2020 Ford Ranger

2020 Ford Ranger Review: Worth The Wait?

The Ford Ranger returns to the competitive midsize pickup segment for 2020 with a number of variations and options to try to steal some Toyota Tacoma and Chevy Colorado US market share. A 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbo is the only engine option available, producing an admirable 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. A pair of bed lengths and cab sizes are available, and you can choose between rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive, with all Rangers controlling shifts via a ten-speed automatic gearbox. Although new to the USA as of 2019, the Ranger is essentially the same vehicle that was introduced in the rest of the world almost a decade ago. This makes it tough to justify, with many competitors offering more modern tech, styling, and comfort. However, the Ranger has a number of special qualities that help it make a case for itself.

2020 Ford Ranger Changes: 🚙What’s the difference vs 2019 Ranger?

A new FX2 package has been added to the Ranger's package offerings, but only on rear-wheel-drive models. It adds off-road tires and suspension, an electronic locking rear differential, and some unique decals down the side. The package also adds an off-road display on the productivity screen. Also new is a revision of the color options, with two 2019 colors falling away and three fresh hues added. A pickup box extender is also a new optional accessory. The impressive Sync 3 infotainment system is a new standard addition to the XLT and Lariat trims, which also gain dual-zone climate as standard. Forward parking sensors are also standard on the Lariat now.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful turbocharged engine is standard across the board
  • Impressive standard and available safety features
  • Handsome styling
  • Multiple configuration options across the range
  • Base infotainment system is outdated and unintuitive
  • Options stack up quickly
  • Interior storage options are limited

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2020 Ford Ranger Trims

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
XL
2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$24,110
XLT
2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$28,460
LARIAT
2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
10-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
Four-Wheel Drive
$32,500

Exterior: 2- and 4-door Ford Ranger Models

The Ford Ranger pickup truck is available in three trims, each of which can be had with a six-foot bed and an extended cab or a five-foot bed with a four-door crew cab. The XL is the base derivative and features black plastic bumpers, mirrors, and wheel arches, along with a black grille and 16-inch steel wheels. The XLT adds a silver border to the Raptor-esque grille, along with body-color bumpers and arches, and 17-inch alloys. It also gets fog lights. The Lariat is the most lavish, with LED headlights and taillights, a unique grille, body-colored mirrors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

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Dimensions

The Ranger has different dimensions depending on the spec. First, let's look at SuperCab (extended cab variants): these come with a six-foot bed, or PickUp box delete entirely. 4x2 models are 70.7 inches high, with 4x4s measuring 71.1 inches. If equipped with the cargo box, or bed, has a volume of 51.8 cubes, measuring 20.8 inches high, 72.8 inches long, and 44.8 inches wide at the narrowest point between the wheels. Max width is 61.4 inches.

The SuperCrew models (crew cabs) give you a 4-door Ford Ranger with a five-foot bed. 4x2s are 71.1 inches high, with 4x4s 0.4 inches taller. The bed on these has a volume of 43.3 cubic feet, with a height of 20.9 inches, a length of 61 inches, and the same bed width measurements as on the SuperCab.

Maximum width is 73.3 inches and length is 210.8 across all Ranger variants. Wheelbase is also the same on all Rangers, at 126.8 inches. Ground clearance for all 4x2s is 8.4 inches with 4x4s upping that to 8.9.

Payload varies, with the lightest SuperCab capable of 1,860 lbs, and the heaviest 4x4 SuperCrew managing 1,560. However, if you deleted the pickup box on a 4x2 SuperCab, you can maximize the figure, achieving 2,080 lbs of payload capacity.

Curb weight varies between 3,922 and 4,441 lbs, while approach, departure, and breakover angles for 4x4s measure 28.7, 25.4, and 21.5 degrees respectively.

  • Length 210.8 in
  • Wheelbase 126.8 in
  • Height 70.7 in
  • Max Width 77.8 in

Exterior Colors

The Ranger XL is available in six no-cost color options, with Iconic Silver and Race Red among the new additions. Other colors include Lightning Blue, Shadow Black, Oxford White, and a gray called Magnetic. The XLT has access to the same colors plus another new shade: Rapid Red metallic, which costs $395. The top-spec Lariat model has access to the complete palette, including the $595 White Platinum. Saber is a bronze shade that all models have access to at no charge. However, you have to add some options and an appearance package to get this color, so it's not really free. Discontinued colors are limited to 2019's Ingot Silver and Hot Pepper Red metallic.

  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Lightning Blue Metallic
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Oxford White
  • Race Red
  • Shadow Black
  • Saber Metallic

Ranger Performance

The Ranger's 2.3-liter turbo-four that is standard across the range is one of the pickup's redeeming qualities, particularly in the lightest XL SuperCab configuration. A spritely engine, it's good enough to keep pace with the V6s that some rivals prefer to equip. In Sport mode, particularly, the engine feels zesty and its 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque do a good job of pushing the Ranger towards the horizon, with some tests revealing 0-60 mph times below seven seconds. For a pickup, that's pretty good. Even with the added weight of a crew cab and four-wheel-drive, the Ranger pulls well and won't be lacking in the hauling department either. With the same engine equipped to all trims, any variant of the Ranger pickup truck can tow as much as 7,500 lbs - so long as the towing package is fitted. The ten-speed auto shifts smoothly and quickly, making for a whisper-quiet ride when cruising in top gear. If you spec a 4WD model, you can switch between powering the rear axle or both, and it's decent off-road too, thanks to a low-range transfer case. In terms of the engine and drivetrain, there's little to fault here.

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Engine and Transmission

The Ranger EcoBoost 2.3 turbo is a massively versatile engine, powering everything from a Focus hatch to an entry-level Mustang, and now the Ranger too. Here, it makes 270 hp with 310 lb-ft of twist, which makes it one of the quickest pickups in the segment. Unfortunately, we don't get the Raptor version, despite the nameplate originating in the States, but for most, this powerplant will be more than enough. An oversight that may cost some sales is the exclusion of a manual transmission option, which many rivals do offer. That said, the ten-speed auto works brilliantly, with clean and crisp shifts most of the time. Downshifting can be a little slow, even in Sport mode, but the rest of the time the tranny performs admirably. Despite the Ranger's overall sportiness compared to its rivals, it's perfectly at home cruising on the freeway or hauling a massive load too. The oily bits of the Ranger are really exemplary, showing that there is most certainly a replacement for displacement: boost.

  • Engine
    2.3-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    10-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    4X4, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Ranger is not a sports car, but in terms of midsize pickup trucks, it's an admirable performer, with enough agility to make it fun to drive from day to day. The suspension is also impressively compliant and supple, which makes it a good fence-sitter between handling and comfort. However, while it will be difficult to discern imperfections and small potholes from the cabin, some may find the suspension just a little too floaty, which leads to some body roll as can be expected from just about any pickup. The steering doesn't tire you out though, with light feedback and an eagerness to change direction. This makes it great even on narrow city streets, but it also means that you have to trust your inputs wholeheartedly. As with many pickups on sale, you can also upgrade the suspension and tires for more rugged duty. The FX2 package exists for rear-wheel-drive models, beefing up the suspension and adding off-road tires, while the FX4 is obviously more hardcore and can be fitted to 4WD models. The package includes Terrain Management and Trail Control, with four different drive modes maximizing grip and stability: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. It also adds a 16-gauge steel bash plate, giving you the confidence to properly send it on less forgiving terrain.

Ranger Gas Mileage

The Ranger has a rather small gas tank, capable of holding just 18 gallons worth of fuel. However, its EPA figures are impressive, with RWD models scoring 21/26/23 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, and the 4WD Ford Ranger's mpg is not far behind, at 20/24/22 mpg on the same cycles. This translates to an average range of 396-414 miles in mixed driving. A bigger tank would be nice, but you can always consider the aftermarket for that if a lot of long-range driving is your thing. The Toyota Tacoma, in its lightest and most economical trim, only scores a combined average of 21 mpg but has a 21.1-gallon tank, thus providing a greater range of over 440 miles.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 19/18 mpg
* 2020 Ford Ranger XL 2WD SuperCab Pickup Box Delete

Ranger Interior

The Ranger's interior offers varying levels of luxury depending on the spec, with anything from cloth and vinyl upholstery to genuine leather in various colors. However, hard-touch plastics abound on essentially every panel. The base XL's interior is particularly spartan, featuring a tiny infotainment system with a screen smaller than most mobile phones from ten years ago. Available equipment is good, however, with Ford's excellent Sync 3 system being standard on XLT and Lariat trims, along with satellite radio. You can also spec a manual sliding rear window, power-adjustable heated front seats, and remote start. Although not as car-like and luxurious as some counterparts, the Ranger's interior is fit for purpose and inoffensive to all but the most snobbish. Ergonomics could do with an overhaul, though, as some buttons are awkwardly placed.

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Seating and Interior Space

The Ranger's two configurations, extended cab and crew cab, seat four and five individuals respectively. The seats are basic in shape but are well padded and comfortable for people of all sizes and shapes. The cabin feels airy for a midsize pickup, and getting in and out isn't a chore, even for those under six feet, who will appreciate the space in the door jamb that can be stepped on to hoist oneself into the cabin. Headroom and legroom are good, both in front and at the back, and long journeys will not be excessively unbearable. Visibility all round is fairly decent, with the exception of the rear, where the bed can hide entire cars. Fortunately, the Ranger has the option of blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert help to counter this.

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater
  • Front Leg Room 43.1 in
  • Front Head Room 41.0 in
  • Rear Leg Room 30.4 in
  • Rear Head Room 35.9 in

Interior Colors and Materials

The base model XL features plain black cloth upholstery and a multitude of hard plastics as standard. Ebony vinyl or cloth are available to improve the ambiance, while mid-range XLT models have access to Medium Stone cloth and slightly more pleasant contrasting silver plastics. The top Lariat trim can be had exclusively with leather upholstery, in your choice of Ebony or Medium Stone colorings, and features a more upmarket gloss fascia on the dash, while the steering wheel gets anthracite accents. A stone-colored fabric headlining features across the range.

Ranger Trunk and Cargo Space

The Ranger's cargo space is fairly impressive, even if you have the crew cab and its shorter five-foot bed. This smaller bed holds 43.3 cubic feet, but with the tailgate down, you can load a pair of dirt bikes on the back with relative ease. The longer bed on the extended cab is obviously even more capacious, making camping trips and adventure holidays a breeze. Payload varies between 1,560 lbs and 2,080 lbs with the pickup box deleted.

In the cabin, the Ranger isn't quite as accommodating. Space under the rear bench seat is minimal, and the center console and door cards are small compared to others in the segment. There is space for four drinks, however, thanks to a quartet of cupholders split between the front and the back.

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Ranger Infotainment and Features

Features

The Ranger XL is fairly sparse and will likely be used as a workhorse more than as a leisure vehicle. The cabin features air-conditioning, but it's not of the dual-zone variety. Auto headlights are standard as is a rearview camera, with cruise control also available. Power mirrors, blind-spot monitoring, and lane-keep assist are optional, with forward-collision warning and autonomous emergency braking standard. Higher up the range, you can get dual-zone climate control on the XLT and Lariat, heated front seats, power-folding mirrors, remote start, park sensors, LED headlights and taillights and adaptive cruise control. 110V power outlets, a sliding rear window, power-adjustable front seats, and keyless entry are also available, but even the top trim, which starts at over $32,000, expects additional payment for auto wipers.

Infotainment

The base model Ranger has a tiny screen controlling infotainment and displaying the images from the backup camera, making it almost illegible while driving. It only has four speakers, with two more optional, and plays AM & FM while supporting Wi-Fi and a single USB connection. A bigger screen is available too. The XLT and Lariat are better equipped here, both coming with Ford's lauded Sync 3 infotainment system. This utilizes an eight-inch touchscreen and supports SiriusXM satellite radio and smartphone integration through Apple and Android proprietary interfaces. Navigation is also available, and if you're really feeling fancy, you can spec a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.

Ranger Problems and Reliability

J.D. Power rates the Ranger 79 out of 1000 for quality and reliability, and the NHTSA has not announced any recalls thus far for the 2020 model. However, 2019's Ranger didn't fare quite so well, with five recalls, the most recent of which was towards the end of November 2019 for intermittently inoperative taillights. Other recalls included a failing blower motor, improperly assembled front seatbelts, and faults with the shifter. In one case, the Ranger would unintentionally shift out of park without the brake being applied.

In terms of coverage, Ford offers a limited three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. However, most rivals also offer complimentary scheduled maintenance, which the Ranger does not.

Warranty

  • Basic:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles

Ranger Safety

The NHTSA has not yet reviewed the 2020 Ford Ranger, although the 2019 model managed four stars out of a possible five. The IIHS, on the other hand, has rated the crew cab variant and awarded it their best overall evaluation score of Good.

Key Safety Features

The Ranger comes standard with a rearview camera, forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, even on the base model. You can upgrade to pedestrian detection here too, as well as add blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist. The XLT model has access to adaptive cruise control, as well as front parking sensors, while rear park sensors are standard. The Ranger also has six airbags as standard across the lineup, with forward and side airbags included along with curtain rollover airbags. Auto high beams and trailer tow monitoring are also available.

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2020 Ford Ranger a Good Pickup?

While others may be more luxurious and offer more drivetrain options, the new Ranger is not particularly bad in any way. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost is an admirable powerplant, making town and freeway driving a breeze. Available off-road accessories bolster the Ranger's rugged ability, and its standard driver aids and safety features are impressive for this segment. However, those accustomed to a more comfortable way of life in their pickups will find the base model a little spartan and the top model a little expensive when you compare what the same money can get you. The Ranger, then, is not inherently bad, but it was clearly never originally designed with the American market in mind, and it shows. The medium-sized cupholders are one obvious clue. That said, if you stick with a base model, the Ranger is quick, pretty comfortable, and highly capable, with outstanding towing capacity to boot.

🚘What's the Price of the 2020 Ford Ranger Truck?

The 2020 Ford Ranger extended cab starts at a base price of $24,410 for the entry-level XL model. However, all pricing excludes the $1,195 destination charge and $645 worth of acquisition fees. Other taxes, charges, or incentives may be applicable. The mid-range XLT goes on sale for $28,460, while the top-spec Lariat is a meaty $32,500. All these prices apply to 4x2 RWD models, with 4WD adding $4,160 to the base Ford Ranger's price, and $4,000 to the XLT and Lariat's starting prices. If you spec a Crew Cab, expect to pay $2,400 more on an XL and $2,175 more on each of the other models. Fully-loaded with options and packages, the Lariat can easily exceed $45,000, so be careful with the options.

2020 Ford Ranger Models

The Ranger lineup is comprised of three models: XL, XLT and Lariat.

The XL features a plain black cloth interior, a four-speaker AM/FM radio with Wi-Fi, and 16-inch steel wheels. The bumpers are unpainted black plastic, and inside, the cabin sports single-zone air conditioning and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Forward-collision warning with auto emergency braking is also included.

The XLT is a more upmarket vehicle, with 17-inch alloy wheels, upgraded cloth upholstery, a Sync 3 touchscreen infotainment, and rear parking sensors. It also features the XL's optional cruise control and six-speaker sound system, as well as blind-spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and pedestrian detection. Dual-zone climate control is also added. The bumpers on this model are body-colored, with the front featuring fog lights too.

The top Lariat model earns 18-inch alloys, body-colored wing mirrors, leather upholstery, LED headlights and taillights with LED DRLs and fogs, and a unique chrome grille. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with heating and power-folding mirrors are standard here, with auto wipers and a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system among the available options.

All Ford Ranger models feature a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-pot as standard with a ten-speed automatic gearbox. RWD is the default option with 4WD available on all three variants.

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Additional Packages

The base XL can be had with the 101A package for more convenience. This package costs $1,135 and adds cruise control, power mirrors and keyless entry. You can also spec the FX2 package for $595, adding off-road suspension, off-road tires, and an electronic locking rear differential. The XLT's 302A package is worth a look in the mid-range, with eight-way power heated front seats, a manually sliding rear window, and remote start for $2,450. If you opt for the Lariat, the $2,005 501A package adds adaptive cruise control, navigation, rain-sensing wipers, remote start, and - if you spec a crew cab - a B&O sound system with ten speakers and HD Radio. There is no option to equip new Ford Ranger trucks with dually wheels, but there are some kits available on the open market.

🚗What Ford Ranger Model Should I Buy?

The entire Ranger offering is powered by the same engine, with the same gearbox and drivetrains available. Cab choices are also open to each model, so we'd go for an XL with a crew cab and five-foot bed. Unless you intend to do serious off-roading or live in an ill-tempered climate, stick with 4x2. We'd spend an additional $1,760 over the starting price of the new Ford Ranger to unlock blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, and cruise control. We'd also add the trailer tow package for $495, thus unlocking ultimate hauling ability. Add another $995 for the STX appearance package with its alloy wheels, and you've got a handsome and capable pickup for just over $30,000.

2020 Ford Ranger Comparisons

Chevrolet Colorado Chevrolet
Toyota Tacoma CarBuzz
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Ford Ranger270 hp19/18 mpg$24,110
Chevrolet Colorado 200 hp20/26 mpg$21,300
Toyota Tacoma 159 hp20/23 mpg$26,050

2020 Ford Ranger vs Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevy Colorado is a more familiar midsize pickup in the States, and has proven to be a reliable and trustworthy steed. It's capable of towing more than the Ranger if you spec the turbocharged diesel powerplant, which ups capacity to 7,700 lbs - 200 more than the Ranger's maximum. However, that means you have to pay more, whereas the Ranger is standard across its offering with a 270 hp four-pot turbo, an engine which has been proven to be among the reviewmost effervescent in its class. On the plus side, the Colorado starts at $21,300, almost $3,000 less than the Ranger truck. The base model is almost as economical, with the 2.5-liter four-pot returning an average of 22 mpg compared to the Ranger's 23. As a cheap workhorse runaround, the Colorado is comfortable and capable enough, and the price difference swings our favor in its direction.

See Chevrolet Colorado Review

2020 Ford Ranger vs Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma is a pricier offering in base form than the Ranger, starting at over $26,000. That doesn't mean more power, however, with the base model only producing a paltry 159 hp from its 2.7-liter inline-four. Torque is similarly low, with only 180 lb-ft compared to the Ranger's 310. On the plus side, amenities like adaptive cruise control are standard in the Toyota, but you pay with rear legroom in the crew cab, which the Ranger has more of. The Tacoma will likely be easier to live with, though, offering better interior storage and even more off-road ability. You can also have it with a manual gearbox. It also has a standard infotainment system with a larger screen that is easier to use than the Ranger's very basic setup. Overall, the Ranger can tow more and is a better workhorse, but the Tacoma will be more capable off-road and offer more features - assuming you're willing to pay for them.

See Toyota Tacoma Review

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