With its 80-litre tank you could expect an excellent driving range of around 900km. The 4x2 range starts with the XL which is available as a single cab cab-chassis ($27,390) or single cab ute ($28,390) with the 2.2-litre TDCi four cylinder turbo-diesel and six-speed manual gearbox. Fortunately, the key figures in relation to load carrying and towing are pretty easy to understand, starting with the lowest-priced Ranger in the fleet. Bargain hunters would be better off looking at a Mitsubishi Triton, Holden Colorado or an Isuzu D-Max, but luckily for Ford (and Toyota) it’s not bargain hunters that dominate the ute market. The XLT gets 17-inch alloy wheels. © 2021 Carsguide Autotrader Media Solutions Pty Ltd. All rights reserved. (XL Hi-Rider model shown). When stepping up to the 4x2 Hi-Rider and 4x4 variants, they all offer 3200kg GVM. (XLT model shown). Solid marketing helps, as does the simple fact the Ranger is a damned good new ute that’s ridiculously easy to drive. Learn more about Price, Engine Type, MPG, and complete safety and warranty information. Plus a higher 6000kg GCM to go with it. Power evaluated a Ford Ranger Lariat SuperCrew equipped with Package 501A, the Chrome Appearance Package, the Trailering Package, a spray-in bedliner, and chrome running boards. It’s a 3.2-litre five-pot turbo-diesel, though it doesn’t feel particularly unbalanced by its odd cylinder count, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission with manual mode. 2018 Ford Ranger Reviews and Model Information. Both engines – the 2.2-litre four cylinder and 3.2-litre five cylinder – are excellent turbo-diesels, that are matched with manual or automatic transmissions and final drive ratios tailored to get the best out of these engines, either when running empty or loaded to the gunwales. Our database has the answer, Everything you need to know to keep you and your family as safe as possible, Helpful advice before you finance your next car, Tips for getting the right insurance and how to make a claim, Everything you need to know when sizing up your new car. Ford brought back the Ranger name with a redesigned compact truck that combines modern elements with some primitive execution. Yes, the Ford Ranger is a good truck. Next rung is the XLS, which is designed to bridge the gap between XL and XLT with some practical and appealing additions. The Ford Ranger is … You can also personalise Rangers with an impressive array of factory-approved accessories. It offers a formidable combination of good looks, excellent steering, braking, ride quality and load-carrying ability, five star safety and a wide choice of different engine, transmission, body and model grade combinations designed to suit every budget and user requirement. Review: 2018 Ford Ranger Raptor Ford’s Ranger Raptor is now the flagship for the long running and very successful, Australian-designed Ranger. There’s also the extra cost option of an extended warranty for an extra three years/200,000km. In pure workhorse terms, that’s a very practical and impressive combination of payload and towing capacities. We've listed all relevant models here. The price came to $43,975, including the $1,195 destination charge. Sure, it will give you a kick in the back over bumps when empty or lightly loaded (particularly the cab-chassis variants when fitted with an aluminium tray) but that is unavoidable given the sprung-to-unsprung weight ratio designed to carry heavy loads. The 3.5t tow-rating is par. People using them as tools of trade spend more time at the wheel than most other road users. This was an intentional "down-sizing" from an F-150 FX4 to the new Ranger FX4 and it is smaller. The Colorado's VM Motori engine may be more potent and the D-Max's truck unit more relaxed, but both are way more clattery. All 4x4 models also get the locking rear diff in the part-time, dual-range transmission which features 2.717:1 low range reduction and shift-on-the-fly engagement. Hopefully, reach adjustment for the steering wheel and AEB will be included in the next Ranger which will make a great truck even better. Compared to the Ford, the RAV4 has more cargo space, a longer list of standard safety features, and slightly better mpg estimates. Once you understand that, it’s easy to (roughly) calculate what driving range you can expect from a tank of fuel. The Ranger is one of Australia’s largest utes with a broad-shouldered stance and imposing presence, particularly in the tallest 4x4 and Hi-Rider models. (XLT model shown). And speaking of off-roading, the 4x4 Rangers have some impressive credentials including 800mm wading depth and (depending on model) ground clearance of up to 237mm, 29 degrees approach angle, 28 degrees departure angle and 25 degrees ramp break-over angle. The Ranger has been available on the US market for nearly three decades. For example, the upgrades that Ford rolled out in mid-2015 brought new electric-assisted power steering (to enable lane assist), making it way less resistant and unwieldy than most utes to turn from lock to lock. Why else is the Ranger so popular? The tub measures 1549mm long at base, 511mm high at the sides, 1139mm between the arches and 1330mm wide at the tailgate. Even so, the Ranger’s success in toppling Toyota in 4x4 sales alone shows that Ford has hit a real sweet spot with Aussie buyers, particularly in the highly competitive dual cab ute segment which caters for both private and commercial customers. We can’t claim to have road tested every 2018 Ranger model, but figures achieved during our ‘real world’ testing of several variants - taken from fuel bowser and trip meter readings - provide some reality checks against official figures achieved in ideal lab conditions. Ford is evidently in talks with the UAW to bring manufacturing of the Ford Ranger … This loping, low-stressed unit has proven to be a hit with those that need to regularly carry or tow big loads. There may also be some level of patriotism involved, since it was Ford Australia’s engineers and designers in Victoria that created the Ranger for more than 100 markets worldwide. On top of this, there’s some pretty extensive noise insulation in the firewall and floorpan, because the lack of diesel rattle and clatter, and tyre/wind roar, is right at the pointy end of the class. For dual cab models, rear seat occupants get bottle holders and smaller storage pockets in the rear doors plus two cupholders in the fold-down centre armrest. It’s won its fair share of comparison tests we’ve run before this review. It’s quiet, refined and easy to drive like an SUV, this Ranger... From an off-roading perspective, there’s a switch-operated system whereby you can change from standard 2H rear-wheel drive to 4H or 4L (low range) on the fly. Wondering how much air to put in your tyres? Some people have done 200,000km-plus without too much fuss, while others have not. Find out more at WhichCar. The FX4 Special Edition, which is basically a dress-up pack for the XLT, is only available as a dual cab ute ($58,915 man/$61,115 auto). Top rung on the 4x2 ladder is the XLT Hi-Rider, which brings added luxury features, lots of chrome and the larger 3.2-litre TDCi five cylinder turbo-diesel. We’ll start with the 4x2 buyer who is typically a commercial user, so most of the model grades and body/engine/transmission/suspension combinations are aimed at delivering the hardest working capability at the lowest cost. Later down the road, their rivals proved that this was wrong so it now seems a new Ranger … While most new pick-ups want to give an illusion of being a true alternative to a big SUV, the Ford Ranger is unashamedly a pick-up truck. The auto has overdrive on fifth and sixth gears for the same benefit, plus a manual sequential shift mode which can be most handy when hauling big loads, particularly in hilly terrain. The one side point is that while the Ranger is wider than a Triton, the VW is wider still to offer more shoulder room – something its lack of side airbags undoes. It makes 147kW of power at 3000rpm and 470Nm of torque (30Nm less than a Colorado) between 1750 and 2500rpm, and uses a claimed 8.7L/100km that, with the 80L tank, gives you a theoretical range of about 900km. For example, our recent test of an XL single cab cab-chassis 4x2 Hi-Rider with aluminium tray and 2.2-litre/manual resulted in 9.0L/100km, as compared to the dash readout of 8.2 and Ford’s official combined figure of 6.8. We often talk about how utes are increasingly becoming second family cars, and nothing embodies this better than the Ranger. The 4x4 range starts with the base level XL in either single cab cab-chassis ($38,790 man only), dual cab-chassis ($43,290 man/$45,490 auto) or dual cab ute ($44,290 man/$45,890 auto). In the process it knocked off its arch rival for the first time, the Toyota Hilux, even though Toyota shifted more Hiluxes overall thanks to its long established strength in 4x2 sales, mainly to commercial fleets. Ford ’s marketeers will probably still try to convince … Once the Ford Ranger Raptor arrives later this year, the Wildtrak will be bumped from the top spot of the Blue Oval's hierarchy. (XLT model shown), For dual cab models, rear seat occupants get two cupholders in the fold-down centre armrest. Detailed advice for you - the tradie - on what car is right for you and your job, Looking for an answer? All Rangers share a maximum five-star ANCAP crash safety rating following assessment in September, 2015. Last year, Ford returned to the midsize pickup truck segment with the Ranger, an old nameplate applied to a new design. In other words, Ford’s days of being reliant on the Australia-made Falcon are long gone, but the Australian-developed Ranger has simply stepped into the breach. The tray’s galvanised front mudguards rubbed on the rear tyres under heavy loads and were clearly in the wrong position. (XLT model shown). Up front in the Ranger you'll find a base menu of cabin storage options like a single glovebox and centre console with a front storage cubby. The only indication that the cabin belongs to a truck rather than an SUV is the copious use of low-grade plastics pretty much everywhere – easy to clean but about as luxurious as a kitchen with linoleum floors, and well below the quality feel of those in the Nissan Navara, for one example – and the lack of telescopic steering column adjustment. For extreme off-road conditions, automatic models have a 42.3:1 crawler gear, while those with manual transmissions have an even lower 52.5:1 crawl ratio. Trim levels range from the stripped-down XL to the spruced-up Lariat, and there are two body styles and two bed lengths to consider. Body choice is restricted to super cab ute ($46,690 auto only) and dual cab ute ($46,490 man/$48,690 auto). Our automotive experts are here to help, If you're wondering, we've probably got the answer. Original review: May 15, 2018. The Ford Ranger XLT is now the second most popular new vehicle in Australia, behind only the Toyota HiLux. All 4x2 Hi-Rider models are also equipped with an electronic locking rear differential which can be most handy when traction is compromised, particularly when towing (off a slimy boat ramp for example). Did you know that the Ford Ranger now accounts for more than 50 per cent of the Blue Oval brand’s total sales in Australia? The XL Hi-Rider comes in a choice of single cab cab-chassis ($30,890 man/$33,090 auto), super (extended) cab cab-chassis ($33,240 man only), dual cab cab-chassis ($37,590 auto only) and dual cab ute ($36,390 man/$38,590 auto) body styles. No matter which variant you choose, they all share the same rugged steel ladder-frame chassis, expansive 3220mm wheelbase, sure-footed 1560mm track, 1977mm width, electrically power-assisted steering, front disc/rear drum brakes and 80-litre fuel tank. Power … Joshua Dowling road tests and reviews the Holden Colorado with specs, fuel consumption and verdict at its Australian launch. We’ve completed several extended road tests at or near GVM with both engines and transmissions and never found any wanting for performance or efficiency, when performing the duties they are primarily designed to perform. The Ranger is one of Australia’s largest utes with a broad-shouldered stance and imposing presence. The Ford Ranger has been updated for 2019 with a more powerful engine option, more safety and convenience gear, and Ford… You also get climate control that is more than sufficient to handle an Australian summer (we’ve tried it, trust us), a rear-view camera, parking sensors at both ends, and automatic headlights. These vehicles may be manufactured in Thailand because it’s cheaper to build them there, but the design and engineering is proudly Australian. There are only two engines to choose from and logically the smallest, the 2.2-litre TDCi four cylinder turbo-diesel, is only available in the base model XL range. Ford has done an impressive job in the redesign and enlarging of the "Ranger", they have … It's easy to see why it's so dominant in the booming 4x4 dual-cab ute market. The manual features overdrive on sixth gear to improve highway fuel economy. It has a powerful engine, handles well, and gets good gas mileage. All Rangers have an intangible ‘Aussie Ford’ feel behind the wheel with a lineage that can be traced to the Falcon and Territory. Overall lengths vary from 5113mm in the XL single cab cab-chassis to 5426mm for the dual cab Wildtrak, along with turning circles from 11.9 metres in the base models up to 12.7 metres in the more meaty-tyred off-roaders. In fact, this workhorse is now Australia’s second most popular new vehicle of any type, behind only the Toyota HiLux yet ahead of the Corolla. The Ranger offers a choice of two drivetrains – 4x2 or 4x4 – and five model grades comprising XL, XL Plus, XLS, XLT and Wildtrak (for detailed model descriptions see Snapshots). Next up is the XL 4x4 with the larger 3.2-litre TDCi five cylinder turbo-diesel, available in single cab cab-chassis ($41,290 man/$43,790 auto), super cab cab-chassis ($43,790 man/$46.265 auto), super cab ute ($44,790 man only), dual cab cab-chassis ($45,790 man/$47,990 auto) and dual cab ute ($46,790 man/$48,990 auto). In the process it knocked off its arch rival for the first time, the Toyota Hilux, even though Toyota shifted more Hiluxes … Yet we’d add that Ford is always happy to do deals on the Ranger, such is its need to shift stock now that supply is good. Detailed advice for you - the tradie - on what car is right for you and your job. The 2018 Toyota RAV4 is an OK compact SUV. Unless otherwise stated, all prices are shown as Manufacturer's Location. The latest and future car tech from around the world, We're here to help you with any car issues. Looking for tips on how to carry or travel with your family? The Ranger is a tough customer when you need it to be and a smooth operator when it matters most. This year, the 2020 Ranger earns an award for quality in the annual J.D. It also has a 3.5-tonne braked trailer tow rating to match other class leaders, though the GCM is six tonnes. So always take factory-supplied figures with a large grain of salt because in our experience they are typically around 2.0-3.0L/100km less than the vehicle typically achieves in the real world. (XLT model shown). These start at just 6.5L/100km in the 4x2 XL single cab cab-chassis (2.2-litre/manual) up to a peak of 10.0L/100km in the 4x4 XL Plus (3.2-litre/auto). Just be aware that a number of these ‘genuine accessories’ are supplier-branded items that are not manufactured or warranted by Ford. The Raptor is the brainchild of Ford Performance, their racing … We also tested an XLT dual cab ute with 3.2-litre/auto and achieved 12.2, which compared to 11.7 on the dash readout and a straw-sipping official figure of only 8.7L/100km. Again the only engine available is the 2.2-litre. Our test model features the six-speed automatic gearbox option that the majority of buyers want, taking the RRP to $57,690 before on-road costs, $1300 more than the HiLux SR5. There’s also a 230V inverter (power point) behind the console and a 12V socket for a phone adaptor, though we’d like to see air vents. Model Tested. The frame looks the same from 20 feet away, the Ranger chief … Our tester also came with the optional leather seats that cost $1600 more. Recommended List Price (MRLP) inclusive of GST, exclusive of options and on road costs. So who’s responsible – Ford or the tray supplier? How To, off-road tips and adventure travel destinations, Not just utes. However, if you wanted to tow the maximum 3500kg of braked trailer, you would have to reduce that 1085kg payload by a whopping 700kg to avoid exceeding the 6000kg GCM. Top rung of the Ranger ladder is the Wildtrak, offering a unique blend of interior and exterior appointments to justify its premium pricing. One of the great things about the Ranger in this current-generation form is how simple it is to drive around town. Fortunately, for most Ranger owners a towing capacity of up to 3000kg is more than enough, ensuring a sensible payload reserve. 2019 Ford Ranger pricing starts at $24,300, not including $1,095 for destination, for an XL SuperCab 4x2. We’ve driven a lot of Ranger variants and the core values remain consistent across the fleet. It has been a while since this writer has spent time with a Ranger, and it didn’t take long to remind me of why it’s so enduringly popular. Ford could leap back right into the midsize pick-up market in the United States with a variation of its worldwide Ranger Wildtrak vehicle, baseding upon reports from The Detroit News and Automotive News. Based on 627 car listings in the last 6 months. For this review, J.D. And the closer you get to peak GVM, the smoother and more compliant the ride becomes, just as it’s designed to do. 26 Feb 2018 • 2 min read The XL is the entry point for the 2018 Ford Ranger range. It's easy to see why it's so dominant in the booming 4x4 dual-cab ute market. Ford Ranger Raptor 2018 review. Indeed, the money-spinning Ranger 4x4 line-up has actually outsold the mighty HiLux 4x4 family this year, with the Toyota only the overall number one because its 4x2 entry models continue to dominate at the sub-$25,000 pricing point. Looks certainly play a part. Family focused reviews and advice for everything family car related. The next step-up, literally, in the 4x2 range is the XL 'Hi-Rider'. Click on the gallery tab for more images by Jayden Ostwald. Of course, five-star scores for utes are the norm now – even the Chinese LDV T60 managed the feat a few weeks ago. Given the diversity of the Ranger fleet, Ford claims a broad spread of combined fuel consumption figures. And that would only leave 385kg of payload, about 300-350kg of which would be used up by the tow-ball download alone with barely enough left for a driver. 2018 Ford Escape Versus the Competition Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Escape or 2018 Toyota RAV4? Ford Ranger XLT Bi-Turbo 2018 Review Blue Oval redefines its top-selling model for 2019. They all share the same electrically power-assisted, variable ratio steering (although reach adjustment on the steering wheel like the HiLux would be nice) which can be turned by a fingertip at parking speeds but becomes increasingly firm and responsive as road speeds increase. Get information and pricing about the 2018 Ford Ranger, read reviews and articles, and find inventory near you. For example the XLS dual cab ute with 3.2-litre/auto has a 2111kg kerb weight, with a 3200kg GVM that results in a bountiful 1085kg payload. A week in a Wildtrak (3.2-litre/auto) produced a slightly better 11.5, which was very close to the dash readout’s 11.3 but well outside the 8.9 official combined figure. The Only 2019 Ford Ranger Review That Matters Real-world experience in the hands of an expert who drives the Ranger off-road every single day Driving the Ranger here in Montana (Photo: JJ … According to the spec sheet, the Ranger XLT’s payload is a good 1095kg, giving it a GVM of 3.2 tonnes. Our car’s plastic bed liner with 12V socket and tie-downs is standard fit in this spec. There are also storage pockets on the rear of each front seat. We’ve come a long way. There are so many variants, in fact, that some potential LCV buyers may not be aware of them all, so we thought it timely to have a closer look at the entire range of Ford Rangers in 2018. It’s hard to find fault in the overall driving experience aboard a Ranger. When you step-up to the 4x2 Hi-Rider and 4x4 variants, regardless of model grade, body type, engine or transmission, they all offer a higher 3200kg GVM and one tonne increase in maximum braked towing capacity to 3500kg. (XLT model shown). This midsize pickup truck offers seating for up to five passengers on its … Roadside assist is standard. Ford's new performance pick-up truck, the 210bhp diesel-powered Ranger Raptor, is coming to the UK. Reliability Research After a hiatus from 2012-2018, the fourth generation of Ford Ranger was introduced for the 2019 model year. It’s no surprise the Ranger is doing so well in Australia. 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