2020 Ford Ranger

2020 MODEL
$26,810 - $38,675
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2020 Ford Ranger Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: January 9, 2020

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Imagine yourself stuck in a forest while trekking, with no road to take you to the city. To your help, you are provided with two options either a rescue team that will take you out of the situation or the second where you get a Ford Ranger and said to make your own road. If you have some adventure still left in you, the second option goes with you.

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Pros

Powerful turbo-four engine

Great value

Towing performance

Cons

Old architecture

Poor interior space

Aging design

What's New?

The New 2020 Ford Ranger is equipped with new technology overall.

The new 2020 packs a lot of new things inside apart from the exterior finishing.

The vehicle has new interiors and packed up with infotainment that is best in class.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$26810

bodystyle

4dr Crew Cab

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

140 cu.in.

horsepower

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

torque

310 lbs.-ft. @ 3000 rpm

transmission

10 Speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Ladder Frame

suspension front

Independent front short and long arm suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Rigid axle rear leaf suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

61.4/61.4

dimensions

wheelbase

126.8 in.

length

210.8 in.

width

73.3 in.

height

71.1 in.

curb weight

4232 lbs.

ground clearance

8.4 in.

capacity

passenger volume

97.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

33.9 cu ft.

towing capacity

3500 lbs.

payload capacity

1770 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.7 sec.

zero to 100 mph

14.5 sec.

rolling start (5-60 mph)

7 sec.

standing ¼-mile

15.3 sec.

braking (70-0 mph)

195 ft.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/26 mpg

ev range

378 mi.

highway range

468 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr. / 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
 2020 Ford Ranger Review video
 2020 Ford Ranger Exterior video
 2020 Ford Ranger Interior video

Styles

 2020 Ford Ranger in Ionic Silver Metallic color  2020 Ford Ranger in Lightning Blue color  2020 Ford Ranger in Oxford White color  2020 Ford Ranger in Race Red color  2020 Ford Ranger in Saber Metallic color  2020 Ford Ranger in Shadow Black color
Ionic Silver Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.0

Interior

7.0

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2020 Ford Ranger XL

XL

power
270 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$26,810 - $30,970


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XL 4dr SuperCrew 5.0 ft. SB (2.3L 4cyl 10A) Starting at $26,810 MSRP (21/23/26) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
XL 4dr SuperCrew 5.0 ft. SB 4WD (2.3L 4cyl 10A) Starting at $30,970 MSRP (20/22/24) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual four wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Ranger XLT

XLT

power
270 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$30,635 - $34,635


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
XLT 4dr SuperCrew 5.0 ft. SB (2.3L 4cyl 10A) Starting at $30,635 MSRP (21/23/26) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
XLT 4dr SuperCrew 5.0 ft. SB 4WD (2.3L 4cyl 10A) Starting at $34,635 MSRP (20/22/24) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual four wheel drive 5

 2020 Ford Ranger Lariat

Lariat

power
270 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
23 combined

$34,675 - $38,675


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 5.0 ft. SB (2.3L 4cyl 10A) Starting at $34,675 MSRP (21/23/26) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual rear wheel drive 5
Lariat 4dr SuperCrew 5.0 ft. SB 4WD (2.3L 4cyl 10A) Starting at $38,675 MSRP (20/22/24) 270 hp @ 5500 rpm, 2.3 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
10-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual four wheel drive 5

Expert Review

7.1

Overall Rating


Not all chassis on 4 wheels make up a Ford Ranger mid-size pickup. You need a friendly pickup with some extra carrying capacity and heavy built you have GM and its sub-brands Chevy and GMC. But if you need one which can get dirtier with every road you choose rather say a bad friend that loves getting worse on a good note you have the Ford Ranger.

Ranger is one such vehicle that has an impressive fan following for its Off-road capabilities. In today’s Market scenario the Non - SUV segment is not at a great demand. But despite the market slowdown Ford Ranger pickup has managed to register a sales growth of 57.3% in the 3rd Quarter of 2019 compared to last year and a YTD growth of 48.5% adding a large stock on the inventory of Ford plants.

2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Front View
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Front View
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Rear View
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Rear View

8.0/10
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7.0/10
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2020 Ford Ranger Features

8.0/10

The New 2020 Ford Ranger is equipped with new technology overall. The new 2020 packs a lot of new things inside apart from the exterior finishing. The vehicle has new interiors and packed up with infotainment that is best in class.

Trim

XL 4dr Crew Cab

XLT 4dr Crew Cab

LARIAT 4dr Crew Cab

Price (RWD)

$ 24,410

$ 28,407

$ 32,500

Price (4WD)

$28,570

$32,460

$36,500

Key Features

Autolamp - automatic on/off headlamps

Blind Spot Information System

Dual-zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control

 

Black front grille and bumper

Chrome front grille and bumper

Chrome Front Grille with Chrome bars in the middle

What do We Recommend?

 The Ford Ranger mid-size pickup is part of a family that has the most valuable product lineup and has the most customer-friendly service package. An after sales experience that is recommended by millions of customers across the country. The Company policies related to vehicle sales and service are largely organized keeping in mind an American consumer.Ranger is a religious name in the mid-size pickup market and has received a lot of attention from Ford since its start. The pickup segment in America is usually dominated by American brands such as Ford and GM. The reason one should go for 2020 Ford Ranger over anyone else is that the technology it packs up inside is futuristic.

2020 Ford Ranger Engine and Performance

 2020 Ford Ranger engine option is limited to just one. The vehicle comes standard with a 2.3 lt 4 cylinder engine. There are no optional variants in the engine bay. Although it might sound a bit unpowered for a heavy Ford Ranger pickup, but the real world specs are quite amazing in spite of being a lesser displacement on offer the vehicle seemingly takes charge of the most difficult roads with a lot of confidence. The Engine belts out 270 hp of power and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s a sizeable amount of power for a mid-range pickup and can run with more responsibility and swift. The 2020 Ford Ranger pickup to our surprise is impressively fast and quick on the freeway. Off the track, the engine feels responsive and accountable to face the toughest of situations.

Car Models

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

MSRP

$ 26,810

$ 26,700

$ 26,050

ENGINE

2.3lt

N/A

N/A

TRANSMISSION

10 Speed Automatic

6 Speed

6 Speed

POWER

270hp@5500

200hp@6300

159hp@5200

The Vehicle has a 10-speed automatic transmission setup with no more options in the transmission as similar to the engine. The gear shifting mechanism is smooth and feels quite light. The ranger has a unique push when it combines with the Terrain management system that optimizes the engine unit and retunes the responsiveness of the transmission.

The Vehicle places itself quite efficiently in Comparison with its rivals in the pickup segment. Offering a 2.3 lt Inline 4 Cylinder, that being an only engine, the Ranger might fall short within its competitors. But the practicality and power which it gets with a sizeably small inline 4 is way surprising.

Acceleration

Accelerating a Vehicle of a Mid Size SUV is not easy. Talking about Acceleration of the Ranger Pickup. It picks up well with the instant torque of 310 lb-ft and gets an easy push on any road surface provided. On initial drives what we felt the vehicle can perform in the adversity of the situations. That is possible with the engine and transmission combination the ranger gets with the 2020 update.

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2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab 0-60 MPH In just 6.1* sec

Models

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

0 - 60 MPH (In Sec)

6.1*

6.1*

7.7*

Quarter Mile (In Sec)

14.7*

14.8*

16.1*

*figures for 2019 models.

The Ford EcoBoost engine is known for its torque, which runs the vehicle from 0 - 60 MPH in just over 6 seconds.

Ride and Handling 

The 2020 Ford Ranger is a capable machine in terms of handling bad and off road situations. The vehicle which weighs more than 2 ton is surely an adept handler of road situations. On initial takes of the vehicle, we learned that the vehicle learns new roads very well with an aspiringly powerful ride. However, the stiffer leaf spring-type suspension at the rear feels you the jerk over rough roads at higher speeds, and gets little bouncy without a loaded deck. However, we don't try the vehicle with a load on the back but it feels the vehicle will surely perform more stable on off-road and rocky pathways with a payload on the back.

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab Front View
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Front View

The vehicle comes with driver-assist features such as blind-spot information, lane departure warning and assists for a safer driving experience in the low visibility situations. The high seating position of the driver seat often gets the body roll peaked to some extent on sharp corners but gets a safe landing, however.

Braking

Braking was never a tough job with a Ford Ranger. Being a big sized vehicle, the pickup has got some great responsibility on the road and the 12`inch brakes do deliver sureness in braking.

Model

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Brake Diameter Front (in)

12.2

12.2

10

Brake Diameter Rear (in)

12.1

12.8

10

Curb Weight (lbs)

4232

4027

4095

60-0 Mph (ft )

N/A

N/A

N/A

The braking in this big vehicle is supported by drive assistance features such as ABS and EBD and also has automated emergency braking which comes on top of all.

Towing Capacity

A proper equipped 2020 Ford ranger can tow 7,500 pounds of loads. This is the highest capacity of the vehicle which Ford claims. It is also one of the highest towing capacity among mid-size pickup segment.

Model

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Towing Capacity (lbs)

7500

7700

6800

 The 2020 ranger is also aided with towing features such as sway control, brake controller and blind spot information which eases towing in the vehicle.

Payload Capacity

Ranger gets a pickup bed that can handle heavy carriages with no hassle it has a maximum payload capacity of 1860 pounds.

Model

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Payload Capacity (lbs)

1860

1444

1505

The vehicle comes standard with a 5.2 ft deck flatbed for loading carriages. In terms of convenience, the deck length and width is quite practical in terms of storage.

2020 Ford Ranger Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger comes equipped with an engine that can run up to 26 miles with a single filling. The 2.3 lt inline 4 cylinder turbo engine gets the best fuel economy for this mid-range pickup without compromising on the power.

Models

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Miles Per Gallons (City)

21

20

19

Miles Per Gallons(Highway)

26

26

21

It usually gives a fuel economy of 21 MPG on city roads. The originally equipped engine gets out a combined fuel efficiency on city and highway of 23 mpg.

2020 Ford Ranger Interior

7.0/10

Interior is a place where the Ranger might get a little shy but it does not make one compromise in space. The interior looks good and neat with a simple and elegant finish on the dash. The visibility from inside is good because of the tall driving seat position. The digital front console and instrument cluster is more plastic. The seats are cushiony and are made of average quality rexine. The 4 door 4 seater crew cab is sufficient for boarding 4 people with ease. There is enough legroom and headroom in both rows of seats.

2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Front Seats
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Front Seats

Model

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Seat Capacity

5

5

4

Front Row (Head/ Shoulder/Leg) (Inches)

39.8/56.7/43.1

41.4/57.5/45

39.7/58.3/42.9

Second Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (Inches)

38.3/56.3/34.5

38.3/56.2/35.8

34.9/56.5/24.6

Practical storage bins and storage spaces make it a lot more convenient for the passengers to store stuff for journeys. The Ground clearance in the SUV is also not much higher making it easy for old passengers to climb the vehicle. The overall specs and quality of the interior parts are average and just like other cars in the segment, we feel Ford has also paid adequate attention to the interior especially on infotainment and space.

Models

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Volume (ft. Cube)

51.8

n/a

51.8

Infotainment

The pickup comes well equipped with infotainment features that drive the passengers on board with more ease and fun. Some notable features are :

  • AM/FM Stereo with seek/scan
  • Enhanced Voice Recognition Communications and Entertainment System
  • 911 Call Assist
  • Applink
  • Single Smart Charging USB Port
  • FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Remote vehicle control
  • 6-speaker system
  • AUX Input Jack
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Interior

2020 Ford Ranger Exterior

Ford Ranger stays class apart because of its exterior design and build. The vehicle has a curvy monstrous grille in the upfront and gets rectangular from the sides. The side profile looks harnessed with a bit more steel and structure and the rear is boxy just like what a mid-size pickup should look. The front bumper is more stylish now with more fiber fitments providing it a more studious look in the upfront. Ranger has got large headlamps that can illuminate any road with ease.

2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Three Quarter View
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Three Quarter View

Model

2020 Ford Ranger crew cab

2020 Chevrolet Colorado

2020 Toyota Tacoma

Curb weight (lbs)

4232

4025

3980

Length(in)

210.8

212.7

212.3

Width(in)

73.3

74.3

74.4

Height(in)

71.1

70.7

70.6

Ground clearance(in)

8.4

8.3

9.4

Wheelbase(in)

126.8

128.3

127.4

 The 4 door crew cab has more space than the usual Ranger and is slightly longer from the regular version. The 18-inch tires also hold the vehicle upright and tall from the ground.

2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior
2020 Ford Ranger Crew Cab Exterior

2020 Ford Ranger Safety

Safety ratings for the 2020 Ford Ranger has remained stable from the last update as not much has changed on the vehicle frame and safety features. And as it finds its underpinnings from the similar Ranger pickup we can assure Ford has no compromised on the safety of the vehicle. The 2019 Vehicle got a good score in Safety tests. Here are some safety features the Vehicle gets standard.

  • Rear View Camera
  • AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control
  • Airbags - Front, Driver and Passenger
  • Airbags - Front, Driver and Passenger seat-mounted side
  • Airbags - Safety Canopy side curtains
  • Curve Control
  • Four-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Child Seat Tether Anchors
  • Safety belts - Active Restraint System (ARS), three-point manual lap/shoulder belts with height adjusters, pretensioners and energy management retractors on outside front positions
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • SecuriLock passive anti-theft system
  • SOS Post-Crash Alert System
  • Spare tire and wheel lock

2020 Ford Ranger Competition

Ford Ranger vs Chevrolet Colorado

Ford is a reputed name in the automobile market. It has delivered the best vehicles of this decade and caters to a wide range of passenger vehicles in the American market.

From Hatchbacks to SUV and mid size pickup Ford makes tough vehicles that are loved by all. Its most challenging competitor in US, Chevrolet is one of the largest manufacturers of vehicles in the world. Both Brands have tough performers in the mid size pickup segment. Some might find the Ford Ranger a better vehicle and some might be confused about which one of the brands to buy.

In our recommendation one should consider these points of comparison before buying. Many drivers prefer fuel economy and high torque and diesel engine are the best in such tasks. Unfortunately the Ford Ranger has an only turbo petrol engine. Colorado also comes with diesel engines that can run upto 30 mpg. In terms of power the Colorado losses in the fight with Ranger. The Colorado however has a similar towing capacity and has a maximum towing capacity of 7,700. The clever Colorado has better options everywhere to fit into one’s need in the pickup segment. One can also choose between 5.2 ft and 6.2 ft bed.While the Ranger is only fitted to a 5 feet bed.

Although both the vehicles has similar capabilities everywhere else. So now it won't be harder for one to decide which vehicle can run better with obstacles.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado
2020 Chevrolet Colorado

Ford Ranger vs Toyota Tacoma

Toyota the Japanese car maker might have some of the easiest to operate vehicles in its lineup. But Toyota Tacoma is an odd one out in the line. Some might agree with the statement that Toyota Tacoma is a pure offroad pickup one can buy in the US. A pure off road pickup is hard to find and so people generally don't find it quite a practical vehicle for a day to day use. The aggressive looks surely interests one but the practical need and demand of this pickup is quite limited over a Ford Ranger. One who needs a Practical car on the road with a good towing capacity and off-road capabilities similar to an SUV Ford Ranger is meant for them.

However, If it's still a confusion on which pickup among these two. We have a better division of there pros and cons here. Toyota because of its off road capabilities and hence it loves the dirtier way anywhere has more plastic everywhere in its costume. In terms of looks the Toyota Tacoma is an immature pickup.Ranger gets a Class leading attention and has a sense of responsibility in its design which also comes out of its use. The Ranger feels more responsible on the road while the Tacoma is aggressive in its approach.

2020 Toyota Tacoma
2020 Toyota Tacoma

 

2020 Ford Ranger Final Verdict

Not all pickups go with the road. Ford Ranger is one such vehicle that has got a marriage of practicality and power. The best part of the vehicle is it does not have a lot of cluttered trims and options making it easy for a buyer and after sales service. The vehicle comes in either 2 wheel drive or 4 wheel drive these simple trims have different capabilities and way of usage. Ford has covered some great miles in the American roads. Ranger is an old name in the pickup industry and despite being out of the market for a long time the pickup was still welcomed with respect in the American mid size pickup market.