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Old 10-03-2019, 03:38 PM
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Default Real world experience - New Ford Ranger

I know we all have opinions on trucks, you know the saying. However, I'm looking for opinions from those who own or have used the New Ford Ranger.
I'll be moving from a 2012 F-150 5.0 FX2 just to downsize a bit and wife want us to have a smaller tow vehicle (towing 3000lb +-).

Wife and kids.

Thanks, Bert
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FWIW the Honda Ridgeline is vastly superior. Check out Consumer Reports.
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I picked up an extended cab 4x4 2019 Ranger XLT (301A) in late July. I bought the extended cab b/c I wanted the longer box. To date I have just
short of 6000 miles on it. Over all pretty happy, gas mileage is approximately 23mpg overall. Lots of power. The ride is seems somewhat choppy. Interior seems cheap (we have a 2017 Edge and the interior is pretty much the same). Way to much tech for my liking although the adaptive cruise is really
nice on long highway trips.
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
FWIW the Honda Ridgeline is vastly superior. Check out Consumer Reports.
Ridgeline isn't a Truck. It's unisex, unibody, glorified grocery getter.
Ranger is a Truck. Body on Frame.
OP stated he wanted a truck.
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So you say, but it's clear; one - you can't read, two - a frame does not a truck make. OP said they need to tow 3,000 pounds.

BTW, the Ranger is far too new for any problems to have appeared. Have a look at the specs on the new Ridgeline.
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Edmunds’ Consumer Reviews is a great source for figuring out if a vehicle is worth buying or not.
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
FWIW the Honda Ridgeline is vastly superior. Check out Consumer Reports.
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I really love the look of the Ranger. If you're really concerned and want to stay american the colorado would be an obvious choice. Tacoma is a great truck too.

Most full size SUV's would tow 3k without breaking a sweat if you guys want to get away from trucks. I'm in my first truck coming from suv's(2014 F150) and i'm not really impressed.
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
BTW, the Ranger is far too new for any problems to have appeared.
Kind of in the same boat as the OP myself, and this is what most concerns me about the Ranger.
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The truck itself has been on the market overseas for several years. The 10 speed has been in F150s since 2017 and the 2.3 EB has been in Explorers and Mustangs for several years.

But there just aren't many Rangers on the road. I see new Gladiators everywhere and they haven't been out near as long.
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My daughter has one and I have spent some time in it. She gives me a hard time cause I always ask her to drive it but its so easy to park and maneuver in traffic compared to my Superduty. She has a 4x2 Lariat that is pretty loaded up. Fuel economy is 21 around town, not sure how it is on the highway as I haven't driven it on the highway. Drives pretty good and has plenty of power with that ecoboost. She came out of a 2016 F150 with the 2.7L Ecoboost and that truck towed great. Im sure that the Range will tow well also but I haven't hooked up my boat to it yet. It's pretty small in the rear seat but she is a single mom with a 7 y/o son so she has plenty of room. If I had to carry kids all of the time, I'd go with the F150 or super duty because the cab is huge in those trucks. Ill probably hook up the boat soon which is probably around 4k loaded up, just haven't done it yet

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I know we all have opinions on trucks, you know the saying. However, I'm looking for opinions from those who own or have used the New Ford Ranger.
I'll be moving from a 2012 F-150 5.0 FX2 just to downsize a bit and wife want us to have a smaller tow vehicle (towing 3000lb +-).

Wife and kids.

Thanks, Bert
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They’ve been on the market here in Australia for nearly ten years, and gained a very solid reputation. Our “trucks” tend to get used much more for off-roading and expedition style travel so probably get put to more extreme use than the average US truck.

No major issues, although the 10 speed box is brand new to our market so no comment on that.
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Originally Posted by lazyboi1212 View Post
Ridgeline isn't a Truck. It's unisex, unibody, glorified grocery getter.
Ranger is a Truck. Body on Frame.
OP stated he wanted a truck.
It does have a frame. Look it up.
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
So you say, but it's clear; one - you can't read, two - a frame does not a truck make. OP said they need to tow 3,000 pounds.

BTW, the Ranger is far too new for any problems to have appeared. Have a look at the specs on the new Ridgeline.
Ridgeline is the Millenial of trucks. It wants to look manly with a beard. But it's man bun, skinny jeans, and vegan soy latte give you away.
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The reviews have the Ranger all over the place. The one thing they agree on is great powertrain. Pans are cheap dated interior, and suspension differs greatly based on trim. Some of them ride and handle nice, while others bounce all over the road. The latter is not really an issue if you constantly have weight in the bed or something hitched up.

That being said, if you're towing a lot, Ranger is not a bad option. You would do yourself a great disservice to not test-drive the Ridgeline, though. And get your Ridgeline info from trusted reviews, as there are a lot of haters out there that spread a lot of misinformation about it. It's a truck for people who need a truck, but don't want a truck.
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Originally Posted by Butch Davis View Post
So you say, but it's clear; one - you can't read, two - a frame does not a truck make. OP said they need to tow 3,000 pounds.

BTW, the Ranger is far too new for any problems to have appeared. Have a look at the specs on the new Ridgeline.
The new Ridgelines are supposed to be very, very good trucks. Consumer Reports like, Car & Driver likes them, and I've read about them to a good extent. That's what I'd go with.

Car & Driver Honda Ridgeline review

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I’m generally a Ford guy, but the current Ranger is a dated design compared to some of the newer offerings. Currently, I hear and read very consistently that the Colorado/Canyon trucks are still the trucks to beat. I’m sure there’s a good chance this will change in a 1-2 years, when the real all-new Ranger/Bronco hits the streets.
So in summary...the Ridgeline is not a truck - minivan with the back chopped off, designed for the butch soccer moms.
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It does have a frame. Look it up.
It's a unibody with a frame supports highlighted on the unibody cutout (great press tool)... trying to convince everyone one it has a frame. It is not a body on frame, it's a unibody. Click on other larger unibody vehicles (SUVs, minivans) they all have frame supports as part of the unibody structure.

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Originally Posted by ericinmich View Post
It's a unibody with a frame supports highlighted on the unibody cutout (great press tool)... trying to convince everyone one it has a frame. It is not a body on frame, it's a unibody. Click on other larger unibody vehicles (SUVs, minivans) they all have frame supports as part of the unibody structure.
Yes but it’s not a unibody only, like other cars. Honda and others consider it a unibody frame. Just because the don’t use the traditional body on frame doesn’t mean it Not a framed truck. It has the frame rail supports like a truck frame. And like you said, great press tool, it has its place in the truck market. Just like Honda has its place in the outboard market. They don’t care to be the best and out sell everyone, they care about a solid reliable product. And we know Honda is very reliable.
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Originally Posted by lazyboi1212 View Post
Ridgeline isn't a Truck. It's unisex, unibody
I was thinking the Ridgline was more of a gender neutral or maybe gender fluid..................But you are certainly correct that it isn't a TRUCK!
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