The moment you've been waiting for has arrived! You asked, and Ford has delivered. The 2021 Ford Ranger is out with a sleek style all of its own. It's hard to deny the appeal of any Ford, a brand built on the guarantee of durability, comfort, safety, and innovation. Ford meshes practicality and style seamlessly into the new midsize 2021 Ford Ranger. We know you'll agree that of all of the Ford models arriving on stage, the 2021 Ford Ranger deserves attention.
Ford's 2021 Ranger is a marriage of power, fuel economy, comfort, and practicality in a package that's never short on style. The Ford Ranger is now in its third year back on the American market after an eight-year hiatus, and it still represents great value. You'll find that the Ranger provides a great on-road and off-road driving experience that doesn't skimp on comfort, functionality, and durability.
While it may be smaller and less powerful than the legendary F-150, the Ranger is a great choice for someone who doesn’t want to deal with the size or cost of a full-size truck. The Ranger takes affordable power to a new level, bringing performance, comfort, versatility, safety, and technology that will leave you head over heels. Let's dive into a full in-depth review of what the 2021 Ford Ranger brings to the table.
The engine is one of the most crucial aspects of any vehicle, and the 2021 Ford Ranger lives up to the "Built Ford Tough" reputation. The 2021 Ford Ranger's performance packs a punch, delivering an experience that is swift and smooth. Under the hood, you'll find all the power and fuel-economy you've come to love from Ford thanks to a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine producing 270 hp, 310 lb-ft of torque. The Ranger also comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission that improves the overall driving experience by delivering smooth, rapid shifts.
The rear-wheel drive models offer 8.4 inches of ground clearance, while the four-wheel-drive Rangers boost that to 8.9 inches. Ford's Terrain Management System is also available to optimize transmission and engine responsiveness on all kinds of terrain. Four driving modes (Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand) are available within the Terrain Management System. Finally, the 2021 Ranger offers an off-road FX4 package with a tuned suspension, sturdier tires, and a locking rear differential for the hard-core off-road enthusiasts.
The 2021 Ford Ranger delivers when it comes to fuel economy. In its standard rear-wheel drive configuration, the Ranger offers a combined 23 MPG city and highway fuel efficiency. With four-wheel drive, that drops slightly to 22 MPG combined - which is still better than many two-wheel drive competitors. In fact, the Ford Ranger is the single most efficient gasoline truck on the market, making it an obvious choice if you want something that goes easy on both the environment and your wallet! That it does so while providing more power than its competitors is just icing on the cake.
You'll find the interior of the 2021 Ford Ranger to be a testament to modern efficiency and tidiness. Even the base XL trim is more spacious than you'll find in many other midsize truck models. The standard front bucket seats are comfy, a must over long drives, with a driving position that is aptly situated. You'll find a lot of room as well, with a smartphone bin, door bins, big cupholders, and a spacious compartment below the armrest.
The 2021 Ford Ranger comes standard with a vinyl interior rather than carpeting, making it easy to clean after a hard day of work or play. Upgraded trims feature nicer leather upholstery, giving the cabin a truly luxurious feel. Among the available features in the Ranger, you will find dual-zone automatic climate control, heated power seats, and push-button start. This gives you everything you need to relax on busy commutes or long road trips.
Need more space than the standard SuperCab offers? The 2021 Ford Ranger is also available with a SuperCrew cab that seats up to five people and features four doors for easy access. However, even the base SuperCab seats up to four and has two half-doors in the back, giving you more space than the midsize trucks of the past. Overall, you'll find both the SuperCrew and SuperCab interiors to be user-friendly, spacious, and comfortable!
The 2021 Ranger offers a robust infotainment system that includes an 8-inch central touchscreen, a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, WiFi hotspot with connectivity for up to 10 devices. With the Ford SYNC 3 software, you will also have both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, allowing you to integrate a smartphone from any major manufacturer. The top trim even includes a pair of 4.2-inch digital displays in the instrument cluster to present vital information.
The 2021 Ford Ranger is back with an updated look! This truck now offers a wealth of colors from Velocity Blue to Cyber Orange, plus a new Black Package with unique styling elements. To put the finishing touches on the package, 17-inch or 18-inch alloy wheels are available on every trim. While the Ranger might only be a midsize truck, it will never get lost in the crowd.
The 2021 Ford Ranger comes with a body reminiscent of Ford's crossovers, smaller than an F-150, but responsive and enjoyable. With a quick steering mechanism and four-wheel disc brakes, you'll find the Ranger is a joy to drive. The suspension is also well designed, handling highway driving and off-road adventures equally well. If you find yourself spending a lot of your time away from civilization, then the FX4 and FX2 models amp up the truck's off-road capability.
On top of the FX4 and FX2 off-road packages (the numbers in these packages specifying the number of drive wheels), there are a variety of packages for the 2021 Ranger, including the SXT, Sport, Chrome, and Black aesthetic packages. These packages vary in equipment, features, and cost, and, in some cases, you can combine packages to further personalize your truck.
Ford understands the most important part of any vehicle is the precious cargo inside! That's why the Ranger offers features such as stability control, a rearview camera, front airbags, and side curtain airbags to ensure that you always travel securely. You will even find that the Ford Co-Pilot360 advanced safety systems come standard on every trim. With standard automatic emergency braking, the truck will protect you from frontal collisions. The higher trims go even further, with technologies such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.
How does the 2021 Ford Ranger score on safety tests? The NHTSA rated the Ranger four out of five stars for overall crash protection, while the IIHS gave it top marks in nearly every category. From its five-star side crash protection to its "Superior" collision-avoidance systems, you can count on the Ranger to keep you and your family safe no matter where your adventures take you. When you buy a Ford, you can rest assured that safety is just as much a part of its design as power and rugged reliability.