2020 vs 2021: What's the Difference?
The changes from the 2020 to the 2021 Ford Ranger are mostly cosmetic. There are now four additional colors that can be chosen. Those colors are two types of gray along with orange and a bright blue. There's also a new Black appearance package. Given the name of the package, it's no surprise that its exterior accents, badging, wheels, and front grille are all black.
There is one other new package. It's called the Tremor Off-Road Package, and it takes capability to a different level. It'll please the adrenaline-seekers out there, as it has a lifted suspension, more rugged tires, and a rear differential that can be locked in place, among other high-quality components.
What Do the Various Trim Levels Offer?
Ford makes the 2021 Ranger in three trims. The XL is the most affordable model, and the XLT and Lariat are the other trims.
On the XL, there are 16-inch steel wheels. These get upgraded to 17-inch and 18-inch aluminum wheels on the XLT and Lariat, respectively. As the truck moves up in trim, it also gets enhancements like fog lamps and LED exterior lighting.
What's nice is that the base model has many automatic emergency braking. On the XLT and Lariat, there's the addition of blind spot monitoring and automatic high beams.
Looking inside the cabin further illustrates how these trims differ. The XL has cloth seats while the XLT has premium cloth seats and the Lariat has leather upholstery. Perhaps most notably, the XLT is upgraded with SYNC3 technology and SiriusXM. These are only offered as options on the XL.
Keep in mind that in addition to choose a trim, a customer gets to choose whether to get a SuperCab with a six-foot box or a SuperCrew with a five-foot box. Each trim is available as either a 4x2 or a 4x4 truck.
Which Trim is Right for Me?
The XL doesn't match up to the others in terms of its exterior and interior features. It doesn't come standard with the type of infotainment system that many people are looking for, and that's why the XLT is recommended. At this level, there are more convenient amenities for people to appreciate. The Lariat adds some extra benefits, like a leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, and power-adjustable front seats. This may or may not be worth the additional cost.
What Kind of Technology Does it Have?
Each Ford Ranger has the ability to use FordPass Connect technology so it can act as a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. For people who like to stay connected to the network while on the road, either for work or entertainment purposes, this is important.
The base XL model can be equipped with SYNC 3 technology and an eight-inch touchscreen. These two components are standard in the XLT and Lariat trims. SYNC 3 technology can recognize voice commands and is compatible with smartphones. This makes it easy to make phone calls, send and receive messages, access media that has been downloaded or is streaming, and more. Navigation is an available add-on that some people may prefer to have.
How Does It Perform?
A 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine powers this Ford truck. It uses a twin-scroll turbocharger so it can churn out a significant amount of power. With 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, the new Ranger can confidently handle many types of situations. 4x4 is recommended if the truck is going to be going on adventures off the pavement or dealing with slippery conditions. The truck can tow up to 7,500 pounds, and the bed can be loaded up with over 1,800 pounds.
Ford has installed a ten-speed automatic transmission in this model. It's responsive, and it delivers an optimal amount of power when people need it.
Is It Safe and Reliable?
A number of features have been built into the Ford Ranger to improve safety. The truck has various stability systems that are constantly ready to make necessary adjustments. A rear view camera is standard, and if the truck does get involved in an accident, the SOS post-crash alert system can be engaged so that help can come as soon as possible.
With Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology, the Ford Ranger can keep track of how it's doing in relation to the vehicle in front of it. The truck can warn drivers if they're approaching another vehicle too quickly, and if needed, it can hit the brakes. Other driver-assist systems are standard on the XLT and Lariat. They include blind spot monitoring, a program that keeps the truck centered in a lane, and automatic high beams. Adaptive cruise control is an option to consider.
What's the Interior Like?
If a SuperCab model is selected, the Ranger has room for four people. If the SuperCrew option is chosen, there is space to accommodate five people. With the SuperCrew configuration, there is some underseat storage. There are many available seating materials, ranging from vinyl to leather. The truck can come with front seats that have a heating element and are power-adjustable.
The higher models of the Ford Ranger can have more features, such as a dual-zone temperature control system, push-button start, and two 4.2-inch screens that display important vehicle information.
What are the Alternatives to this Model?
Some other trucks that have similar features to those seen in the Ranger are the Chevy Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma.
Note: All Ford Ranger lease prices and dollar figures above are approximate amounts. Prices are subject to change without notice.