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Ford Ranger Review, For Sale, Colours, Models, Specs & News

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 $85,490 for the Ranger Raptor 3.0 (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

Standard XL features include a front tow hook, a 10.1-inch touchscreen with Ford’s latest Sync4 multimedia system, a digital instrument cluster, manual air-conditioning, USB-A and -C ports, cloth seats and 16-inch steel wheels.

Note, too, that all Rangers score nine airbags, AEB autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure alert and lane keep assist, while all pick-ups have blind spot warning and cross-traffic alert tech.

Next up is XLS, adding fog lights, alloy wheels, side steps and carpet.

The XLT is the least-expensive version with the now Ranger-signature C-clamp LED headlights, and can also be identified via its chrome grille bar, pick-up tub bed-liner with illumination, a sports bar and 17-inch alloys. Little luxuries inside include keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, fancier interior trimmings, intelligent adaptive cruise control with full stop/go functionality and traffic-sign recognition tech. 

Above that, the Sport ushers in contrasting blacked-out themes inside and out, two front tow hooks, 18-inch alloys, wireless charging, an Off-Road screen showing 4WD activation and other related settings, leather upholstery and a powered driver’s seat.

Finally, the Wildtrak gets its own grille, bumper, sports bar and wheel treatments, a trailer brake controller, side rails and a powered roller shutter for the tub and zone lighting all around the vehicle, while the cabin upgrades to a 12-inch touchscreen, ambient lighting, pull-out cupholders, a powered front passenger seat, front seat heaters, a 360-degree camera and active park assist.

Sophisticated Matrix LEDs and premium 10-speaker audio sound system can be had in the Wildtrak Premium Pack, while some other higher-grade Ranger features can be bundled up into option packs in lower grades as well.

There are also various off-road and towing packs, depending on grade.

Ford Ranger Colours

The Ranger is available in Arctic White, Meteor Grey, Aluminium Silver, Blue Lightning, Sedona Orange and Shadow Black. Going Wildtrak adds Luxe Yellow to the colour palette.

  • Sedona Orange
  • Meteor Grey
  • Arctic White
  • Aluminium
  • Shadow Black
  • Blue Lightning
  • Luxe Yellow
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.

  • I have replaced an auto transmission on my 2012 Ford Ranger after only 120000kms. Is the transmission likely to go again?

    Transmission problems are not unheard of in the Ranger and problems usually stem from either the oil-pump gears wearing or problems with the valve body. If caught early enough, sometimes these problems can be fixed without changing the entire transmission, but in your case, it sounds like the wear or damage was terminal.

    If the transmission was to fail again in another 120,000km, would you spend another $6000 on a vehicle with 240,000km on its odometer? That’s the real question here, and given the price of second-hand dual-cab utes, maybe you would. The option would be to sell the vehicle now, using the brand-new transmission as a major selling point. If the thought of another transmission failure is keeping you awake at night, then that’s one option.

    Also, talk to the workshop that fitted the new transmission and ask if the replacement unit was fitted with updated mechanical parts that are likely to reduce the chances of the same problem happening again. Often, the industry develops these improved bits and pieces as a reaction to common failures and faults. If the replacement unit is better than the original, maybe it’s worth persisting with.

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  • My 2017 Ford Ranger XLT Double Cab, has covered 61,000km. It's covered by a protection plan until 2023 and has a full maintenance history. What would be asking price?

    Prices of second-hand vehicles like the Ranger are high right now, mainly because there are such long waiting lists for new vehicles. When that happens, people who want their car now start looking at the second-hand market. At which point, simple supply and demand mechanics dictate that prices rise.

    Even though the Ranger isn’t as badly affected as some makes and models, there’s still an average waiting time of two or three months for a brand-new Ranger (depending on specification). Which is why there’s a strong market for a second-hand example like yours that has been looked after and serviced properly. The low kilometres showing also puts a vehicle like yours on to the short-list of a brand-new buyer being forced to look for a second-hand car.

    Prices right now for a vehicle matching yours seem to be anywhere from a low of $48,000 up to about $60,000, although whether the selling asking the higher figure will achieve that is another matter. Either way, though, you’d probably start the bidding at around the low-$50s for a quick sale. As an aside, while the accessories, mileage and service history all play well for your car, the extended warranty (protection plan as it was sold to you) probably won’t add a single cent. That’s because these dealer-supplied extended warranties are rubbish (rarely covering anything meaningful) and often are not even transferable to the next owner anyway.

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  • I recently had to replace the engine and turbo in my MY13 Ford Ranger (2.2 4WD) due to an oil pump issue. Is this a common fault in the Rangers?

    Your mechanic is switched on, and is right about some Rangers (both 2.2 and 3.2-litre variants) experiencing oil pump failures. It seems the variable displacement, vane-style pumps aren’t lasting as long as some owners are expecting them to, and there’s actually an aftermarket pump that reverts to the gear-style mechanism that some Ranger owners are retro-fitting. I’m not sure that it's at the stage where you’d call the fault commonplace, but it is not unknown. And, of course, if the pump does fail, you’ve only got a few seconds to switch the engine off before major internal damage ensues.

    The bigger complaint among Ranger owners is that the standard vane-style pump allows only a ten-minute window in which to drain the oil out during a service and get the new oil in. If the mechanic takes longer than those ten minutes, the oil will drain out of the pump and, because of the design, the pump won’t self-prime when the engine is restarted, leading to it running without oil pressure. Again, that’s enough to cause terminal engine damage.

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  • Can I tow a camper trailer that weighs 2000kg in fifth gear?

    There’s a school of thought out there that says you shouldn’t tow anything heavy in an overdrive gear (such as fifth gear in your Ranger). That’s because the extra load of the trailer places huge stresses on the transmission via the gearing of that overdriven gear.

    In the real world, the best advice is to avoid going uphill or into a headwind in overdrive, saving that fifth gear for downhill or flat running where you’re not loading the gearbox too much. You also need to be travelling at a speed where the vehicle is comfortable in fifth, not lugging along at low revs. This applies also to a four-speed automatic with an overdriven fourth gear, not just manual transmissions. Use the overdrive lock-out button to force the transmission back to third gear where it will be happier and less likely to be damaged. Be aware, too, that modern transmissions with six (or more gears) often have both fifth and sixth gear overdriven, not just the top ratio.

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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 $29,190 and going to $85,490 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
2022 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $29,190 $85,490
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,900 $85,250
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $21,400 $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
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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
2022 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2018 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
2022 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2018 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 2022.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2022 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
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
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Wheel Sizes

Ford Ranger Interior

The new Ranger is as fresh and modern as the old one was looking old and tired; it's a massive change.

That said, the general architecture and dimensions remain the same – the windscreen position, the door apertures, the glasshouse. This is not an all-new truck, but a thorough overhaul of the previous design from 2011.

Yet there are real big-ticket differences, kicking off with an all-new dashboard, door cards, seats and trim. Now you'll finally find a reach as well as height-adjustable steering column.

The touchscreen choices really dominate the cabin – measuring in at  10.1 inches in all but the Wildtrak, which jumps up to a 12-inch item. It also operates the latest SYNC 4A system, and that's a first for an Aussie Ford

The new Ranger also gains a number of new items, such as full digital instrumentation across the range, both USB-A and USB-C ports, as well as a wireless charger from certain grades upwards and a storage shelf above the glovebox (that's lidded in Wildtrak).

Moving on to the rear seats, you will find face-level air vents for the first time in some grades, the seats have been redesigned for added comfort and support, as well as the usual amenities like overhead grab handles, map pockets and centre armrest with cupholders in higher grades. 

Downsides? For some people, using touchscreens for functionality can be confusing; at least Ford has has made essentials like volume and climate controls as hard buttons and knobs, so you’re not so distracted using these. The 12-inch screen's extra depth makes accessing the USB ports directly underneath awkward. The pull-out cupholders struggle with broader cup bases as their clamps are too narrow. And we experienced a glitch with connecting the phone and climate control system in separate cars.

Breaking down the model walk, there are key differences between each model to help you make up your mind.

The XL, for instance, is a workhorse. Minimum frills, hard-wearing cloth, vinyl floor, a manual handbrake, easy-access dash storage – that sort of thing.

The XLS is more of the same, but with side steps, carpet and livelier trim.

Moving up to the XLT, it adds keyless entry/push-button start, leather wheel, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav and electric park brake up front, as well as rear-seat air vents and centre armrest with cupholders out back.

The Sport ushers in leather, a powered driver’s seat, ‘off-road screen’ and wireless charging, while the Wildtrak ups the ante with the larger touchscreen, 360º view camera, ambient lighting, pull-out cupholders, a powered front passenger seat and front seat heaters.

Ford Ranger Fuel Consumption

The Ford Ranger is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by — and 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
2022 Ute 3.0L 10 SP AUTO
2022 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
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
* Combined fuel consumption See All Ford Ranger Pricing and Specs for 2022

Ford Ranger Seats

For 2023, the Ranger's seats have been redesigned.

The front seats are new, and are claimed to be more comfortable than before, with improved support. They include a front-side airbag between driver and passenger.

We certainly found them amply comfortable after many hours and hundreds of kilometres behind the wheel during the launch drive days.

Moving on to the rear seats in the Dual Cab, there is room for three people to sit abreast, with the cushion and backrest providing sufficient comfort and support as well. There is storage beneath the bench, but it does not slide forwards.

Ford Ranger Speed

The Ford Ranger V6 can accelerate from 0-100km/h in under 10 seconds.

Ford Ranger Speed

Ford Ranger Boot Space

Ranger now comes with a box step for smaller-statured people reach things more easily in the tub.

Moving to the back, the tailgate retains its lift assist, and opens up to reveal a cargo area capable of taking a Euro palette for the first time. And there are now new box caps to help protect the fresh metalwork.

There are other innovations, such as a bedliner with moulded slots to help keep items in place, a 12V outlet, illumination under the box caps, load bearing aluminium side bars to secure items to, latching points on the box caps for accessories like canopies and cross bars, and external tie-down rails with sliding cleats for odd-shaped items.

Plus, there’s zone lighting available on higher-grade models, using the many LEDs around the vehicle for useful nighttime illumination operable remotely via the FordPass app.

Even the tailgate is a workbench, with two clamp pockets to secure project materials and a built-in ruler for convenient measuring.

Additionally, there’s a powered roller shutter for added security that's standard on Wildtrak and optional on other grades.

Finally, all Rangers offer a maximum towing capability of 3500kg. Payloads vary from 934kg to 1441kg, depending on model and grade.

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