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Ford Ranger Review, For Sale, Colours, Models, Specs & News

If there's one thing that Aussie tradies are spoiled for, it's choice.

With the number of big, ladder-framed light commercial utes on offer, it's difficult for any single truck to rise to the top. One truck has done it, however; bigger and bolder than ever before, the Ford Ranger's popularity has escalated to the point that it's stealing the thunder of the previously unassailable Toyota HiLux. The Ranger name has only been used in Australia since 2006, but that doesn't mean that Ford is new to the party. Ford Ranger is really just a new name for the Ford Courier, a nameplate that was used in Australia since 1979.

Available in a range of sizes and body styles and priced from $35,930 for the Ranger XL 2.0 HI-Rider (4X2) up to $85,490 for the Ranger Raptor 3.0 (4X4), the Ranger can serve as anything from a small, 4x2 single cab to extra and dual cab 4x4 utes with a choice of diesel engines and pickup and cab chassis trays.

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Standard XL features include a front tow hook, a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Ford’s latest Sync4 multimedia system, a digital instrument cluster, manual air-conditioning, USB-A and -C ports, cloth seats and 16-inch steel wheels.

Note, too, that all Rangers score nine airbags, AEB autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and lane keep assist, while all pick-ups have blind spot warning and cross-traffic alert tech.

Next up is XLS, adding fog lights, alloy wheels, side steps and carpet.

The XLT is the least-expensive version with the now Ranger-signature C-clamp LED headlights, and can also be identified via its chrome grille bar, pick-up tub bed-liner with illumination, a sports bar and 17-inch alloys. Little luxuries inside include keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fancier interior trimmings, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full stop/go functionality and traffic-sign recognition tech. 

Above that, the Sport ushers in contrasting blacked-out themes inside and out, two front tow hooks, 18-inch alloys, wireless charging, an Off-Road screen showing 4WD activation and other related settings, leather upholstery and a powered driver’s seat.

Finally, the Wildtrak gets its own grille, bumper, sports bar and wheel treatments, a trailer brake controller, side rails and a powered roller shutter for the tub and zone lighting all around the vehicle, while the cabin upgrades to a 12-inch touchscreen, ambient lighting, pull-out cupholders, a powered front passenger seat, front seat heaters, a 360-degree camera and active park assist.

Sophisticated Matrix LEDs and premium 10-speaker audio sound system can be had in the Wildtrak Premium Pack, while some other higher-grade Ranger features can be bundled up into option packs in lower grades as well.

There are also various off-road and towing packs, depending on grade.

Ford Ranger Colours

The Ranger is available in Arctic White, Meteor Grey, Aluminium Silver, Blue Lightning, Sedona Orange and Shadow Black. Going Wildtrak adds Luxe Yellow to the colour palette.

  • Sedona Orange
  • Meteor Grey
  • Arctic White
  • Aluminium
  • Shadow Black
  • Blue Lightning
  • Luxe Yellow
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Ford Ranger Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Ranger here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Acceleration problems with a 2008 Ford Ranger

    This sounds very much like a fuelling problem. Since a diesel engine has no ignition system (beyond its own compression) any fall off in performance can often be traced back to the fuel system.

    The best bet is to take the vehicle to a diesel specialist that knows this make and model and will have either seen this exact set of symptoms before or will be able to make a logical diagnosis rather than just changing random parts that may or may not be the cause of the problem. Things that are likely causes, however, are the fuel filtering system, fuel pump and injectors. But don’t rule out something simple like a bad batch of fuel that is playing havoc with the entire system.

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  • Does the 2014 Ford Ranger have a variable-voltage alternator?

    That model Ranger does, indeed, have what’s called a variable-voltage or `smart’ alternator. The idea is that when the car’s main battery is fully charged, the alternator reduces its workload to save fuel. But the reality is that the system doesn’t always recognise that accessories (like a second battery) have been fitted to the car. If that happens, the alternator doesn’t always make enough power to keep accessories like that second battery system fully charged. Which means that suddenly, your car-fridge won’t run overnight.

    The good news is that this smart function is purely electronically controlled, and a Ford dealer can disable it for you, returning the alternator to conventional operation.

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  • I am having trouble with automatic gear changes in my 2019 Ford Ranger

    In very early-build examples of the Ranger (from 2011 and 2012) there was a problem with the gearbox output-shaft speed sensor that could cause the transmission to shift back to first gear with a distinct clunk. While it’s generally accepted that this was fixed as time passed, it sounds too much like the same problem to ignore a check of this sensor as part of any investigation.

    And guess what? The sensor fault was found to be an intermittent one, just like your experience suggests. I’d have the sensor checked and work from there.

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  • Is a C-TEK battery charger the best option for protecting the battery in my 2021 Ford Ranger?

    The C-TEK brand has a huge reputation for performance and safety. I've personally had such a charger for more than 20 years which has been in use almost every single day of that time and still works perfectly. They're more expensive than some chargers, but the inbuilt protections against incorrect connection and overheating are worth the price, not to mention that longevity.

    Some mechanics recommend connecting the two leads from the charger directly to the battery terminals, but conventional wisdom says that connecting the red cable to the positive terminal first and then the black cable to an earth somewhere in the engine bay is a better idea. This method means less chance of a spark igniting gasses emitted by the battery as it charges and discharges.

    The indicator lights on the C-TEK unit will tell you when you've achieved a good connection. Using a metal part of the car for the negative attachment point works because the whole car is essentially one big negative terminal. Just make sure your attachment point isn't painted or coated with a chemical that prevents the flow of current. Or that it's not a plastic part (increasingly common these days). Many cars have a dedicated post or connection point within the engine bay.

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Ford Ranger Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ford Ranger varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $35,930 and going to $85,490 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $35,930 $85,490
2022 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $25,080 $94,710
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,310 $92,180
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,770 $81,950
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,460 $78,430
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Ford Ranger Towing Capacity

The Ford Ranger has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2022 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Ford Ranger Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ford Ranger Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Dimensions

Ford Ranger Wheel Size

The Ford Ranger has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x70 R16 for Ute in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 Ute 255x70 R16 255x70 R16
2022 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2021 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2020 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Wheel Sizes

Ford Ranger Interior

The new Ranger is as fresh and modern as the old one was looking old and tired; it's a massive change.

That said, the general architecture and dimensions remain the same – the windscreen position, the door apertures, the glasshouse. This is not an all-new truck, but a thorough overhaul of the previous design from 2011.

Yet there are real big-ticket differences, kicking off with an all-new dashboard, door cards, seats and trim. Now you'll finally find a reach as well as height-adjustable steering column.

The touchscreen choices really dominate the cabin – measuring in at  10.1 inches in all but the Wildtrak, which jumps up to a 12-inch item. It also operates the latest SYNC 4A system, and that's a first for an Aussie Ford

The new Ranger also gains a number of new items, such as full digital instrumentation across the range, both USB-A and USB-C ports, as well as a wireless charger from certain grades upwards and a storage shelf above the glovebox (that's lidded in Wildtrak).

Moving on to the rear seats, you will find face-level air vents for the first time in some grades, the seats have been redesigned for added comfort and support, as well as the usual amenities like overhead grab handles, map pockets and centre armrest with cupholders in higher grades. 

Downsides? For some people, using touchscreens for functionality can be confusing; at least Ford has has made essentials like volume and climate controls as hard buttons and knobs, so you’re not so distracted using these. The 12-inch screen's extra depth makes accessing the USB ports directly underneath awkward. The pull-out cupholders struggle with broader cup bases as their clamps are too narrow. And we experienced a glitch with connecting the phone and climate control system in separate cars.

Breaking down the model walk, there are key differences between each model to help you make up your mind.

The XL, for instance, is a workhorse. Minimum frills, hard-wearing cloth, vinyl floor, a manual handbrake, easy-access dash storage – that sort of thing.

The XLS is more of the same, but with side steps, carpet and livelier trim.

Moving up to the XLT, it adds keyless entry/push-button start, leather wheel, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav and electric park brake up front, as well as rear-seat air vents and centre armrest with cupholders out back.

The Sport ushers in leather, a powered driver’s seat, ‘off-road screen’ and wireless charging, while the Wildtrak ups the ante with the larger touchscreen, 360º view camera, ambient lighting, pull-out cupholders, a powered front passenger seat and front seat heaters.

Ford Ranger Fuel Consumption

The Ford Ranger is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel, PULP and — fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.6L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2023 Ute 11.5L/100km 3.0L PULP 10 SP AUTO
2022 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2022 Ute 11.5L/100km 3.0L 10 SP AUTO
2021 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
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Ford Ranger Seats

For 2023, the Ranger's seats have been redesigned.

The front seats are new, and are claimed to be more comfortable than before, with improved support. They include a front-side airbag between driver and passenger.

We certainly found them amply comfortable after many hours and hundreds of kilometres behind the wheel during the launch drive days.

Moving on to the rear seats in the Dual Cab, there is room for three people to sit abreast, with the cushion and backrest providing sufficient comfort and support as well. There is storage beneath the bench, but it does not slide forwards.

Ford Ranger Speed

The Ford Ranger V6 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 10 seconds.

Ford Ranger Speed

Ford Ranger Boot Space

Ranger now comes with a box step for smaller-statured people reach things more easily in the tub.

Moving to the back, the tailgate retains its lift assist, and opens up to reveal a cargo area capable of taking a Euro palette for the first time. And there are now new box caps to help protect the fresh metalwork.

There are other innovations, such as a bedliner with moulded slots to help keep items in place, a 12V outlet, illumination under the box caps, load bearing aluminium side bars to secure items to, latching points on the box caps for accessories like canopies and cross bars, and external tie-down rails with sliding cleats for odd-shaped items.

Plus, there’s zone lighting available on higher-grade models, using the many LEDs around the vehicle for useful nighttime illumination operable remotely via the FordPass app.

Even the tailgate is a workbench, with two clamp pockets to secure project materials and a built-in ruler for convenient measuring.

Additionally, there’s a powered roller shutter for added security that's standard on Wildtrak and optional on other grades.

Finally, all Rangers offer a maximum towing capability of 3500kg. Payloads vary from 934kg to 1441kg, depending on model and grade.

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