Midsize trucks are great for those who like the functionality of a pickup truck without the poor gas mileage and overwhelming size. These smaller vehicles are a great option for light-duty hauling and towing. Trailers and trunks don't always cut it, so buyers look to small trucks to offer the cargo space they need in a more affordable package. Small trucks are appealing for these reasons, and the 2021 Ford Ranger is a great example of why.
The Ford Ranger has been around for years now. Introduced in 1982, the Ranger came as an equally robust yet easier to maneuver alternative to the iconic F-150. It has continued to offer these benefits throughout the years. Despite its smaller size, the Ranger is still a highly capable model with a towing capacity of up to 7,500 lbs and highly capable off-road variants. We're excited to tell you all about why the new Ranger is so great, so let's take a look at everything it has to offer.
Every model of the 2021 Ford Ranger comes standard with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine producing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that delivers power without sacrificing fuel economy. The 2021 Ranger gets 22 miles per gallon in the city, and 20 on the highway, with a combined estimate of 24 miles per gallon. The Ranger comes in either 2-wheel drive or 4-wheel drive, with four-wheel disc brakes. This model is powerful enough to haul large items, and it can perform well in adverse weather conditions.
Some drivers may be interested in hauling trailers. The 2021 Ranger is capable of hauling trailers weighing up to 7,500 lbs, and it uses Trailer Sway Control to help prevent accidents by controlling any unwanted trailer swaying. If you load up the bed, then you can carry another 1,860 lbs. This level of performance is equal to some full-size trucks on the market.
The 2021 Ford Ranger comes with several safety options, including many driver-assist features. These features include Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Alert with Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, and Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning. Let's look closer at these before moving on. Blind Spot Assist helps by using radars to detect vehicles and objects hiding in the vehicle's blind zones.
Lane Keeping Alert and Assist will make sure the driver doesn't drift into other lanes by taking control and directing the driver back into their desired lane, preventing collisions. Lane Departure Warning works similarly by alerting drivers when they begin unintentionally leaving a lane, like when no turn signal is used. Finally, Tire Specific Low-Pressure Warning helps drivers by monitoring the tire pressure in each individual tire and alerting the occupants when a tire is low on air. This helps prevent blowouts and flats ahead of time.
The Ranger's Dynamic Hitch Assist Back-Up Camera helps keep drivers safe when pulling a trailer. This camera uses a black dotted line that helps the driver line up the hitch when hooking up a trailer. The information is displayed on the Ranger's touch screen. Dynamic Hitch Assist can prevent unintentional damage to the truck or trailer by making it easier to line up the hitch with the trailer. Additionally, the Forward/Reverse Sensing System automatically stops the truck when drivers get too close to something either in front of the vehicle or behind it. As long as there's nothing blocking the sensors, they will work well and are especially helpful in parking garages and tight spaces.
There are several tech options on the 2021 Ford Ranger. Most of these include entertainment features. The Ranger offers Ford's modern SYNC 3 system, which allows drivers to use Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 911 Assist, and AppLink, which is a way to control the vehicle from a cell phone. Thanks to this, drivers can use voice commands to control music, phone calls, navigation options, and much more. It's even possible to place food orders and access the news via SYNC's AppLink.
This model includes remote start, a 4G WiFi hotspot, smart device remote engine start, and power 1-touch windows. In addition to these technologies, the Ford ranger comes with SYNC 3 911 Assist Emergency SOS. This allows drivers to receive emergency assistance without needing to make a call. It's an automatic system that sends the location and accident details to a 911 dispatcher using a paired cell phone, ensuring that drivers receive the help that they need.
The 2021 Ford Ranger also includes FordPass, which is a subscription that offers controls, a payment portal, roadside assistance, and even rewards that build up over time. The control options are available via smartphone. From here, drivers can unlock their Ranger, start its engine, and schedule it to start at a specific time and day. The Roadside Assistance feature comes with winching, towing, fuel delivery, lock-out assistance, flat tire changes, battery jump starts, and even reimbursements for towing charges for those who don't know they're covered. Lastly, FordPass reward points can be spent on servicing, maintenance visits, and more.
In addition to these perks, being a FordPass member comes with special services. For example, FordPass includes Spiffy, which is an app that saves driver info and offers on-demand vehicle care. This app offers both exterior and interior cleaning and detailing services and is available in multiple cities and states. All these FordPass benefits will cover drivers for up to 5 years of 60,000 miles.
The 2021 Ford Ranger is the most appealing model yet. It comes in a wide variety of vivid colors, including four brand-new shades that include eye-catching Cyber Orange and Velocity Blue. It has a black grille with a metal-look surround. The Ranger's standard exterior comes with black mirrors and fenders and side and hood decals, adding to its painted and blackout appeal. The XLT and Limited trims offer chrome rather than the blackout aesthetic.
There are several new customization packages on the 2021 Ford Ranger. Among these is the SXT Special Edition Package, which includes 18-inch black wheels with machined edges and several additional tech and interior assets. Buyers can further upgrade it with the SXT Appearance Package, which includes exterior options without the tech features. These upgrades include 17-inch silver wheels, tow hooks, black cloth seats, and fog lamps. Additional packages include the Black Package, the Chrome Appearance Package, and the Sport Appearance Package. Thanks to these package options, the newest model appears more rugged and sporty than its previous models.
Ford is also offering the 2021 Ranger with the brand-new off-road Tremor package. It gets a factory lift, FOX dampers, 32-inch all-terrain tires, steel bash plates, a locking differential, and unique graphics. On this variant, there's also an available Tremor Body-Side and Hood Graphic package. The Ranger Tremor package is available for the XLT and the Lariat trims. Overall, there are plenty of design options to play around with.