Finding Adventure: The 2019 Ranger
There’s no doubt about it – the 2019 Ford Ranger is off-road ready. This compact beast returns after an 8-year hiatus and no wonder it came back as it was super popular in its day. Ford is always listening to its customers by staying on trend with what everyone wants. Although the larger F-150 trucks with beefy engines were becoming more and more popular, people are beginning to lean towards compact trucks again. With the popularity of other midsized trucks such as the GMC Canyon and the Toyota Tacoma, Ford decided to get back in the action and is now producing the much-improved Ranger.
The Ranger has undergone some serious testing so you don’t have to worry about it breaking down in extreme offroad adventures. Ford claims the 2019 Ranger has been tested under conditions so extreme that it’s unlikely you will ever encounter them:
- Robots were called in to do the driving
- The vehicle was shaken for days to help eliminate squeaks and rattles, also to tune suspension parts and body mounts for durability
- It was also tested for heavy towing capabilities for hours in 37-degree weather
The 2019 Ford Ranger also boats a 2.3L EcoBoost engine with best-in-class torque that allows you to take on every rugged condition your heart desires. The 270 horsepower provided is no joke either. The engine is engineered with a twin-scroll turbocharger that extracts exhaust gas from pairs of cylinders that maximize the energy to the turbine wheel. This results in responsiveness on demand with almost zero lag!
You can also expect smooth, quick shifting from gear to gear plus amazing fuel mileage. For all the power it delivers, it’s highly fuel efficient. Ford says the gas is injected at high pressure into the combustion chamber in very precise measurements and the engine is also equipped with Auto Start-Stop Technology, both features designed to save you fuel.
Built Ford Tough
Ford claims this isn’t just a slogan. It’s an attitude that runs deep in the Ford lineup of trucks, and that includes the upgraded Ranger. So what makes the Ranger so tough?
Independent A-Arm Front Suspension:
- This is independent from the front suspension and was engineered for agility and control in rugged, off-road conditions
- The shock absorbers are monotube-type that are designed for fade resistant and heat dissipation (also filled with pressurized nitrogen gas for shock-dampening)
Parabolic Rear Leaf Springs:
- Engineers chose two-stage parabolic leaf springs to provide ride quality and control, on and off road
- The flexible design enables more axle movement while reducing stiffness compared to conventional multi-leaf springs typically use in high-load applications
The new and improved Ranger comes in three different models:
- XL – Starting at $30,569
- XLT – Starting at $35,139
- Lariat – Starting at $41,389
If you wish to take your adventures to the next level, Ford created a few awesome packages to add on to your Ranger:
Available FX4 Off-Road Package:
- Off-road tuned monotube shocks
- All-terrain tires with aggressive tread
- Traction-enhancing electronic-locking rear axle
- Exposed steel front bash plate
- Frame-mounted skid plates help protect undercarriage components from damage
- Also includes Terrain Management System and Trail Control that provide essential off-road technology
Available Terrain Management System:
- This system is included in the FX4 Off-Road Package and has four selectable drive modes:
Available Trail Control:
- Also included in the FX4 Off-Road Package
- The driver-activated cruise control system helps you easily navigate while offroading
- It allows you to focus on the thrill of steering over the demanding terrain
What’re you waiting for? There are only a few weeks until Summer arrives and that means it’s time to start planning your next adventure. Visit Capital Ford to see the Ranger in person and take the adrenaline beast for a test drive.