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We’re Driving The 2019 Ford Ranger: What Do You Want To Know?

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We’re out here outside of San Diego, California to sample one of the most anticipated vehicles Ford has launched all year: the 2019 Ranger. The 2019 Ford Ranger is new to the US market, but has been sold globally for a few years. What separates the North American 2019 Ford Ranger from its global variants is the powertrain: a 2.3L EcoBoost shared with the Ford Mustang that’s paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. It’s the standalone engine/transmission offering for the 2019 model year.

The 2019 Ford Ranger enters the fray as a class-leading truck on paper. Along with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the Ranger’s EcoBoost engine also delivers a segment-best 23 mpg combined according to EPA testing. The 2019 Ford Ranger also can out-tow and out-haul the competition, with ratings of 7,500 pounds and 1,860 pounds, respectively.

And while we are sad to not be graced with the Ford Ranger Raptor, which the rest of the world seems to be getting, early ride-along impressions did indicate strong off-roading potential. To that end, Ford partnered up with Yakima to offer a plethora of truck accessories for all sorts of adventures. Lastly, the new Ranger is built in Michigan. However, one will have to pay for all of this class-leading capability, as the 2019 Ranger starts at over $25,000, and can come close to $50,000 with all the desired options checked.

For those looking to get a glimpse beyond the spec sheet, ask your questions in the comment section below.

Again, keep in mind that we can’t answer questions regarding driving impressions until Tuesday, December 18th

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Former staff.

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  1. I test drove one at the Fort Worth auto show but was limited to an around the block drive. How is the power on the highway? Were you able to get any performance numbers like zero to sixty times or braking distances?

  2. I drive an F150 and have had two rangers. My biggest concern is leg room I am 6.3′ and dont know if the Ranger will allow me to strech out. What are the numbers compared too a full size F150?

    • I’m 5’7 and the front seat was fine for me. It would probably be a bit tight for you. My wife is my height and complained at the lack of space when sitting behind me. Surprisingly she didn’t mention it in the Colorado. I’m not sure if the Ford is any smaller number wise or if it’s just the way the seats are designed.

      • I hope you fit in the front seat! My 13 yo is 5’7”. If this thing can’t fit small adults and children it’s in trouble.

  3. I am heavily leaning towards the 4×2 extended cab base-level Ranger. Price point is debatable amongst the competition, but I like what I’m seeing. Size is just right for me and you can get a hitch as an option. From what I’m reading, 87 octane will do just fine, even with a hitch. Any new developments with regards to octane being used?

  4. I have been getting confounded and conflicting answers for one question…
    definitively… Is the standard differential on the two wheel drive OPEN or LIMITED SLIP?
    I have been given both answers from ford reps.
    Also is the Locker limited slip when NOT engaged?

    • Floyd– I’ve been trying to get this answer as well. I’d read where the standard offering would be a limited slip differential, but now it looks like either open or locking– and I’m not sure if the locking is limited slip. Did you find out?

  5. JL;

    The standard differential is for sure a 3:73 OPEN. (code 71)
    Code for Limited Slip is (code 73) which is not available for the Ranger
    Code for the locker is (code X73)
    That is what made me think it might be LS when not engaged.
    I have talked to Every source I could find at Ford with no valid answer,soI ordered an OPEN

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