STATUS: Unchanged for 2020 - Ford's compact pickup was cashiered after the 2011 model year, but the nameplate returned for 2019 in an attractive midsize format to do battle with the Toyota Tacoma, the Chevy Colorado, the Nissan Frontier, the Honda Ridgeline and others. The Ranger is available in extended-length SuperCab and four-door CrewCab bodies in XL, XLT and Lariat trim levels, along with several accessory packages. There are also five- and six-foot-long box lengths, depending on the cab. Naturally, both 4x2 and optional 4x4 drivetrains are available, but for now a 270-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder engine is the sole engine, coupled to 10-speed automatic transmission. Maximum Ranger payload tops out at 1,840 pounds, and the tow rating is 7,500 pounds. The list of available options is headlined by an FX4 off-road package that includes an off-road-tuned suspension, skid plates, rear-locking differential and all-terrain tires. Also available is an innovative blind-spot system designed to monitor both the Ranger and a full-length trailer is being towed.
Base price (incl. destination): $26,150
Type: Midsize pickup
Engine (h.p.): 2.3-liter I-4, turbocharged (270)
Transmission: Ten-speed automatic
Layout: Rear- /all-wheel-drive
Base mpg (city/highway/combined) 21/26/23
Base weight (lb.): 4,000