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The Two-Wheel Drive Ford Ranger's New $595 Off-Road Package Is a Hell of a Deal

Road & Track logo Road & Track 4 days ago Brian Silvestro

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.
Up until now, if you didn't option four-wheel drive in your Ford Ranger, you haven't been able to get your mid-size pickup with an off-roading package. Well, that changes today. Ford has introduced a new FX2 package for two-wheel drive Rangers, and it includes a whole bunch of trail-ready upgrades. The best part? It's only $595.

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The FX2 package includes all of the same off-road goodies found in the FX4 pack. It's aimed at Ranger buyers who don't need four-wheel drive but still want to take their trucks off-road. You get an electronic locking rear differential, retuned suspension, underbody skid-plate protection, and all-terrain tires with 17-inch wheels as standard (18-inch wheels are optional). The package also includes Ford's off-road gauge cluster screen, which displays readouts for things like pitch, roll, and yaw.

The same package for four-wheel drive Rangers is $1295. So you're getting the same exact upgrades for less than half the price if you go for the two-wheel drive truck versus the 4x4. Not a bad deal.

a blue car driving down a street: The new FX2 pack includes an electronic limited-slip differential, retuned suspension, and off-road tires, all for less than $600. That's a steal.© Ford The new FX2 pack includes an electronic limited-slip differential, retuned suspension, and off-road tires, all for less than $600. That's a steal.

Ford says development of the FX2 package was driven mainly by its customer's desire to customize their Rangers.

"We’re seeing sales trends that tell us to grow Ranger’s capability and appearance options even further," said consumer marketing manager Chad Callander in a statement. "The FX2 Package is a result of us listening to our customers and what they’re demanding from their trucks."

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