn't impressed with the Ranger.

      about 2 months ago
    • Captain Galaxy
      Captain Galaxy

      O, here we go again, the pride of Ford dealerships (correction, "stores"). The infamous F-150. Fix-Or-Repair-Daily has a lousy idea.

      about 2 months ago
    • Okie Rider
      Okie Rider

      Bring us the Ranger Raptor now! And with either the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 or the 3.2L 4cyl turbocharged diesel engine.

      about 2 months ago
    • chase Trix
      chase Trix

      Got this truck right now, loving it!

      about 2 months ago
    • David Reichel
      David Reichel

      EV option?

      about 2 months ago
    • bob kirby
      bob kirby

      Unless a test driver gave this Ranger a significant front-end bang earlier in the day, watch the video at 10:23-10:24 as the bumper overbites the fender.

      about 3 months ago
    • Aredd Fishing
      Aredd Fishing

      wish the made the screen bigger and not such a intense angle other then that I like it better then the Tacoma

      about 3 months ago
    • Austin Mahan
      Austin Mahan

      I watched this and then wanted to buy a Tacoma...

      about 3 months ago
    • Cynical Texas Dad
      Cynical Texas Dad

      4-door with 6’ box is essential.
      Until they do this I will stick with Tacoma.

      about 4 months ago
    • 66skate

      Like the interior,but hard to believe they left out cooled seats.

      about 4 months ago
    • 66skate
      66skate In reply to 66skate

      @Shakerhood69 At least, the F-150 has a split fold seat, but basically no storage either. The Ranger is rather short, so I guess I can forgive that.

      about 1 month ago
    • Shakerhood69
      Shakerhood69 In reply to 66skate

      The entire backseat configuration was not thought out, its not split folding and basically has no storage.

      about 1 month ago
    • Michael Owens
      Michael Owens

      Why didn’t you put the 2.7L ecoboost V-6 in it?! Seriously, my grandma’s Edge SUV has it. It should be in this pickup truck!

      about 4 months ago
    • Juston Preble
      Juston Preble

      Why are the bed sides so high?
      Why 18 gallon fuel tank, when the Tacoma has 21?
      Why the 2.3 when the 2.7 would work less and get better than 26mpg 2x4 which is what the F150 gets with that motor?
      Why no power outlet in the bed without a bed liner?
      Why no flat load floor in the second row like the F150?
      Why no 60/40 bench with rotary drive shift?
      Why no locking storage in the cab of the truck?
      Why the tailgate doesn’t automatically lock and unlock with the doors?
      Why no second auxiliary battery option to support more power charging options in the cab and in the bed?
      Why no 8” wide wheels to fit beefier tire packages on factory looking wheels?
      Why no real out of the box thinking like an integrated trickle charging solar panel built into the roof? Enough to keep a bed cooler going, interior cab heat/air conditioning and a laptop when the truck is off.
      I love that the hood has 2 lift struts... I love the lane keep assist, and the brake assist, and the advanced cruise control...

      about 4 months ago
    • alex s
      alex s

      Needs a standard Transmission.

      about 4 months ago
    • Paul Wagner
      Paul Wagner

      Where is this truck made?? I cant believe no damper for tail gate and no power rear slider window.They have some refining to do .I think I will wait a year.

      about 4 months ago
    • Timothy Cook
      Timothy Cook In reply to Paul Wagner

      It is built in Wayne, Michigan

      about 1 month ago
    • YeuLaKho

      5 foot bed = 5 Subway sandwiches length..yeah..that's how short it is.

      about 4 months ago
    • TJ L
      TJ L

      I can't stand round looking trucks.. The colorado is ugly as sin, now this ranger looks like a clone with the rounded front end.. And don't tell me its for better mpg, they have had 50 and 100 mpg carbs for 100 years...

      about 4 months ago
    • Erik Pendleton
      Erik Pendleton

      So how does the pipes in sound work - it is able to actuate the speakers with the audio system turned off? Does the noise increase when the audio system volume is turned up? Are R&D $ being spent on adding fake noise? - to many R &D dollars laying around and they already solved all their engineering challenged? Really?

      about 4 months ago
    • Ed C
      Ed C

      Im probably one of the first to buy one of these...not happy with the one I bought

      the brakes had a bad "shimmy" when you applied the brakes. one or more (not given the best info) rotors had to be turned/trued. Most of the shimmy gone, but I still feel some. At take off you can feel a "shudder", vibration (whatever), but it balances out after you get going. The back seat backrest wont latch so it flops around some when you apply the brakes. The seats are embarrassing, but I work at a plant that manufactures seats for the automotive industry so I am picky. These seats, nor most I have seen in videos and pictures would not make it out of our plant. The foam doesnt fill out the leather well, at work we tried to massage it into place but it is still baggy, and wrinkled looking.

      I dont really use lane departure, I find it annoying, but compared to my last truck it doesnt alert you much. Very slight notice in the steering wheel. My last truck you could feel it in the wheel, and the seat would rumble.

      on the positive side, it looks awesome! For a small truck it rides well, and I am coming out of full sized pick ups, so that is saying a lot. Handles very well, and that little 4 banger will pick the truck up and move it quick. For the price I think they could have done more inside. Maybe more soft touch on the doors? Aside from that and the seats I love the interior of my Lariat. The adaptive cruise control rocks. I use cruise control a lot, and get annoyed when I have to come out of it for traffic. This thing takes care of that. Even switched lanes to much slower traffic to see what it would do. It keeps distance, and will slow you down quickly lol.

      I should note here that I did drive 2 new Rangers. the first one was an XLT, and had none of the problems listed above. The seats were cloth and had good fit. I also drove everything else in its class because I wanted to get out of full sized pick ups. In my opinion, nothing compared to the Ranger (well, at least the first Ranger I drove lol)

      about 4 months ago
    • ain't dat snipes
      ain't dat snipes

      good lookin truck

      about 4 months ago
    • Mark

      Toyota's crawl control isn't really setup to be used in conditions that simple. And I always laugh at complaints that "it drives like a truck." Duh... it's a truck! That said, I'm glad to see Ranger come to market. I hope it adds real competition to the segment, because competition means consumers win.

      about 5 months ago
    • irok1d

      Can’t polish a turd...but ford will try

      about 5 months ago
    • Zack Phelps
      Zack Phelps

      Since Ford and Chevy brought back the mid-size does that mean Dodge is brining back the Dakota?

      about 5 months ago
    • Shakerhood69
      Shakerhood69 In reply to Zack Phelps

      They are supposed to make the next Dakota out of the new Jeep Gladiator.

      about 3 months ago
    • Jake Stoler
      Jake Stoler

      Do you recall how it drives compared to a full size f150?

      about 5 months ago
    • kelly trelawney
      kelly trelawney

      Other parts of the world have a raptor option. Does this mean there is a model upgrade coming in the next couple of years?

      about 5 months ago
    • Shakerhood69
      Shakerhood69 In reply to kelly trelawney

      This Ranger already has such a high price tag, I imagine a Raptor version would push it to about $60K...

      about 1 month ago