A classic truck returns with the rise of the can-do-it-myself spirit.

The Ford Ranger is a classic Ford truck. There was a time it seemed like the Ford Ranger was everywhere. When trucks and SUVs started losing popularity Ford stopped production of the Ranger in 2011.

With the return of many people’s can-do-it-myself spirit, the Ford Ranger is hitting the market again starting with the 2019 model year.

There really has been a resurgence of trucks and SUVs. Drivers even want their small cars to be crossovers so they have better utility. While car-sharing had increased in popularity, you see those companies starting to fail and pull out of major metropolitan cities. One such example is Car2Go.

Car and ride-sharing services don’t help bring home those 2x4s to work on your basement renovation project. They make buying that new flat-screen television or any other spur of the moment and larger sized purchase more complicated. Delivery isn’t always free, and buying something now and obtaining it in a week doesn’t work for everyone.

The return to self-reliance has stirred greater interest in pickup trucks. Both small and large. It was only a matter of time until we saw the Ford Ranger again.

The Ford Ranger is a classic Ford truck. There was a time it seemed like the Ford Ranger was everywhere.

The 2019 Ford Ranger

The 2019 is the next generation after the 2011 Ford Ranger, but is built on the same platform. It looks still make it obvious that this truck is a Ford Ranger, but it doesn’t look dated despite the lack of platform overhaul. There is a complete overhaul scheduled for the 2022 model year.

Ford failing to seriously update the Ranger means that it can still be dated in some areas, but overall at this price point and design, all is not bad. It’s not a luxury vehicle and expectations should be in line with this.

Specs

There are six major variations of the Ranger offering different cabs, beds, and seating styles. In all, there are 12 different pickup configurations to choose from when taking into account engine and powertrain options.

With the low MSRP of $24,300, it’s not expensive to get into the Ranger. It may not be your first choice with all the bells and whistles, but it can definitely get you into the driver’s seat.

All Rangers come with the Ford 2.3L Inline 4-cylinder Turbo with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With a starting price point of $24,300 it’s a shame there’s not a manual transmission option. The Ford Ranger was classically rear-wheel drive but is also available in front-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive.

The exterior styling is nice with a variety of modern color options. The interior is decent. The infotainment features are a bit dated, but those should be updated with the 2022 model. The cabin storage is not excellent, but that’s to be expected for a truck of this size.

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Reviews

Expert reviews don’t give the 2019 Ford Ranger excellent ratings. The drive gets a 6.8/10 from Edmunds. Complaints are that the ride can be rough covering rough road surfaces. Generally, these vehicles will have a stiffer suspension and a bit rougher of a ride is to be expected.

Additional complaints related to lesser off-road capabilities compared to members of its class, but the Ford Ranger was never really a hardcore off-road vehicle. It was a smaller utility-style truck suitable for contractors, home handymen, those who wished to have some towing and some off-road capability.

With the low MSRP of $24,300, it’s not expensive to get into the Ranger.

Drivers rate the 2019 Ford Ranger a solid 4.3/5. These drivers specifically point out that they were looking for a smaller truck, so it’s likely the expert noted flaws are concessions drivers are willing to make.

The Drivers who reviewed the truck were very aware of what they were buying and expected exactly what they paid for.

It’s not a luxury vehicle and expectations should be in line with this.

Overall the 2019 Ford Ranger is a well priced, smaller-sized truck that will fit in a garage. It comes with lots of different variations and configurations that allow drivers to get into the truck at a low price point.

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