$24,000 MSRP

2019 Ford Ranger Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 7.8

The 2019 Ford Ranger has a generally unimpressive interior quality and a somewhat dated design. Its front seats are pleasant, and second-row space in extended SuperCrew models is generous. Infotainment and tech features are straightforward and user-friendly.

  • "Inside, lower-trim trucks suffer from uninspired black plastics, but the top trims get upgraded to richer pieces." -- Car and Driver
  • "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
  • "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 issue is that the materials found within the Ranger's Lariat passenger compartment are in no way concomitant with the expectations engendered by its sizable ask. 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

Seating

The Ford Ranger seats four people in its standard SuperCab model and five in the optional SuperCrew cab. Cloth upholstery and four-way manually adjustable front seats are standard, while premium cloth, vinyl, and leather upholstery are optional. Eight-way power-adjustable, heated front seats, as well as a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob are also optional. The Ranger has two complete sets of rear LATCH car-seat connections.

The front seats in the Ranger are supportive and comfortable, and they offer a commanding forward view. The rear seats in the SuperCab are tiny and cramped, while SuperCrew models offer a good amount of back-seat space for adults.

  • "Inside can be a nice place to be, thanks to comfortable seats, available tech, and handsome styling. 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
  • "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
  • "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

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2019 Ford Ranger include a USB port, a six-speaker stereo, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and the voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system with a 4.2-inch display screen. The Ranger also comes with a rearview camera, Ford's MyKey system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking.

Optional features include cruise control, power locks, a 110-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, the SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system, satellite radio, navigation, remote start, proximity key entry, push-button start, HD Radio, and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Optional safety features include front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, driver attention monitoring, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist.

The standard SYNC system with voice commands is easy to use, though some critics bemoan the small screen. The optional touch screen is larger and intuitive, with clear menus and quick processing times. There are large physical buttons and knobs for other adjustments like audio and temperature controls.

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  • "On the positive side of the interior ledger is the Ranger’s excellent infotainment system lineup. The base radio features hard buttons, a smallish LCD display, and SYNC connectivity, easy enough for your grandfather to learn when he trades his 1996 Ranger XLT in on its 2019 equivalent." -- Truck Trend
  • "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
  • "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

Cargo

The Ford Ranger comes standard with a 6-foot bed; a 5-foot bed is optional. The Ranger has a maximum payload capacity of 1,860 pounds, which is the highest in the class.

  • "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
  • "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
  • "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

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