Ford Ranger Returns for 2019

2019 Ford Ranger Specifications, Features, & Comparisons

After being put to pasture following the 2011 model year, the Ford Ranger has returned to the U.S.A. and Canada for 2019. While taking a lengthy hiatus here in the U.S., the Ford Ranger has remained in Ford's Global portfolio as a popular model in many countries worldwide. Originally introduced in 1983, one could argue that the Ford Ranger was the quintessential mid-size pickup throughout the 80's, 90's, and well in the 2000's before oversees competition and an uncertain economical climate persuaded Ford Motor Company to retire the Ranger and focus on the growth of other models, such as the company's best selling full-size F-150 pickup.

While the Toyota Tacoma has come to dominate the mid-size segment, GM's Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon models have proven that the Tacoma's market share is not nearly as brand-loyal as it may appear. Both of GM's mid-size twins have been quite the buzz since their complete overhaul for the 2012 model year and the addition of a 30 MPG diesel powertrain option for 2016. With the 1/2 ton category dominated, Ford is seeking its own share of the mid-size market.

The 2019 Ranger features Ford's 2.3L EcoBoost engine backed by a 10 speed automatic transmission integrated with start-stop technology. The engine is rated at 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, with peak torque supplied at a reasonable 3,000 RPM. Fuel economy figures are more than respectable, with 4x2 models earning an EPA rated 26 highway MPG and 4x4 models a slightly lower 24 highway MPG. While this seems distant from the Colorado/Canyon's 30 MPG diesel offering, Ford's power and fuel economy ratings compete well against the segments gasoline equipped vehicles.

The Ford Ranger is offered in XL, XLT, and Lariat trims. Both the FX2 and FX4 off-road packages are available, the later of which includes skid plates, all-terrain tires, off-road shock absorbers, Terrain Management System, and Trail Control (new cruise control system for driving in off-road conditions at 1 to 20 mph). SuperCab and SuperCrew configurations are available but there will is currently no single cab option. A Dana limited slip rear differential is standard on all models while an electronic locking differential is optional. The Ford Ranger will serve as the platform for the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco.

2019 Ford Ranger Specs


Ranger XL, XLT, Lariat


SuperCab (rear 1/2 doors) & SuperCrew (full 4 doors)

Assembly site(s):

Ford Michigan Assembly Plant, Wayne, Michigan (Ford Ranger)
Cleveland Engine Plant, Cleveland, Ohio (2.3L EcoBoost)
Ford Livonia Transmission Plant, Livonia, Michigan (10R80 automatic transmission)


2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged inline 4 cylinder


270 HP @ 5,500 RPM


310 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

Fuel Economy:

4X2 models

21 city, 26 hwy, 23 combined MPG

4X4 models

20 city, 24 hwy, 22 combined MPG

Fuel Tank Capacity:

18.8 gallons


Ford 10R80 10 speed automatic

Transfer Case:

Two speed electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF)

Differential Ratio:

3.73 : 1, available electronic locking rear differential

Front Suspension:

Independent front suspension (IFS), coil springs w/ gas shocks

Rear Suspension:

Leaf spring w/ gas shocks


Fully boxed steel frame, all aluminum body


4 wheel disc brakes

Curb Weight:

4,145 to 4,441 lbs depending on configuration


6,050 lbs


4X2 models

12,150 lbs

4X4 models

12,400 lbs

W/ box delete

12,500 lbs

Max Trailer Tow:

7,500 lbs (properly configured)

Max Payload:

1,560 - 1,860 lbs depending on configuration (2,080 lbs w/ pickup box delete)

Overall Length:

210.8 in (17.6 ft)


126.8 in (10.6 ft)

Box length:

5 ft & 6 ft bed sizes available

Approach Angle:

4X2 models


4X4 models


Departure Angle:

4X2 models


4X4 models


Ground Clearance:

4X2 models

8.4 in

4X4 models

8.9 in

Track Width:

61.4 in (5.1 ft)

Powertrain Warranty:

5 year, 60,000 miles

2019 Midsize Truck Comparison


2019 Ford Ranger
2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Chevrolet Colorado
2019 Chevrolet Colorado
2019 GMC Canyon

2019 Toyota Tacoma
2019 Toyota Tacoma

2019 Nissan Frontier
2019 Nissan Frontier

Max Horsepower:

270 HP @ 5,500 RPM

308 HP @ 6,800 RPM

278 HP @ 6,000 RPM

261 HP @ 5,600 RPM

Max Torque:

310 lb-ft @ 3,000 RPM

369 lb-ft @ 2,000 RPM

265 lb-ft @ 4,600 RPM

281 lb-ft @ 4,000 RPM

Max Payload:

1,860 lbs

1,574 lbs

1,620 lbs

1,460 lbs

Max Trailer Tow:

7,500 lbs

7,700 lbs (7,000 w/ gas eng)

6,800 lbs

6,720 lbs

Max 4x2 Fuel Economy:

21 city, 26 hwy mpg

20 city, 30 hwy mpg

20 city, 23 hwy mpg

19 city, 23 hwy mpg

Max 4x4 Fuel Economy:

20 city, 24 hwy mpg

19 city, 28 hwy mpg

19 city, 21 hwy mpg

16 city, 21 hwy mpg

Note - Nissan only offers a V-6 in 4 wheel drive models. The Ford Ranger has 1 engine option, the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma each have 2, and the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon has 3 engines to choose from. Top tier engine selected from each model selected for comparison.