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    Ford Releases the 2024 Ford Ranger

    Since its return in 2019, the Ford Ranger has been one of the jewels in the Ford lineup, proving to be one of the Blue Oval’s most popular models.  But as time passed, new designs from General Motors, Toyota, and Nissan threatened to march on Ford’s crown.

    2024 Ford Ranger Lariat 003.webpFor 2024, the Ranger gets a significant redesign. Sitting on an extensively redesigned version of the T6 platform its predecessor uses, the Ranger is effectively all-new, with only the door openings and chassis hardpoints carrying over. The design of the Ranger was released in other markets last year, but Ford saved some of the most exciting updates for the U.S. debut, including performance increases for the Raptor Ranger not available in other markets. (read more about the 2024 Ranger Raptor)

    Starting with an improved fully-boxed steel frame, the chassis has been upgraded with a 2-inch wider track and 2-inch longer wheelbase.  The rear suspension has been moved outboard to improve ride and control, improve stability off-road, and increase bed space. All models of Ranger gain improved ground clearance and better approach and departure angles.  

    Towing capacity remains at 7,500 lbs., but maximum payload capacity drops by at least 100 lbs. or more depending on the configuration. Also carrying over is the 2.3-liter Ecoboost 4-cylinder turbo that makes an impressive 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque on regular gas. This engine in the 2023 model is capable of returning 20 city / 26 highway in 4x2 configuration.

    For those who wanted more power, the Ranger now shares the 2.7-liter V6 from its big brothers, the F-150 and Bronco. This engine produces 315 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft of torque and is not available in other markets. Whichever engine is selected, the transmission will remain the 10-speed automatic with an available electronic shift-on-the-fly 4x4 system.

    2024 Ford Ranger Lariat 010.webpWith an all-new interior, Ford found plenty of room for… room. There is a larger center console bin, big door pockets, an available second, upper glove box, improved under-seat storage in the second row, and new fold-flat rear seatbacks with room for tools or equipment behind them while in the upright position.

    The bed gets more room too. With the wider track and suspension, the width between the wheel wells is now up to 4 feet, which means you can load a standard-size pallet back there if you want. There is an integrated box side step large enough for both feet, and an available 400-watt bed-mounted power inverter for running tools or accessories. Ford even redesigned the tailgate to act as a workbench with c-clamp pockets and a ruler.

    2024 Ford Ranger Lariat 008.webpThe Ranger is loaded with technology as well.  The standard gauge cluster is an 8-inch display or customers can upgrade to a full-screen 12.4-inch display. Infotainment is supplied by Ford’s Sync 4A system with either 10.1-inch or best-in-class 12.4-inch displays.  Ford wisely kept physical buttons along the bottom of the display for common functionality like climate control and radio volume. With a standard built-in 4G LTE model for FordPass Connect, drivers can control some vehicle functions like lighting, start/stop, and monitoring of maintenance items.  The Ranger will even download updates over the air to get better over time.

    The Ranger has the most standard or available driver assistance technologies in the class. These include Blind-Spot monitoring with trailer coverage, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, active park assist that automates both parallel and perpendicular parking, Pro Trailer Backup Assist, and Trailer Reverse Guidance.

    The 2024 Ranger will be available in XL, XLT, and Lariat models built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne Michigan. We can expect some special editions, such as a Ranger Tremor, in the future.

    Orders start later this month, with late fall 2023 availability for the 2.7-liter V6-equipped versions.

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    @Drew Dowdell Hate to make assumptions, the Ranger has independent rear suspension right? Maybe I missed it somewhere since I have not followed the Ranger much. I figure this has been done but did not see that in the write up.

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    Reviewing the images, I will say this is a better integration of the big touchscreen on the interior, but not overwhelmed with the new Ranger.

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    24 minutes ago, David said:

    @Drew Dowdell Hate to make assumptions, the Ranger has independent rear suspension right? Maybe I missed it somewhere since I have not followed the Ranger much. I figure this has been done but did not see that in the write up.

    I don't think so, unless I missed it. All of the mid-sizers have solid rear axels, to the best of my knowledge. 

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    The V6 is a plus for those that want that.  I think the GM trucks and the spy shots and leaks of the '24 Tacoma look better, and the GM interior looks better.  Toyota is also doing a hybrid Tacoma which should win the fuel economy battle.  Lot of competition here, after these trucks were all rather dated and over priced for a while.  It is looking GM or Toyota might be better value than the Ranger after the price hike.

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    so a few weeks back when I was at the auto show, they had the new Colorado and Canyon as well as a current Ranger.

    The NEW Colorado and Canyon were letdowns for me on the interior.  Rear seat was tight and overall the dash and fabrics were underwhelming in the typical Chevy / GM way.  In such a way that I didn't feel the interior was price appropriate.  That said, there wasn't a top of line one there.  Either way, the dash and screen layout were functional but overall the interior felt budget.

    I had not ever been interested in the current get Ranger due to its dull looks in photos but I went and say in one.  The interior just felt better quality and level of finish than the NEW Colorado and Canyon.

    The new Ranger has solid improvements, and even if the interior layout isn't much more striking I would bet it may have a quality advantage / look nicer and more expensive.  Time will tell.

    I do like that Ford has the boosted v6 now...but the Chevy 4 has pretty much the same or better power specs on a 2.7 liter engine.  I do admit the recently reported EPA mpg for the Colorado was disappointing.

    I get that these trucks do need to be a fair amount lesser sized than the full size half tons but honestly I think the Colorado and Ranger could still yet be a little bit bigger.  I do think the small bed (5 feet?) may serve function better if it were 6 feet option with crew cab.  The interiors just in my opinion could stand to have a couple more inches of hip and shoulder room and a little more rear leg room....and I still think they wouldn't be considered too close to a real full size.

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