2019 Ford Ranger Review
Ford is famous for its trucks — its F-Series pickup has been the best-selling truck in the U.S. for 42 years. So the decision to bring back the mid-size Ranger after an eight-year hiatus seems like a safe bet. A size down from the full-size F-Series, the Ford Ranger comes with a three-year, 36,000 mile basic warranty and offers two body styles, three trims and a 4×4 powertrain. “Built Ford Tough,” the Ranger aims to be a practical, hardworking truck that fits in your garage. Yet reviewers haven’t been too kind to the Ford Ranger compared with its competition. Why? Read on to find out more.
- 2019 Ford Ranger pricing
- 2019 Ford Ranger safety
- 2019 Ford Ranger trim comparison
- 2019 Ford Ranger competition comparison
- The bottom line on the 2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger pricing
The manufacturer’s recommended price (MSRP) for the Ford Ranger starts at $24,300 for a SuperCab, 4×2 pickup, and goes up to $38,385 for a crew cab, 4×4 pickup. You cannot choose a bed size independently of cab size. The SuperCab means the pickup has a 6’ bed and the SuperCrew cab means the truck has a 5’ bed.
|Ford Ranger Pricing|
|SuperCab 4×2 MSRP||$24,300||$27,940||$32,210|
|SuperCab 4X4 MSRP||$28,460||$31,940||$36,210|
|SuperCrew 4X2 MSRP||$26,520||$30,115||$34,358|
|SuperCrew 4X4 MSRP||$30,680||$34,115||$38,385|
These are the MSRPs as of May 10, 2019, but you don’t necessarily have to pay MSRP. Depending on where and when you want to buy a Ranger, you could pay less. Shop around to check prices and check out an industry guide — NADAguides or Kelley Blue Book, for example — to find a fair market price for your area.
What’s next? Most people need a car loan once they find a car. But beware, car dealers not only habitually raise car prices, they also raise customer loan APRs. Therefore, it’s important to also apply for a car loan outside of a dealership. Potential lenders may include Ford financing, your bank, credit union or online lender. You could also fill out an online form at LendingTree to receive up to five potential auto loan offers at once from lenders, depending on your creditworthiness. It doesn’t hurt your credit to apply to multiple lenders any more than it does to apply to one if you do all your applications within 14 days.
2019 Ford Ranger safety
The Ranger is not crash-test rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. And at the time of publication, the NHTSA site shows two safety recalls on the Ranger and four official safety complaints.
Ford does have active driver safety features it corrals under the package of Ford Co-Pilot-360™. Every Ford Ranger has some of the features, but others may require an extra charge, depending on the trim level of Ranger you choose.
Here are the Ford Co-Pilot-360 ™ features that are standard on all trims of the Ranger:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. The truck can alert the driver visually and audibly if senses it may collide with a vehicle in front of it. If the driver does not react, the truck can automatically brake.
- Rear View Camera. The truck has a rearview camera system.
- Auto Start-Stop Technology. For fuel economy, the truck can automatically stop the engine when it comes to a stop at a red light or such, and start again when the driver presses on the gas pedal. This can be disengaged when the truck is towing or in 4×4 driving mode.
- Curve Control, Trailer Sway Control and AdvanceTrac © with Roll Stability Control™. The truck can slow itself down and apply brakes to individual wheels to keep traction.
- SOS Post-Crash Alert System™. In a crash when the airbag is deployed or the fuel pump shut off, the truck can alert emergency services through the driver’s paired cell phone.
Here are the Ford Co-PIlot-360 features that are standard on the XLT and Lariat trims of the Ranger:
- Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross-Traffic Alert.The truck can warn the driver visually and audibly of other vehicles it senses in its blindspots.
- Lane-Keeping System. The truck can alert the driver of lane drifting and make steering adjustments to help it stay in the lane.
- Automatic High Beams. The truck can automatically turn its high beams off and on as it senses another vehicle.
- Forward and Reverse Sensing System. This system can assist the driver to park and manage tight spaces.
These are non-standard options that you may be able to buy and add to your Ranger, depending on the trim level you choose.
- Trail Control. This system manages throttle and braking to help direct torque when offroading.
- Rain-Sensing Wipers. The truck can automatically turn on and off, and adjust windshield wiper speed according to how much rain it senses.
- Adaptive Cruise Control. While in cruise control, the truck can slow and speed up to maintain a set distance from a vehicle in front of it.
2019 Ford Ranger trim comparison
The Ranger has three trims. Each trim builds upon the trim(s) that came before it. For example, the XLT has or improves upon all features that the XL has. You’ll notice that as the trim increases, so does the truck’s ground clearance, technology and price.
|Standard Features||16″ Wheels, MyKey, 4G WiFi Hotspot, USB Charging Port, Trailer Sway Control||17″ Wheels, 8″ Screen, Cruise Control, Power-Locking Tailgate, Fog Lights||18″ Wheels, Leather Seats, Push-Button Start, LED Lights, Chrome Accents|
These are not all the features each trim offers, but some of the popular ones so that, combined with the breakdown of safety features, you can compare what you get for each jump in trim and price level.
Seating. The SuperCab and CrewCab can seat a maximum of six passengers if said passengers aren’t opposed to elbows and hips touching.
Warranty. All Fords have a “bumper-to-bumper” warranty of three years, 36,000 miles and a powertrain warranty of five years, 60,000 miles.
4×4. The 4×4 powertrain is available on all three trims for both SuperCab and CrewCab. See the pricing section for details.
2019 Ford Ranger competition comparison
If you’re not excited about the Ford Ranger after all of that, check out how it stacks up against competitors in the midsize pickup truck market.
|Models||Ford Ranger Super Cab||Toyota Tacoma Access Cab||Nissan Frontier Crew Cab||Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab|
|Maximum Towing Capacity||7,500 lbs||6,500 lbs||6,720 lbs||7,700 lbs|
|Overall Fuel Economy||23 MPG||21 MPG||21 MPG||22 MPG|
*Chart data is for base 2019 models with the exception of towing capacity. Expert score averages Kelley Blue Book (KBB) and Edmunds expert ratings as available. Standard technology refers to features included in the lowest trim level for each model at no extra cost (not an exhaustive list). Fuel economy is combined city/highway mileage as defined by the EPA.
Why does the Ford Ranger have a lower expert score? In its review, Edmunds experts note that the Ranger does have one of the best engine and transmission combinations, but its ride quality, off-road capability and cargo space are less than the best. At the time of publication, KBB experts have not yet reviewed the 2019 Ranger.
The bottom line on the 2019 Ford Ranger
Perhaps the most well-known pickup ever is the Ford F-150, but for those who don’t need a full-size giant of a pickup, the Ford Ranger could do nicely. You might like the Ranger if you need a daily driver vehicle that can do double duty on the weekends, hauling stuff in the bed and towing sizable weight.
You might not like the Ford Ranger if you’re looking for a truck that has the comforts of an SUV or if you need better off-road capability.