In virtually every respect, the 2021 Ford Ranger is a strong competitor within the midsize pickup truck arena. Its towing abilities are spectacular and payload capabilities are class-leading. The cabins are comfortable (up front, no less than), the engine is robust yet fuel-environment friendly, and a few advanced safety options are standard.
The Ford Ranger is now within the second year of its present generation. And it still has to draw some buyers who would automatically consider a Chevrolet Colorado (or its GMC Canyon twin), the class-leading Toyota Tacoma, or the renewed-for-2021 Nissan Frontier.
Since the full-dimension Ford F-150 pickup is without doubt one of the greatest-selling vehicles in the United States, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to anticipate this smaller sibling to enjoy an identical success. But maybe truck buyers are conservative types who like to stick with what they know.
We’d like to see Ford make the longer bed available with the larger SuperCrew cab and set up a touchscreen in all trim levels. Otherwise, the Ranger is a prime-notch midsize pickup truck.
The 2021 Ranger has a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine making 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This is linked to a 10-pace automated transmission.
Rear-wheel drive (RWD) is commonplace throughout the range, and a proper 4-wheel drive (4WD) system with 4Hi and 4Lo settings is optional. An electronic locking differential might be added to either.
In accordance 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 combined 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 comes in at 19 mpg city/19 mpg hwy/19 mpg combined.
Most towing — regardless of drivetrain (four×2 or 4×four) or cab type — is 7,500 pounds. Payload ranges from 1,560 pounds to 1,860 pounds, relying on the cab and the drivetrain.
Standard Options and Options
The 2021 Ford Ranger is available as a SuperCab (prolonged) with a 72.8-in bed, or a SuperCrew cabin with a 61-in bed. There are additionally XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels. All vehicle prices embrace the $1,195 destination charge.
The cost for all-wheel drive differs in line with trim stage, however it’s round $four,000, which seems expensive. It’s available with any trim and either cab.
The XL (SuperCab $26,015; SuperCrew $28,415) consists of 16-in steel wheels, automated on/off headlights, forward collision warning with computerized emergency braking and pedestrian detection, rearview camera, air conditioning, vinyl flooring, fabric upholstery, energy home windows, 3.5-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, USB port, AM/FM radio, wi-fi (for as much as 10 devices), and a 4-speaker audio system.
A 101A package adds keyless entry, energy-adjustable side mirrors, dual-zone automatic local weather control, cruise management, 4.2-inch color infotainment display, 911 Help emergency communications (works through 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 contactscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
The Ford Co-Pilot360 package can be optional, adding blind spot monitoring with rear-cross site visitors alert, lane-keeping help, automatic high beams, and trailer tow monitoring.
XLT trim (SuperCab $30,065; SuperCrew $32,240) consists of the Co-Pilot 360 driver aids, 8-inch touchscreen, smartphone integration, 6-speaker audio system and most of the 101A items. It also has 17-in alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED taillights, upgraded exterior trim, rear privacy glass, entrance/rear parking sensors, carpeting, twin-zone automated climate control, perimeter alarm, and the Sync 3 electronics interface with satellite radio, USB ports and voice control.
This trim level is eligible for power-folding side mirrors, leather-wrapped steering wheel, self-dimming rearview mirror, heated entrance seats, 8-way energy-adjustable driver’s seat, 6-way energy-adjustable front passenger seat, guide sliding rear window, and a remote start function.
Lariat (SuperCab $34,one zero five; SuperCrew $36,280) contains many of the improvements above, plus 18-in alloy wheels, LED headlights, LED cargo lamp, heated/energy-folding side mirrors, further upgraded exterior trim, keyless entry/ignition, leather seating surfaces, a hundred and ten-volt AC outlet, ambient cabin lighting, and a universal garage door opener.
Lariat trim can also be ordered with rain-sensing wipers and a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
Each the XLT and Lariat trims are offered with an optional Technology package that features integrated navigation and adaptive cruise control.
A Black look package will also be applied to those top trims. It contains exterior parts in smoked chrome, a black Ford oval badge and black-finished 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 Management — a sort of off-road cruise control adept at extricating the Ranger from especially tricky or sticky situations. An FX2 version 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 $four,290, Tremor option is available in all-wheel-drive XLT and Lariat variants with the SuperCrew cab, adding Fox suspension components (Fox is a well-respected third-party provider), 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.
Different options embrace an digital locking differential, tow package, spray-in bed liner, tonneau cover, aluminum cross-bed softwarebox, and Ford’s SecuriCode locking/unlocking keypad.