2019 Ranger Lariat’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost Engine Stuns YouTuber
Ford only offers the U.S.-market 2019 Ranger with one engine. After Doug DeMuro tests a Lariat model, he’s sure they picked the right one.
“One size fits all” is a familiar phrase. It typically applies to adjustable baseball caps, but it also applies to elements of the automotive world. Take the Ford Mustang as an example. The blue oval sells it all over the planet so it has to be just as fun to people in Germany as it is to Americans. The engine in the 2019 Ford Ranger sold in the states is a one-size-fits-all power plant because it’s the only one available in USDM Rangers. As popular YouTuber Doug DeMuro discovers in this review of a $35,000 two-wheel-drive Ranger Lariat, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is a great fit.
There are other things to like about the Ranger, too. DeMuro is impressed by his test truck’s safety equipment, which includes Lane Keep Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control, a feature once reserved for expensive European luxury cars. Ford did a good job of integrating the backup camera into the massive Ford logo on the stamped tailgate.
Of course, like any other vehicle, the Ranger is not perfect. It rides a bit rougher than DeMuro expected. The back seat area of the SuperCab not only comes up short on legroom for adults, but it also has seatbacks set at an uncomfortable 90 degree angle. Then there’s the fact that Ford will not offer this generation of the Ranger in Raptor form for American consumption. DeMuro comes up with three possible reasons:
1.) The current Ranger is too far along in its lifecycle (it came out in other markets for 2011) to justify the expense of developing a U.S.-spec Raptor. (We think this is the most likely explanation.)
2.) Ford is lying.
3.) The blue oval is clueless. DeMuro cites the sales success of off-road versions of the Toyota Tacoma and Ford F-150 as a strong incentive for Ford to offer a Ranger Raptor in America. He says, “To not make one could only be described as stupid given the success of those types of vehicles with other models and given the brand equity and name recognition that the Raptor already has after Ford has spent so much time and money developing it.”
The Ranger’s engine makes up for a lot, though. DeMuro raves about how powerful and capable it is. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-banger generates 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Those figures add up to excellent acceleration. According to DeMuro, the Ranger “feels faster than Tacoma, Colorado, any versions of them.” It can also tow a hefty amount; DeMuro says, “This truck with this powertrain is rated for up to 7,500 pounds.”
We’re looking forward to getting our hands on a Ranger for a week in the near future so we can find out for ourselves if its tiny yet mighty EcoBoost fits our expectations and needs.
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