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Ford Ranger Australia

If there's one thing that Aussie tradies are spoiled for, it's choice.

With the number of big, ladder-framed light commercial utes on offer, it's difficult for any single truck to rise to the top. One truck has done it, however; bigger and bolder than ever before, the Ford Ranger's popularity has escalated to the point that it's stealing the thunder of the previously unassailable Toyota HiLux. The Ranger name has only been used in Australia since 2006, but that doesn't mean that Ford is new to the party. Ford Ranger is really just a new name for the Ford Courier, a nameplate that was used in Australia since 1979.

Available in a range of sizes and body styles and priced from $29,190 for the Ranger XL 2.2 LOW Rider (4X2) up to $77,190 for the Ranger Raptor 2.0 (4X4), the Ranger can serve as anything from a small, 4x2 single cab to extra and dual cab 4x4 utes with a choice of diesel engines and pickup and cab chassis trays.

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Ford Ranger Accessories

Unique to the XLT is the most generous serving of chrome you can get in a Ranger. There's also chunky, good-looking 17-inch alloys with 265/65 R17 road-biased tyres and a full-size spare plus plenty of standard kit including front fog lights, privacy glass, side steps, rear sports bar with load tub light, tow bar, full bed-liner with 12-volt accessory socket and lots more.

Ford Ranger Accessories

Ford Ranger Colours

Exterior paint colours include Arctic White (no cost), Shadow Black, True Red, Blue Lightning, Aluminium Silver, and Meteor Grey.

  • True Red
  • Arctic White
  • Blue Lightning
  • Aluminium Silver
  • Shadow Black
  • Meteor Grey
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Ford Ranger Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Ranger here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Can an oil cooler keep the transmission cool in my 2014 Ford Ranger?

    If you talk to automatic transmission specialists, you’ll soon be told that it’s impossible to over-cool such a gearbox. An aftermarket transmission cooler is designed to work in conjunction with the vehicle’s standard transmission cooling system, so disabling the standard cooler is probably not a great idea.

    The problem with coolant entering the transmission is not an unknown one with some Ford (and other manufacturer’s) models and occurs when the standard cooler fails, allowing coolant into the gearbox and destroying the electronics and the gearbox hardware in short order. Unfortunately, this is a design thing rather than a maintenance issue, so the best thing you can do is service the vehicle regularly and make sure that the coolant is changed regularly. Even then, however, swarf from the production process (according to one theory at least) has been known to circulate through the radiator and cause damage to the piping that forms the transmission cooler. A radiator clean and flush might help stave off this process.

    If the manufacturer of the aftermarket cooler you’ve fitted can guarantee that the unit will cool at least as effectively as the standard unit on the Ranger, then you might consider disconnecting the standard cooler. Even so, you’d be wise to keep an eye on transmission temperatures, particularly if you tow anything or travel at high speed in high ambient temperatures.

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  • Is a Mazda BT-50 or Ford Ranger better for touring?

    It’s nice to see somebody taking the long view when it comes to vehicle ownership. Cars have become an increasingly throw-away commodity, and it seems a shame that all that engineering and development doesn’t get a longer lifespan.

    The BT-50 and Ranger you’ve nominated are, fundamentally, the same vehicles under the skin, so the choice will come down to the options fitted and the trim level that combines the features you want in one package. As a rule of thumb, the five-cylinder engine option will do a better job of hauling a slide-on camper into a headwind and will always be worth more as a trade-in (although that’s clearly not a concern for you).

    If you’re planning to keep the vehicle up to 300,000km, there’s a very good chance you’ll need to spend some money on the vehicle’s direct injection system at some point. A set of injectors and filters as well as an injector pump are all likely to need replacement over the distance you’ve nominated. That said, all modern common rail diesels seem to be in the same boat here, but if you’re prepared to service the vehicle religiously, then those expenses should be kept to a minimum. Take it as read, though, that a modern turbo-diesel will not appreciate neglect in this area.

    The other thing to watch out for is a vehicle that has already had a hard working life, as these dual-cabs often have. The tray-back you want also means the vehicle is likely to have been a work truck rather than a lifestyle accessory, so have any prospect checked independently before handing over the money.

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  • Why does my 2015 Ford Ranger cut out for no reason?

    It sounds very much like a computer problem rather than a hardware issue. When you switch the engine off and then back on again, you’re actually rebooting the on-board computer. I’d be trying a replacement ECU module (borrowed from another Ranger) to see if that fixes the problem. The problem is that because the reboot fixes the issue (temporarily) it might also re-set the computer’s memory, meaning it can’t `remember’ what went wrong and, therefore, won’t offer up the correct fault codes when you scan it. That said, I’d definitely give it a scan and see what pops up.

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  • What is causing the clutch to get stuck in my 2013 Ford Ranger?

    A clutch pedal that won’t return is either sticking (due to friction) has a broken or weak return spring or is throwing out beyond the point it should (like an athlete hyper-extending their knee). How that’s related to the gear-lever locking up is anybody’s guess, but it’s true that if the clutch isn’t disengaging properly (which could be the case if the clutch pedal isn’t doing its thing properly) then the car will refuse to select gears and that can feel like the lever is jammed. Switch the engine off and see if the gears will then select. If so, I’d say the clutch is not disengaging and you may have to pull it all apart again to find out why.

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Ford Ranger Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ford Ranger varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $22,500 and going to $83,160 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,500 $83,160
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $29,190 $77,190
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,500 $83,160
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,800 $77,660
2018 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $18,000 $68,860
2017 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $16,200 $46,420
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Ford Ranger Towing Capacity

The Ford Ranger has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Ute 0kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 0kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Ford Ranger Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ford Ranger Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2018 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2017 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Dimensions

Ford Ranger Wheel Size

The Ford Ranger has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 215x70 R16 for Ute in 2021 with a wheel size that spans from —.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2020 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Wheel Sizes

Ford Ranger Interior

Inside there’s a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift, six-way manual adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, smart keyless entry/push button start, plus the six-speaker infotainment system featuring SYNC 3 voice-activated controls and sat-nav, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Bluetooth and DAB+ digital radio. The big 8.0-inch colour touchscreen and its intuitive software sets an industry benchmark for ease of use. This now includes new FordPass Connect, which when paired with the FordPass app on your smartphone opens a new dimension in connectivity.

Ford Ranger Fuel Consumption

The Ford Ranger is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 6.5L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Ute 6.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 Ute 6.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ford Ranger Pricing and Specs for 2021

Ford Ranger Seats

The Ranger XLT's front seats are comfortable with good lateral support. The rear bench seat is one of the more spacious offerings in dual cabs, even though like all utes this side of a full-size US pick-up can get a bit squeezy with three large adults strapped in. The optional leather-accented trim in our test vehicle adds a luxurious touch.

Ford Ranger Speed

The Ranger XLT dual cab ute can accelerate from 0-100km/h in approximately 10 seconds.