Ranger Still Rocks Among Compact Pickup Trucks

When it comes to compact pickup trucks, the Ranger, produced by automotive giant Ford, is one of the best options in the market. The truck is powerful, firm and has a good gas mileage. These, as well as its ability to handle off-road drives has made the Ranger secure a good reputation in the industry. The vehicle is comfortable, spacious and user-friendly.


Engine – Turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder

Horsepower – 270 hp

Torque – 310 lb-ft

Transmission – 10-speed automatic transmission

Driver Type – Rear-wheel

Tow capacity – 7500 pounds

Additional Features

Child car seat;

Voice-activated SYNC system;

Infotainment systems such as USB ports, Bluetooth; Speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot, 4.2-inch display, 8-inch touch screen, 10-speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system, Satellite and HD radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto;

Safety features such as rearview camera, forward collision feature, auto emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, adaptive cruise control, warning for lane departure, lane-keeping assistance feature, rear cross alert for traffic, with trailer coverage, blind spot assist, etc;

Dual-zone automatic climate control;

Remote start;

Push-button start; among others.


The Ford Ranger costs between an average of $25,000 to $33,000. The difference in prices is accounted for by the specifications of each model or version of Ranger you are buying. The Ranger XL has a starting price of about $25,000, which is the minimum for any of the latest Rangers. The mid-level Ranger XLT goes for $29,000 while the Ranger Lariat starts from about $33,000. These prices are one of the advantages of the Ranger over its competitors as they are below the average for most compact pickup truck class.


Has good gas mileage

It has a high towing and hauling capability

Fitted with very comfortable seats

Highly suitable for off-road drives

It is cheap compared to most other compact pickup trucks


Drive can be stiff

Not great for off-road drives


When evaluated on a number of factors as well as comparison with other compact pickup trucks, the Ranger is given an overall rating of 7.6 out of 10. This takes into consideration 8.3 over ten critics’ rating, 8.2 in performance, 6.4 in interior, 8.9 in safety, and 6.0 in reliability.

Factors To Consider When Buying A Ranger

Off-Road Capacity

Going off-road can be challenging for a Ranger owner as it is not the best when it comes to off-road drives. However, the manufacturers have provided several trims for you to pick from, and you can check the specifications to see which has the highest affinity for off-road drives.

Towing and Hauling Capacity

Trucks are bought mostly for the working capacities and rarely for the purpose of luxury. When buying a Ranger, you should consider the towing and hauling capacities, if they would suit your needs.


Ford Ranger comes in a variety of sizes, and it is up to you to decide which size best suits your needs. You could go for the 5-foot bed or the 6-foot bed, depending on whether you prefer a larger bed size to a larger cab size. Going for one may mean sacrificing the other, and you have to be sure you will not be uncomfortable with a small cab size after getting a longer bed length.