2020 Ford Ranger

2020 MODEL
$26,700 - $38,565

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2020 Ford Ranger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 26, 2019


The 2020 Ford Ranger may be an all-new car, but it isn 't an all-new name. The Ranger was Ford 's mid-size offering for the US market until just 8 years ago, with production stopping in 2011. With price beginning at just $27,715 for the rear-wheel-drive variant and $30,680 for the four-wheel drive variant, you don 't need a lot of cash to buy the newest model. There aren 't many customizations options available yet, but the options available are quite plenty. The 2.3 EcoBoost inline-4 is quite impressive, offering 270 horsepower and more importantly, 308 pound-feet of pulling force.

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Pros

Excellent payload and towing capacities

Potent engine

User-friendly features

Cons

Mediocre interior quality

Single engine option

What's New?

TBD


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26700

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

top speed

98 mph

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

140 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

310 lbs.-ft @ 3000 rpm

transmission

10-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

front independent suspension

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

61.4/61.4

dimensions

wheelbase

126.8 in.

length

210.8 in.

width

73.3 in.

height

71.1 in.

curb weight

4354 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

38.3 cu ft.

cargo volume

52.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

7500 lbs.

payload capacity

1770 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

195 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr. / 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

60 months. / 60000

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. / 60000 mi.



Styles

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Shadow Black

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Ford Ranger XL

XL

power
270 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$26,700 - $30,860


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XL 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $30,860 MSRP (20/22/24) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
XL 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $26,700 MSRP (21/23/26) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Ranger XLT

XLT

power
270 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$30,295 - $34,295


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLT 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $34,295 MSRP (20/22/24) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
XLT 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $30,295 MSRP (21/23/26) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Ranger Lariat

Lariat

power
270 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$34,565 - $38,565


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lariat 4dr Crew Cab 4WD SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $38,565 MSRP (20/22/24) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic four wheel drive 5
Lariat 4dr Crew Cab SB (2.3L 4cyl Turbo 10A) Starting at $34,565 MSRP (21/23/26) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, I-4, regular unleaded
10-speed shiftable automatic rear wheel drive 5

Expert Review

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Ford has been updating their trucks with an increased interest after their decision of stopping the production of their passenger cars in America, there needs to be a product other than the F-150s that can keep the public interested in the brand. With the mid-size pickup segment spouting gold in recent times, it makes sense for Ford to want a share of the action. Hence, we now have the 2020 Ford Ranger Pickup Truck.

The Ranger is a very capable mid-size pickup truck, great for both leisure driving and working. The vehicle also gets some off-road driving assist features, although there isn’t a full-fledged off-roading ‘Raptor’ variant available yet. What you get though, are two body styles and one engine option. It isn’t plenty, but its enough for now.

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Features

 
 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 Ford Ranger Features

8.0/10

Available as either as a two-door, four-seater SuperCab, or a four-door four-seater SuperCrew. Both the variants sport a 4-cylinder turbocharged mill, good for a 270 HP power output. Here we only concern ourselves with the SuperCrew variant, which comes in three trims.

Trim

XL

XLT

Lariat

MSRP (RWD)

$24,300

$27,940

$32,210

MSRP (4WD)

$28,460

$31,940

$36,210

Key Features

FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot

Same as XL with additions or replacements

Same as XLT with additions or replacements

 

Black front grille and bumper

Chrome front grille and bumper

Chrome front Grille with Chrome bars in the middle

 

Plastic front grille - black

Steel front bumper - Body-colored

SYNC 3 with 8-inch LCD Touchscreen in Center Stack

 

Autolamp - automatic on/off headlamps

Blind Spot Information System

Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control

 

Daytime Running Lamps - Halogen

Cross-Traffic Alert for both truck and trailer

Handles, door, and tailgate - Body-colored

 

Carbon Black bumpers

Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking

 
 

Fog lamps

Auto High-Beam Headlamps

 
 

Premium cloth 4-way Ebony Black seats

Rear View Camera

 
   

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

The 'XLT' trim has the best value of all the trims present, although the base 'XL' trim is good options if you only need a rugged workhorse.

2020 Ford Ranger Engine and Performance

There's little to complain about, as the Ranger gets moving seamlessly and continues to accelerate swiftly even at higher speeds. Turbo lag is minimal. A standard 10-speed automatic transmission rattles off shifts with precision, and it finds the right gear for whatever driving situation you're in.  -Cars.usnews

The engine on the Ford Ranger is a rather modest 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 motor, capable of producing 270 horsepower and 308 pound-feet of torque. For a mid-size truck, these figures are quite impressive, especially the torque. The Lariat trim also gets push-button start and intelligent access in the cabin.

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To harness the power, the Ranger uses an electronic 10-Speed automatic transmission, the same as used in the F-150 pickups. The gears are smooth to change and usually keep the vehicle in the powerband. The engine pulls neatly from a standstill in a polite manner, never pretending to be sporty.

Models

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

MSRP

$26,520

$29,990

$26,700

$27,600

$26,530

Engine

2.3 Liter EcoBoost V6

3.5 Liter V6

2.5 Liter Inline-4

2.5 Liter Inline-4

2.7 Liter Inline-4

Transmission

10-speed Automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Horsepower

270-hp @ 5,500 rpm

280-hp @ 6,000 rpm

200-hp @ 6,300 rpm

200-hp @ 6,300 rpm

159-hp @ 5,200 rpm

Torque

310 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

262 lbs.-ft. @ 4,700 rpm

191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

180 lbs.-ft. @ 3,800 rpm

Acceleration

Talking about acceleration, the Ranger has some. While trucks don't usually have the best performance figures, the 2020 Ranger does well, owing to the great engine-transmission combo. Even though it only gets an inline-4, the EcoBoost engine offers plenty of torque, which pulls the car neatly, surging it forward with gusto. Still, you won't see the speedometer needle rise too fast in them. The Ford pulls from 0 to 60 MPH in just over 6 seconds, fine for a vehicle this size.

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Models

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

0-60 MPH

6.3

6.5

6.1

7.3

7.1

Quarter mile

14.7

15.1

14.7

15.6

15.5

Engine

2.3 L

3.5 L

2.5 L

2.5 L

2.7 L

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Ford Ranger is an adept handler as long as you remember you are sitting in a 2-ton-plus automobile. As the driver's seat is quite high, even the tiniest of body roll gets amplified ten times. The bulk can be felt under much at speed and ride-quality turns a little bouncy at speed, but the truck never feels out of breath anywhere. You can carry considerable speed into a corner, and the Ranger makes sure you come out alive.

You get electronics like Blind Spot Information System to make sure don't accidentally hit any motorist with the side of the box or the tail section. Apart from this, the Ranger gets a lane-departure warning and assist, blind-spot monitors with trailer coverage as well.

Braking

The Ranger is a big vehicle, and when you brake, you feel the weight. The car also gets driver-assistance features including ABS, EBD, and automated emergency braking. All these electronics make it easier, and also considerably safer too.

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Model

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

Brake Front (in.)

-

-

-

-

-

Brake Rear (in.)

-

-

-

-

-

Curb Weight (lbs.)

4,232

4,242

4,027

3,996

4,095

60-0 MPH (ft.)

-

-

-

-

-

Towing Capacity

Just like its bigger and more powerful cousin, the F-150, the Ranger has an impressive towing capacity. With the vehicle rated at 7500 pounds of towing capacity, it can haul some serious metal, nearly 4 tons!

2019 Ford ranger towing

Model

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

Towing capacity (lbs.)

7500

3,500

3,500

3,500

3,500

Payload Capacity

The Ford Ranger has an impressive payload capacity of 1860 pounds, which is a little more than 100 pounds short of the F-150. What this means is that you can throw almost a ton's worth of cargo in the back and go about your work.

Model

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

Capacity (lbs.)

1860

1,465

1,444

1,475

1,505

2020 Ford Ranger Fuel Economy

This mid-size truck is surprisingly efficient for its size, courtesy the turbo inline-4. EPA tested the vehicle and found it to be even more economical than the Honda Ridgeline, which is a massive surprise. The car returns a gas mileage of 21 MPG in the city and 26 on the highway, which is roughly 23 MPG combined.

Model

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

MPG (city)

21

19

20

20

20

MPG (highway)

26

26

26

26

23

MPG (combined)

23

21

22

22

21

The Ford leads the way in fuel efficiency, owing to its lovely engine, which is smaller than others.

2020 Ford Ranger Interior

7.0/10

The Ranger is reasonably accommodating. The front seat is roomy and easy to get in and out of, but the same isn't true of the crew cab's rear bench. Likewise, visibility out the front is good, but the view out the rear is another story.  -Edmunds

The Ranger doesn't really have the best quality cabin, and feels quite outdated, to be honest. Still, it feels well-built and sturdy. The SuperCrew version gets a 4-door 4-seats, with plenty of space all around, unlike the SuperCab version which just has space in the front. If you plan on picking or dropping adult guests, you'd really appreciate the space.

2019 Ford ranger seating

There are plenty of cubby holes around as well, and the doors have bottle holding spaces too. Not only does the Ford offer a lot of space, but a lot of equipment too, such as Pre-Collision Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System as standard. You also get interior lighting, and lighting for the bed behind as well, which are some neat practical touches.

Model

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

41.0/56.3/43.1

40.1/62.0/40.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.9

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.8/61.5/36.7

38.3/56.1/35.8

38.3/56.2/35.8

38.3/58.9/32.6

Infotainment

As standard, the 2020 Ranger gets a 4.2-inch LCD display in the center console, and a 2.3-inch screen in between the dials in the driver's console as well.

  • AM/FM Stereo with seek/scan
  • Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System
  • 911 Call Assist
  • Applink
  • Single Smart Charging USB Port
  • FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Remote vehicle control
  • 6-speaker system
  • AUX Input Jack

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Ford's Sync infotainment system does duty in this vehicle, which although nice, is a little outdated at the moment.

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2020 Ford Ranger Exterior

You'll probably find this truck's shape familiar. The 2020 Ranger is loosely based on the third-generation Ranger T6, designed in Australia and sold essentially everywhere other than the US.  -Road and Track

This mid-sized pickup truck has quite generous dimensions, with nearly 210 inches of metal between the nose and the tail. The wheelbase is also quite long, at 127 inches, and that makes maneuvering a little difficult.

Weight is also quite high, at 4000 pounds, but still less the competitors, mainly Honda Ridgeline. The weight is never a problem though unless you are actively trying to find the limits of the car. Under everyday driving conditions, it isn't really noticeable.

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Model

Ford Ranger

Honda Ridgeline

Chevrolet Colorado

GMC Canyon

Toyota Tacoma

Curb weight (lbs.)

4,232

4,242

4,027

3,996

4,095

Length(in)

210.8

210.0

212.7

212.4

212.3

Width(in)

85.8

78.6

74.3

74.3

74.4

Height(in)

71.1

70.2

70.7

70.7

70.6

Ground clearance (in)

8.4

7.3

8.3

8.3

9.4

Wheelbase (in)

126.8

125.2

128.3

128.3

127.4

Design and styling

The last Ford Ranger (2011) sold in the US was not a very handsome car, but that is not the case with the 2020 model. The current iteration of this vehicle looks extremely modern, and is based on Ford's T6 global platform. It has a big front grille, very reminiscent of the F-150 Raptor.

The headlights are simple, near-rectangular, units. The car feels very high due to the placement of these elements on the face. The vehicle gets 17-inch steel wheels as standard, with 17-inch alloys as an option. You don't get LED lights though, and even the DRLs are halogen, which is a bit disappointing.

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2020 Ford Ranger Safety

Ford has also made sure that the Ranger offers good safety equipment as well. Standard safety features on the truck are listed below:

  • Rear View Camera
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Airbags - Front, Driver and Passenger
  • Airbags - Front, Driver and Passenger seat-mounted side
  • Airbags - Safety Canopy side curtains
  • Curve Control
  • Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Child Seat Tether Anchors
  • Safety belts - Active Restraint System (ARS), three-point manual lap/shoulder belts with height adjusters, pretensioners and energy management retractors on outside front positions
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Spare tire and wheel lock

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NHTSA and IIHS have not yet rated the 2020 Ford Ranger

2020 Ford Ranger Competition

Ford Ranger vs Honda Ridgeline

The Ridgeline is a more expensive offering than the Ranger and is only offered as a Crew Cab. It is completely different from the rest of the segment, in that it is much less capable off-road, has much less towing, but is much more car-like than the others. If you want a good car that just coincidently happens to have a box attached to the backside, this is the car to have. If you want a proper truck, however, then the Ford is the better pick. It does all that a truck should do, and is much less expensive too. The Ranger also has better gas mileage than the Ridgeline, which just adds to the money you save with the former over the latter.

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Ford Ranger vs Chevrolet Colorado

Ford and Chevrolet are both very popular brands as far as trucks are considered. Both the Ford Ranger and the Chevrolet Colorado are brilliant vehicles, however, the Chevy inches a little ahead in terms of engine, or rather engine options. The Colorado offers a powerful V6 and a fuel-efficient turbodiesel, as opposed to the Ranger which only has a single engine option, a turbo inline-4. The max towing capacity is also better on the Colorado by a few hundred pounds, although payload capacity is still better on the Ford.

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Ford Ranger vs GMC Canyon

GMC Canyon is basically the same car as the Colorado, and except for the looks, both these cars are essentially the same. The interiors are better than the Ford, and the car is cheaper too, as with the Colorado, although the difference between the Canyon and Ranger isn't as much. You could let personal preference choose this one, as there isn't a clear advantage of having any of the two.

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Ford Ranger vs Toyota Tacoma

Toyota Tacoma offers great quality interior, better than the base model Ford Ranger in all honesty. The Toyota is best described as the Jack of all trades in the segment. It does everything well enough, but nothing exceptionally well. It is underpowered when compared to the Ford, and also hauls less in towing and payload. It has better interiors though, and off-road capability is certainly better on this, although enthusiasts would prefer the much more specialized Tacoma TRD Pro variant for that.

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2020 Ford Ranger Final Verdict

Ford's re-entry into the mid-size segment may have not been the best, but it certainly created a huge series of ripples in the market. Ford's popularity with the F-series means that they know how to build trucks, and that is one piece of info you can't argue with. Reliability has never been an issue, and neither has service backup, which are two very important things to consider. Overall, this is one vehicle that you should definitely consider, and probably keep at the top of your buying list.

FAQ

What chassis is the Ford Ranger built on?

The new design and chassis were developed for North American truck buyers. The foundation for the 2020 Ford Ranger is a fully boxed frame formed from high-strength steel. The front suspension is a double-wishbone independent design, while the rear features class-exclusive parabolic springs.

Does the Ford Ranger have Apple CarPlay?

Ford vehicles available with Apple CarPlay. Just about every Ford vehicle for the 2017 and 2018 model years comes available with Apple CarPlay. No matter what your vehicle preference is, you can stay connected in your Ford.

Where are the 2020 Ford Rangers made?

The old Ranger was built in the defunct Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minnesota. The 2020 Ford Ranger starts life in Wayne, Michigan, at the Michigan Assembly Plant, which used to make the Focus and C-Max. It will be joined by the Ford Bronco SUV in 2020.