2021 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4×4 overview | WUWM 89.7 FM

In right this moment’s truck world, mid-size means large — simply not big like a “full-size” pickup.

Living proof the mid-size Ford Ranger, which is definitely two-plus inches longer and has a wheelbase seven inches longer than a full-size F-150 pickup had 20 years in the past. That’s how a lot vehicles have grown.

Mates and neighbors laughed once I advised them the Ranger was Ford’s mid-size, noting it seems to be like a full-size pickup, or not less than the way it used to look. They had been proper.

It additionally didn’t assist that this SuperCrew in mid-level XLT trim additionally piled on the Tremor package deal for $4,290. It’s an off-roading package deal for people who put their $40+ grand romper by the mud bogs of the world. It additionally pushes a reasonably priced pickup to (on this case) $44,430. That’s far more than my first home value.

Now I don’t imply to choose on the Tremor, or the Ranger, as Ford is about to launch its new Maverick compact pickup to take the place of what was once its compact Ranger (obtained that?) just a few years again. Maverick will possible match extra budgets and not less than appear to be a smaller pickup.


This 4WD model of the Ranger is 210.8 inches tall and has a floor clearance of 8.9 inches. The Tremor package deal itemizing hundreds up the truck for severe off-roading, together with snazzy step-like working boards, skid plates, a rear tow hook and extra.

However the Ranger is tall and lengthy at 210.8 inches in contrast with a 2001 F150 at 208 inches lengthy. Floor clearance is 8.9 inches with this 4WD model, and we would as properly get the Tremor package deal itemizing out of the way in which because it hundreds up the truck for severe off-roading.

Tremor contains (and I’ll skip just a few minor trim and ground liner upgrades) an off-road suspension with Fox (high-end) shocks, Continental Common Grabber R-17 off-road tires (noisy on the freeway), snazzy step-like working boards, electrical locking differential, entrance differential, gasoline tank and switch case skid plates to keep away from injury off highway, a terrain administration system, upfitter (Ford’s phrase) switches, and rear tow hook.

I took the truck to a light off-roading space and it took the large dips and humps with ease and it’s straightforward to show the dial on the console for four-wheeling. That little tour additionally tweaked one thing within the cab’s rear, so a rattle ensued thereafter even on clean pavement.

Whereas the off-roading suspension is tuned properly for ditch banging, it’s mighty bouncy on metropolis streets with railroad monitor crossings and dips or enlargement joint areas seeming to be the most important bounce producers. Not actual comfortable for city driving, however stellar on clean highways.

Aiding that’s its fast steering, for a big, er mid-size, pickup. The steering weight is dead-on and straightforward to deal with whereas parking is straightforward as a result of the truck turns into tight areas so properly. The Ranger is a simple driver, only a tough rider.

So far as energy goes there’s just one selection, however it’s strong. The two.3-liter Ecoboost turbo I4 delivers a formidable 270 horsepower with a 310 torque score. That makes Ranger faster off the road than you may anticipate with an even bigger truck. Gasoline mileage is barely rated at 19 mpg metropolis and freeway with the Tremor version, however I managed 20.8 and was a bit heavier on metropolis driving. The pc insisted I used to be getting 23 mpg.

Energy comes shortly and simply with out an excessive amount of engine noise, which appears improved since my final Ranger eval just a few years in the past. Its 10-speed automated tranny is a clean operator, too.

People wanting this off-roader to even be a towing machine will probably be happy that it may possibly pull 7,500 kilos and has a payload of 1,860 kilos. That’s segment-leading and at the moment solely Nissan’s Frontier gives extra horsepower at 310.

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Energy comes shortly and simply to the Ranger with out an excessive amount of engine noise. It might additionally tow 7,500 kilos and has a payload of 1,860 kilos for many who need the this off-roader to even be a towing machine.

I ought to remind you that this was the SuperCrew model, which implies it has 4 full-size doorways and a roomy rear seat that may simply maintain two or three adults. With two they will use the fold-down armrest/cupholders.

The SuperCab is mainly the previous prolonged cab with little rear half doorways that fold backward and small rear seats which can be cramped for something apart from a brief haul or miniature individuals. The good thing about the SuperCab is that it has a full 6-foot mattress whereas the SuperCrew’s mattress is simply 5-feet. So if you could haul stuff it’s SuperCab, if you could haul household then it is the SuperCrew.

On the pricing entrance the SuperCrew prices about $2,000 extra and 4WD provides roughly $4,000 to any configuration.

On to the inside.

First, Tremor provides spiffy step-like working boards that present straightforward step-ups for entrance or rear passengers, however these are higher than the previous strong bars. A wise and helpful design, they’re wider and simpler to step on even when moist, plus open to let water and muck slide by.

The snazzy Velocity Blue (brilliant metallic blue) Ranger doesn’t go wild with inside design — it is fairly simple and usable. There are crimson and grey Tremor logos on the seat backs, however the remaining is black leather-based with grey stitching on the seats and black fabric inserts within the doorways.

Door launch and air vents are a smoked chrome whereas the console is flat black as is the sprint and door trim.


The Ranger’s inside design is fairly simple and usable. The information display is reasonably sized and the primary instrument panel gauges had been analog with turquoise needles. Every little thing from the radio local weather management knobs had been straightforward to make use of whereas driving — not distracting like digital touchpads, and so on.

The information display is reasonably sized however a simple touchscreen to make use of whereas the primary instrument panel gauges had been analog with turquoise needles that had been extremely straightforward to see. Radio quantity and tune knobs are giant and the local weather controls are easy to determine. Every little thing was straightforward to make use of whereas driving — not distracting like digital touchpads, and so on.

Atop the sprint are six auxiliary switches that may be programmed to make use of with equipment corresponding to large over-cab lights, a wench, and so on. That’s a part of the Tremor package deal.

Security gear is sound because the XLT trim provides Co-Pilot 360 (Ford’s security system with blind-spot warning) a trailer tow monitor, park sensors, the eight-inch display and each WiFi sizzling spots and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Supposedly it provides lane-keep help, however I didn’t see that on the tester and albeit was comfortable to not have it. It’s principally an annoyance round city and clearly would have to be switched off when off-roading, just like the parking sensors. I forgot to modify these off initially and crazy-making beeping ensued as I drove by tall grass.

A know-how package deal for $995 added good cruise management, a navigation system and ahead sensing.

Seating is one other Ranger sturdy level, as these seats present glorious decrease again, kidney and hip help. Nevertheless, the seats are guide and never heated. The motive force’s seat included a deal with on the aspect to lift and decrease it.

This mid-level Ranger additionally fell quick on just a few different objects I’d anticipate at $40 grand plus, corresponding to push-button begin. Not right here, Ranger makes use of the previous switchblade-like key. Sadly the tester’s key blade caught within the fob and needed to be pried out every time it was used.

There additionally was no wi-fi telephone charger, simply plug-ins, and the tailgate flops down like a soccer participant in search of a penalty. Most tailgates now have an easy-lower mechanism that slowly deploys in order to not smack you as they fold down. Well there was a spray-in bedliner for $495.

Pricing is everywhere for the Ranger, beginning at a low-ball $26,000 for the bottom XL SuperCab with RWD. This XLT with the SuperCrew and 4WD listed at $35,940, together with supply. After all of the choices, together with $750 for Tremor graphics (expensive stickers) and some different goodies, it hit $44,430.

I do know that appears excessive for a “mid-size” pickup if you happen to haven’t shopped for one as of late, however the full-size ones simply go for $50,000 – $70,000.

As it’s, the Ranger is an efficient competitor for the top-selling Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and its cousin the GMC Canyon, plus the brand new Frontier and Honda Ridgeline.


Pricing for the Ranger varies from as little as $26,000 for the bottom XL SuperCab with RWD to over $44,000 for the SuperCrew and 4WD after all of the choices, together with $750 for Tremor graphics. As it’s, the Ranger is an efficient competitor for the top-selling Toyota Tacoma, Chevy Colorado and its cousin the GMC Canyon.

Overview: 2021 Ford Ranger XLT SuperCrew 4×4

Hits: Good towing energy, fast acceleration, straightforward dealing with, dial-in 4WD, and roomy sufficient for 4 to 5 individuals. Co-Pilot security system, helpful aspect steps, bedliner, six auxiliary sprint switches, comfortable supportive seats. Strong off-road potential.

Misses: Extraordinarily bouncy journey, no heated seats, no push-button begin, no easy-lower tailgate, no wi-fi charger. Solely a five-foot mattress, tire noise on freeway, tester had rattle in rear of cab, and switchblade secret’s exhausting to open.

Made in: Wayne, Mich.

Engine: 2.3-liter turbo Ecoboost I4, 270 hp

Transmission: 10-speed automated

Weight: 4.650 lbs.*

Wheelbase: 126.8 in.

Size: 210.8 in.

Cargo mattress: 5-foot

Tow: 7,500 lbs.

Payload: 1,860 lbs.

MPG: 19/19

Base Value: $35,940 (contains supply)

Bill: $34,550

Main Choices: Tools group 301A (auto, day/evening mirror, 110-volt energy outlet, reverse sensing, leather-based shifter and steering wheel covers, sport look package deal), $1,670

Tremor off-road package deal (see story), $4,290

Expertise package deal (adaptive cruise management, navigation, ahead sensing), $995

Spray-in bedliner, $495

Tremor graphics, $750

Distant begin, $195

SecuriCode keypad, $95

Check car: $44,430

Sources: Ford, Kelley Blue E book, Automotive and Driver

Editor’s Be aware: Mark Savage’s auto overview column, Savage On Wheels, seems to be at a brand new car each week and tells customers what’s good, what’s not so good, and the way the car matches into {the marketplace}.

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