2020 Ford Ranger in Manchester

  
   
       

Overview

       

While crossovers and SUVs seem to be all the rage these days, pickup trucks are right up there with them in popularity. One of the standout models is the 2020 Ford Ranger, bringing back a nameplate that had taken a hiatus after the 2011 model year and returned for 2019. Interest in  the reborn Ranger is strong, thanks to its noteworthy tow ratings, capability for adventure, class-leading payload and gasoline-powered torque. Essentially, it not only embodies the "Built Ford Tough" motto, but it gives its driver a lot to love.

       

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Powertrain and Capabilities

   

The 2020 Ford Ranger is a mid-sized pickup truck that's available in two body configurations: the extended SuperCab with a 6-foot bed and the SuperCrew crew cab with a 5-foot bed. The three trim levels - XL, XLT, and Lariat - are propelled by a 270 horsepower (310 lb.-ft. of torque) 2.3-liter four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged EcoBoost engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive comes standard, and four-wheel drive is optional. The maximum towing capacity for a properly equipped 2020 Ranger is 7,500 pounds, and the RWD SuperCab leads the class in payload with a max of 1,860 lb. With steel bumpers that are mounted to the fully boxed frame, the Ranger is truly built Ford tough. Its ride is also more enjoyable because it uses two-stage parabolic leaf springs in place of the usual multi-leaf springs to reduce stiffness.

   
   
   

Amenities and Off-Road Package

   

The base XL comes with 16-inch steel wheels, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and a manually locking tailgate. A few appearance packages are offered for added style. The XLT supplies rear parking sensors, keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a power-locking tailgate. Some optional features can be included, such as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and heated power-adjustable front seats. As with the XL, there are some optional style packages. The top trim, the Lariat, is loaded with LED headlights and fog lights, front parking sensors, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the leather-wrapped steering wheel that was optional for the XLT, and leather-trimmed seats. Rain-sensing wipers are optional.

   

Every trim is eligible for optional upgrades to increase capability: the FX2 Package (for rear-wheel drive models) and the off-road oriented FX4 Off-Road Package (for four-wheel drive models) The FX2 Package yields your choice of 17- or 18-inch off-road OWL (outlined white lettering) tires, an electronic-locking rear differential, an off-road screen cluster, and an off-road tuned suspension. The FX4 Off-Road Package comes with off-road monotube shocks, all-terrain tires, a traction-enhancing electronic-locking rear differential, an exposed steel front bash plate, and a heavy-duty front skid plate. On the inside, this package supplies a Terrain Management System, which enhances control on some of the most difficult terrain with its various selectable drive modes. There's also Trail Control, essentially an off-road cruise control that helps you navigate unstable conditions. Throttle and braking are also managed at each wheel so you can focus more attention on steering.

   
       

Safety  and Technology

   

The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced driver aids is available for the XL and is standard on the XLT and Lariat. It provides a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control is available for the XLT and Lariat through the respective XLT and Lariat Technology Packages.

   

The base infotainment on the XL has a four-speaker audio system, Bluetooth hands-free and audio streaming, a USB port, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot through FordPass Connect. Ford's SYNC infotainment system is available, as is a six-speaker audio system and satellite radio. The XLT gets an 8-inch touchscreen with the Ford SYNC 3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and two USB ports. The optional XLT Technology Package will add integrated navigation. The Lariat is eligible for an upgrade to the premium 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system (on the Super Crew configuration only), and the Lariat Technology Package adds integrated navigation with either cab style.