The last-gen Ford Ranger has received plenty of accolades related to its reliability in recent years, ranking second in the mid-size truck segment of J.D. Power’s 2022 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), first in that same segment in the J.D. Power 2023 U.S. Initial Quality Study (IQS), as well as being highlighted as one of Consumer Reports‘ picks for the most reliable used pickups and three-year-old vehicles in general. Now, Consumer Reports has once again added the Ford Ranger to the latter list for 2024, joining the Lincoln Nautilus in that regard, too.
As Consumer Reports points out, three-year-old vehicles are smart buys given the fact that they’ve already experienced a good deal of depreciation, yet are new enough that they still have plenty of standard safety and tech features. Additionally, most leases cover three years, meaning that many of this age are turn-ins that have low miles and are more likely to have been treated with care over that time span, too, with scheduled maintenance completed as prescribed, to boot.
In that regard, the 2021 Ford Ranger made the cut thanks to its solid predicted reliability scores, which are based on feedback from Consumer Reports‘ owner surveys. The popular pickup also performed well in CR‘s road testing, and received a good overall owner satisfaction score as well.
Other than its stellar reliability, Consumer Reports praised the Ford Ranger for the performance and responsiveness from its turbocharged 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost powerplant and 10-speed automatic transmission, coupled with solid fuel economy. However, CR also noted that the Ranger’s ride is a bit “stiff and choppy,” and called its handling “clumsy,” and noted that its engine noise proved a bit loud at lower speeds. Regardless, for those looking for a solid, reliable used vehicle, the 2021 Ford Ranger is also a good choice in a market with many to offer.