The ambiance of the Ranger depends on the trim. In base models, you get cloth or vinyl upholstery, while top-spec models come with genuine leather. Unfortunately, there is one thing they all have in common: Hard plastics throughout the interior. Unfortunately, this is one thing Ford didn't focus on while preparing the Ranger for America. The base model is particularly bleak. Its infotainment screen is tiny, and its interior is fifty shades of gray. Equipment levels are adequate on the XLT and Lariat trims, however. The Ranger may not be as car-like as its rivals in this department, but it does at least feel as if it will last a long time.
The SuperCab and SuperCrew fit four and five people, respectively. The seats are nothing special, but they do provide ample support. The cabin feels big for a mid-size pickup, and all but the tallest passengers should be able to sit comfortably on extended journeys. Legroom is acceptable on both SuperCrew and SuperCab models. Front legroom in the SuperCab is 43.1 inches, while rear legroom is 30.4 inches. The SuperCrew has the same front legroom as the SuperCab, but the rear legroom is increased to 34.5 inches. Headroom in the front is the same for both models (39.8 inches), while rear headroom in the SuperCab is 35.9 inches, and 38.3 in the SuperCrew.
Visibility is good, but the bed has a tendency to block smaller cars. Luckily, the Ranger can be equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist, which is a must if you want to daily a Ranger in the city.
|Ford Ranger Trims||XL||XLT||LARIAT|
|Headroom Front Seat||41 in.||41 in.||41 in.|
|Headroom Back Seat||35.9 in.||35.9 in.||35.9 in.|
|Legroom Front Seat||43.1 in.||43.1 in.||43.1 in.|
|Legroom Back Seat||30.4 in.||30.4 in.||30.4 in.|
|Shoulder Room Front||56.6 in.||56.6 in.||56.6 in.|
|Shoulder Room Rear||55.2 in.||55.2 in.||55.2 in.|
|Hip Room, Front||55.8 in.||55.8 in.||55.8 in.|
|Hip Room, Rear||53.5 in.||53.5 in.||53.5 in.|
The base XL has Ebony cloth as standard. More practical vinyl upholstery or more comfortable premium cloth seats are available for this model. The XLT comes standard with premium cloth in either Ebony or a lighter Medium Stone. The Lariat comes with a full leather interior, also in Ebony or Medium Stone. The Lariat also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.
The new Ranger is a practical option, even if you opt for the SuperCrew with the smaller, five-foot bed. The bed on this particular model is suitable for 43.3 cubic feet. You can load a pair of dirt bikes if you fold the tailgate down. The longer six-foot bed offers more practicality (51.8 cubes) and is the model to go for if you're after a workhorse rather than a leisure vehicle. Whichever model you choose, the Ranger has enough space for the adventurous. The SuperCab 4x2 has the best payload figure of 1,905 lbs.
The Ranger's cabin is on the small side, so packing space is limited. The center console and door cards are on the small side, but you do at least get cupholders for four people.
|Ford Ranger Trims||XL||XLT||LARIAT|
|Box Length (Floor)||60 in.||60 in.||60 in.|
|Box Width (Floor)||61.4 in.||61.4 in.||61.4 in.|
|Box Width (Top, Rear)||61.4 in.||61.4 in.||61.4 in.|
|Box Width (Wheelhousings)||44.8 in.||44.8 in.||44.8 in.|
|Box Height (Area)||20.8 in.||20.8 in.||20.8 in.|
|Cargo Box Volume||20.8 cu. ft.||20.8 cu. ft.||20.8 cu. ft.|
The Ranger XL is obviously a workhorse, but Ford has made it easier to kit it out with the basic necessities. There's an STX Special Edition package (a total outlay of $3,225 is required on the base SuperCab), which adds features like dual-zone automatic climate control.
Standard features on the base model include auto headlights, a rearview camera, an eight-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, and a 2.3-inch productivity screen. On the safety side, forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking are standard. Blind-spot monitoring and lane-keep assist are optional. The XLT adds dual-zone climate control and Ford's Co-Pilot 360 safety technology. The top-spec Lariat adds leather bucket seats with power adjustment and heating.
The base XL comes with a tiny 3.5-inch infotainment screen surrounded by quick access buttons. It's okay, but once you use the rearview camera, you realize how hopeless it is. It's equipped with four speakers, but you can upgrade it to a six-speaker system. At least even this model enjoys a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, a USB port, and Bluetooth connectivity.
The XLT and Lariat have an eight-inch touchscreen interface, which not only looks better but is easier to operate as well. It runs the Ford SYNC3 operating system, which is a generation behind the latest Ford products. Even so, it still supports Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SiriusXM. At this level, the sound system gains an additional two speakers and another USB port is added as well.
Navigation is available as an optional extra, as is a ten-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. These features are standard on the Lariat SuperCrew.