2019 Ford Ranger Is A Competent Pickup Truck With An Excellent Powertrain

Ford returned to the midsize pickup truck market by bringing back the Ranger in North America – and, understandably, generating a lot of hype along the way.

But coming back to a segment after years of absence didn’t involve developing an all-new truck, as Ford had already the Ranger in other markets, so all they did is add the EcoBoost powertrain and adapt it for its North American customers.

However, and despite being a model in the middle of its life cycle, the 2019 Ranger provides some really impressive figures on paper, mostly thanks to its powertrain, a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit with 270hp and 310lb-ft of peak torque bolted to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Thanks to the EcoBoost engine and the 10-speed gearbox, the 2019 Ranger offers a fuel economy of 21 mpg city, 26 mpg highway, and 23 mpg combined (2WD model), rendering it the most fuel-efficient gasoline-powered midsize truck in the market, beating rivals such as the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevrolet Colorado.

Add to that the Ranger’s ability to tow up to 7500lbs (3400kg), beating its key rivals again, and the new Ford pickup truck does indeed make a strong case for itself.

So, if you’re in the market for a mid-sized pickup truck, is the Ranger the one to go for? Watch the video right below and find out for yourselves.

  • TheAmerican

    What is the point of 10 speeds? Does it actually help or does it make ford sound like they have cool stuff to non car people?

    • Matt

      Fuel economy.

  • EM1

    Again? is Doug blowing someone here to get all his videos posted?

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      He has a rather strange fan base. They are probably blowing him.

      • ace_9

        Which youtuber does not have a rather strange fan base? We are not talking about tenths or hundreds, not even thousands of people at this point. So, it’s even difficult to say what types of people actually create a fan base for these youtube personalities. I would say that if they are strange, then actually people in general are strange…

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        That explains the voice…

    • Brent Morrison

      This site should be called DougScoops. In all seriousness, if I want to see his videos, I go to YouTube. It’s really pathetic what counts as news to the writers of this site. They’re trying to meet their quotas and get paid.

      • EM1

        It’s called a “filler”. Nothing to write, so let’s fill it in with a video. Yes it is sad.

        • Dude

          I swear you all either came to this site yesterday or don’t know how small sites like this work

    • Paul

      Maybe this is why they’ve got it posted that they’re looking for people to join their staff lol.

    • Nick

      It’s really annoying. Can’t escape him on Reddit or any other major car forum, so we have to deal with his shitty ass forced humor here, too.

  • kachuks

    Great powertrain, everything else is fine. I remember when this was music to a truck buyer’s ears. The drawback is the $35k price.

    • brn

      Starts at $25K.

    • gregsfc

      I built the one I’d want online. I put in seat delete and that took off $260; added engine block heater for $80. My price after destination was $25,300, and they’re offering a $750 pre-order discount. I’d take one bare bones and add after market cruise for much cheaper than the 101A package. I’d get after market new or used 16″ rims to replace the steel rims much cheaper than the package that gives aluminum 17″ rims; add after market window tinting and after market spray-in liner. I’d have everything I’d want in a truck except for a manual transmission. Someone could go another route and get the XL STX package starting at around $28K that is also alot for the money compared to just about any brand in any segment. Ford does it again. The only truck brand that will allow customers to buy a base truck with a very modern and advanced power train; good mpg; good torque; at a good price. That’s called value. Cheapest Duramax diesel is at least $36K and one has a choice of two crew cabs 5′ bed or crew cab 6′ bed at a higher trim level with a bunch of advanced safety features standard that one must pay for to get the power train. Tacoma and Honda and Nissan have no “good torque” option power train at any price.

  • Paul

    It seems to me that this will be a worthy competitor in the “smaller” size truck market

  • TheBelltower

    Looks ten years old. Maybe that’s why it doesn’t have an angry plastic predator face like most new pickup trucks.

    • Matt

      It was fist launched in 2011 in other markets (the new face came in 2015).

      • TheBelltower

        That explains it.

  • Fred

    Hope we I Thailand will get the ecoboost engin.I have the 3.2 Diesel Wildtrak, love it but want a bit more performance.

  • Bash

    I really cant stand him. The truck is cool tho.

    • Craig

      lol – I find him hard to like too. But the truck looks pretty good.

  • Michael_66589

    i would buy it, but with 3.3 V6 engine, not this focus powertrain.

    • gregsfc

      Yeah give me that much-sought-after 3.3L V6 with 290 hp at 6500 RPM and 265 @ 4,000. I just love driving up a grade with a heavy load over 6,000 RPM. It’s such a feeling of refinement. I’m sure it’d be so much more refined and work-ready than a turbo 4 that peaks hp at 5600 and torque at 3,000 lol. Gotta love those naturally-aspired V6s that have been so overwhelmingly popular over the decades in pickup trucks [sarcasm].

  • FordMopar

    He was raving about how quick it was on the road. 6.9 seconds to 60. And then gave it a “2” out of 10 for it. Laughable…..

    • gregsfc

      I think he scores all vehicles on the luxury sedan standard, because his low scores make no sense. It can’t be a truck-only comparison.

  • owlafaye

    So? When are they going to offer a truck for farmers and contractors? A “stripper” with heater, radio, clock and lighter…and NOTHING else? A truck with an 8′ bed? A granny 4 speed transmission on the floor? When oh when are they going to offer a real truck…?

  • Dukie

    Not a fan of the round curvy shapes. It reminds me of the 1997 Ford F150’s when they went round for 5 yrs approx. I don’t see why we had to go back to an ugly design ??

  • gregsfc

    Yeah because we’ve had alot of compact trucks with 8′ beds throughout history; it should be standard equipment. Why stop at 8′? Let’s ask for 10.

  • gregsfc

    We’ve seen a recent phenomenon among many truck enthusiasts lately. It’s the sudden “don’t mess with my naturally-aspirated V6” mantra; never seen this before in the history of pickup trucks. I’ve seen forty years of enthusiasts hating and making fun and disparaging the V6 architecture for work utility except for maybe the largest of them all; the 4.3L Vortec and now Ecotec 3 engine built by GM for base Silverado and Sierra. The formerly-built inline engines, though low in peak horsepower even for their time, did have a following and fan base due to their usable power and torque and durability and reliability and repairability; most notably the formerly-popular 4.9 from Ford and 4.0 from Chrysler; but never in all my days, until recently, have I heard or read truck enthusiasts asking for a naturally-aspirated V6 over an engine with much better usable work numbers.

    I have to shake my head when I see what people are asking for…Look at what is out there. Only three of all truck-tuned V6s in the market exceed 300 horsepower, but all three that do exceed 300 add just a few more ponies at the expense of usable power to get those extra 20 horses. GM’s 3.6L achieves 308 hp, but at 6800 RPM; an engine speed that is rarely used except for drag racing; Ford’s 3.7L that still exists only in Transit exceeds 300 but also peaks very high on the tach; and Ram’s 3.6L doesn’t reach it’s 305 horses until 6700 RPM. The rest of the NA V6s are right about the same as this new 2.3L Ecoboost for peak horsepower; may just single digits higher but certainly nothing noticeable on the road. Not only do they all just get a tad more peak horsepower, but they all peak at 5800 RPM or higher; whereas the 2.3L will peak at no higher than 5600. Then we look at torque; none of them have a torque number anywhere close to their horsepower number and most all of them (except for the two largest; GM’s 4.3 and Nissan’s 4.0) peak at 4,000 RPM or higher. So Ford offers a 2.3L Ecoboost mated to a ten speed that will achieve 270 peak horses at no more than 5600 RPM (Mustang and Explorer); and 310 at no more than 3,000 RPM, and it gets the best gas mpg for any pickup truck despite the fact that it comes standard with 3.73 rear axle. And these are numbers tested on regular 87 octane. The 3.3L that everyone keeps asking for but that few people choose in F150 gets 290 hp at 6500 RPM and 265 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM, and it’s FE is 20/25/22; a number that is beat by Ford’s 2.7L Ecoboost in F150. There are no NA V6 truck power trains on the market that are good for work duty; period. The two largest displacement one’s come close to this little Ecoboost overall for usable power but are also the most gas guzzly. All the modern V6s in this ranger are from 3.3-3.7L and are very, very wimpy truck engines to say the least if you’re going to be hauling or towing near the maximum capabilities, even for a short jaunt. Why all of the sudden do people want or prefer a naturally-aspired V6 in a truck versus any other option? I’m very confused. This is a new phenomenon.

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