In virtually each respect, the 2021 Ford Ranger is a stable competitor in the midsize pickup truck arena. Its towing abilities are spectacular and payload capabilities are class-leading. The cabins are comfortable (up entrance, no less than), the engine is powerful but fuel-environment friendly, and a few advanced safety features are standard.
The Ford Ranger is now within the second yr of its present generation. And it still has to draw some patrons who would automatically consider a Chevrolet Colorado (or its GMC Canyon twin), the category-leading Toyota Tacoma, or the renewed-for-2021 Nissan Frontier.
Because the full-size Ford F-one hundred fifty pickup is without doubt one of the greatest-selling vehicles within the United States, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to anticipate this smaller sibling to enjoy the same success. However possibly truck buyers are conservative types who like to stick with what they know.
We would like to see Ford make the longer bed available with the larger SuperCrew cab and install a touchscreen in all trim levels. In any other case, the Ranger is a top-notch midsize pickup truck.
The 2021 Ranger has a turbocharged 2.three-liter four-cylinder engine making 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is linked to a ten-pace automated transmission.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is normal all through the range, and a proper 4-wheel drive (4WD) system with fourHi and 4Lo settings is optional. An electronic locking differential could be added to either.
In keeping with the U.S. Environmental Protection Company (EPA), the 2WD 2021 Ford Ranger is rated at 21 miles per gallon within the city, 26 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in mixed driving (RWD). With 4WD, the Ranger is rated at 20 mpg city/24 mpg hwy/22 mpg combined. The new off-road-centered Ford Ranger Tremor model is available in at 19 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/19 mpg combined.
Maximum towing — regardless of drivetrain (4×2 or 4×4) or cab type — is 7,500 pounds. Payload ranges from 1,560 kilos to 1,860 kilos, relying on the cab and the drivetrain.
Customary Features and Options
The 2021 Ford Ranger is available as a SuperCab (prolonged) with a 72.eight-in bed, or a SuperCrew cabin with a sixty one-in bed. There are additionally XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. All vehicle prices include the $1,195 destination charge.
The associated fee for all-wheel drive differs in line with trim stage, but it’s round $four,000, which appears expensive. It’s available with any trim and either cab.
The XL (SuperCab $26,015; SuperCrew $28,415) consists of 16-in steel wheels, automatic on/off headlights, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, rearview camera, air conditioning, vinyl flooring, fabric upholstery, power windows, 3.5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, USB port, AM/FM radio, wi-fi (for up to 10 devices), and a four-speaker audio system.
A 101A package adds keyless entry, energy-adjustable side mirrors, twin-zone automated climate management, cruise management, 4.2-inch colour infotainment display, 911 Help emergency communications (works by means of a Bluetooth-synced phone), and a 6-speaker audio setup.
The STX option package brings 18-inch alloy wheels and cabin materials, plus an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 package can also be optional, adding blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, lane-keeping help, automatic high beams, and trailer tow monitoring.
XLT trim (SuperCab $30,065; SuperCrew $32,240) includes the Co-Pilot 360 driver aids, 8-inch contactscreen, smartphone integration, 6-speaker audio system and most of the 101A items. It additionally has 17-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED taillights, upgraded exterior trim, rear privacy glass, entrance/rear parking sensors, carpeting, dual-zone automatic climate control, perimeter alarm, and the Sync three electronics interface with satellite radio, two USB ports and voice control.
This trim degree is eligible for energy-folding side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, 8-way energy-adjustable driver’s seat, 6-way energy-adjustable entrance passenger seat, handbook sliding rear window, and a remote start function.
Lariat (SuperCab $34,105; SuperCrew $36,280) contains most of the improvements above, plus 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED cargo lamp, heated/energy-folding side mirrors, additional upgraded exterior trim, keyless entry/ignition, leather seating surfaces, one hundred ten-volt AC outlet, ambient cabin lighting, and a common garage door opener.
Lariat trim can also be ordered with rain-sensing wipers and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Each the XLT and Lariat trims are offered with an optional Technology package that includes integrated navigation and adaptive cruise control.
A Black appearance package will also be applied to these high two trims. It contains exterior elements in smoked chrome, a black Ford oval badge and black-completed 18-inch alloy wheels.
Every 2021 Ranger with all-wheel drive is eligible for the FX4 Off-Road package, which contains off-road-tuned shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, frame-mounted metal bash plate, and Trail Control — a type of off-road cruise control adept at extricating the Ranger from especially tricky or sticky situations. An FX2 model of this package is available with rear-drive Rangers, with an off-road-specialised instrument cluster displaying yaw, pitch and roll.
The Tremor Off-Road package debuts this year. Priced at $4,290, Tremor option is available in all-wheel-drive XLT and Lariat variants with the SuperCrew cab, adding Fox suspension elements (Fox is a well-revered third-party supplier), 32-inch Continental Basic Grabber all-terrain tires, package-particular seats with suede inserts, and an auxiliary energy pack with six switches that can run things like winches, lights and compressors.
Other options embody an electronic locking differential, tow package, spray-in bed liner, tonneau cover, aluminum cross-bed toolbox, and Ford’s SecuriCode locking/unlocking keypad.