The midsize pickup is a smart choice for those who don’t need a full-size truck.
In its third year of production, the 2021 Ranger successfully fills the midsize void in the Ford truck lineup created when the last version was discontinued. Although the full-size F-150 is the best-selling truck in America, the Ranger is a good choice for those who do not need something that big, especially if they spend much time in urban traffic.
The Ranger is a good looking truck with an upright stance that makes it looks larger than it actually is. It can be ordered in two-plus-door SuperCab or four-door SuperCrew cabs, with a five or six foot bed, and the choice of rear- or four-wheel-drive. The punchy standard turbocharged 2.3-liter engine delivers plenty of power that is efficiently handled through 10-speed automatic transmission. Interior room is good and practically every advanced automotive technology is available on the upper trim levels.
Despite its smaller size, the Ranger is a real workhorse. It can carry up to 1,860 pounds, and any version can tow up to 7,500 pounds with the available towing package.
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