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2019 Ford Ranger Review

The 2019 Ford Ranger holds its own in the small-but-competitive compact pickup truck class. It has refined handling, a strong engine, and a good safety score. However, top-ranking rivals have nicer cabin materials and better predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Punchy engine and balanced handling
  • Great payload and towing capacities
  • Good fuel economy
  • Easy-to-use features
  • Mediocre cabin quality
  • Cramped second row in SuperCab models

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership:
This model has never been fully tested for total cost of ownership. Its overall score is being calculated without total cost of ownership.
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Safety: 9.7
Reliability:
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Is the 2019 Ford Ranger a Good Used Truck?

Yes, the 2019 Ford Ranger is a good option if you’re shopping for a used compact pickup truck. The Ranger has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that supplies plenty of muscle, whether you're hauling heavy loads or commuting to work. The Ranger returns great fuel economy for the class, feels stable and composed on winding roads, and does a good job of smoothing out most bumps and dips in the road. Its interior is roomy overall – except in the rear seats of SuperCab models – and the audio and climate controls are easy to use. The truck rates highly for crash safety, and it’s available with many driver assistance features.

All in all, the Ranger is a truck that's easy to live with, but many of its chief rivals are as well. Before you buy, test-drive competitors like the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Chevy Colorado to see if these models better fit your lifestyle.

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Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 18 Ford Ranger reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability ratings and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much is the 2019 Ford Ranger?

Based on listings for the 2019 Ford Ranger, the average list price is $24,056. Prices range from $24,056 to $35,576 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2019 Ford Ranger Cost to Own?

Projected ownership costs are not available for the 2019 Ranger at the time of writing.

2018 vs. 2019 Ford Ranger: What's the Difference?

The Ranger returned to Ford’s U.S. truck lineup for 2019 after an eight-year hiatus. There are no 2018 Ranger models. Any used models you'll find on the market are from 2011 and before.

How Reliable Is the 2019 Ford Ranger?

The 2019 Ford Ranger has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2019 Ford Ranger Recalls

There have been 6 safety recalls issued from NHTSA.

VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:FAN/MOTOR Recall Date: 03/08/2020
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles previously repaired under recall 19V-726. The service replacement Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) blower motor that was installed may have an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base plate that may result in an resistive electrical short.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 5384
  • Consequence: A resistive electrical short increases the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the HVAC blower motor, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began April 6, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S12.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 31, 2019 to SEP 26, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 20S12
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 20V137000
EXTERIOR LIGHTING:TAIL LIGHTS Recall Date: 11/20/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger trucks. The inline electrical connector terminals for the rear lights may be misaligned or not properly seated, potentially causing the rear lights to function intermittently or not at all.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 72718
  • Consequence: Intermittent or inoperative tail lamps can result in loss of stop, turn, rear position, and reverse lamp functions, which reduces the vehicle's visibility and may not fully alert other drivers that the vehicle is braking, turning, or reversing, increasing the risk of crash.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inline connector for loose terminals and replace the connectors, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began March 5, 2020. A renotification was sent on July 10, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S43.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUN 03, 2018 to AUG 15, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S43
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V839000
VISIBILITY:DEFROSTER/DEFOGGER/HVAC SYSTEM:FAN/MOTOR Recall Date: 10/09/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles. The Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) blower motor may electrically short.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 17965
  • Consequence: An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HVAC blower motor production date, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began December 4, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S34.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUL 31, 2019 to SEP 26, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S34
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V726000
SEAT BELTS Recall Date: 07/09/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles with a SuperCab body style. The front passenger seat belt may have been improperly assembled.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 7579
  • Consequence: Improperly assembled seat belts may not adequately restrain occupants in a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the right front seat belt assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 29, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S23.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUN 17, 2018 to JUN 17, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S23
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V518000
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION:LEVER AND LINKAGE:FLOOR SHIFT Recall Date: 05/12/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles. The fasteners that attach the transmission shifter cable bracket to the transmission may loosen allowing the transmission to be in a different gear than indicated by the gear shift lever position.
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 2534
  • Consequence: If the gear shift lever position does not match the actual transmission gear, the vehicle may move in an unexpected direction. Additionally, despite selecting 'Park', if the parking brake is not applied before the vehicle is exited, the vehicle may roll. Either scenario increases the risk of crash or injury.
  • Remedy: Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the transmission shift cable bracket fasteners as necessary, and verify the proper transmission shift operation, free of charge. The recall began July 1, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S15.
  • Dates of Manufacture: MAR 04, 2019 to MAR 12, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19S15
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V366000
POWER TRAIN:AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION Recall Date: 01/31/2019
  • Summary: Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions. In some of these vehicles, the transmission shift lever can be moved from the "Park" position without the key in the starting system and without depressing the brake pedal. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."
  • Potential Number of Units Affected: 2992
  • Consequence: If the vehicle can be shifted out of Park without the brake applied, the vehicle may unexpectedly move. Unintentional vehicle movement can increase the risk of injury or crash.
  • Remedy: Ford has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmission floor shift selector interlock assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 22, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C02.
  • Dates of Manufacture: JUN 03, 2018 to JAN 08, 2019
  • Manufacturer Recall Number: 19C02
  • NHTSA Campaign ID: 19V071000

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Which Used Ford Ranger Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2019 Ranger is available in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Each trim has two body styles: the four-seat SuperCab with a 6-foot bed and the five-seat SuperCrew with a 5-foot bed. All Ranger models come with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard; four-wheel drive is available.

  • Ford Ranger XL: The base model Ranger XL comes standard with a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB Port, six speakers, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with brake assist, air conditioning, power windows, manual door locks, cloth upholstery, and manually adjustable front seats. A locking tailgate and 16-inch steel wheels are also standard. Options include cruise control, power door locks, a tow package, and parking sensors. There are two options packages. The Co-Pilot360 package adds automatic high-beam headlights, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist. The FX4 Off-Road package includes heavy-duty shock absorbers, skid plates, a locking rear differential, 17-inch wheels, all-terrain tires, and additional traction control modes.
  • Ford Ranger XLT: The uplevel Ranger XLT gains power door locks, a power-locking tailgate, remote keyless entry, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, parking sensors, and the Co-Pilot360 safety features. The FX4 and tow packages carry over from the XL trim unchanged. Other options include an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and remote start. The Technology package adds adaptive cruise control and a navigation system.
  • Ford Ranger Lariat: The high-end Ranger Lariat adds an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, leather upholstery, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, LED headlights, heated side mirrors, and 18-inch wheels. The FX4, Technology, and tow packages carry over unchanged. Other options include HD Radio and a 10-speaker stereo.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Ranger?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2019 Ranger an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The Ranger earned five stars in the side crash test, four stars in the frontal crash test, and three stars in the rollover test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2019 Ranger the highest rating of Good in five of the six crash tests conducted. It received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test.

The IIHS gave the Ranger's headlights the second-lowest rating of Marginal for how well they illuminate the road ahead. The organization rates forward collision warning systems on a different scale. The Ranger earned the highest rating of Superior for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention system, while the standard vehicle-to-pedestrian system received the second-highest rating of Advanced.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking

Available advanced safety features:

  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Adaptive cruise control

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2019 Ford Ranger Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Ranger or 2019 Ford F-150?

Although it's not in the same class as the Ranger, the 2019 Ford F-150 is a great full-size pickup truck. It’s available in many configurations that provide more seating space, higher payload and tow ratings, and stronger engine performance than the Ranger. Some variants even offer better fuel economy. Although the F-150 is a better choice overall, the Ranger’s smaller size and greater maneuverability pay dividends, especially if you frequently drive in congested urban areas. Used Ranger models are also typically less expensive than used F-150s. Test-drive both trucks to see which one you prefer.

Which Is Better: 2019 Ford Ranger or 2019 Toyota Tacoma?

There’s a reason the 2019 Toyota Tacoma is the best-selling compact pickup truck. It touts a great predicted reliability rating, many standard tech and safety features, and the ability to navigate off-road trails just as well as it handles day-to-day commuting. Though it has a lower starting price, it trails the Ranger in a few areas. The Ranger has a slight edge in towing and payload capacity, and it returns better gas mileage. The Ranger also has a few features that the 2019 Tacoma doesn’t, like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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2019 Ranger Performance

How Does the 2019 Ford Ranger Drive?

The Ford Ranger is one of the most-enjoyable vehicles to drive in the compact pickup class. It has quick and nicely weighted steering, it is easy to park and maneuver in tight areas, and it feels stable around turns. The suspension does a good job of soaking up rough pavement.

The Ranger's off-road capabilities are impressive as well. It flexes nicely over rocks and deep ruts, and its 8.9 inches of ground clearance keeps the truck from dragging its belly on larger obstacles. If you plan to venture off road, look for a model with the optional FX4 package, which includes skid plates, upgraded shock absorbers, a locking rear differential, and low-speed crawl control.

The Ranger may only have a four-cylinder engine, but this turbocharged mill produces a hefty amount of low-end torque. It’s paired with a slick 10-speed automatic transmission, which changes gears quickly and precisely, without any excessive upshifts or downshifts. This setup hustles the Ranger up to speed briskly and supplies ample power for climbing steep hills and passing other vehicles.

  • Engine: 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard rear-wheel drive; available four-wheel drive
  • Transmission: 10-speed automatic
Does the 2019 Ford Ranger Get Good Gas Mileage?

When equipped with rear-wheel drive (RWD), the Ranger gets 21 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Four-wheel-drive (4WD) models return 20/24 mpg city/highway. Those are excellent fuel economy numbers for a compact pickup. In fact, they’re on par with the diesel-powered variants of the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado and 2019 GMC Canyon.

2019 Ford Ranger Towing Capacity

The Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds when properly equipped. That’s one of the highest tow ratings in this segment, and it’s considerably more than the 2019 Honda Ridgeline can manage.

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2019 Ranger Interior

How Many People Does the 2019 Ranger Seat?

The Ford Ranger is available in two body styles. The Ranger SuperCab has four seats, while the Ranger SuperCrew has five seats. Regardless of body style, the front seats are nicely cushioned and remain comfortable on longer trips. There's ample head- and legroom for tall occupants, and the driver has a commanding view of the road ahead.

The SuperCrew’s rear seats are well-padded and roomy enough for two adults or three kids. Full-size rear doors make entering and exiting a breeze. On the other hand, the SuperCab’s rear seats are cramped and awkward to access, even for kids, and the upright seating position makes riding in them an unpleasant experience. These seats are only suitable for occasional use.

The Ranger does a fine job of muffling road and wind noise, resulting in an unusually quiet cabin for a pickup. The cabin materials are a different story. There are lots of hard and cheap-looking plastics, even in higher trims, and the dashboard design looks dated by 2019 standards. Still, there are worse offenders, like the 2019 Nissan Frontier.

Standard seating features:

  • Cloth upholstery
  • Manually adjustable front seats

Available seating features:

  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-adjustable front seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2019 Ford Ranger?

The 2019 Ranger has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors for its rear outboard seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-lowest rating of Marginal for ease of use. The upper tethers can be difficult to find, and the lower anchors are buried deeply in the seats.

2019 Ford Ranger Features

The 2019 Ranger comes with one of two infotainment systems. The standard SYNC system features a 4.2-inch display, complemented by physical buttons and knobs for the audio and climate controls. It’s about as basic as a modern infotainment system gets, and it won’t wow your passengers. That said, it's easy to adjust when driving.

The available SYNC 3 system is user-friendly as well, but it's a lot more high-tech. This setup trades the 4.2-inch display for an 8-inch touch screen but still retains many of the buttons and knobs. The on-screen menus are simple, and the large icons are easy to locate. SYNC 3 also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to integrate their iPhone and Android apps with the infotainment system.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 4.2-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, six speakers, and a Wi-Fi hot spot
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo
  • Additional standard features: air conditioning and power windows
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, power door locks, cruise control, remote keyless entry, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, and remote start

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2019 Ford Ranger Dimensions

Ford Ranger Cargo Space

The Ranger is available with two bed configurations. SuperCab models have a 6-foot bed, while SuperCrew models have a 5-foot bed. The Ranger’s maximum payload ratings range from 1,560 to 1,860 pounds, depending on the model. All models are equipped with six cargo tie-down hooks.

2019 Ford Ranger Length and Weight
  • Length: 17 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,145 to 4,441 pounds

Where Was the 2019 Ford Ranger Built?

Ford built the 2019 Ranger in Michigan.

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