2019 Ford Ranger Video: We've Seen This Movie Before

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Right on schedule. Unlike other pickup truck makers, Ford seems to have discovered a solid formula when it comes to slowly revealing information about upcoming trucks. Ford did it with the F-150, then the Super Duty and now with the return of the Ranger for model-year 2019.

Don't get us wrong, we like getting as much information about Ford's testing procedures as it pushes its vehicles before they become available to us, but the releasing of information in dribs-and-drabs formula is a little tired by this point. And Ford has just done it again with the Ranger in video form.

Yes, Ford put the Ranger on the shaker table; it rips it around the sand dunes; it runs it over punishing road surfaces with robotic drivers. And it even does some towing up and down one of the most famous desert hill climbs in the country. Of course we like that, but the most telling piece of this first Ranger testing video released by Ford is that it ends with shots of the new truck running through the Australian Outback. This is likely to be the image Ford will want new truck buyers to keep in their heads when thinking about swapping their family crossover or full-size sedan for the mid-size 2019 Ford Ranger.

After all, the name of the video below is "Tough Tested for Adventure." This is our first not-so-subtle clue about how Ford will be promoting its "entry-level" pickup: ready for adventure. It's certainly not a new approach, but it's one that's worked many times before and will likely work again.

No doubt we'll be seeing more videos from Ford, like we saw with the release of the 2017 F-150 Raptor — but we'll reserve judgement until we get a closer look at the Ford Ranger's frame and chassis, and spend a little time behind the wheel playing around with the trail control and Terrain Management System. Until then, we have to say it looks pretty good on dirt and we really like the idea of a special-edition Aussie Ranger for our next Outback excursion, especially if it comes equipped with a small diesel engine.

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Comments

Looks to me like Ford is targeting a wide audience for the new to the us Ranger. It's re-entry into the mid-size market should be interesting. I'll seriously considering one if the price is reasonable and the 2.3 EB can out perform its V6 competitors.

and the 2.3 EB can out perform its V6 competitors.
Posted by: NoQDRTundra | May 9, 2018

@noqdrtundra

You'll be disappointed. It is hard to imagine the 2.3 turbo to "outperform" the current competition in the midsize space. But it is not all bad news. The 2.3 and a 10 speed auto will be a terrific choice for a wide variety of reasons, just don't expect it to win drag races. I owned a Ranger that had the 2.3 N/S non turbo engine and a mild turbo was the only thing that truck needed to really come to life. The 2.3 was light-years better than the 4.0 upgrade Ford offered at the time, and is even today a hot little sophisticated multi valve, twin cam four cylinder that punches above its class.

I hope this truck does well! I wish they wouldn't have made it look like a Taurus though!

I hope this truck does well! I wish they wouldn't have made it look like a Taurus though!

Useless article.
News must be slow.

@papajin, I know it's hard for you to think if the Ranger outperforming the competition, but you'll get used to it after awhile.

This website is very good. I like seeing the pictures of all the shiny new trucks.

Very much looking forward to this truck. Good chance it will be my next vehicle. I love the way Ford has been introducing this truck. In fact, I wish they had factory pickup in MI - it would be a nice experience to see the factory and pickup the truck.

If you need to tow something... get a real truck.

If you need to haul something... get a real truck.

If you need fuel economy... get a car.

If you don't really need a truck but wanna drive one around all the time or imagine going off road or actually do go off road and got he money to burn for silly wants then this is for you.

@ Sierra

When has the Ranger ever outperformed the competition?

Great Marketing Videos. Of the big three, Ford has the best marketing dept, with RAM close Second. GM is the worst.

I guess sometimes you have to work with what you got and the products speaks for itself, GM has a lazy marketing dept.

Great Marketing Videos. Of the big three, Ford has the best marketing dept, with RAM close Second. GM is the worst.

Posted by Ford's poster child


This is case in point why Ford sells trucks bc YUPS like Frank believe this hoopla! Do you see this CT...The proof is right in front of you!!

I will say that GM's marketing is bad as well bc the guy they use is not good. They need to bring back the old commercials!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IswbdmpjbnU

We've seen this movie before. Ranger wins...

http://special-reports.pickuptrucks.com/2012/08/global-pickup-shootout-results.html

If this article doesn't prove the Ford bias on this site, I don't know what does. How have other pickup truck manufacturers not done a good job of slowly releasing information? There is still a ton of stuff we don't know about the 2019 Silverado/Sierra. And We still dont know the MPGS of the new RAM 1500 etorque. Very poor journalism, Mark.

@ Frank

Good Article!! Its still not the U.S. version!! I'll give props to Global Ranger though. How about one head to head/comparison in the U.S.?

MEH, not my cup of tea, but I am sure they will do well.

-CT

Tough tested for Australia and the entire global market* where the Ranger is sold. *Ford excludes United States and Canada from "Global Market".

Tested and perfected for 11 years, soon to offered to United States and Canada buyers now that the design is outdated and antiquated.

Tested and perfected for 11 years, soon to offered to United States and Canada buyers now that the design is outdated and antiquated.


Posted by: AllAmerikan | May 9, 2018 12:00:18 PM

I'll take it.

I'll take it

@ Frank

No offense Frank, but you would take ANYTHING with a blue oval on it! Come on man!

If this article doesn't prove the Ford bias on this site, I don't know what does. Very poor journalism, Mark.
Posted by: trucky048 | May 9, 2018

I've got this, Mark! @trucky048

Your opinions are your own, Trucky, however I've been following this site every day for more than five years. It ain't perfect, but there's nothing else online that combines info and entertainment with a truck focus better than PUTC.com

I’ll hold off my opinion till they do a towing comparison between the Ranger, Tacoma, Frontier, GM twins and the JT. My grandfather ran a small farm using an early 90’s Chevy S10. With it he towed a two horse trailer and a flatbed for hay bales regularly. Midsize trucks can do most of the work the average person needs and still fit in the garage. Yes. Full-size trucks have their place. But they can be as much overkill as they are overpriced.

@Mls956

Speaking of old S10s.

Used my 1988 V6 S10 to tow a 2-man camper trailer through the Smokeys on the Blue Ridge Parkway back in 1989. The 4.3 V6 never ran out of breath on those grades, but the brakes (disc front/drum rear) could have been better.

Regarding mid size versus full size: Nobody ever got fired for bringing too big a knife to a knife fight.

@ Frank

No offense Frank, but you would take ANYTHING with a blue oval on it! Come on man!


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 9, 2018 12:54:48 PM

None taken, I'd rather have the below in lieu of anything with GM on it. Don't get pissy negative nancy. It's life, and it's a preference, you don't like, IDGAF.

Ram, Ford, Toyota, KIA, Honda, Jeep


@ Frank

Explain why you dislike GM so much....U know my story...I'm interested in yours?

@papjim

“Regarding mid size versus full size: Nobody ever got fired for bringing too big a knife to a knife fight.”

Let’s just say, I can’t afford that knife. I’m not sure what everybody else’s income is on this site. But I’m a teacher and my salary won’t allow me to buy a modern full sized crew cab and still pay my mortgage. What’s more is since I’m not a rancher, carpenter, oilfield worker or other tradesman, I don’t need all that capacity. I hunt, I fish and I go camping during my three months off. I’ve never had to tow mor than 4K Lbs. For me, a midsize works fine.

junk!!!!!!! ugly junk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The 2.3 Eco-Boost will OUTPERFORM the V8's !

PLUS: get 25 to 30 MPG doing it !

Believe me! Ford would NEVER use a lack-luster engine in the Ranger if they knew it wouldn't outperform every other truck out there.
You'll all be surprised what the 2.3 Eco-Boost can do.

Ram boys are already crying cause the 2.7 Eco-Boost blows their precious 5.7 Hemi off the road,,,,,the 2.3 is less than a 1/2 liter smaller.
I can't wait, I CAN'T WAIT watching how ashamed and embarrassed the 5.7 Hemi owners will be
It will be fun to watch

(you 5.3 V8 Silverado guys don't even say anything, that pathetic engine doesn't even compete)

@ Ecoboost Rules

They way you spout off gibberish, its no wonder you are searching for a job like you stated a few posts back. You need to seek medical help! Do you even listen to yourself....your too funny!

Be prepared bc The RAM boys are going after you for that comment...heck I'll defend them!

2.7L over a 5.7L HEMI....HECK NO!!!! Its a strong/great motor

2.7L over a 5.3l...maybe stock for stock, but what hinders the 5.3L is programming, once you take care of that its a no brainer

Plus, durability of both those motors trumps the 2.7L

Those motors have years on the road compared to the 2.7l which came out in 2015, I believe

2.7L over a 5.3l...maybe stock for stock, but what hinders the 5.3L is programming, once you take care of that its a no brainer

Plus, durability of both those motors trumps the 2.7L

Those motors have years on the road compared to the 2.7l which came out in 2015, I believe


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 9, 2018 3:01:46 PM

No brainer, a TUNED 5.3L can only outperform a STOCK 2.7L. The motor is half it's size and still needs an upgrade.

GM is garbage.

@ Frank

LOL...I said reprogrammed bc GM hinders it to get Gas mileage...they are far from junk. Their are more 5.3L out there is high mileage than your truck, 5.4L, and 2.7L combined!!!!

@ Frank

LOL...I said reprogrammed bc GM hinders it to get Gas mileage...they are far from junk. Their are more 5.3L out there is high mileage than your truck, 5.4L, and 2.7L combined!!!!


Posted by: TNTGMC | May 9, 2018 3:18:49 PM

Post a link to your high mileage 5.3L.

I will start with this '97 E-250 5.4L. 1,299,986 miles.

http://www.millionmilevan.com/

Stpuid frank 5.4L can't even make it 100,000 miles before the spark plugs blow out of the fenders and hood. Take your fake site and stick it where the sun don't shine!

Here is a link

Now take out the GM HD's and Super Dutys bc most are diesels I would venture to say

http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/chi-top-20-longest-lasting-vehicles-20140318-story.html

and you 6 GM vehicles to 3 of your Ford vehicles..

https://www.cheatsheet.com/money-career/cars-can-take-300000-miles.html/?a=viewall

Here is another

where its 3 to 2 and they didn't even put the Sierra on that, which is same truck!


Also, answer my question......what has GM ever done to u for you to dislike them so much??

@ Frank

Hey 1 out of a million can do it!! I've seen many Gm V8s make it to a million miles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSunY_w957Q

And its still running and looks perfect

BRING IT!!!

NONE OF THEM ARE 5.3L YOU F'KEN DOLT

I'm excited about this truck and competition is good. It's roughly the same size/weight as the GM twins/Taco and will have similar payload and towing. I'm interested to see the output of the 2.3EB. The Explorer's 280 hp and 310 lb-ft is probably a good bet. Yes, it might be a bit down on hp compared to the GM 3.6, but I personally prefer the abundance of low-end torque that turboDI provides (at least in a truck). To each his own. It won't reach F-150 sales numbers, but it doesn't need to either. The 10sp auto is probably overkill, but automakers "need moar gears".

Ford needs to do something to stand out with the Ranger. They had the balls to put a turbo gasser in a truck, put an aluminum body on a truck, and build the GT350's FPC V8. It was practically elephantiasis of the cojones to surprise the world with the new GT. Yeah, the Ranger Raptor will probably be awesome, but I still want to see something different. Bring back the Splash and put a stick in it, haha.

2.7L over a 5.3l...maybe stock for stock, but what hinders the 5.3L is programming, once you take care of that its a no brainer

Plus, durability of both those motors trumps the 2.7L

Those motors have years on the road compared to the 2.7l which came out in 2015, I believe
Posted by: TNTGMC | May 9, 2018 3:01:46 PM


The 5.3 and 2.7EB are close in torque but the 5.3 blows the 2.7 out of the water when it comes to horsepower.

And you're right, the 2.7EB has a lot of reliability issues. The heads especially are very cheap. Crazy how many have had worn out valve guides. Some were so worn they dropped valves.


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and the 2.3 EB can out perform its V6 competitors.
Posted by: NoQDRTundra | May 9, 2018

I have a niece that drives a 2016 Mustang 2.3EB. One thing my brother mentioned about the car is that on hot summer days the engine falls on its face. The computer pulls a lot of boost and timing. The only way it runs decent in the summer is running 91 octane. None of that was a surprise after word got out that the engine doesn't make its advertised power numbers unless you're running 93 octane. This engine, with a factory tune designed for a little pickup, is NOT going to outperform a 3.5L or larger DOHC V6. Ford might advertise big power numbers but there will be an *asterisk with tiny fine print that says "Only when running on 93+ octane".

I'll admit, I want to see this thing first hand and sit in it. I want to see the Extended Cab version (not the Crew) and test it for fit both for myself and my wife. I want to see what colors it comes in and what features. Lastly, I want to see the price. I have a Ranger that will be 22 years old when this one arrives and I want to park my old one next to the new one and see just how much they've grown.

Based on what I find, I will then test drive one and see if it meets my needs, if not my wants.

NONE OF THEM ARE 5.3L YOU F'KEN DOLT
Posted by: Frank | May 9, 2018 4:07:01 PM

The difference between the Gen 2 5.7 and the Gen V 5.3 are pretty small. Mobil 1 tested a 2015 Silverado 5.3 for 500k miles and the engine looked brand new when they tore it apart. And that was with 20k mile oil change intervals.

@ frank

All.of those vehicles carry the 5.3L in them as the main engine you tool!!!Silverado, sierra, Yukon, Tahoe, suburban, Yukon xl.....so stop the crying!!! Also answer my queation on why I don't like GM

Is it BC u are jealous that they are so reliable and dependable u get envious over them????

This EcoBoost Love is hilarious.
In real-world, a small turbo V6,or worse a turbo 4, runs so much closer to peak output than a large V6 or V8.
It is funny to hear people talk about horsepower and horsepower as equals from cars to trucks, empty comuting to towing and hauling.
Okay, so, that 310 HP 4cyl EcoBoost is just as good as an early 300 hp Duramax? Or a 300 ISB Cummins?
It would blow the doors of an old Detroit with only 275 HP.
But with gearing... that would make up the disadvantage.
If you only occasionally haul, tow, or utilize the machine to its limit, the EB is just fine.
If you use your machine hard, get a better engine.
My ancient 12V Cummins isn’t fast, isn’t pretty, but running up slate creek with a gooseneck and equipment, I’ve passed plenty of vehicles with a 5,000 lbs towing capacity struggling with a 2200lbs camper.
The Ranger isn’t going to tow much, throw in the EB and small diesel option.

Not sure who said this ill informed bit...

“ The 5.3 and 2.7EB are close in torque but the 5.3 blows the 2.7 out of the water when it comes to horsepower. “

If the 5.3 “ blows the 2.7 out of the water when it comes to horsepower “, then that must mean, by that persons logic, the 2.7L blows the 5.3L out of the water when it comes to torque.

2.7L - 325HP @5000rpm, 400 lbs/ft @2750rpn ( and much broader torque power band )

5.3L - 355HP @ 5600rpm, 383 lbs/ft @4100rpm ( gotta rev it to the moon to get its peak torque.

@TNTroll

If you’re going to “ reprogram “ the 5.3L, then keep it apples to and reprogram the 2.7L.

Game over for the 5.3L in that senario too.

^^^

* apples to apples

#1 the 2.3 Eco-Boost is NOT the same engine in the Mustang

#2 nobody wants to talk about the 25-30 MPG with the Ranger

#3 the 4.3 V6 has better performance # than the 5.3

#4 the 5.7 Hemi has high HP numbers but dead in torque

#5 the Ranger is going to sell cause people trust Ford

The bragging rights with the Ford Ranger is it will have the same power and performance than the V8 BUT gets 25-30 MPG doing it

It's a nice feeling saving $40 a week on gas and still have a truck that can compete with anybody
saving $40 a week on gas is like owning the truck for free, that pays for your truck payment

Lyle, Lyle, Lyle

I'll put u in your place again!!! You fanboys are hilarious!! The 2.7L only gets its power BC of 2 small turbos... Once u get on those turbos everything else goes down. The 5.3L is NA gets just as good if not better mpgs than your gerbil engine and when pulling: its OVER!!! Those ecobusts suck gas like a Hollywood movie star on cocaine....
Its so funny how u clowns brag and brag and brag. A twin turbo vs a N/A engine. Plus I'll take reliability any day of the week!!

Lyle

OK I'll keep the 5.3L stock and throw in E85 and wax that gerbil engine...I owned one and waxed a 3.5L turbo with it!

The 5.3L is hindered from GM to get th most efficiency out ofbtye engine as possible.....they didn't abandon ship like Ford dir and try Boosting everything BC they could make a V8 engine that was efficient!!!!! Class dismissed.



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