The 2019 Ford Ranger is back in North America, diving deep into a competitive segment of midsizers.
The first thing that stands out about the new Ranger is the deluge of power that is created by the small 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, making 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Hooked to a 10-speed automatic transmission, the small turbo feels torque-laden off the line and really kicks in around the third to fourth upshift.
There’s really only one issue with the powerplant that we could find: it sounds bad. The little engine can’t help but sound wheezy and weak when under heavy acceleration.
Our test 2019 Ford Ranger was fitted with Hankook Dynapro ATMs, a decent all-terrain tire in the dry, though the snow and ice slows them down pretty well. In fact, we found a steep enough snow hill that the Ranger couldn’t make it up. You’ll have to checkout the video to see it.
Off-road numbers on our Ranger FX4 are respectable, packing 8.9-inches of ground clearance, a 28.7 degree approach angle, 25.4 degree departure and a breakover of 21.5.
The interior is an area where the Ranger doesn’t feel so up to date, though when you look at the competitive set, the truck doesn’t feel old by comparison.
For the rest of our thoughts, you’ll have to watch the full video review above.