What Car? says...
The Ford Ranger is from the brand that builds the world’s best selling pick-up truck (the F-150), so you’d expect it to be good – and it is.
Indeed, the Ranger offers an impressive blend of comfort and good on-road dynamics, without sacrificing its working truck abilities. That's fortunate, because pick-up buyers now demand vehicles that are not only competent off-road workhorses but are also comfortable and pleasant to drive between jobs.
Don't worry if the many permutations of Ford Ranger are confusing. The next few pages of this review will help you decide which engine, body style and trim level is best for your needs. We'll also rate its performance, interior quality, practicality, running costs and more, and let you know how it compares in those areas with rival pick-ups.
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The Ranger wasn’t included in the 2022 What Car? Reliability Survey but Ford as a manufacturer did quite badly, placing 27th out of 32 car makers rated.
Fuel economy depends on the version of the Ranger you go for. Even so, you can expect more than 31mpg and CO2 levels of below 233g/km. With our chosen 2.0 Ecoblue 213 engine and in double-cab form, you’ll officially get almost 37mpg and 201g/km.
Yes. All Rangers come with all-wheel drive, which can be switched to rear-wheel drive. As an option (standard on the Wildtrak and Raptor versions), you can add locking differentials to help with very challenging terrain.
Our chosen Ranger trim is Wildtrak, which makes the pick-up truck easy to live with every day. It comes with front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera and leather heated seats.
While many manufacturers have stopped making pick-ups, the Ranger still has to face off against the Isuzu D-Max, Ssangyong Musso and Toyota Hilux. Even so, we think it comes out on top.