A truck can be very handy to have on hand. But, the way some television ads put it, pickups are for construction sites and the kinds of work you see on Dirty Jobs. But most people have a yard, furniture to haul, trips to the dump and hardware store. Just about everyone could benefit from a truck, and it doesn’t need to be a full-size pickup. That’s where the 2020 Ford Ranger comes in. A midsize truck that can maneuver your backyard or downtown streets with ease and still tow and haul reliably.
What’s New for 2020?
The Ranger was only available overseas for the better part of the decade, but returned to the United States and Canada in 2019. You might think Ford would take some time off after its successful return. But Ford isn’t the resting type. Instead, they rolled out the new FX2 package for rear-wheel-drive Rangers. This off-roading package includes special body-side decals and performance upgrades such as off-road tires, electronic-locking rear differential, and trail-tuned suspension. Beyond that, the Ranger now has an optional pickup box extender as an accessory. Finally, three new exterior colors have been added: Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Race Red.
Towing and Hauling
If you’re looking for a midsize pickup but still want something mighty, the 2020 Ford Ranger fits the bill. This truck tows up to 7,500 pounds (which is best in its class), and hauls to the tune of 1,860 pounds. That’s more than enough to take care of many people’s needs, and it’s nice to know that the power is there should you need it.
A distinct advantage of getting a midsize truck instead of a full-size is the fuel you’ll save. Ford has taken enormous strides to lose the weight in their fleet of big vehicles. But the F-150 still weighs up to 5,700 pounds. The Ford Ranger, on the other hand, weighs only 4,450 pounds at most. As a result, you can see a difference in fuel economy. The Ford Ranger gets 21 city miles and 26 highway miles per gallon, which is better than rivals like the Chevy Colorado. It’s just one more way that the Ford Ranger makes a whole lot of sense.
You save in more ways than one by picking a Ranger. The Ford Ranger is a whopping $4,000 less expensive than the base Ford F-150 and the midsize pickup comes with features you won’t find on a base F-150, such as cloth upholstery, four-way manually adjustable front seats, USB port, six-speaker stereo, built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and voice-controlled SYNC infotainment system with 4.2-inch display screen. The Ranger also offers standard rearview camera, Ford's MyKey system, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. So before you think a pickup truck isn’t right for you, think the Ranger.