2017 Ford Ranger Review

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Ford Ranger
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Critic reviews

Website Rating Notable quotes
Cars Guide 81% "It offers a formidable combination of good looks, excellent steering, braking, ride quality and load-carrying ability, five star safety and a wide choice of different engine, transmission, body and model grade combinations designed to suit every budget and user requirement." Read more
Cars Showroom 80% "...deserves its spot in the upper echelons of the pick-up landscape and manages to combine its workhorse-like attributes with genuine everyday usability" Read more
WhichCar 80% "The Ford Ranger is a rugged ute with light steering and good safety credentials – which include a reversing camera on all Ranger pick-ups." Read more
Car Advice 84% "The Ford Ranger XLT is now the second most popular new vehicle in Australia, behind only the Toyota HiLux. It's easy to see why it's so dominant in the booming 4x4 dual-cab ute market." Read more

How does the Ford Ranger compare with its peers?

Updated December 19th, 2018
Name Product Payload Ancap Rating Price (from) finder Score Read Review
1,020 kg
5 stars
$38,490
85%
1,085 kg
5 stars
$27,690
81.25%
2,143 kg
5 stars
$29,490
80%
1,039 kg
5 stars
$25,570
78.8%
980 kg
5 stars
$22,490
78.6%
930 kg
5 stars
$25,990
75%
924 kg
5 stars
$20,990
73.33%
924 kg
5 stars
$28,500
73.25%

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The complete Ford Ranger review

Ford Ranger Pricing

The Ford Ranger is available to drive away from $31,449. The cheapest model is the 2.2-litre XL RWD Single Cab commercial ute with a manual transmission. On the other end of the scale, Ford retails the range-topping 3.2-litre Wildtrak 4x4 Double Cab ute with an auto gearbox for $66,948.

Most models come with a six-speed manual as standard, with the optional automatic generally costing $2,310 extra. Some models are manual or automatic only. No-cost standard colours are white and red, with metallic paint costing an extra $550.

Prices are for postcode 2000. Click the price of the model you are interested in to see potential finance repayments and compare car loan products.

Single Cab

Regular chassis Ranger pick-up
2.2L XL 4x2 Diesel Manual – $31,449
2.2L XL 4x2 Hi-rider Manual - $35,0542.2L XL 4x2 Hi-rider - $37,320
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel - $45,766
3.2L XL Plus Diesel Auto - $51,198
2.2L XL 4x2 Diesel Manual - $32,994

Super (King) Cab

Ranger chassis Ranger picl-up
2.2L XL 4x2 Hi-rider Diesel Auto – $39,895
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Manual - $48,363
3.2L XLT 4x2 Diesel Auto - $52,248
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Manual - $49,938
3.2L XLT 4x4 Diesel Manual - $58,233
3.2L XLT 4x4 Diesel Auto - $60,543

Double Cab

Ranger chassis Ranger pick-up
2.2L XL 4x2 Hi-rider Diesel Auto – $41,955
2.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Manual – $47,838
2.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Auto – $50,148
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Manual – $50,463
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Auto – $52,773
3.2L XL Plus 4x4 Diesel Auto – $56,973
2.2L XL 4x2 Hi-rider Diesel Manual – $41,234
2.2L XL 4x2 Hi-rider Diesel Auto – $43,500
3.2L XLT 4x2 Hi-rider Diesel Manual – $52,038
3.2L XLT 4x2 Hi-rider Diesel Auto – $54,348
2.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Manual – $49,413
2.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Auto – $51,723
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Manual – $52,038
3.2L XL 4x4 Diesel Auto – $54,348
3.2L XLT 4x4 Diesel Manual – $60,333
3.2L XLT 4x4 Diesel Auto – $62,643
3.2L XLS 4x4 Diesel Manual – $53,403
3.2L XLS 4x4 Diesel Auto – $55,713
3.2L XL Plus 4x4 Diesel Auto – $58,023
3.2L Wildtrak 4x4 Diesel Manual – $64,638
3.2L Wildtrak 4x4 Diesel Auto – $66,948
3.2L XLS Special Edition 4x4 Diesel Manual – $55,478
3.2L XLS Special Edition 4x4 Diesel Auto – $57,788
3.2L FX4 Special Edition 4x4 Diesel Manual – $63,933
3.2L FX4 Special Edition 4x4 Diesel Auto – $66,358

Overview

The Ford Ranger is Australia’s second best-selling ute behind the Toyota Hilux. It’s well equipped and offers lots of equipment as standard. Ford offers the Ranger with two different engine options, both well received by journalists. The 2.2-litre ute is gutsy and fuel efficient, while the 3.2-litre ute makes towing and highway cruising more relaxed but less fuel efficient. Compared with its rivals, the Ranger is very well made and fabulously capable off-road.

The Ranger is one of the more expensive utes and some of the lower end trim levels have cheap plastic interiors; however, whether you’re looking at purchasing a work ute or a lifestyle dual cab, a Ranger should always be one of your final three candidates.

Pros Cons Notable quote
Motoring
  • Best off-road in its class
  • Feature laden
  • Handling with and without loads
  • One of the more expensive dual-cab utes, especially XLT model
  • Above-average entry, running and service costs
“Ford Ranger is clearly one of the most feature-laden and well-rounded one-tonne utes on the market, and one of the best to drive, both on and off-road.”
CarsGuide
  • Build quality
  • Drivetrain combinations
  • Australian designed and developed
  • No AEB
  • No steering-wheel-reach adjustment
  • 6,000kg GCM makes towing 3,500kg tight
“[The Ranger] offers a formidable combination of good looks, excellent steering, braking, ride quality and load-carrying ability, five-star safety and a wide choice of different engine, transmission, body and model-grade combinations designed to suit every budget and user requirement.”
WhichCar
  • Great off-road
  • Optional advanced safety features
  • Bouncy ride when unladen
  • Pricey
“The Ford Ranger is a rugged ute with light steering and good safety credentials – which include a reversing camera on all Ranger pick-ups.”
CarAdvice
  • SUV like around town
  • Refined ride, handling and engine
  • Cabin layout and infotainment
  • Macho styling
  • Expensive
  • No steering-wheel-column adjustment
  • Plastic cabin trim
  • Active safety assists optional extras
“From its car-like demeanour in urban surrounds to its modern tech, cabin practicality and safety, refinement, towing and load-carrying prowess, and visual presence, it’s probably the best in the business right now.”

Engine and performance

Ranger buyers can choose between two different turbocharged diesels. The smaller of the two is a 2.2-litre four-cylinder from Ford’s widely used Duratorq line. The 2.2-litre ute generates 118kW and 385Nm, which is pretty much the baseline for utes.

The larger 3.2-litre ute, also from the Duratorq stable, has an additional cylinder and sees power levels rise to 147kW and an impressive 470Nm of torque. As is often the case with Fords, both engines are available in sibling cars. For example, the 3.2-litre engine is also bolted into the Everest SUV, which should guarantee parts are cost-effective and widely available.

How do the diesels drive? Most reviewers preferred the larger, more pokey 3.2-litre version. Descriptions of this engine go as far as using terms like stand-out!

The 2.2-litre ute apparently has noticeable turbo-lag, where there’s a lull in throttle response while the turbocharger winds up. For towing and long highway runs, the 3.2-litre version looks to be the better option since the beefy motor is unchallenged by load lugging.

That said, the 2.2-litre engine installed in the more work-oriented utes is no slouch and journos said it performed admirably.

Reviewers found the revised manual gearbox shifts cleanly and offers a significant improvement over its predecessor’s vague gear changes. Both the automatic and manual have overdrive on the sixth gear, helping to claw back some fuel economy and dropping engine noise at higher speeds. Manual and automatic gearboxes benefit from selectable high-low gear range. For off-road use, the low range limits the speed to less than walking pace, giving drivers more control over tricky obstacles.

Features and statistics

Engine type- 2.2L: Direct common rail injection, DOHC, 16-valve
- 3.2L: Direct common rail injection, DOHC, 20-valveDrivetrain- 4x2 or 4x4Engine size/displacement- 2.2L, 2,198
- 3.2L, 3,198Fuel type- DieselCylinders- 2.2L Inline 4
- 3.2L Inline 5Fuel tank capacity- 80 litresMax. torque - 2.2L 385Nm @ 1,600rpm - 2,500rpm
- 3.2L 470Nm @ 1,750rpm - 2,500rpmFuel consumption (best model 4x2 Low-Rider XL Single Chassis Cab) – combined- 6.5L/100kmMax. power- 2.2L: 118kW @ 3,200rpm
- 3.2L: 147kW @ 3,000rpmCombined CO2 emissions (best model 4x2 Low-Rider XL Single Chassis Cab)- 169 g/kmAcceleration- N/AEmissions standard- Euro 6Top speed- N/ASecurity- Engine immobiliserTransmission- 6-speed manual or
- 6-speed automaticTowing capacity (braked/unbraked)- 3500kg/750kg
Engine type- 2.2L: Direct common rail injection, DOHC, 16-valve
- 3.2L: Direct common rail injection, DOHC, 20-valveDrivetrain- 4x2 or 4x4Engine size/displacement- 2.2L, 2,198
3.2L, 3,198Fuel type- DieselCylinders- 2.2L Inline 4
- 3.2L Inline 5Fuel tank capacity- 80 litresMax. torque - 2.2L 385Nm @ 1,600rpm - 2,500rpm
- 3.2L 470Nm @ 1,750rpm - 2,500rpmFuel consumption (best model 4x2 Low-Rider XL Single Chassis Cab) – combined- 6.5L/100kmMax. power- 2.2L: 118kW @ 3,200rpm
- 3.2L: 147kW @ 3,000rpmCombined CO2 emissions (best model 4x2 Low-Rider XL Single Chassis Cab)- 169 g/kmAcceleration- N/AEmissions standard- Euro 6Top speed- N/ASecurity- Engine immobiliserTransmission- 6-speed manual or
- 6-speed automaticTowing capacity (braked/unbraked)- 3500kg/750kg

Fuel efficiency

Of the two engines, the 2.2-litre TDCI Duratorq engine uses the least amount of fuel. The most fuel-efficient model is a RWD single-cab ute with a manual transmission that burns a sparing 6.6 litres per 100km combined. Ford Australia hasn’t provided urban or highway figures in any of their marketing materials.

As you’d expect, the 3.2-litre diesel, with its 1.0-litre extra displacement consumes additional fuel. At best, with this engine, a manual RWD Ranger delivers 8.1 litres per 100km. At worst, a 4x4 manual ute will work through 8.4 litres per 100km.

With the 2.2-litre engine, swapping the manual box for an automatic can lower the fuel economy as much as 1 litre per 100km. Fuel economy with the 3.2-litre engine, which has more power and torque, drops by just 0.1 litres per 100km when swapping from a manual to an auto box.

Note that these figures are calculated in an ADR 81/02 laboratory test under controlled conditions. Real-world, actual fuel economy will always be considerably less – as some reviewers observed. This isn’t just a Ranger thing either, drivers of all makes and models experience this. A few testers found the Ranger uses 2 to 3 litres per 100km more than the factory numbers suggested when they drove the ute around town. When towing, the fuel use can hit 17.4 litres per 100km thanks to the extra weight.

Ford’s engineers have installed an 80-litre fuel tank, one of the biggest out there, so the Ranger can truly live up to its name with the ability to cover a potential 900 kilometres between fill-ups.

Handling

For a ute, the Australian-developed Ranger rides very well. In fact, some journos said the Ranger is one of the best in its class. Despite having heavy-duty rear-leaf suspension, the blue-oval ute manages to deliver a solid and generally comfortable ride. Testers said it felt solid with no front-to-back jostling. Even when loaded up with a half-ton payload, the Ford Ranger remained composed and refined over bumps and undulations.

Utes of old often had heavy, cumbersome steering, but the Ranger has electro-assisted power steering that has low resistance and offers a positive feeling lock to lock. The steering was well received by testers, though the lack of column-reach adjustment came up more than once.

The Ranger is excellent off-road too. Just looking through the off-road specs, you’ll find several class-leading figures. For example, a 4x4 Ranger can travel through water up to 800mm deep. In some cases, rival utes like the Hilux and Colorado sit 200mm behind. If the creek’s any deeper, you’d better use a boat. The colossal wading depth points to excellent engineering and construction. Ground clearance, to avoid underbody-damaging protrusions and ramp/breakover angles, is similarly impressive. Proving the Ranger’s off-road intent, an electronic locking rear diff is available, improving grip and traction – a feature that is noticeably missing from some competitors’ offerings.

Overall, the Australian engineers did a grand job and have built a ute that is smooth and forgiving, laden or unladen, on a variety of terrain.

Interior and other features

According to motoring journalists, workhorse truck interiors are cheap feeling with lots of plastic components. For those using the utes for what they’re designed to do, this shouldn't prove a problem.

As you move through the different trim levels, the interior is lifted from a basic-spec utility truck to a lifestyle vehicle. The XLT and Wildtrak models add things like heated leather seats, driver-safety assists and large 18-inch alloy wheels.

Assessing the interior, reviewers said the seats are comfortable on even the XL Rangers, with plenty of leg and headroom in the front. Rear passengers who are a little taller might want more legroom.

Vehicle controls are well positioned and ergonomically designed, with steering-wheel controls for all trim levels. Ford’s SYNC/3 is almost universally liked and thought to be highly intuitive and seamlessly integrated with smartphones. Clearly, someone at Ford HQ is listening to critics as all models include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a commonly absent inclusion in other manufacturers’ cars that journalists pick up on.

The top of the range Wildtrak comes equipped with a 230V mains plug, an unusual but welcome inclusion that will suit site managers and workers who need to recharge a laptop or equipment while on the go.

The interior also features an assortment of storage holes and there’s courtesy lighting thoughtfully provided in the tub.

Ford Ranger Features

XL XL PLUS XLS XLT Wildtrak
6-speed manual gearbox
6-speed automatic transmission * Optional Optional Optional Optional Optional
eLocking rear differential Some 4x2 models, 4x4 models
Reversing camera Pick-up models Pick-up models Pick-up models Pick-up models Pick-up models
Rear-window demister
Underbody steel skid plate
Underbody protection for transfer box, sump, fuel tank
Standard rear-leaf suspension
Front disc/rear drum brakes
6-way manually adjustable driver's seat with lumbar support
Inner and outer tie-downs
Projector lens headlight
Chrome exterior trim
4-speaker sound system
6-speaker sound system
4.2-inch infotainment screen
8-inch touchscreen
Built-in satellite navigation
230v plug inverter Some
Dual battery
Bluetooth with voice control
Cruise control
Hill-descent control 4x4 as standard 4x4 as standard 4x4 as standard 4x4 as standard 4x4 as standard
Keyless entry
16” steel wheels
16” alloy wheels
17” alloy wheels
17” steel wheels Some Some
18” alloy wheels
Vinyl flooring
Carpet flooring Some Some

*Six-speed automatic is an option on some models, with a handful of models offered as auto-only.

The verdict

Motoring journalists generally liked the Ranger, complementing its refined ride, modern technology and equipment features as well as the exterior styling. With dozens of different body/engine/trim and gearbox options, the Ranger line-up is very flexible, so there should be a ute for everyone. Commercial buyers will enjoy the 3.5-tonne towing capacity and weekend warriors will benefit from its off-road prowess.

The Ranger does have above-average purchase, running and servicing costs, but it makes up for the expense in so many other ways.

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