2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab

MSRP $24,820 - $36,610

Ranked #10 in Midsize Pickup-truck

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2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 24, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The Ford Ranger is the truck for you if you want something with almost the same functionality as the F-150 but I’m not willing to spend as much. It is a midsize pickup truck that tries to bring you the utmost luxury experience that you would not find elsewhere. The 2021 Ford Ranger Supercab model comes with four new exterior colors and the new Black Appearance Package. We’re hoping the line-up to expand to include more trims but as of now, there are only three available.

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Pros

Excellent convenience features

Very strong engine

Good amount of safety features

Cons

Ride quality not great

Infotainment is not intuitive

Switchgear can be better

What's New?

Tremor Off-Road package

Sync3 infotainment and climate control now standard


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$24820

bodystyle

4dr SuperCab

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

140 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

310 lb.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

6 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12.2/12.1 in.

dimensions

wheelbase

126.8 in.

length

210.8 in.

width

77.8 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

4145 lbs.

capacity

passenger volume

89.2 cu ft.

cargo volume

26.5 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1860 lbs.

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

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

XL$24,820 onwards

XLT$28,870 onwards

Lariat$32,910 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab in Carbide Gray Metallic color
Carbide Gray Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Being introduced only in 2019, the Ford Ranger is quite new and starts at an MSRP of $24,820 which is an excellent price point as it provides easy access for many customers. This makes it excellent when you consider its value for money factor. It competes with the best of the midsize pickup trucks in the market that include the Toyota Tacoma Access Cab, Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab, and Nissan Frontier King Cab.

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Features

As such, the Ford Ranger Supercab is offered in three trim levels that are divided on the basis of the convenience features offered. The base trim is called the XL, the higher trim is called the XLT and the top-end trim level is called the Lariat. This pickup truck is also offered in the crew cab configurations but that is reviewed separately. The base trim is very much bare-bones with 16 steel wheels, a manually locking tailgate, air-conditioning, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and a four-speaker sound system whereas the Lariat trim is very well loaded with adaptive cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, LED headlamps, and leather upholstery.

Trims

XL

XLT

Lariat

MSRP (RWD)

$24,820

$28,870

$32,910

MSRP (AWD)

$28,675

$32,570

$36,610

Key Features

Trailer sway control with a rearview camera

Adds/ Upgrades to XL trim features

Adds/ Upgrades to XLT trim features

 

Pre-collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking

Lane-Keep Assist

Adaptive Cruise Control

 

Automatic-On/Off Headlamps

Blind-Spot Monitor

Dual-Zone Climate Control

 

Blacked Front Grille and Bumper

Chrome Front Grille and Bumper

Chrome Front Grille With Chrome-Slats in Center

 

16-inch silver steel wheels

17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels

18-inch machined aluminum wheels with stealth gray pockets

 

Halogen Headlamps

Halogen Fog Lamps

LED Headlamps and Fog Lamps

Which trim should you buy?

Since there are three trims on offer, one is offered a lot in terms of choice. On top of this, Ford offers a whole host of optional packages including the 101A package, Co-Pilot 360 Package, 301A Package, 302A Package, Technology Package, and a new t Remor Off-Road Package that is offered for the first time this year. However, among the trims, we feel that the XLT trim which is offered, and rear-wheel drive configurations for $28,870 make for the best pick. This is because it has very useful features such as alloy wheels, keyless entry, 8-inch touchscreen as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. We would also pick the 302A Package and the Technology Package.

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Engine and Performance

When it comes to the performance of the Ford Ranger, it is offered as a much cheaper alternative to the Ford F-150 and hence misses out on the large engines of its larger sibling. The car is powered by a turbocharged 2.3 L in-line four-cylinder that produces a decent 270 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque. This power output is a little more than the output the same engine offered when it was sold last year. It is also claimed to accelerate the 0 to 60 mph time in just 6.1 seconds and cover a quarter-mile and 14.7 seconds which makes it very quick on its feet for a pickup truck with a four-cylinder engine. It also makes sure that it is butter smooth while doing so thanks to the new transmission.

Transmission duties are handled by a 10-speed automatic transmission that we have come to see in most of the Ford products of late. The drivetrain is rear-wheel drive but there is also the option of all-wheel-drive for a very small premium. Overall, one can never complain about the performance of this car because it offers loads of it. The car is electronically limited to a top speed of 110 mph but can do much more given that the engine gets space to stretch its legs. It is certainly interesting to drive and the car also offers various driving modes according to the terrain.

Models

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Nissan Frontier King Cab

MSRP

$24,820

$28,660

$25,200

$27,090

Engine

2.3L Turbo Inline-4

3.5L V6

2.5L Turbo Inline-4

3.8L V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

10-Speed Shiftable Automatic

6-Speed Automatic

6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

9-Speed Automatic

Power

270 hp @ 5,500 rpm

278 hp @ 6,000 rpm

200 hp @ 6,300 rpm

310 hp @ 6,400 rpm

Torque

310 lb-ft. @ 3,000 rpm

265 lb-ft. @ 4,600 rpm

191 lb-ft. @4,400 rpm

281 lb-ft. @ 4,400 rpm

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

8.0 sec

8.2 sec

7.2 sec

Quarter Mile 

14.7 sec

15.8 sec

16.3 sec

15.6 sec

Top Speed

110

115

110

112

Towing Capacity

7,500 lbs

6,700 lbs

7,000 lbs

6,720 lbs

One can see that among the competitors, the Nissan Frontier offers both, the biggest engine as well as the most powerful numbers. And yet, it is the Ford that manages to be the fastest in the quarter-mile. Ford also manages to outperform all its competitors in the one metric that matters the most in a pickup truck which is towing capacity. We feel that the Chevrolet Colorado can do much better in terms of performance and so can the Toyota Tacoma. All cars come with rear-wheel drive and automatic transmissions as standard.

How well does the 2021 Ford Ranger Supercab handle?

When it comes to handling, the Ford Ranger does not feel very confident while going through corners. The all-wheel-drive system gives it the necessary traction it needs to power out of corners and to stick to the road but there is not much that is impressive about the rear-wheel-drive versions. The steering feels very numb and is often too light to provide any feedback. There is also a lot of body roll and this makes it hard to corner.

However, because of the gentle compromise in terms of handling performance in terms of the ride quality. Ford has not managed to do that either. Overall one can see that the ride and handling compromise is quite bad. The lack of noise, vibration, and harshness in the car is probably its only plus point. It does not feel nearly as enthusiastic to drive as some of its rivals and the lack of an off-road variant is also a problem.

2021 Ford Ranger Supercab Braking Performance

The braking hardware in the Ford Ranger is quite good but one has to really work to keep the car slow. The problem is that there is a lot of nose dive while braking and this unsettles the car. The brakes do not feel very tight and don’t give a lot of feedback when you use them. The fact that it is quite heavy at 4145 pounds does not help its either. The 60 to 0 mph stopping distance is close to 127 feet which is very unimpressive for something that is sold in 2021.

Model

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Nissan Frontier King Cab

Brake Front (in)

12.2

10.8

12.2

11.1

Brake Rear (in)

12.1

10

12.8

11.3

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,145

4,245

3,968

4,180

60-0 MPH (ft.)

127

132

124

N/A

As we have observed in terms of performance, Ford does not exactly fall behind. We saw that the Chevrolet was a very poorly performing truck in terms of its engine, but in terms of its brakes, it is the best in the segment. However, the performance in terms of braking is especially worse for the Toyota, which takes 132 feet to come to a stop. We can pretty much guess this due to the small size of rotors that we find in the Tacoma. The Nissan Frontier is not exactly impressive in terms of braking performance either.

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Fuel Economy

Like we have mentioned Ford uses the 2.3 L turbocharged four-cylinder engine in this pickup truck and that is with the reason. This is because they don’t drink like their siblings who don’t give importance to money. The Ford Ranger claims 21 in the city and 26 MPG on the highway. However, in terms of real-world tests, the truck manages to perform a little better and this is quite reassuring. The fuel tank capacity is quite small at 18 gallons but it manages to provide a decent range of up to 468 miles on the highway.

Models

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Nissan Frontier King Cab

MPG (City)

21

19

19

18

MPG (Highway)

26

24

25

24

MPG (Combined)

23

21

22

20

Fuel Tank Capacity (gallons)

18.0

21.1

21.0

21.1

Range (City/Highway/Combined; miles)

378/468/414

401/506/453

399/525/462

380/506/443

As we can see, the only car that offers less than 500 miles of range is the Ford Ranger. However, it offers a very decent range due to high fuel efficiency figures but its slightly smaller fuel tank lets it down. Hence, none of its competitors are more impressive than it as they have slightly worse fuel efficiency figures. One can observe that the Chevrolet Colorado offers the most range among the competitors.

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Interior

When it comes to the interior, the Ford Ranger is quite nice considering the company that it is in. It is not quite as luxurious as the F-150 but its cabin is very much upscale and well-appointed. The seats are excellent and supportive, while every passenger is offered a good amount of space. The noise insulation is quite nice and is one of the biggest plus points of this truck. The material quality is exactly like that of the Everest SUV which is quite nice as well.

Most of the controls are a little bit irritating however and the switchgear fails to remain intuitive. This is something that people have to still get used to and the infotainment system that is absent from the base trim is a big let-down. Ingress and egress are very easy in this car. Cargo capacity is only decent at 33.9 ft.³ and its category rivals offer some better figures in this area.

Models

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Nissan Frontier King Cab

Seating Capacity

4

5

4

4

First Row (HeadShoulder/Leg; inches)

39.8/56.6/43.1

39.7/58.3/42.9

41.4/57.5/45.0

39.7/58.3/42.2

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg; inches)

35.9/55.2/30.4

34.9/56.5/24.6

36.7/57.3/28.6

36.6/54.9/25.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft.)

33.9

N/A

49.9

33.5

The cabins of all cars in this category are quite spacious but the Ford takes it home if you are to give it a trophy. In terms of interior space, it would be the Ford that is the most spacious and that is certainly one of the advantages of this car. In terms of cargo capacity, the Nissan has the least while the Chevrolet has the most. One can rest assured that in either of these cars, all passengers will travel in good comfort while the Tacoma will take care of five passengers. Some standard features include:

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle
  • Keyless Access with Push-Button Start and PIN-code vehicle access
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers with adjustable speed and automatic headlight control
  • Privacy glass
  • Tilt & telescopic multi-function steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Cloth and & leather upholstery
  • Voice recognition audio system

What’s there to keep you entertained?

When it comes to infotainment options, the Ford Ranger is quite basic if you are looking at the base trim. The infotainment screen is 8 inches in size for the XLT trim and above and this is definitely necessary. The display is crisp and the response is snappy as it is powered by the latest infotainment system. The sound system offered in this car is decent with a six-speaker system while optional extras include a 10 speakers Bang and Olufsen system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity are also offered in the XLT trim and above. There are plenty of features and the interface is a breeze to get used to. Some features of the infotainment system include: 

  • 8-inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • 6-speaker sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • SiriusXM Satellite radio

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Exterior

The Ford Ranger is based on the Everest SUV and has very good looks. Its design is slightly conservative but we definitely like certain modern elements Ford has introduced. The LED headlamps add a lot of character to the pickup truck. We feel that some proportions are excellent while also providing decent functionality. The road presence this car offers is also very nice and buyers are generally attracted by the looks.

Models

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab

2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

2021 Nissan Frontier King Cab

Curb Weight (lbs)

4,145

4,245

3,968

4,180

Length (in)

210.8

212.3

212.7

205.5

Width (in)

73.3

74.4

74.3

72.8

Height (in)

70.9

70.6

70.4

70.1

Ground Clearance (in)

8.4

9.4

8.4

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

126.8

127.4

125.2

125.9

The Toyota Tacoma is larger and heavier than all of its competitors but offers the kind of strengths that its rivals don’t have in terms of cargo space. It also offers the best ground clearance in the segment and is the only car that can handle some rough terrain with its off-road package. The Toyota is also the heaviest but the Ford is right on its tail. The Nissan Frontier is a slightly smaller pick-up and offers decent storage functionality. Some standout features include:

  • Chrome grille
  • Power-locking tailgate
  • LED pickup bed light
  • LED headlamps
  • LED DRLs
  • LED fog lamps
  • 16, 17 & 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Power mirrors

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Safety

When it comes to safety, Ford has done an excellent job in offering most of its active safety features in this pickup. It has achieved so in terms of extremely good structural engineering as well as equipping its cars with the best driver assistance features. The Ford Ranger has all the necessary features including blind spot monitoring, Lane keeping assist, rear-view camera, forward collision alert and so on. However, it received only four stars out of five when it was tested by the NHTSA and the IIHS tests did not name it a Top Safety Pick. Some of the standout safety features include: 

  • Automated emergency braking
  • Curve Control
  • Reverse-sensing system
  • Blind-Spot Monitoring
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Rearview camera
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Competition

2021 Ford Ranger Supercab Vs. 2021 Toyota Tacoma Access Cab

The Toyota Tacoma has been one of the toughest rivals for the Ford Ranger since its debut. However, the Ford is a better performing and more enjoyable car in terms of the driving aspects. However, the Toyota offers an off-road package as well as the sports package with the TRD edition and hence if you want a purpose built midsize pickup truck, we would ask you to pick the Toyota. But, if you need a well-rounded pickup truck that can do nearly everything, then you have to pick the Ranger.

2021 Ford Ranger Supercab vs. 2021 Chevrolet Colorado Extended Cab

The Chevrolet Colorado is the only other American offering that was present in this comparison. It has managed to catch up in terms of some aspects to the Ford but does not have the performance or the interior space of any of its rivals. It is priced nearly the same but is not a fun car in terms of the driving aspects. However, it also offers the ZR2 off-road package and so on which make it a good purchase.

2021 Ford Ranger Supercab Vs. 2021 Nissan Frontier King Cab

The Nissan Frontier offers the biggest engine and the highest power output but fails to impress in terms of performance. It also has very bad fuel efficiency figures while the Ford is excellent in terms of this department. It also offers compromises in terms of interior space as well as cargo space which makes it a bad choice overall.

2021 Ford Ranger SuperCab Final Verdict

The 2021 Ford Ranger Supercab is an excellent pick in the midsize pickup truck segment. It is the car with the fastest acceleration, most amount of interior space, most safety features as well as the most modern looks. One may not find the same kind of enjoyment in terms of driving it as compared to certain counterparts and would also find the lack of infotainment features a bit disturbing. But, Ford has offered very excellent build quality and so on to compensate for it.