Ranger returns to the smaller truck market
Managed size, powerful engine
Options are limited, can be expensive with options
WHAT SHOULD BE CHANGED?
Add fast to temperature control
HOW DO I SET?
Finally, smaller ones come in style. Pick-up trucks have taken "full size" to the level of completely new ridiculous proportions, making it difficult to get in and out of them, or even squeeze them into a parking lot.
Small trucks are now quite close to full size trucks. That should make them attractive to many buyers who don't need extra capabilities – or most – half a ton, but still want something with a cargo capacity that is not an SUV. Japan has never left this segment, but North American carmakers are back, with the new Ford Ranger as the latest addition.
Naturally, this is bigger than the old Ranger, which ended its journey here after the 2012 model year. Ford's small truck continues to produce on the global market, and our new truck is an Australian Ranger version, but with different suspension tuning, full box frame, and various engines and transmissions.
The powerplant, the only one currently available, is a 2.3L four-cylinder turbocharged, borrowed from the Mustang EcoBoost and produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. torque. This is mated with ten automatic speeds that are lifted from the F-150.
It started as a SuperCab, with a six-foot, four-seat and small hinged rear door that requires you to first open the front. SuperCrew has a conventional five-foot, five-seat and four-door box. American buyers can choose two wheel drive, but all Rangers in Canada 4 × 4.
Both come in two trim levels: SuperCab XL at $ 30,969 and XLT at $ 35,539; SuperCrew starts at XLT trim at $ 37,399 and my tester is the top-line Lariat at $ 42,289.
Further mines were topped with many choices, such as the $ 3,000 technology package that included the delicious Bang & Olufsen stereo system – the truck was no longer an ordinary worker – which brought it to $ 49,409 before shipping and taxes. It's often a sticking point in these smaller trucks: check a few selection boxes and you can overlap to full size, especially because the F-150, in a Normal 4×2 Cabin, starts at just $ 830 above the Ranger base. In essence, you pay proportionally more for smaller trucks. Think of it as spending to get the best size for you, rather than spending more on a smaller metal mass (which is not completely aluminum like the F-150 body; the hood, rear door and Ranger front fenders are, but the rest is steel) .
Payload reaches 1,650 pounds for SuperCab, and 1,560 for SuperCab. All Ranger models have a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs, which, according to Ford, is the best in its class, but there are a few split hairs – which are top-of-the-pops for medium-sized gasoline. Chevy Colorado / GMC Canyon can pull up to £ 7,700 when an expensive 2.8L diesel engine option is tucked under the hood.
Beyond its more maneuverable size, the Ranger is a comfortable driver. The steering is light and responsive, with a very tight turning circle; and while the trip may increase slightly due to bumps, that is expected in the pickup to be lowered. The 4 × 4 system is part time and is intended only for loose surfaces – driving it on four wheels on dry roads has the potential to cause tire wear and driveline. My truck was selected with the FX4 Off-Road Package, which costs $ 1,400, which adds an electronic rear locking differential, all-terrain tires and slip plates. Medan Management, operated by a button on the console, optimizes performance in mud, snow, sand and other conditions.
The cabin design of the Ranger is handsome and not messy. This isn't a fancy round like you get, say, the F-150 King Ranch, and at the middle level it's fine, although it's rather difficult to reconcile so much hard plastic with my near-50 testers. big stickers. There's a big button for stereo volume and adjustment – a bonus point for that – but my truck's automatic two-zone climate control is a small button, set low in the middle stack, with a little toggle to adjust the temperature. The infotainment system is powered by Ford SYNC, and although this system is easy to use, the screen can respond slowly when the glass is cold.
Lariat includes special things like heated leather seats, automatic dimming mirrors, satellite radio, line maintenance assistance, and a blind-spot monitoring system that takes into account the length of the trailer for easier traffic lane changes. However, the heated steering wheel is not available, even as an option. This may sound trivial but it is a common feature in trucks, and it is a very good addition if you have loaded your truck or hitched your trailer in cold weather.
The front seat is very supportive and comfortable, and is an eight-way force with lumbar support at the Lariat. SuperCrew is naturally wider for second-line passengers than SuperClub. The back cushion is lifted to reveal some hidden storage space underneath.
Last year, Canadians bought more than 38,000 medium trucks, while Ford itself moved more than 145,000 full-size trucks. But it's a segment that's ready for growth, and I think the Ranger will do well for himself here. Sometimes, less is really more.