2019 Ford Ranger Driving Impressions: Video

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If there's been a new vehicle introduction with more expectations focused on it than the 2019 Ford Ranger, we don't know what it is. No doubt, Ford has been watching the competition for quite a while, and there's always opportunity (and precedent) for a manufacturer to screw things up, but after driving this new mid-size pickup truck, we predict the 2019 Ford Ranger will be the class leader in just about every category.

Related: We Sneak a Quick Drive in a 2019 Ford Ranger

Beyond the Ranger's small (yet powerful) turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with the factory 10-speed transmission, the standout feature is its suspension. The front end keeps most bad road inputs smooth and calm, while the rear axle barely shakes or stutters when running on high- or low-speed choppy roads. The way the monotube shocks work with the arched leaf springs (basically just one with a short overload spring underneath) is a wonder to experience, especially fully loaded or towing.

The off-road system, as we noted in the our First Drive story, is also well-done, integrating a multiterrain management system with four distinct settings — Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts and Sand — along with a low-range gear and Trail Control. Trail Control is a slow-go cruise-control system that works in both high- and low-range and allows the computer to take over throttle and braking while the driver simply steers. It's not a perfect system (we'll have more to say about that in our next report), but it does compete pretty well with Toyota's older Crawl Control setup.

For now, the video below showcases some of the features and details we thought deserved to be called out after we did some on- and off-road exploring near San Diego in the 2019 Ford Ranger.

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17,000+ units a month, not too shabby. Tacoma will have to fight hard to stay #1.

17,000+ units a month, not too shabby. Tacoma will have to fight hard to stay #1.


Posted by: Dudlydooright | Dec 20, 2018 2:12:30 PM

That will put the GM full size solidly back on top of the full size segment.

@ gms Please explain your logic.

@ gms Please explain your logic.


Posted by: Just the truth | Dec 20, 2018 2:50:33 PM

A f'ken dvmb@$ has no logic, the m0ron can't perform basic math.

This will put Ford solidly back on top as overall most trucks ss well as full size.
The GM kids are going to freak out.

This new Ranger is going to sell much better than I originally thought. Ford is going to pull quite a few new buyers from other brands. I thought that single leaf spring was going to be the laughing point, but now I see it is one of the best features. This is an impressive new truck.

I've being saying for several years now on this very site how impressed I was with my global Wildtrak Ranger. So it's no surprise Ford improved on an already fantastic platform & upgrading to 10-speed with a more powerful engine....fantastic!

Meanwhile still awaiting delivery of my new Ranger Raptor on order...was hoping to have it before Xmas but delivery date was delayed 3 months (to Feb now) due to exceptional high demand & local dealer was only allowed a quota of 3 models :-(....anyways can't wait to come to the US to test drive the US version :-)

similar & newer offerings from Toy/Mit/Cheby/VWwas far better than the best offerings from everyone else.

That's one impressive truck!! Well-done, Ford!

There are a lot of Ford dreamers and 1 GM realist commenting up to this point.

GMsnotgreat sounds like johnny doe to me. Like i said just a bunch of in-breds. Ranger is gonna clean Gm"s clock. Just wait and see.Ford did it before and will do it again. And oh yeah, how many of you are there in this very small gm in-bred deal?? Papa jim is the father and God only knows from there. You can get arrested when you do that.

Caught another Ford dreamer.

Always amusing the GM fan kid who confuses reality with dream and dream with reality. I suppose the prospect of losing the phrase " builds more, any questions " is simply too much to bear. It was after all a nice 4 year run that now looks like it is coming to a close.

@ gms Please explain your logic.

Posted by: Just the truth | Dec 20, 2018 2:50:33 PM
@ gms Please explain your logic.

Posted by: Just the truth | Dec 20, 2018 2:50:33 PM

A f'ken dvmb@$ has no logic, the m0ron can't perform basic math.

Posted by: Frank | Dec 20, 2018 3:11:58 PM
This will put Ford solidly back on top as overall most trucks ss well as full size.
The GM kids are going to freak out.

Posted by: GM Blows Chunks | Dec 20, 2018 3:23:34 PM

Ford guys could never grasp logic, math or copying others like Ford following GM and Toyota with their mid size.

@ gms Why not say you don't have answer?

For the Ford boys, here's a little shot of reality: Nobody knows till early January and GM posts their 4th Q sales figures.

PUTC editors will format the data and produce their familiar Sales Report with the figures broken out by brand (as well as it's possible to do with Ford lumping all their fullsize into one total). A few days later comes the report where totals are tabulated by company. GM hasn't failed to take that cake for several consecutive years and each time the Ford boys get their pants all in a knot because they insist it's unfair for GM to sell midsize trucks when Ford does not, at least not yet.

Cannot wait to see what excuse they trot out once the Ranger is in the showrooms. They'll probably blame on on tariffs or delayed Chinese steel shipments or some other bellyache.

@ gms Why not say you don't have answer?

Posted by: Just the truth | Dec 20, 2018 7:45:50 PM

Hint: Watch what happens to the sales of the dated F-150.

Oh wait, did I just give you the answer? Ahhh shucks! LOL!

@ gms How does it feel to go into a battle of the wits unarmed.

@ papajim Insinuating GM and Ford Count trucks differently just shows your ignorance.

Little hard to know if reak or fake Papajim.
Regardless, The GM kids state- sells more trucks. This is a true statement. The Ford folks say sells more full size trucks, which is also true. What is not true is anyone saying it is unfair that GM sells mid size. I do think the excuse making will come from the GM side of the aisle.
If you are intellectually honest you will acknowledge that the last time Ford and GM faced off in small trucks Ford doninated the segment.
What happens this time around remains to be seen. However if history and the initial motoring press reviews have any credence it will be another Ford Enters Ford Wins.


Typos courtesy of auto correct and tiny type pad, lol.

Unless GM does a better than I expect mid-cycle refresh, I think they probably will move down to #3 in mid-size sales (combined Chev + GMC), but probably not until 2020. If GM does a nice refresh, and drops in the 2.7 turbo, they might be able to hold on to #2 in mid-size sales. It will be interesting to see what happens to Tacoma sales in the next year or two...as well as the GM twins.

Should be a good little runabout. I think the Ranger and GM mid sizers are about the same level, interior, looks, features, but the Diesel Duramax in the GM has me hooked, tons of towing torque and good fuel economy, can't beat that. I pray Ford puts a diesel in the Ranger soon. Otherwise good job Ford, not ground breaking, but on even par with GM . I also wish the Ranger came with locking diff on all models like the GM, not just the FX4 package. The other downfall of the Ranger is it has no long bed on the crew cab model, or AWD mode like GM. The Toyota is just outclassed by the Ford and GM small trucks.

@Snowman...I couldn't agree more with your points, especially the fact that the Ranger only comes with a short bed with the crew cab. Also, as you pointed out, GM has the duramax, which I would also be very interested in. If I wanted a crew cab/short bed, I would probably go with the ranger, but since I would prefer a crew cab/long bed I would end up going for the Colorado. For me Tacoma is quite a ways behind at this point.

@ gms How does it feel to go into a battle of the wits unarmed.

@ papajim Insinuating GM and Ford Count trucks differently just shows your ignorance.


Posted by: Just the truth | Dec 20, 2018 8:54:45 PM

Only Ford guys try and hide behind some designation like full size trucks. GM sells more trucks and that will continue. I'm just prepping you for when you lose that full size claim because people choose the Ranger over the F-150. Capish?

@Texas1836

the Silverado and its Sierra twin will absorb every 2.7 GM turbo 4 that's built.

The 2.7 GM is an expensive engine to make. They will not be available in a cheaper small or midsize truck that competes with Silverado and Sierra for sales.

I expect that GM might offer a 2.5 turbo 4 to augment the 3.6, which is not really a very good truck engine and is also expensive to build. I'd like to see the 2.5 turbo 4 replace the 3.6 altogether but I am not expecting it.

Very well done video, except I didn't get to see what is actually behind the back seat? Looks like the ranger might be successful, though I still think it just has a dated look to it.

Question for papajim
Do you think the ranger will not sell better than the GM twins in the first year? If so, do you think it will cannibalize sales from the f150 and thus prevent Ford from overtaking gm in truck sales?

I'm just trying to figure out how you can be so confident that gm will hold on to that title in 2019 when initial reviews seem to indicate that the ranger is superior to the other midsize trucks, and we already know that Ford sells more full size trucks than anyone else. Or maybe you think the new gm full size trucks will boost gm ahead of Ford next year? Whatever it is I suggest you back off your overly confident GUESS that gm will remain number one on overall truck sales in 2019. At least try to refrain from insulting those that think you may be wrong a full year before the results are in. That's a really juvenile and fanboyish thing to do and makes you look biased and unreasonable.

I am interested to see if papajim will man up and admit that he was wrong if that turns up to be the case. Usually when he is wrong he just changes the subject. I will be surprised if Ford is not number one truck manufacturer in 2019. But if I'm wrong I'll gladly admit it. Interesting thing about papajim is he will sometimes write a well thought out comment about pickups and then before you know it he will type some ridiculous comment that shows he is blinded by gm fanboism.

@Mark Williams
We will be not getting a RHD version of the Bronco, although it was developed in Australia. People are not fans of shortened chassis 4x4's like the Jeep Wrangler

@papajim

You are probably right about the 2.7 not going into the Colorado/Canyon, but that doesn't stop me from hoping that it does. For that matter, I am also hoping that Ford puts their 2.7 in the ranger, but I feel that is even less likely.

"we predict the 2019 Ford Ranger will be the class leader in just about every category."

I agree. Class leading recalls fur sher.

I'm just trying to figure out how you can be so confident that gm will hold on to that title in 2019 when initial reviews seem to indicate that the ranger is superior to the other midsize trucks

@Beebe

The short answer?

Trends. GM has sold more than Ford for several consecutive years. It's not an opinion, it's a fact.

Initial reviews? Go ahead and bet the farm on it.

The 'initial reviews' of the 1971 Chevrolet Vega were all very positive because GM was trying a lot of new ideas and the magazine editors all gave the Vega splashy awards and praise before the first cars even hit the street.

So, go ahead and place your bets. It will give you something to do when you aren't bashing my personal character. Merry Christmas to you.

It would be fun and is actually looking possible that in the next year or two we get to watch Fiat take #2 from Chevy in full size trucks AND Ford take it from them in little trucks.

Its ok.

They can always just declare bankruptcy whenever they are defeated.

I though the GM trucks were the new girls to tis segment, well that was just uprooted by this truck.

To predict the future we must look at the past. Since 2015 Ford gained 5% per year in truck sales. In the third quarter of 2018 Ford came within 205 units of outselling GM in pickup trucks (actually out sold in trucks). The trend is Ford will outsell GM in trucks. That is the truth.

Moving ~200k units a year is an extremely ambitious proposition.
The monoleaf rear suspension makes me nervous. If it proves a problem, the aftermarket will have plenty of solutions, I suppose.

Since 2015 Ford gained 5% per year in truck sales. In the third quarter of 2018 Ford came within 205 units of outselling GM in pickup trucks (actually out sold in trucks). The trend is Ford will outsell GM in trucks...Posted by: Just the truth | Dec 21, 2018

Complete wishful thinking and mental rubbish, courtesy of the arrogant as* who calls himself Just The Truth.

Papajim isn't doing himself any favors with comments like that. Your gm fanboism shines bright at times like this. I'm going to bring this discussion up again a year from now whether I'm right or wrong. The thing is I don't really care. I don't have anything invested in Fords success. Do you work for GM or something?

The trend is that Ford has been gaining market share in full size trucks the last few years, though I admit I think they lost a bit this year. GM has been selling more trucks overall, but they have been losing market share in the full size category. It wasn't long ago that gm sold more full size trucks than Ford. Now they aren't even close. So doesn't it seem logical that if the ranger sells well it will boost Ford ahead of Chevy? One thing almost every poster on this website seems to lack is logic. Papajim just writes off the ranger because of "trends" while completely ignoring the actual trends and ignoring the fact that the ranger is completely new to the market. He also seems to ignore the fact that the ranger is very successful everywhere else in the world. But GM full size trucks are also new. Maybe that will help them surpass Ford in that category next year. So I may be wrong, but at least I can logically explain my position.

Full-size truck sales Ford compared to GM.
2015 GM 105%
2016 GM 97%
2017 GM. 90%
2018 Q3. GM 85%

But GM full size trucks are also new. Maybe that will help them surpass Ford in that category next year. So I may be wrong, but at least I can logically explain my position.


Posted by: Beebe | Dec 21, 2018 8:24:02 AM

yes their full size trucks are new but i don't see them gaining any ground on Ford or the Ram, every review that i read all where disappointed in the interior and lack of tech, towing info, not show what gear trans is in, they really are falling behind in the tech

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Every thing GM builds with a bed compared to Ford F -seires.
2015. Ford 83%
2016 Ford. 87%
2017. Ford. 94.5%
2018 Q3 Ford 96%

@JTT

more half truths from the guy who claims to BE the truth.

Why did you isolate the third quarter in your figures? The 2nd Q 2018 was the worst Ford has had in many moons. Is that why? Just curious.

Papajim I don't think he isolated 3rd quarter. I just checked the most recent article from this website:

https://news.pickuptrucks.com/2018/10/best-selling-pickup-trucks-third-quarter-2018.html

Year to date sales for all of gm combined is 706,756. Ford is 679018. That is 96 percent through the first three quarters of the year. So what do you have to say about that trend now?

When you do isolate sales for third quarter it is Ford 227880 vs gm 228085. That means Ford was 99.9 percent of gm sales last quarter. Looks like the trend continues. I'd like to see you admit you are wrong just once.

@ papajim I encourage you to check my data. If you can find an error I would like to know my mistake.
As Beebe said above the 2018 Q3 data is all 2018 data thru the third quarter as that is all the available data.
This is mathematically derived data. How can that be a half truth?

In less than 2 weeks we'll have the numbers. In the meantime you have to accept the fact that GM has dominated Ford in this category for several years---a fact that might not change to your liking.

So papajim you are not man enough to say you were wrong and someone else was right. Just change the subject and pretend it never happened. Does that make you feel good about yourself.
Have a Merry Christmas.

So papajim you are not man enough to say you were wrong and someone else was right.

@JTT

You sound like a jilted girlfriend. Get over it

OK papajim I will say it. You were wrong.

"...were wrong" implies past tense. We're discussing a future event you j*rkoff. In a couple of weeks I'll be vindicated by events and you'll still be refusing to accept reality. Bye!



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