The Ford Ranger returned in 2019 after a long hiatus overseas to critical acclaim. This compact pickup truck now enters its second year since returning and continues to benefit from Ford’s constant improvements. Off-roaders rejoice because the Ranger has something for you. If you’re interested in creature comforts and quality-of-life improvements, the 2020 Ranger has those too. And those who are interested in injecting more personality into their truck are also going to be pretty pleased.
What’s New This Year?
As alluded to, the 2020 Ford Ranger now offers an all-new FX2 package on rear-wheel drive Ranger models. This off-roading equipment package includes special body-side decals and performance upgrades like off-road tires, electronic-locking rear differential, and a suspension tuned for the trails.
In other news, plenty of optional features have become standard across all trim levels. We’re talking dual-zone climate control, satellite radio and 8-inch touchscreen. Finally, the Ranger now offers an accessory pickup box extender and three new exterior colors: Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Race Red.
Why Buy the 2020 Ranger?
Most who go for a truck choose the Ford F-150. The numbers add up to the F-150 being the number-one bestseller in America. But that doesn’t mean the Ranger’s big sibling is better for everyone. After all, the Ranger is more affordable, more maneuverable, and more fuel efficient while still towing and hauling an impressive load for this smaller class.
Let’s look at the price for a moment. The Ford Ranger is $3,000 less expensive than the starting price for an F-150 while offering plenty of options. The base model is the Ranger XL, which offers forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking, SYNC 3 infotainment, and FordPass Connect, and rearview camera. Upgrade to the Ranger XLT to add the Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features and cruise control. The Ranger Lariat throws in LED headlights and taillights, push-start button, heated side mirrors, and 8-way power-adjustable heated front seats. Even at the top-tier trim, you’re looking at paying about $32,500.
Maneuverable and Light
The 2020 Ford Ranger measures just 17.5 feet long and 6.5 feet wide. That translates to a nimble truck that can maneuver, turn, and roll through alleyways that the F-150 simply couldn’t. The heaviest Ranger weighs under 4,500 pounds, meaning, in addition to the maneuverability, this Ford mid-size pickup gets great fuel economy. The 2020 Ranger gets 21 city miles and 26 highway miles per gallon. And, before you start to wonder about the strength and versatility of this pickup truck. The 2020 Ford Ranger boasts a tow rating of 7,500 pounds maximum. As you can see, the Ranger can work hard even while it carves a path downtown.