The New Ford Ranger Is A Welcome Addition To The Ford Family

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The Ford Ranger is back in the USA after many years of only being overseas. With the new Ranger it has grown in size, and is more perfect than ever to enter into the “lifestyle truck” category that is quickly becoming a massive market for vehicle manufacturers.

This new Ranger isn’t really much like the old one. It is bigger, better, and nicer than it’s predecessor. This includes having lane-keeping system, auto high beams, blind spot assist, and more all standard on the vehicle.

Ford Ranger FX-2
Ranger with FX2 package [Image courtesy of Ford]

Ford Ranger’s Drivetrain

At the moment, the Ranger only comes with one engine option, and one transmission option. That is the 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine, based off initial reviews it sounds like it gives just enough power to be fun.

As for the transmission, it comes only with a 10 speed automatic, that should allow for quick and easy shifts.


The Ranger comes in three different trim levels, which have been standard for a while. The XL, XLT, and Lariat. Each trim level gets more luxurious as you go.

Auto lamps are standard on all trims, and depending on the trim you choose, you can get chrome or black running boards, as well as leather wrapped steering wheel. LED headlamps are also an option on the new Ranger.

Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package
Ford Ranger Black Appearance Package [Image courtesy of Ford]

There are also a ton of packages that can be chosen, see below!

  • Bed Utility Package (86Q)
  • Ford Co-Pilot360
  • Technology Package
  • STX Appearance Package
  • XL Chrome Package
  • XL Power Equipment Group
  • Chrome Appearance Package
  • Sport Appearance Package

Just like it’s bigger brother the F-150 and Super Duties, choosing different options and dramatically change the feel of the interior and exterior of the truck.

Ford recently released a dealer installed leveling kit as well!

Safety features on the Ford Ranger

While the new Ranger may not be super tech heavy, it does come standard with some new safety features. A rear view camera, keyless entry pad and Ford Copilot are either standard or optional on all trim levels.

Ford Ranger in Orange
[Image courtesy of Ford]


The new Ranger is a very welcome addition to the Ford Family. While it may not be the craziest looking truck on the road, because at this point it is already an older truck, it still is important now that mid-size trucks are growing in both size and popularity.

Now… let’s hope we get the Ranger Raptor someday.

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