You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

2019 Ford Ranger: What You Need to Know

US News & World Report - Cars logo US News & World Report - Cars 1/30/2019 U.S. News & World Report
a car driving on a road: 2019 Ford Ranger© Ford Motor Company 2019 Ford Ranger

The 2019 Ford Ranger performs well in our compact pickup truck rankings. It has no-fuss features and a potent powertrain – giving it high payload and towing limits for the class.

The 2019 Ford Ranger is ranked:

Is the Ford Ranger a Good Truck?

Returning to North America after an eight-year hiatus, the Ford Ranger ranks in the middle of the compact pickup class. It boasts strong towing and hauling capacities, above-average fuel economy, and pleasant handling. Though it only comes with one engine option – a turbocharged four-cylinder – it provides enough gusto for daily driving and long highway trips.

The interior design seems dated for an all-new vehicle, but the truck’s features and infotainment system are user-friendly. The standard cab’s second row is tiny, but the back seat of the SuperCab offers a lot more room.

Should I Buy the Ford Ranger?

If you’re looking to get into a compact pickup truck, you have several terrific options. The 2019 Ranger is a great choice, but you should also consider the competition, including the highly ranked Toyota Tacoma and Chevrolet Colorado, to see if you like them more.

Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Ranger?

The 2019 Ford Ranger is an all-new version of the long-running nameplate, so there are no comparable used models to choose from. The truck was last available in North America in the form of the 2010 Ford Ranger and 2011 Ford Ranger.

We Did the Research for You: 10 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 10 Ford Ranger reviews – along with performance specs, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2019 Ranger is the right new truck for you.

Why You Can Trust Us

U.S. News & World Report has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain objective, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team manages the advertising on our site.

How Much Does the Ford Ranger Cost?

The new 2019 Ford Ranger starts at $24,300, which is one of the highest starting prices in its class. The standard configuration is rear-wheel drive with a four-person short cab and a 6-foot bed. All models offer the same powertrain, so you won't have to worry about spending more money for a stronger engine or different transmission. Two higher trims of the base setup start at $27,940 and $32,210 each. Going from rear-wheel drive to four-wheel drive in any trim bumps up the price by about $4,000, and you can spring for an extended cab SuperCrew model (with a 5-foot bed) for around $2,200 more than the list price of a standard cab. A four-wheel-drive SuperCrew Ford Ranger Lariat starts at more than $38,000.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great deals at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford Ranger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Ranger or Toyota Tacoma?

While the Toyota Tacoma doesn't match the Ford Ranger's towing and hauling capabilities, it is one of the more well-rounded compact trucks on the market. The Tacoma has a quality interior, and it comes standard with a touch-screen infotainment system and lots of driver-assist features. There are off-road-oriented trims that turn the Tacoma into a trail monster, and it has agreeable handling on pavement as well. The Ranger’s base (and only) engine is up to most tasks, but the Tacoma’s standard four-cylinder is a little underwhelming when you need a lot of power. Both trucks are similar, so your choice will likely come down to whether you favor the Tacoma's nicer interior and higher predicted reliability rating or the Ranger's stronger performance.

Which Is Better: Ford Ranger or Chevrolet Colorado?

Both the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet Colorado are great trucks, and they match up well in our rankings. However, the Chevy has a slight edge in most major categories. Every engine in its lineup delivers good power, including a potent V6 and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel. The Colorado leads the class with a 7,700-pound towing capacity, which is a couple hundred pounds more than the Ranger's. This Chevy's starting price is several thousand dollars less than its Ford rival, yet it has a nicer interior than the Ranger and comes standard with a user-friendly touch-screen infotainment system. Ranger advantages include a best-in-class payload figure and decent second-row space in its crew-cab variant (the Colorado's back seat feels cramped no matter which body style you go with). Choosing between these two could come down to personal preference. You’ll get a good vehicle either way.

Ranger Interior

How Many People Does the Ranger Seat?

In standard configuration, the 2019 Ford Ranger seats four people. Those models are designated SuperCabs and have two tiny rear seats that don't provide much utility. You might be able to squeeze some children back there with few complaints, but don't rely on it to transport a crew to the work site. The Ranger SuperCrew has room for five, and its back row is much more adult-friendly. There's decent leg- and headroom for taller travelers, while full-size doors make entering and exiting a breeze.

Up front, the seats are well-bolstered to keep you comfortable on long drives, and the high seating position offers a commanding view of the road ahead. Four-way manually adjustable seats are standard, and you can upgrade to eight-way power-adjustable seats that are heated. Upholstery choices include regular or premium cloth, vinyl, and leather.

Ranger and Car Seats

With either cab, the Ranger has two complete sets of second-row LATCH car-seat connections. Lower anchors in the standard SuperCab are on a panel behind the rear seats. In the SuperCrew model, the attachments are in the seat cushion where the bottom meets the backrest. SuperCab models have two upper tether anchor attachments that are located above the backrest of the seat. The Ranger SuperCrew has three tether anchors, which are brackets behind the seats.

The system hasn't been evaluated for its ease of use.

Ranger Interior Quality

The Ranger is an all-new model, but you might not guess it by its cabin design. The interior layout is pretty plain-Jane, and it looks dated compared to other trucks that have a more modern appearance. The center stack and its basic buttons and knobs are functional but appear to have been picked out of a parts bin that was never fully restocked.

Despite having a midrange price tag for the class, lower trim levels feature noticeable hard plastic surfaces. Even the top-of-the-line Ranger Lariat, which can cost more than $38,000, isn’t as nice as the top trims of many competitors.

Ranger Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The 2019 Ranger comes standard with the base version of Ford's SYNC infotainment system, which has a small 4.2-inch display screen. Voice commands control many features, and the interface responds well when you bark things out. There are also some standard amenities, like a Wi-Fi hot spot, that you might not expect to find in a basic truck, but simple features like power locks and cruise control are conspicuously absent.

Optional in the midrange Ranger XLT and standard in the Lariat trim is the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen. This setup is regarded as one of the more straightforward and user-friendly systems on the market. Other available features include a 110-volt power outlet, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, remote start, satellite radio, HD Radio, navigation, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Ranger Performance

Ranger Engine: There Can Be Only One

The Ranger's lone available engine is a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost, good for 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. That's more power than the base engine of nearly all class rivals, but most other compact pickups offer additional choices like a diesel powertrain or a V6.

There's little to complain about, as the Ranger gets moving seamlessly and continues to accelerate swiftly even at higher speeds. Turbo lag is minimal. A standard 10-speed automatic transmission rattles off shifts with precision, and it finds the right gear for whatever driving situation you're in.

Ranger Gas Mileage: Likely Pretty Good

At the time of this writing, the EPA hasn't released official fuel economy estimates for the 2019 Ranger. Ford pegs it at 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with standard rear-wheel drive. Those are among the highest numbers in the class. Ford estimates a four-wheel-drive Ranger at 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, which are also admirable estimates for a pickup.

The Chevrolet Colorado gets 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with its standard four-cylinder engine, but with its optional turbodiesel engine it returns 20/30 mpg city/highway. In contrast, the best the Toyota Tacoma can manage is 20/23 mpg.

Ranger Ride and Handling: Well-Balanced

The Ranger has direct steering and takes turns with composure. There’s little excessive body roll, but you don’t get a ton of feedback from the road. Ride quality is good over most surfaces, as the truck absorbs bumps in the road and shields you from wind noise when you’re driving at high speeds. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional.

Ranger Off-Roading

When properly equipped, the Ranger is a pretty capable off-road companion. Those who want to get off the beaten path will appreciate an option package that includes an off-road-tuned suspension, special off-road tires, a locking rear differential, skid plates, a terrain management system, and crawl control.

Ranger Towing and Hauling

The standard SuperCab Ranger comes with a 6-foot bed, while the extended-cab SuperCrew model has a 5-foot bed. Payload capacities range from 1,560 to 1,860 pounds, the latter of which leads the class by a long shot. For the most utility, go with a SuperCab model and rear-wheel drive.

The Ranger can also tow up to 7,500 pounds, which places it among the class leaders in that regard as well. The Chevrolet Colorado and its 7,700-pound limit is one of a few compact trucks that can tow more than the Ranger.

Ranger Reliability

Is the Ford Ranger Reliable?

J.D. Power gives the 2019 Ranger a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average for the industry. 

Ford Ranger Warranty

Ford covers the Ranger with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Ranger Safety

Ranger Crash Test Results

At the time of this writing, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has crash tested the Ford Ranger.

Ranger Safety Features

The 2019 Ranger comes standard with a rearview camera and a pre-collision system with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking. It also includes Ford's MyKey system, which lets you set audio volume and speed limits for secondary drivers.

Optional advanced safety and driver assistance features include front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Which Ford Ranger Model Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ford Ranger comes in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. All Ranger models come with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The Ranger is available with a four-person SuperCab short cab and a 6-foot bed or an extended five-person SuperCrew cab and a 5-foot bed. We've listed the three trims below with the starting prices for rear-wheel-drive, SuperCab models. You can upgrade the drivetrain and cab in any configuration, and regardless of trim, it'll cost you about $4,000 for four-wheel-drive and around $2,200 for a SuperCrew cab.

The base model comes with some surprising features, including a Wi-Fi hot spot and pre-collision braking, but it lacks basic amenities like power locks and regular cruise control. You can add them as options, however, without upgrading to a higher trim, and the standard Ranger is also available with a package that includes most available active safety features. Still, you may want to spring for the midrange Ranger XLT, which not only includes all the base model's options, but also gives you access to features like a touch screen, navigation, satellite radio, and power-adjustable, heated front seats.

Ford Ranger XL

The base 2019 Ford Ranger XL starts at $24,300. Standard features include cloth upholstery, four-way manually adjustable front seats, a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and the voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display screen. The Ranger also comes with a rearview camera, Ford's MyKey system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

An option package is available for $1,135 and includes cruise control and power locks. For $735, the Ford Co-Pilot360 bundle adds a 110-volt power outlet, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. Vinyl upholstery is also available for no extra charge.

With four-wheel-drive models, the $1,295 FX4 Off-Road package adds an off-road-tuned suspension, special off-road tires, a locking rear differential, skid plates, a terrain management system, and crawl control. This package is available in every trim.

Ford Ranger XLT

The Ford Ranger XLT retails for $27,940, and it comes with premium cloth seats, power locks, a power-locking tailgate, cruise control, a 110-volt power outlet, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

Spending $995 will get you a package with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and the touch-screen SYNC 3 infotainment system with satellite radio. With that box checked, you can dole out another $795 for the Technology package and its adaptive cruise control and navigation. Another bundle costs $2,800 and comes with eight-way power-adjustable, heated front seats and remote start.

Ford Ranger Lariat

The Ford Ranger Lariat starts at $32,210. Added features include heated and power-adjustable outside mirrors, LED headlights and foglights, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key entry, push-button start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, satellite radio, the SYNC 3 touch-screen system, leather upholstery, and eight-way power-adjustable and heated front seats.

You can add adaptive cruise control and navigation for $795. You can also buy a $1,795 package that includes adaptive cruise control, navigation, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and remote start. In SuperCrew models, the latter package also comes with HD Radio and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

The Final Call

The 2019 Ford Ranger is one of the most utilitarian compact pickup trucks. It has a powerful engine, good off-road prowess, and balanced handling. However, some rivals offer nicer interiors.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

Read the full 2019 Ford Ranger review on U.S. News & World Report for more details, photos, specs and prices.

AdChoices
AdChoices

More from U.S. News & World Report

US News & World Report - Cars
US News & World Report - Cars
Loading...

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon