2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide
Ford Ranger is not a new name, but rather a popular not-so-old one. Sold in the US till 2011, the all-new Ford Ranger returns for 2019 with a bang! It has already gained a lot of traction in the media, and has already grabbed the top spot in the opinions of many reviewers. At a beginning price of just $24,300 can 't be denied that Ford does indeed have a winner on its hand. With only two body styles and just one engine option, there isn 't a lot of customization available, but those options are plenty too. The 2.3 EcoBoost inline-4 is quite impressive, offering 270 horsepower and more importantly, 308 pound-feet of pulling force.
Ford has been taking an increased interest in its trucks lately, and with their passenger cars stopping production in America, there needs to be a product other than the F-150s that can interest the public. 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 2019 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.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab Features
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 SuperCab variant, which comes in three trims.
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
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.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab Engine
Ford hopes you wanted a turbo four and a 10-speed automatic transmission, because that's the only powertrain it offers...
... Gear ratios remain the same in the Ranger as they are in the F-150, with the only difference being a smaller bellhousing on the Ranger's transmission to accommodate its smaller torque converter. -Car and Driver
Engine and Transmission
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.
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.
2.3 Liter EcoBoost V6
2.5 Liter Inline-4
2.5 Liter Inline-4
2.7 Liter Inline-4
270-hp @ 5,500 rpm
200-hp @ 6,300 rpm
200-hp @ 6,300 rpm
159-hp @ 5,200 rpm
310 lbs.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
191 lbs.-ft. @ 4,400 rpm
180 lbs.-ft. @ 3,800 rpm
Talking about acceleration, the Ranger has some. While trucks don't usually have the best performance figures, the 2019 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.
Ride and Handling
The 2019 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 you don't accidentally hit any motorist with the side of the box or the tail section. Apart from this, the Ranger gets lane-departure warning and assist, blind-spot monitors with trailer coverage as well.
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.
Brake Front (in.)
Brake Rear (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs.)
60-0 MPH (ft.)
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!
Towing capacity (lbs.)
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.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab 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.
The Ford leads the way in fuel efficiency, owing to its lovely engine, which is smaller than others.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab Interior
The 2019 Ford Ranger debuts as the top dog of midsize trucks with excellent tech and ride quality. -CNET Road Show
Seating and Comfort
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 two-door SuperCab version gets 4-seats, and although the front seats are extremely spacious, the rear seats are a not. This doesn't mean that the rear seats are unusable, it just means that they aren't really suitable for carrying adults around on a regular basis.
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.
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)
As standard, the 2019 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
Single Smart Charging USB Port
FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi
Remote vehicle control
AUX Input Jack
Ford's Sync infotainment system does duty in this vehicle, which although nice, is a little outdated at the moment.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab Exterior
The new Ranger is not a miniature version of the F-150, nor is it just an Australian-market pickup lightly modified for American crash standards. It's also not a me-too attempt at matching the attributes of a particular competitor.
Nope, the 2019 Ranger is its own thing and is better for it.
Dimensions and Weight
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.
Curb weight (lbs.)
Ground clearance (in)
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 2019 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.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab 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
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
NHTSA and IIHS have not yet rated the 2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab Competition
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.
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.
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.
2019 Ford Ranger SuperCab 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.