Ford Ranger review

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Introduction

What Car? says...

Pick-up trucks have long been big news in the USA, but few could have expected them to take hold over here in quite the way they have. The Ford Ranger has particularly captured the imagination of buyers on this side of the pond, consistently being the biggest selling pickup in the UK.

Trims range from workmanlike with steel wheels and lashings of black plastic to the performance-focused Raptor. The top models aren’t short of creature comforts, either – vital when even stalwarts like the Mitsubishi L200 and Toyota Hilux, not to mention newer arrivals like the Ssangyong Musso, all offer luxurious versions.

Even though these pickups have a fashionable image, they’re about much more than just about looking the part, and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. The Ranger has a hefty towing limit, can carry heavy loads with ease and is rather handy off-road, too. As an alternative to a large SUV, a Ranger could make sense – especially if you can benefit from the attractive company car tax rates of models with a maximum payload that exceeds 1000kg (which excludes Raptor trim, incidentally).

For those in search of a workhorse, the two-seat Regular Cab and four-seat Super Cab might tick the right boxes, but the more popular Double Cab is our favourite; its five-seat layout and four proper doors make it family-friendly, and it’s available in the widest range of trim levels. Don’t worry if the many permutations of Ranger are confusing; our in-depth review will help you to decide which engine, bodystyle and trim level are right for you.

And if you decide that a Ford Ranger or one of its pick-up rivals will fit neatly into your lifestyle, head on over to our New Car Buying pages to see how much we could save you – without any awkward haggling.

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