2019 Ford Ranger is a ‘Solid’ Midsize Pickup, Confirms YouTuber
New Ranger proves its worth to yet another reviewer, this time on the roads and trails near San Diego.
Quite a few reviews have come in since the Ranger returned home, some stating it wasn’t quite what they’re expecting, others proclaiming it’s a much-improved pickup compared to the previous U.S.-market Ranger.
Where does Forrest Jones of YouTube channel Forrest’s Auto Reviews fall? He had prepared to knock down the new midsizer from Ford during a sponsored drive through some muddy and rocky roads near San Diego, but as we’ll soon see, the Ranger wound up winning him over.
“[The] first thing I do want to say is, coming to the front [of the Ranger], it does have a Ford design language,” says Jones. “You can definitely tell this is a current-generation Ford. Of course, it’s not going to look like a shrunken-down F-150 (which I personally like). It has sort of its own look to it.”
The major thing Jones loved about the Ranger is the all-steel front bumper, which no other midsize truck has. He says it’s a plus to have when traversing through brush, as you won’t need to worry about scratches and the like.
“[The Ranger is] a really good-looking truck,” Jones says before continuing on to the interior. “Definitely looks similar to a Tacoma or Colorado. Pretty much every truck in this class sort of starts to look the same at certain angles, but I do like the look of this one probably the best.”
As for the interior, Jones finds the door panels to be simplistic, with only a patch of tan leather surrounded by hard-touch plastics. The dash and console are also of the same plastics as the door, but the dashboard and steering wheel are covered in finely stitched black leather. Jones also loves the sturdiness of the shifter, the e-brake (which he hasn’t seen in a while), and the roominess of the back for someone as tall as he is.
“[The] first thing you notice is [the Ranger] is very sporty for a truck,” Jones says. “That’s due to the fact that it’s much smaller than something like an F-150. This is a midsize, as opposed to being a full-size truck. It drives really good… it does extremely well [around the turns].”
The Ranger’s sportiness is no doubt helped by the combination of its 270-horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo-four and 10-speed automatic, plus its rugged suspension via the FX4 off-road package. Jones is definitely impressed by the Ranger’s handling and responsive powertrain, and is happy with the “linear pedal feel” of the braking system.
“Ford seriously outdid themselves on this midsize truck,” says Jones. “It felt as solid as can be, and everything about it felt a lot more quality than I initially expected going into it.”
Jones adds that his only complaint was that the shocks found with the FX4 package felt busier on the pavement than he would have liked. Other than that, he was enamored with the Ranger’s storage space, use of high-quality materials, its best-in-class payload and towing capabilities, and how it looks with a tent mounted over the bed. His only wish is that his tester was a Ranger Raptor, which is our wish, too. Maybe one day.