Tow Car Awards 2021: Pick-up

If you’re looking for a great tow car that will also be enjoyable to drive solo, you need one of our 2021 Tow Car Awards winners. Here we look at the best pick-up truck...

WINNER: Pick-up

Ford Ranger 2.0 EcoBlue 213PS Wildtrak

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Kerbweight 2234kg 85% match 1899kg Max towing weight 3500kg Towball limit 225kg

Pick-up trucks like the Ford Ranger are commercial vehicles first and foremost, but favourable tax rates for business users can make them a financially attractive alternative to a big 4x4. Of the four pick-ups tested this year, it's the Ranger we'd recommend.

Having the most powerful engine of the four certainly helps. The Ranger's  2.0-litre diesel unit has 369lb ft of torque, which is enough to pull a heavy luxury tourer with ease. The 30-60mph sprint took 12sec, the quickest of our pick-up quartet.

Ford Ranger towing a caravan - side

Let's be clear, none of the pick-ups feel as stable at speed as the best SUVs. However, the Ranger is better than its rivals, with some side-to-side movements at 60mph and above, but nothing that couldn't be easily corrected. In the lane-change test, comparatively sharp and accurate steering helped the Ranger stay on course.

The Ranger feels more car-like than its competitors. In fact it's surprisingly enjoyable to drive, with nimble handling and reasonable ride comfort for a vehicle with suspension designed to cope with payloads of more than a tonne.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 TDCi 200PS - interior

The Ranger's list of towing friendly features put a smile on the face of our hard-to-please practicality team, thanks to the huge load bed and full-size spare wheel.

What's more, the Ranger comes well equipped in Wildtrak spec. A DAB radio, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, a rear-view camera, leather upholstery, and 18in alloy wheels are all included in the price. However, Ford's three-year/60,000-mile warranty is shorter than the cover offered by most rival manufacturers. 

Also consider

2nd – Toyota Hilux 2.8 Invincible Auto

3rd – Ssangyong Musso Rhino LWB Auto

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