The Ranger has set the gold standard for modern utes, in terms of, well, everything; comfort, fit and finish, design, ride and handling, safety… like I said, everything.
When push comes to shove, it's not in the same realm yet as the HiLux or the 70 Series for pure off-road unstoppability, but it's very close.
The Ranger is a big truck (2202kg, 5355mm long with a 3220mm wheelbase) but it never feels unwieldy to drive. Its 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel donk (147kW/470Nm) nudges the hefty unit along, with ease, at a rate of knots.
It's a good-looking ute, and roomy with a subtly stylish in-cabin feel. It can tow up to 3500kg (braked). Cool, classy and capable, the Ranger ($57,600 plus on-roads) is also tool-shed tough.