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4 out of 5 stars

One month review

NewRangerfan, 07/05/2020
updated 08/24/2020
Lariat 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
115 of 118 people found this review helpful

It’s been a month since I took delivery of a Lariat Crew Cab 4x2 and thought I’d write some first impressions before I forget. I’ve owned Platinum versions of the F150 and most recently the lowest model XL std cab version. This appears to meet all I was asking for. A decent size small bed, room for 4 adults to sit comfortably, the latest safety tech and nice styling. One positive surprise was finding Bridgestone dueler tires as std. These are much better than the crap tires that came with every F150 I bought. The big negative was an obvious fitment issue with the hood and left fender. It overhangs the fender by a quarter inch with uneven gaps along both sides. Either the fender was installed incorrectly, the hood or both. Otherwise the paint and other exterior badging etc looks great. The sticker did not show any Bed liner so I was less than thrilled to find a plastic dropin bed with huge round cutouts for access to tie down hooks. That’s getting removed and a spray on liner put down which in my opinion should be the standard for all beds. The location of the tie down hooks is another concern. The back of a short bed need tie downs close to the back wall so you can secure the bottom of ladders from tipping out. Interior finish is nice, seats are comfortable and the dash laid out in a logical manner. I was disappointed to find manual seat back adjustments and manual steering wheel adjustment. I hoped the upscale Lariat version would have a power adjusted steering wheel with an easy access feature that comes with the F150 since it’s a smaller interior and tight fit getting into. That actually is a bigger issue. The rubber seal at the door pillar is now shredded with a large hole in it. Part of the issue is the pillar and seal location and the other is the seal is very flimsy rubber that tears easily. The dealer has agreed to replace it, just waiting for the replacement part to arrive. I’m in central Florida where the roads are level and smooth so no ride issues here. The engine seems well matched for the size of the truck which is an improvement over the F150 with the 6 cylinder Ecobust engine, Time will tell if the fuel economy meets expectations. Update 4 days later. Surprise! The Radio is not an HD model so you can’t get the extra stations on them. Sound quality is also below average. I’m finding the location of the headlight controls is poor. I keep hitting with my knee as I get in and out which changes the setting, there isn’t much resistance between settings so all it takes is a slight bump. The Driver Assist Lane Keeping function is sporadic. Driving north on one street it works fine but when I come back driving South on the same street it turns itself off. It doesn’t work at all on another local street that’s clearly marked with lines. I realized it only works above 40mph so it doesn’t even turn on when the system recognizes the speed limit is under 40. The good news is the system does recognize curbs when parking even though it’s a tall vehicle with lots of clearance. I wish my low sports car would do that. An open question... if and when the software is updated will my truck get it automatically? Do I have to pay extra for any updates? One more update. The dealer agreed to swap out the bed liner and do a spray liner. They dropped off a loaner which is an XLT version extended cab. Good news is the dash display is better with a dedicated tachometer and speedometer. There’s a small center screen with variable data that makes much more sense than the layout for the Lariat. Bad news, this truck has the same hood / fender figment issues. Apparently there’s a manufacturing flaw they’re repeating fairly consistently.

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5 out of 5 stars

Great "little" truck

Jared, 07/20/2020
XLT 4dr SuperCab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
82 of 88 people found this review helpful

so far, I'm very impressed with my ranger xlt fx4. I'm convinced the bad "professional" reviews are from some sort of brand bias. The turbo lag was a little concerning for the first 1000 miles but once the break- in programming went away I couldn't be happier with how this truck runs. Plenty of power with smooth shifts on pavement and dirt. I'm not generally concerned about fuel mileage out of pickup trucks but I do get 23 overall driving mostly on dirt and two lane roads. The fx4 package includes some nifty toys I'll never use, however it's pretty cool that the off road cruise control exists even if it's not my thing. The ride is excellent for a pickup with this much payload capacity, it barely rides like a truck at all. I suppose if you're lumping it in with sedans and luxury SUVs it is a little bumpy but if you're used to pickup trucks it's quite nice going down the road. Even better than the 2012 F150 I used to drive. My extra cab has plenty of room for my 6'8" 260 lb frame. If you have older kids or like to run around with adult friends I would get the four door. The interior is nice without trying to be real fancy, which I like. There's lots of electronics that aren't too confusing for someone with a love- hate relationship with technology like me. It was fairly simple getting my phone to hook up, set up the Ford Pass and navigate through all the screens to find what I needed. It's easy to find the differential locker, switch in and out of for wheel drive and switch up the terrain management if needed. There's also both touchscreen and manual controls for the HVAC and radio, with radio and phone controls on the steering wheel as well. All the models come with crash mitigation systems which I've never been a fan of as a commercial driver but this system is so smart I didn't even think I had it turned on. It's not annoying at all, I have left it on but you can turn it off, which is a nice feature as well. In short, I have owned and driven all manner of pickup trucks and SUV's, Broncos and jeeps and I absolutely love this truck. It is a joy to drive and is capable of doing its job as a pickup and a 4x4. I highly recommend despite if what the "professionals" say. Ford really knocked it out of the park with this thing, in my humble opinion.

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5 out of 5 stars

Perfect truck for my needs

Doctor Art, 08/03/2020
XL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
37 of 39 people found this review helpful

The 2020 Ford Ranger is ideal for my purposes. The powerplant is solid and it accelerates smoothly. The driving position is comfortable, and instrumentation is thoughtfully laid out. The auto off/on feature is something I have not made up my mind about thus far. I'm assuming it will save a little bit of fuel, but the shut down at traffic lights is hard to get used to. The good news of course, you can disable this feature if you so desire. All in all, good fit and finish, and a nice truck for the money.

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5 out of 5 stars

Nice truck!

Joe Bike, 06/15/2020
updated 06/17/2021
Lariat 4dr SuperCab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
46 of 49 people found this review helpful

Always had F-150's till 2009 when I began driving a Lincoln MKS. Loved that care for 164,000 miles. Decided to go back to a truck. Didn't want to give up mileage so looked at the Ranger. The Lariat trim level made me feel like I was back in the Lincoln. (Only thing missing is ventilated front seats, which I miss living in Florida) I have to admit, I was not prepared for the ride difference from the MKS. My wife reminds me it's a truck. The Off-road suspension package makes the ride stiffer than my friend's two wheel drive Ranger XLT. I went with the 4 x 4 because it allows flat (4 wheels down) towing behind my motorhome. The dealer had no 4 x 4's without the off road suspension package available. After three months, I'm used to the ride. I am amazed by the incredibly quick pick up from the 4 cylinder. The truck sounds futuristic because when it's being driven, you can hear the whir of the turbo-chargers. The truck handles well and has a surprisingly tight turning radius. I have pulled a 6700 lb trailer and the trailer package functions admirably, although I'm not sure I'd want to pull a trailer of that weight without electric trailer brakes. The pearl colored paint is awesome looking and reflects the Florida sun (and heat) well. The seats are comfortable, the ride is quiet, and the creature comforts abound. The 10 speed automatic transmission works flawlessly. Best highway mileage so far has been 25.6 mpg. Average mileage 19.7 mpg. Very pleased with the truck so far. Stereo system is only "good". Can't say "excellent." It would be nice if the Supercab was offered with a 6' bed.

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4 out of 5 stars

Ford never disappoints with their trucks!

Canadian Ford Fan, 10/13/2020
XLT 4dr SuperCab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A)
36 of 39 people found this review helpful

I"ve been a lifelong Ford guy and this review might sound biased but after spending six years of owning a 2014 F-150 XLT 4x4 Supercab and having my personal needs change especially within the past couple of years I had to downsize to something smaller but still needed a truck. I was thinking of going the SUV route with the new Escapes but after my wife talked me out of getting one we did some networking through some family and friends of ours and wound up going with a 2020 Ranger XLT Supercab 4x4. After taking the truck for a test drive I have to say I was far more than impressed with the 2.3L EcoBoost engine (actually swore to God that I was driving a Mustang) and I have to say this truck can easily keep up with the traffic on the highway without any sweat, can zip up to 100 km/h in just over 6 seconds, has no problem with keeping up with the traffic flow at around 110-120 km/h. I have the CoPilot 360 which so far helps out but I'm disappointed to find out that beside a flashing indicator on the mirrors there's no chime if you change lanes indicating there's a vehicle in the lane you want to go into. However the rear camera is very handy, the 8-inch infotainment system is good but I feel that Sync could do a bit of a revamp to make the onscreen controls easier. Apple CarPlay is a blast to use but I wish there was a way to use the Sync voice commands while using CarPlay, mind you I did come from an older version of Sync so I probably still have some figuring out to do. Nevertheless even with the 6 speaker system the stereo sounds fantastic but could use a bump in amplification. The ride is actually good, handling is not bad. The seats do provide decent support and the cab has more than enough front legroom. The back seat is actually roomy for the average sized person but not if you're on a long road trip however its good for tossing a couple of suitcases for a weekend getaway. My biggest complaint is the position of the cupholders- I recommend taking your own travel mug for coffee on long trips as I'm dreading the moment that a lid will pop off my paper cup of Starbucks venti or a Tim Horton's dark roast! I haven't had a chance to try out the truck in 4 wheel drive yet as I write this but with our Canadian winters I can imagine this truck will do good. As for the engine it's really happy if you use a very good regular grade of gasoline from a gas station that's 'Top Tier' certified otherwise make sure you fill it up with premium once in a while to keep things with the engine in check.

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