2019 Ford Ranger Engine Specs and MPG: What’s Up in the Forums
With a modified Focus RS engine, the 2019 Ford Ranger promises to offer plenty of power and solid fuel economy.
The 2019 Ford Ranger revives one of our all-time favorite nameplates. But the new Ranger isn’t a lot like the old Ranger, mind you. This much is clear by the truck’s sheer size, which makes it look almost like a 3/4-scale F-150. But old school fans of the Ranger will undoubtedly remember the fact that you could once get a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in it. And for 2019, that displacement returns as the only engine option – for now.
Granted, the 2.3-liter Ecoboost motor is nothing like the old school 2.3. In fact, it’s a high-tech engine sporting goodies like a cross-drilled deck and forged internals. The Blue Oval has thus far remained mum on power figures and fuel economy, but we have a lot to go on. The engine makes 280 hp and 310 in the Explorer, and 310 hp/350 lb-ft in the Mustang. But the Ranger’s 2.3 actually shares more components with the Focus RS, which pumps out 350 hp and 350 lb-ft.
Thus, we expect the 2019 Ford Ranger to land somewhere in the middle of that range. You can bet that it’ll have class-leading torque, at the very least. Which is likely why Ford based this version of the 2.3 off the RS’ engine. The same could be said for fuel economy as well. The heavier Explorer records 17 mpg city and 24 highway. The Mustang leads the pack with 21/32, and the performance-oriented Focus RS comes in at 19/26. We’d fully expect the Ranger to return a miles per gallon reading similar to RS, or perhaps slightly better, thanks to its 10-speed automatic transmission.
Of course, the fine folks at Ford Truck Enthusiasts have their own thoughts on the engine specs and mpg rating of the 2019 Ford Ranger, too. Including db_tanker, who uses strong logic to make an educated guess.
“Explorer weighs approximately 4,400 to 4,900 lbs. The Aussie Ranger with the 3.2 diesel engine in 4-door configuration comes in at about 4400 lbs. A few websites report that the 2016 gets an AVERAGE of about 18 mpg with the lower end hitting on the 2.3 Ecoboost. This is also with a 6-speed transmission. The Ranger will have a 10-speed. I know that when I get my new Ranger, if it gives me an average of 19-20 mpg, then I’ll be happy.”
And while a lot of folks are pining for a V6 option, there are many benefits to a turbo four, as jsee notes.
“The non-turbo V6 will probably achieve its torque peak at 4,000 rpm or more. For many of these engines, the peak is less than 300 ft-lb. That wonderful horsepower also doesn’t show up until the engine is spinning pretty fast. For many, the peak hp is at somewhere over 6,000rpm.
The turbo four, on the other hand, can be configured to produce a fat torque curve. With a peak well over 300 ft-lb between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. This means that, in this important range where you actually use the engine every day, the turbo four is producing more torque than the V6 does at its peak.”
We also know that Ford is going to purposely beat the competition in both miles per gallon and power output. So it’s worth noting the numbers that ODwyerPW shares with us.
“I just rented a 2018 Chevy Colorado Crew Cab LT V6 4WD for 3 weeks. A lot of city, some highway and a little mountain driving. I received 19.5 to 21.0 mpg mixed driving over the 3 weeks. It was an absolutely brand new truck and the mileage improved each week. Therefore, I can well imagine that a lighter Ford Ranger with the 2.3 Ecoboost and 10-speed auto driven carefully on a long trip could see 25 mpg. Maybe better. Imagine a 2WD extended cab would do even better.”
So even if Ford can’t yet tell us the exact engine specs and gas mileage figures for the 2019 Ford Ranger, we can get pretty close. But still, we want to know what you think. So head over here and share your educated guess at what the new Ranger will do, both in the power and fuel economy departments!