Introducing the New 2019 Ford Ranger
Massive Demand for the 2019 Ford Ranger
Ford has announced that it will be releasing the new and improved Ford Ranger early in 2019.
North American Ford group president Kumar Galhotra has declared that there is massive demand in the vehicle with “more than 300,000 hand-raisers” already. The Michigan plant has been pushing hard in order to have vehicles ready as soon as possible.
Ford stopped making its famous Ford Ranger for the American market in 2012. Back then, the Ford Ranger was perfect for the everyday driver that didn’t want the bulk of a heavy-duty truck but still wanted something that would get the job done. The motto “everything you need, nothing you don’t” embodied the Ford Ranger in all that it was built to do, and most other pickup trucks seemed to follow this same ideal. The Ford Ranger, at the time, became lost in the pack.
Now, it seems like that motto no longer pertains to most manufacturers’ fleets, as pickups got bigger, more expensive, needing to be able to tow a large boat, haul heavy-duty items, as well as be a good daily driver. For those who just want a great pickup truck that always gets the job done, the return of the Ford Ranger is long overdue.
Thankfully, when Ford discontinued the Ranger in the U.S. in 2012, in other countries it thrived, going by the name of ‘T6’. Now the 2019 Ford Ranger for sale in Leavenworth, Kansas can be yours!
2019 Ford Ranger Highlights
The Ranger is rigged with only one type of powertrain — a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is mated to a 10-speed automatic. Ford provides the option for four-wheel-drive in the Ranger, and you can also get the Ranger with a ‘Supercrew’ four-door cab. There is also the basic option of the truck with rear-wheel drive along with a short cab with small rear seats for passengers (but more for cargo, really).
The Ford Ranger has no off-road Raptor option in the Americas just yet. However, you can add an electronic locking differential, FX4 trim, and skid plates. There is also an option for a pitch-and-roll gauge that is placed in the center console.
Ford has really made this truck for daily drivers who might need some occasional towing. The Ford Ranger now has the best-in-class torque and the best-in-class fuel economy. Put these two together and it’s clear why the 2019 Ford Ranger is a contender for best midsize pickup of 2019. All this for the surprisingly low 2019 Ford Ranger price.
Despite the Ford Ranger’s small engine size, it still packs a strong punch with Ford claiming 270 horsepower and 310 pounds per foot of torque from the turbo four. This gives the Ford Ranger a slight edge over its competitors with its 7,500-pound towing capacity. The Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado only manage to tow 6,400 pounds and 7,000 pounds respectively.
The Ranger has a maximum payload of 1,860 pounds.
A Sport Appearance package is available on 2019 Ford Ranger XLT and Lariat models that adds a dynamic color to select areas of the Ranger’s exterior. This makes for a much sportier look, especially when paired with the unique wheels.
An STX Appearance package is more subdued but adds style. With it, you get aluminum wheels, fog lamps, black bumpers, box decal, and premium cloth seating.
Optional is a powerful B&O sound system for pumping out the tunes while you’re dominating the terrain. Incidentally, the engine note of the 2019 Ford Ranger is great, with just a hint of turbo noise when you’re really pushing the engine flat out. Even when you’re pushing the 2019 Ford Ranger to the limit, the engine never groans or grumbles.
The 2019 Ford Ranger drives great. It has electronic power-assisted steering that is tuned well, and there is limited body roll even when you’re throwing the vehicle around corners. The seats are perfect. They’re perhaps the most comfortable seats you’ll find in a pickup truck in 2019.
Ford has given the Ranger off-roading capabilities by equipping it with a downsized version of its very own off-road traction control Terrain Management System. As soon as you flip the switch to 4WD, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to climb any uneven hill.
The Trail Control system can be operated in 4H and 4L modes. In 4H mode, you can adjust the speed in single mph increments between zero and 20 mph. Switch to 4L mode, and the transitions get even more fine-tuned. In 4L mode you can go at speeds between zero and 10 mph with half-mile increments.
Reviewers have noted that using the Trail Control system in the 2019 Ford Ranger makes for a much more composed drive than in similar systems in competitors’ vehicles. Toyota’s system, for example, is loud. The seating position in the Toyota Tacoma is also completely wrong for off-roading, whereas the 2019 Ford Ranger gets that perfect.
In addition, the drive selector of the truck lets you choose between “Normal,” “Mud/Ruts,” “Grass/Gravel/Snow,” and “Sand.”
Step into a 2019 Ford Ranger with the FX4 package and you’re in a truck that seriously means business off-road, and a Raptor version is undoubtedly on its way.
Alternatively, flip the vehicle into Sport mode and feel the 10-speed transmission hold the higher revs for longer.
Return of a Legend
Finally, Ranger fans are getting their beloved vehicle back and it’s lived up to its expectations. Old-school Ford Ranger fans will also be pleased to see that the new Ford Ranger is a great ride. It drives like a smaller truck, it’s easy to see the road out in front of you, and the EcoBoost engine is pitch perfect for the Ranger. Test drive the Ford Ranger at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas today to see how midsize pickups really should be.