Senior Editor Alex Kierstein reviews the 2019 Ford Ranger.
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I'm Alex Kirsten and this is a 2019 forward Ranger truck was actually designed by Ford of Australia and it's been significantly.
Revised for the American market in this configuration it has one powertrain it's a 2.3 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine an EcoBoost it makes 270 horsepower and 310 foot-pound of torque it's paired to a version of the same 10 speed automatic that's in the f-150 and a lot of other Ford products and one of the kind of interesting things about this truck is it's a little bit smaller.
Than the competition the frontier is the oldest truck in the segment it's the smallest this is the next smallest it's slightly smaller than the Tacoma in the Colorado it also feels smaller and I don't mean that in a bad way it doesn't feel cramped or claustrophobic but it feels like that there's some differentiation between in the f-150 I was a little concerned when I first.
Drove the Ranger that this 2.3 liter engine was going to be not a good character fit for a midsize pickup a small downsized motor a few years ago I would say this would be a non-starter in the segment that being said he doesn't sound and feel like a v6 it also doesn't sound and feel like a small turbocharged motor in a car they've done a pretty good job of making this feel like a.
Truck motor you don't have to work it super hard to get the kind of performance you'd expect from a v6 it just it just does the job I think the transmission helps a lot the 10 speed automatic really helps keep this 2.3 liter engine in its sweet spot in its power band there's also a lot of torque available down low and the throttle tip and it's pretty aggressive.
And what that gives you is an engine that feels bigger than it is it's also an engine that I think is not super overstressed in this application think about the towing numbers this thing can tow 7,500 pounds when properly equipped it doesn't seem like it will be overstressed in that application this truck was designed for a different market with different tastes in a lot of.
The rest of the world they like a mid-sized truck to have more of a car like look and appeal for the US they've really changed a lot of the exterior panels some of it was to make it lighter weight there's an aluminum hood and tailgate for example some of its for aero and some of its to make the truck look a little more rough and tumble I think especially if you compare this to.
The trucks as it looked when it was sold in the rest of the world looks really good it doesn't look like a small f-150 it has its own identity I really think Ford did a good job adapting this product for this market one of the other things that four did to get this truck ready for this market is make the interior resemble the f-150 a little bit more and it does it has it.
Has some overtones without being a downsized clunk things look proportionally you have in this truck a nice little aid out the larger sink setup you've got a nice meaty wheel that's wrapped in leather the seats are comfortable it's a well thought out interior for the things that most people do with their trucks driving around the suburbs towing a boat taking.
Their kids to school running errands going to the hardware store this seems like a great size I was a little apprehensive about this truck before I got in it I was worried about some of the decisions that Ford made the downsized engine the slightly smaller sizing the focus on fuel economy the fact that it was a truck that wasn't designed here it was just adapted for.
This market but after driving it the 2.3 liter EcoBoost in the real world is not a limitation in the way it feels or what it can actually do I think people should keep an open mind about the engine and not dismiss it out of hand the same goes for the right sizing of the vehicle it's compact but also large and I and lastly compared to its competitors in some ways I think it's more interesting and looks.
Better the exterior interior styling in my mind works better than the kind of awkward overdone Tacoma and the interior especially is way better than the Colorado when you add it all up you got a midsize pickup that I think is going to be a success I think Ford read the market correctly took the right risks was conservative in other areas and ended up with the truck.
That looks good and drives well and has class-leading fuel economy this is a great midsize pickup