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2019 Ford Ranger FX2 Is the Value Seeker's Tough-Looking Mid-Size Truck

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 8/14/2019 Alexander Stoklosa
a car parked on pavement near a forest: The 2020 Ranger with the FX2 package is what you get when you take the four-wheel-drive, off-road-oriented Ranger FX4 kit and divide it by two. That's not tough math, but to help you along, it means the FX2 is two-wheel drive but shares its, uh, beefy FX (effects, get it?) with the 4x4 FX4.

  • The Ranger's new FX2 package gives two-wheel-drive trucks a 4x4 look.
  • Attractively priced, the FX2 kit includes must-have trailering gear in addition to its tougher body cladding and off-road suspension.
  • Buyers can order the FX2 package now, with the first deliveries expected by the end of 2019.

The 2020 Ranger with the FX2 package is what you get when you take the four-wheel-drive, off-road-oriented Ranger FX4 kit and divide it by two. That's not tough math, but to help you along, it means the FX2 is two-wheel drive but shares its, uh, beefy FX (effects, get it?) with the 4x4 FX4.

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a blue car parked in a field: It looks like the burly Ranger FX4 but lacks four-wheel drive and that model's higher price.© Ford It looks like the burly Ranger FX4 but lacks four-wheel drive and that model's higher price.

Wait, a supposedly off-road Ranger with two-wheel drive? What gives? Truck buyers surely are familiar with the concept, but for everyone else, truckmakers have been selling such versions for years in the compact and mid-size segments. Think of the Toyota Tacoma PreRunner or the Nissan Frontier Desert Runner. All were two-wheel-drive and festooned with nifty graphics, off-road suspension bits, and tougher-looking styling add-ons.

a blue truck parked in the grass: 2019 Ford Ranger FX2 Gives Budget Buyers 4x4 Looks© Ford 2019 Ford Ranger FX2 Gives Budget Buyers 4x4 Looks

To that end, the Ranger FX2 has nearly everything that Ford includes on the FX4 model, right down to its terrain-management system, raised ride height, off-road suspension bits, 17- or 18-inch off-road tires, front skidplate, and pared-back front bumper. There's even a widget in the driver information screen in the gauge cluster that displays the truck's pitch (fore-aft lean), roll (side-to-side lean), and yaw (angle of the car relative to its direction of travel).

Without four-wheel drive, the FX2 likely couldn't chase, say, a Jeep Wrangler up a steep, rocky trail—but it'd probably do just fine blasting around some dunes and beaches or partaking in some light off-roading.

a car parked on pavement near a forest: 2019 Ford Ranger FX2 Gives Budget Buyers 4x4 Looks© Ford 2019 Ford Ranger FX2 Gives Budget Buyers 4x4 Looks

The point, of course, is value. With the Ranger FX2, Ford hopes to appeal to truck buyers who are looking for the FX4's style at a more affordable price point. At $595, the FX2 package is indeed far cheaper than the FX4 gear, which runs $1295. (The FX4 stuff also requires four-wheel drive, which runs $4160 on the base Ranger XL and $4000 on every other trim.) In fact, the FX2's upcharge is worth it because it includes a Class IV trailer hitch and 4- and 7-pin wiring and an electronically locking rear differential—two items that together run $915 when ordered separately. Add in the visual spice, and the FX2 is more than half an FX4 package at less than half the price. That's math we can get behind.

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