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2020 Ford Ranger Interior Review

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Interior: 6.1

The 2020 Ford Ranger won't wow you with its interior. The design is a bit plain and outdated, and the materials quality is lacking. The front seats are comfortable and have plenty of room. In SuperCrew models, the rear seats are also adult-friendly. There's a short standard features list, but plenty of tech is available, including an intuitive touch-screen infotainment system.

  • "Inside, lower-trim trucks suffer from uninspired black plastics, but the top trims get upgraded to richer pieces." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "Overall, the Ranger's cabin uses materials that are pretty average, at best. The overall design is pretty simple and straightforward, but some of the switchgear makes this truck feel like something from Ford's past, not present." -- CNET (2019)
  • "Put simply, the high-trim Lariat isn't close to where it needs to be to justify the $39,480 sticker price associated with 4x4 SuperCrew models. … The truck greets you with a fair amount of hard plastics in drab, dark colors, with only the seats offering more supple leather. The center stack is particularly egregious from a design perspective. It's functional, yes, with knobs and buttons you can operate while wearing gloves, but it looks dated for a 2019 model and lacks any of the detail or relief found in trucks like the Canyon or Colorado. It's a dark-colored plastic slab regardless of whether you're riding in a base $25,395 XL or the $15,000-more Lariat." -- New York Daily News (2019)

Seating

The Ford Ranger seats four people in its standard SuperCab model and five in the optional SuperCrew version. Cloth upholstery and four-way manually adjustable front seats come standard. Premium cloth upholstery, vinyl upholstery, leather upholstery, eight-way power-adjustable front seats, and heated front seats are available.

Up front, the Ranger's seats have plenty of head- and legroom. The driver enjoys a high seating position, which allows for a great view of the road ahead. The rear seats in SuperCab models are cramped, so it's better to opt for the SuperCrew cab style if you plan to regularly have rear-seat passengers. The SuperCrew's rear seats are spacious and comfortable.

For securing child safety seats, the Ranger has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats.

  • "The Ranger rides low enough that I could step my 5-foot-7 frame into the cabin without feeling like I was hoisting myself in. Yet the seating position is appropriately high, giving you the commanding view you expect from a truck. XL and XLT models get cloth seats, and Lariats get leather-trimmed buckets. The cloth-upholstered seats feel high quality and left my backside with no complaints after two hours of driving in and around San Diego. … I found the back seat of the crew cab model comfortable enough, as I still had a couple inches of legroom sitting behind my own seating position. Taller passengers might find the seats cramped, though. The SuperCab rear seats are mostly vestigial, as they're barely suitable for humans of any size." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "The seats in the Ranger, be they the cloth or leather thrones, are well bolstered, well-cushioned, and super comfortable. … From the driver’s seat, you can actually see the road ahead of you, as the hood slopes down away from the window. … and I have to repeat that the seats are almost shockingly comfortable." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "The front seats are super comfy, with optional heat, even with cloth upholstery. The Ranger trumps the Tacoma with rear legroom, boasting an extra two inches of get-comfy space, but back-seat passengers still might find themselves a bit cramped." -- CNET (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Ranger include a USB port, Bluetooth, four speakers, and a Wi-Fi hot spot.

Available upgrades include dual-zone automatic climate control, remote start, push-button start, a six- or 10-speaker audio system, and the voice-controlled SYNC connectivity system with a 4.2-inch screen. Also available is the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, satellite radio, HD Radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Even by truck standards, the Ranger has a pretty short standard features list. However, there's plenty of available tech. The SYNC system is decent, but SYNC 3 is the one you want. It has an intuitive interface and a large, responsive touch screen. There are also physical controls for some functions.

Standard driver assistance features include a rearview camera, Ford's MyKey system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Available active safety features include front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross traffic alert with trailer coverage.

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  • "On the positive side of the interior ledger is the Ranger’s excellent infotainment system lineup." -- Truck Trend (2019)
  • "Ford's optional Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen was another highlight, though the standard screen is on the small side at 4.2 inches. Despite its size, the rearview camera display comes through surprisingly clear." -- Motor Trend (2019)
  • "The interior design and controls are straight out of the F-150: a big touch screen; dials and buttons for climate and audio controls; big, simple gauges and good voice recognition." -- The Detroit Free Press (2019)

Cargo

The Ford Ranger comes with a 6-foot bed in SuperCab models and a 5-foot bed in SuperCrew models. The Ranger has a maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, which is the highest in the compact pickup truck class.

There's not a lot of small-item storage space in the cabin, but there's room for stuff under the rear seats in both cab styles. And in XL models, you can have the rear seat removed if you only want the additional interior cargo space.

  • "We drove a Ranger with a quad stuffed into the bed, and the EcoBoost responded just as it had when devoid of extracurricular off-road toys. The turbo four banger wasn’t crying out in pain. Instead, it shrugged off the weight and kept on chugging." -- Jalopnik (2019)
  • "The payload — how much a pickup can carry in its cab and bed — is 1,560 pounds for the 4WD crew cab I spent most of my day in. The maximum payload is 1,860 pounds in a rear-wheel-drive Ranger SuperCab. Like towing capacity, Ranger payloads are at the high end of the class." -- The Detroit Free Press (2019)
  • "That robust frame and impressive engine combine to give the Ranger some serious employee-of-the-month potential, with each powertrain and cab variant of the pickup capable of lugging 7,500 pounds’ worth of trailer down the road." -- Truck Trend (2019) 
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