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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 $28,340 for the Ranger XL 2.2 LOW Rider (4X2) up to $76,290 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.

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
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2017 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2016 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
See All Towing Capacity for Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger Colours

  • 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.

  • Ford Ranger 2019: The gearbox is not engaging

    I’ve heard of a couple problems with the ten-speed automatic in these Rangers; problems that could produce the problems you’ve noted.

    From what I can gather through the trade, there has been a dealer bulletin regarding failures of and problems with the transmission’s torque converter. Without a functioning torque converter, it’s entirely possible that you could have experienced exactly the symptoms you’ve mentioned. The fact that the computer hasn’t logged a relevant code is a bit of a puzzle, but stranger things have happened. Apparently, there was a manufacturing problem with a batch of transmissions (some of which were sold in Australia) and that problem caused torque-converter failure.

    The other problem my insiders have identified involves the front oil pump for the transmission. Again, without this functioning, the transmission lacks the oil pressure it needs to engage and provide drive. Like the torque converters, it seems there was a bad batch of oil pumps made with too much hardening applied to the teeth, which made them brittle and prone to breaking.

    I’m tipping the dealership will have a pretty good idea of what’s going on and that it will involve either the oil pump or the torque converter. At least your vehicle is still under factory warranty.

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  • Ford Ranger: Can I flat-tow the Australian model?

    I have some not-so-good news for you, David. The US-spec Ranger has a driveline that allows the transfer-case to be placed in neutral-2WD. Australian Rangers don’t. And it’s really that simple.

    Flat-towing an Aussie Ranger would mean that the automatic transmission would be spinning internally without lubrication. That’s because the oil pump that lubricates the transmission only operates when the car’s engine is running.

    Modern four-wheel-drive tech has all but eliminated the neutral position in the transfer-case, so the vast majority of vehicles are in the same boat. Technically, you could flat-tow a vehicle with a manual transmission (because the gearbox is splash-lubricated, not pump-lubricated) but my contacts at Ford tell me that you’d void your new-car warranty in the process in the Ranger’s case.

    So what are your flat-towing options? Something like a Jeep Wrangler or Suzuki Jimny might be okay (but I’d check with the manufacturer first) or find something older with an old-school transfer-case set-up that allows for a neutral position.

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  • Ford Ranger 2019: Why does my car shudder?

    So, going by your description, the engine has only just started before the vehicle rolls downhill to the first intersection. So the engine has only been running for a few seconds, and then only at idle. It’s possible that the transmission pump hasn’t had time to build up enough pressure to fill the accumulators to eliminate any slack in the shifting clutches and bands. Which could, on the odd occasion, produce a clunk when you hit the throttle for the first time on a cold transmission.

    Honestly, though, this is a problem you see more in older cars with worn transmissions, and I wouldn’t expect it from a 2019 Ranger.

    But let me ask you a question: Is the vehicle lifted on its suspension? Many Ranger owners opt to raise their cars for greater off-road performance, but this changes the angle of the driveshaft and can cause precisely the shudder you’ve described. The fix is to fit a spacer between the car’s body and the centre-bearing of the driveshaft. That corrects the angle of the driveshaft and stops the shudders.

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  • Should I buy extended warranty?

    All the feedback I’ve had Steve makes me think that these extended warranties are a waste of your money. They tend to be very cleverly worded to ensure that the things that typically go wrong with cars of this age are not covered.

    Have a close look at the fine print and make a decision from there. But if the warranty doesn’t cover things like fuel-injector and fuel-pump problems, or diesel-particulate filter dramas (all big dollar items on a Ford Ranger) then I’d be asking some difficult questions. And then leaving with my money still in my pocket.

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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 $28,340 and going to $76,290 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
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $28,340 $76,290
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,800 $81,495
2018 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $18,000 $76,990
2017 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $14,990 $56,999
2016 Single Cab 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $16,990 $42,990
2016 Extra Cab 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $17,650 $50,850
2016 Dual Cab 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $17,650 $51,990
2016 Ute 3.2L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $19,975 $42,990
See All Ford Ranger Pricing and Specs

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
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2018 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2017 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2016 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 2020 with a wheel size that spans from 16x6.5 inches.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
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
2016 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 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
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
2016 Ute 6.6L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ford Ranger Pricing and Specs for 2020