2019 Ford Ranger Review
2019 Ford Ranger Review
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Edmunds' Expert Review
Reviews EditorTravis Langness has worked in the automotive industry since 2011. He has written thousands of car-related articles and tested and reviewed hundreds of vehicles over the course of his career.
- Powerful turbocharged engine
- Many available modern safety features
- Long list of available options
- Soft ride translates to a queasy ride over undulating pavement
- Limited in-cabin storage
- Off-road abilities aren't as impressive as rivals
- The 2019 Ford Ranger is all-new
- Part of the fourth Ranger generation introduced for 2019
It's been almost a decade since there was a new Ford Ranger at dealerships. A lot has changed in that time. Midsize pickup trucks are larger than ever before. They also offer more towing and hauling capability, more passenger comfort and more modern tech inside. With the debut of the 2019 Ford Ranger, expectations are high for what this latest entry can do.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.26 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
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The 2019 Ford Ranger isn't entirely new, though. Ford may have pulled the Ranger from the U.S. market back in 2011, but it didn't stop building and selling Rangers in other parts of the world. That same year consumers in some markets outside of North America could buy an all-new and suitably enlarged midsize Ranger that was developed by Ford Australia. Ford gave this world-market Ranger a face-lift for 2015, and it is that truck that forms the basis for our 2019 Ranger.
A lot of what you'll see on the Ranger will be familiar if you've spent any time in its big brother, the F-150. On the inside, the Ranger will get Ford's Sync 3 technology in addition to available features such as smartphone connectivity, blind-spot monitoring and even in-car Wi-Fi. The Ranger also comes with a healthy number of advanced safety features including forward collision mitigation and lane keeping assist.
Under the hood, the Ranger is currently slated to get only one engine: a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 270 horsepower. While we'd prefer to have a few powertrains to choose from, this new mill certainly satisfies. It's gutsy and it provides plenty of power for accelerating quickly or pulling a heavy trailer. Maximum towing capacity is a stout 7,500 pounds.
In other ways, however, the 2019 Ranger fails to live up to the expectations set by an all-new debut. The truck's chassis and the interior design come across as carryovers from several years back, not something originated to expressly serve the needs of U.S. market customers in a competitive midsize-truck field.
Overall, the new Ranger ends up as a midpack offering. It's worth checking out if you want a midsize pickup with a strong standard engine and the latest advanced safety features. Otherwise, the more well-rounded Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline and Toyota Tacoma will likely serve you better.
Edmunds' Expert Rating6.8 / 10
Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Ford Ranger XLT Crew Cab w/ FX4 Off-Road Package (turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 | 10-speed automatic | 4WD).
|Overall||6.8 / 10|
The Ranger has one main trick: a stout 2.3-liter turbo engine. Beyond that, the Ranger fails to impress. The 10-speed automatic is great in other Fords, but here it's typically unresponsive. Handling, steering and braking all suffer from varying degrees of unengaging blandness.
The Ranger's 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder doesn't make the most horsepower in the class, but it's not far off the mark and easily makes the most torque. The result is a gutsy engine that delivers plenty of punch whenever you need it — if you use Sport mode. It also rules the dragstrip. In our testing, our 4WD Ranger covered 0-60 mph in a quick 6.8 seconds.
The Ranger stops reliably in routine situations, but nosedive can be excessive when you brake more suddenly. That was certainly the case during our 60-0 mph panic-stop test, which took 138 feet. That's longer than we like to see, but it is likely the result of the knobby off-road tires that come with our test truck's FX4 off-road package.
The steering is somewhat disappointing. The vehicle tracks well, and the truck has good straight-ahead stability. But from the driver's seat, it feels numb and disconnected as you turn the wheel. The effort is quite light, and it lacks any sort of meaningful buildup to give you the sense that you've turned the wheel enough.
The Ranger does track steadily and even accurately through corners. But that only holds up if the road is mostly flat. If the corner has wavy undulations, or if you brake deeply into such a corner, the suspension's inadequate damping translates into an unsteady bounding feel that can be disconcerting as you arc through a turn.
Despite its punchy engine, the Ranger can exhibit lethargy in the transmission's default drive mode born from a reluctance to downshift. It wakes up and feels nicely responsive in Sport mode, but this kind of Jekyll and Hyde behavior seems unnecessary when you have a 10-speed transmission.
The Ranger's approach and departure clearances are decent. But the suspension's lack of articulation can result in lifting a wheel or two off the ground, and the traction control system can't fully cover for the deficiency. The FX4 package has a locking rear differential, but it seemed more like a crutch to get over the suspension's basic shortcomings. The 4WD rotary control is maddening because its momentary switch operation leaves the door open for the computer to second-guess the driver, which it did during our test.
Aspects of the Ranger's ride may be a deal-breaker for some truck shoppers. The seats are comfortable, and the cabin is generally quiet. But that doesn't matter if the cabin bobs around to the point where passengers start to feel queasy.
The front seats are nicely shaped and comfortably padded. They also can accommodate larger folks yet still provide smaller occupants with enough side support. The rear seat bottoms are well-padded, but the corresponding seatbacks are a bit more vertical than we'd like.
The Ranger absorbs small cracks and coarse road texture well, but it doesn't take much of an undulation in the road to generate very springy and bouncy ride motions. This too-soft and underdamped feel seems to amplify the size of certain bumps you pass over. More than one of our passengers actually got queasy during our testing.
Noise & vibration7.5
There is some wind noise, but road noise from the tires is nicely muted. The four-cylinder engine typically sounds a bit reedy and mechanical, but it lets out a more pleasing V6-like growl when you stand on the gas.
The climate control system works well enough, and the four dash-mounted vents are large. You can't shut them off individually, however. The worst part is the dual-zone automatic climate control system's many small buttons, which are hard to distinguish at a glance.
The Ranger is reasonably accommodating. The front seat is roomy and easy to get in and out of, but the same isn't true of the crew cab's rear bench. Likewise, visibility out the front is good, but the view out the rear is another story. Our biggest complaint involves the interior switchgear.
Ease of use6.0
Although the Ranger's controls are generally easy to understand, certain ones are disappointing. The lack of physical shortcut buttons for the touchscreen and the many tiny buttons that make up the climate control interface are something you'll have to deal with every day. We're not fond of the layout and operational logic of the 4WD controls either.
Getting in/getting out7.5
The front door openings are broad, and the floor height isn't too high. There's no driver-side grab handle, but the front passenger gets one. The rear seat is a bit harder to enter due to a lack of toe space.
The driver's seat is nicely placed, and the telescoping steering wheel offers a good range of adjustment. The XLT's manual seats, however, have a coarse backrest angle adjustment. Some drivers might not be able to find their ideal spot.
There's no lack of room in the front part of the Ranger's cab. Legroom is excellent, and headroom is more than sufficient. It's a bit tight at shoulder level, however. The back seat also has plenty of headroom, but legroom is tight. The front seats have a cutout to help counteract this issue, but it's not enough.
It's fairly easy to see out the front because the hood slopes away and dips down above the headlights. The outside mirrors are sufficiently large, but the very tall bedsides and tailgate constrain the view directly out the back. The rearview camera alleviates this issue in parking lots but obviously not when cruising down the road.
Our test truck has consistent build quality, but the interior plastics are pretty unimpressive. The inside does not reflect recent advancements in other all-new pickups.
The Ranger posts a high towing number. Payload ratings are also good, but that figure trails three competitors when you look at the crew-cab 4WD model everyone wants. More importantly, the Ranger gets dragged down by everyday issues such as so-so storage and a one-piece back seat that doesn't provide many in-cab storage options.
There's not a lot to talk about here. The center console has a small box under the armrest and a couple of cupholders. The door pockets are small, and the glovebox is unremarkable.
In-cabin storage is poor. The seat support structure gets in the way of any real storage with the rear seat bottom flipped up, and the seatback only tips forward far enough to access the jack; there is no provision to make a storage platform that way. What's worse, it's a one-piece seat. This unfathomable lack of a 60/40- or even a 50/50-split makes it impossible to seat three in the cab with a portion of the rear seat rigged for cargo.
Child safety seat accommodation6.0
There are two sets of lower LATCH anchors that are somewhat deeply set. The Ranger has three top tethers, but you'll need to fold the rear seatback forward to access them. The cab lacks rear legroom, so bulkier rear-facing seats may not fit without forcing the front-seat occupants to compromise their positions.
The Ranger is rated at 7,500 pounds if you buy the optional trailer tow package, and it can tow more than the competition's gasoline engines can. But the difference isn't significant in a class where towing isn't the primary purchase reason. This new Ford lacks a built-in trailer brake controller option.
The Ranger offers best-in-class payload on paper. But that claim is not true of the popular 4WD crew-cab configuration, whose payload specs slightly lag those of most other trucks. Daily concerns include tall bedsides that are hard to reach over, an undamped tailgate and a plain steel bed. But there are six tie-downs, and we appreciate how the central locking system includes the tailgate.
We like most of what the Ranger has to offer, especially if you buy an XLT or higher. Those come with a Sync 3 touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and a broad suite of driver safety and convenience aids. But the touchscreen could stand a few shortcut buttons, and folks without a smartphone and reliable data service will need to spend $795 on the Technology package to get built-in navigation.
Audio & navigation7.0
The Ranger's Sync 3 system relies on an 8-inch touchscreen. Sure, there are prominent volume and tune knobs. But what's lacking are physical shortcut buttons, which make it easier to do basic tasks without poking the screen to drill down to the relevant menus. Integrated navigation is optional.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto really help simplify smartphone connections, and there are two data-level USB ports up front. Two more USB ports serve the rear seat, but they're for charging only.
The volume-selling XLT and high-end Lariat come standard with automatic emergency braking, auto high-beam control, lane keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control is optional on these trims.
Sync 3 voice commands work reliably, and they respond to many natural language commands to access music, radio stations and certain navigation functions. iPhone users have the additional option to hold the button down longer to access Siri on their plugged-in smartphone.
Which Ranger does Edmunds recommend?
For most buyers, we believe the midlevel Ranger XLT will be a solid pick. The XLT strikes the right balance between cost and features, with a good amount of standard equipment and a long list of available options such as an 8-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control and Ford's FX4 Off-Road package.
2019 Ford Ranger models
The 2019 Ford Ranger is a midsize pickup truck. It is available with two cab configurations: extended cab (SuperCab) with a 6-foot bed or a crew cab with a 5-foot bed. There are also three trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat. All Rangers are equipped with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine (270 hp, 310 pound-feet of torque) paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The base Ranger XL is rather sparsely equipped, but there are some feature highlights. Standard equipment includes 16-inch steel wheels, a manually locking tailgate, automatic headlights, power windows, cloth upholstery, a four-speaker stereo system with AM/FM radio, air conditioning, a 3.5-inch center screen, a rearview camera, a USB port and an auxiliary jack. Also included is forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.
On top of the XL's standard equipment the XLT adds 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, foglights, an upgraded grille, cruise control, automatic high beams, Ford's Co-Pilot360 system (lane keeping assist and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert), a 110-volt power outlet, a 4.2-inch center screen with Ford Sync, an extra USB port, keyless entry with remote tailgate locking, a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and a six-speaker stereo.
The top trim level for the Ranger is the Lariat, which includes all of the XLT's equipment plus 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, an LED cargo lamp, power-adjustable and heated front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-inch center touchscreen with Ford's Sync 3 interface, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Most of the equipment on upper trim levels can be had as options on the lower trims. Adaptive cruise control is available on both the XLT and Lariat trim levels. A navigation system and a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system are available for the Lariat only.
Also, there are a couple of option packages worth noting. The FX4 Off-Road package is available on the XL, the XLT and the Lariat. It includes off-road tires, upgraded shocks and suspension tuning, an electronically locking rear axle, front tow hooks, underbody skid plates, a terrain management system, and a low-speed crawl control system called Trail Control. A Trailer Tow package is available on all three trim levels as well, and it adds a four-pin/seven-pin wiring harness along with a Class IV trailer hitch.
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Ranger vs. Colorado and Gladiator
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
I had a 2017 Colorado crew cab with a long bed and wanted to replace it with something that allowed me to tow my 22 ft RV, but still get into the parking garage. The options I explored were a 2019 short bed Colorado, the Jeep Gladiator, or the Ranger. I ruled out the Gladiator as the turn radius was almost the same as my long bed Colorado - too wide. I liked both the Colorado and the … Ranger. The Colorado seems more planted to the road, with a good ride, but you will not win any races. The Ranger is lighter on its feet with quick acceleration and an incredible turn radius. I went with the Ranger Lariat with the FX4 package. The technology package is impressive compared to the Colorado. Safety features including support for Towing (blind spot extension to trailer), keyless entry, ignition, and lane alerts. In the end I think I bought it because it had all the goodies. I have found the truck to be extremely fun to drive. I now have over 40k miles and still love it. Cons, the brake controller is not included, and the headlights do not auto level. I get flashed a lot when towing my rv at night. No issue towing the weight. The truck has never been under strain and handles hills nicely. Also like how the engine brakes when towing downhill. Mileage with number of rv trips per year is still over 22 mpg. It is very easy to get around town and park and is as fun to drive as the day I got it.
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Happy so far
2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
Had a 2017 Tacoma TRD-Offroad but the wonky shifting for the 18 months I had it drove me nuts. Test drove the 2019 Ford Ranger at the auto-show in San Antonio and loved the drivability especially the 10-speed transmission. Ford did their homework on the 10-speed. I ended up ordering one In February and received it in March. Have nearly 1000 miles on the Ranger now and gas mileage started … at 20mpg and my latest (3rd tank of gas) is showing 23mpg around town. Not done any long road trips yet but am happy with how the Ranger drives on the hightway. Not taking away from the Tacoma as it was a sold truck but with the weird shifting with their new 6-speed just was not fun on the highway. Main issue driving the Tacoma is it would not stay in overdrive on the highwa, downshifting for minor overpasses, etc which resulted in worse mpg than in town. The new Ranger does not have this problem. Much smoother and more enjoyable to drive on the highway. Shifts are smooth. Fairly quiet ride for a truck and when you need "go power" their is plenty at your disposal .
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2019 Ford Ranger XLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
I've owned my Ranger XLT 4X4 for about five months now and have to say I am very happy with it. Had two current generation Tacomas previously and hated the whining differential and weird shifting transmission in both. My truck is loaded with all the safety features as options plus adaptive cruise control which makes a huge difference in my use of the truck. Absolutely love the 10 speed … transmission and through I was a little wary of buying a four banger, the turbocharged engine is more than powerful for everything I need it for. I tow about 4,000lbs max and have had no issues with drivability. I got a decent price from my local VA dealer (3,500 off) at around $37K and have had zero issues or noises in about 4K miles of highway/city and light offroad use. I have (had) other Ford trucks (F-150 Raptor, F-450DRW Superduty) and this little truck is a credible addition to the Ford truck line. My wife will drive it too! Update after a year: Still very happy with my little Ford truck. It has been more reliable than my 2016 and 2018 Toyota Tacomas. Absolutely no problems except for one. I was astonished to find out that a vehicle with an MSRP of over $40K comes from Ford with all the safety bells and whistles, adaptive cruise control, remote start, yet NO HEATED MIRRORS... which is a real pain in the winter! On the XLT it’s not even an option! You have to go top drawer with the Lariat to get heated mirrors! The dealer didn’t even know this till I asked them to check why my heated mirrors were not working! Come on Ford... Get a grip... how could your product people miss this!
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2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 4dr SuperCab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
I traded my 2017 Tacoma for the 2019 Lariat after owning a Tacoma since 2011 and I am thrilled I did. The Ranger rides more car like and is more comfortable. The Ranger 4cyl engine hands down outperforms the Tacoma 6cyl. I did not like the Tacoma transmission which I believe Toyota changed in 2016. I find the Ranger more comfortable as well. The interior is fine keeping in mind this … is a truck and not a luxury car. The climate control buttons are a little small for my fingers. The bed seems deeper than the Tacoma but the Ranger lacks storage. i miss the behind the seat storage provided in the Tacoma. I find Ranger provides more visibility when making a left turn. The windshield post and mirror created a blind spot that required me to lean forward to see where I was going. There is one annoying thing. The tailgate hits the license plate frame when open. In my case the plate frame scratched the paint which pissed me off. I drilled new holes lowered the plate to correct. Probably an engineering mistake which hopefully Ford will correct. I included this in my review to Ford. Hopefully someone reads them and with any luck some will respond. No regrets. BTW I had a number of people give me a thumbs up while driving and stopped a lights.
2019 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Features & Specs
- Base MSRP
- MPG & Fuel
- 21 City / 26 Hwy / 23 Combined
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gal. capacity
- 5 seats
- Type: rear wheel drive
- Transmission: 10-speed shiftable automatic
- Inline 4 cylinder
- Horsepower: 270 hp @ 5500 rpm
- Torque: 310 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
- Base Engine Size: 2.3 L
- Base Engine Type: Gas
- Towing & Hauling
- Max Towing Capacity: 7,500 lbs.
- Max Payload Capacity: 1,770 lbs.
- Basic Warranty
- 3 yr./ 36000 mi.
- Length: 210.8 in. / Height: 71.2 in.
- Bed Length: 5'1”
- Overall Width with Mirrors: 85.8 in.
- Overall Width without Mirrors: 73.3 in.
- Curb Weight: 4354 lbs.
Our experts like the Ranger models:
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Warns the driver of objects both in the front and the rear of the vehicle to prevent low-speed impacts.
- Automatic Emergency Braking
- Alerts the driver of an imminent front collision and can automatically apply the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
- Lane-Keep Assist
- Emits a warning when there's a lane change without the activation of a turn signal and can provide steering input to keep the driver in the lane.
NHTSA Overall Rating
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Side Crash RatingOverallNot Rated
- Side Barrier RatingOverallNot RatedDriverNot RatedPassengerNot Rated
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront SeatNot RatedBack SeatNot Rated
- RolloverRollover3 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover29.2%
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Used 2019 Ford Ranger Overview
The Used 2019 Ford Ranger is offered in the following submodels: Ranger Crew Cab, Ranger SuperCab. Available styles include Lariat 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), Lariat 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr SuperCab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), Lariat 4dr SuperCab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XL 4dr SuperCab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), XLT 4dr SuperCab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A), and Lariat 4dr SuperCab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A). Pre-owned Ford Ranger models are available with a 2.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 270 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Ford Ranger comes with four wheel drive, and rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 10-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Ford Ranger comes with a 3 yr./ 36000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Ford Ranger?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Ford Ranger trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Ford Ranger XLT is priced between $26,795 and$37,998 with odometer readings between 3960 and83500 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat is priced between $29,590 and$40,198 with odometer readings between 5812 and68948 miles.
- The Used 2019 Ford Ranger XL is priced between $26,630 and$34,000 with odometer readings between 3059 and58235 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Ford Ranger?
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