The 2020 Ford Ranger Highlight
There are few vehicles out there who can say that they’ve come back from the brink of extinction — but the humble Ford Ranger is one of them.
The Ford Ranger was initially released in 1983 – engineered in the wilds of Australia, and meant to handle many of the challenges that the outback threw at trucks and the people driving them. It was a quirky little vehicle, designed to meet a range of consumer needs. Truck drivers were looking for a pickup that was affordable, because, for many, a pickup wasn’t something they could live without. But they were also looking for a truck that could take the outdoorsman to a new level of adventure. The Ranger’s moderate build allowed it to be better at off-roading than any truck on the market at the time, and its high clearance also allowed it to be better at off-roading than a sedan ever could. It worked well as a farm truck, a leisure truck, or an adventure truck. And when it came to America, people went wild for it.
What the original Ranger did well was become the sort of truck that anyone could love. So, it was with great surprise that in 2012, the United States stopped the production of the Ford Ranger. Eight years later, it was with even greater surprise that the Ranger came back bolder than ever.
While the release of the 2019 Ranger was a surprise and a delight after its production hiatus, the 2020 Ford Ranger held even more in store for Ranger fans. The truck underwent such a transformation that it also won the 2020 Free Press Truck of the Year Award.
Here is an overview of the highly-anticipated 2020 Ford Ranger.
The Ford Ranger: Tech Specs
With over three models to choose from, even the Ranger’s most expensive model and trim options still focuses on one of the original tenants of the Ranger – the overarching value of the car. There are three different models available, ranging from $24,410 to $32,500. These include the XL, the XLT, and the Lariat.
Even at its most basic option, the Ford Ranger is still one of the best trucks on the market. It seats up to four people and does so comfortably. The transmission is a 10-speed automatic setup with overdrive and auto-manual capabilities. Ranger owners get to choose from 9 different exterior colors and two separate interior colors for the basic model. And, as you will see later, it provides a lot more than its older model ever could.
Trucks are meant to get the job done, get us where we need (and want) to go, and help us perform tasks that we couldn’t do on our own. But another reason that people flock toward trucks over smaller vehicles is because of the sense of safety they provide.
With the Ford Ranger, you don’t have to deal with a vague sense of safety – you are promised protection when you buy the truck. Standard with every new Ford vehicle is Ford CoPilot 360, which offers advanced driver-assistive technology. This includes BLIS, pre-collision assist with AEB, four-wheel ABS brakes, traction control, power door locks, daytime running lights, AdvanceTrac with roll stability control, and six airbags to keep you and your passengers safe. When tested by NHTSA, the 2020 Ford Ranger received a four out of five-star crash-test safety rating, which outperforms many of its competitors.
Towing Capabilities, Power, and Handling
Many truck owners get trucks solely for their towing and power capabilities. The pre-2020 editions of the Ford Ranger were, unfortunately, not powerful enough to do a lot of towing, although they were great for small hauls and tackling dirt roads. The 2020 Ranger, however, is up to the towing task. It has a towing capacity of up to 3500 pounds and a payload capacity of up to 2080 pounds. Additionally, you can choose to add on a Class IV trailer hitch receiver for additional towing capabilities.
A turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine is behind the brunt of the towing and hauling capabilities, providing the Ranger with more horsepower than ever before: 270 HP with 310 pounds per foot torque. When you’re not towing a load, you can expect smooth handling with the truck’s ten-speed automatic transmission. If you want to get really fancy, and especially if you’re interested in off-roading, you can opt for the Terrain Management System add-on, which allows you to pick a handling mode depending on your terrain.
Off-roading got a lot easier with the 2020 Ford Ranger, as it now comes with an optional and affordable off-roading package. The Ranger FX2 costs just under $600 and dramatically improves the off-roading performance capabilities of the truck itself. The FX2 is the two-wheel version of the Ranger’s FX4 package, which helps with traction on the rear wheels of the car. Additionally, when you upgrade to the FX2, you get an electronic-locking rear differential, a set of knobby tires, better undercarriage protection, and better shocks, among other things.
Of course, you still have the option to upgrade your Ranger with the FX4 package for 4WD, as well getting access to the Trail Control and Terrain Management systems that the package is well-known for. Still, if your goal is to ease into the extra expense that off-roading often asks for, there FX2 does an excellent job of delivering some off-roading capabilities for a reasonable price.
Overall, the 2020 Ford Ranger pulled through for people looking for a dependable truck. Like its original purpose, it serves many different people well for an affordable price. However, the new Ranger is even more customizable than it ever was, which means that it is possible to get the truck of your dreams when you purchase the new Ranger.
Are you sold on the 2020 Ford Ranger? We are, too. The Ranger is the perfect truck for anyone in the Moore, Norman, Purcell, and Oklahoma City area, as functions well both in-city and in the country. Drop by Zeck Ford in Purcell, Oklahoma, on 2805 North 9th avenue today to test drive one of these beautifully reimagined trucks.