What’s the Ranger’s performance and fuel economy?
It’s April 16 today and gas is at 169.9 cents a liter in Vancouver. So asking how the fuel economy on the 2019 Ford Ranger is, is a fair question.
The Ranger comes with one only powertrain: a 2.3-liter, turbocharged inline-four that is good for 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque on 87 octane fuel. It’s paired to a version of the 10-speed automatic transmission used on a lot of other Ford products. It’s also the most fuel-efficient truck in its class, although not by a lot.
The Ranger beats all gasoline-powered midsize pickups on torque but lags slightly on horsepower. Not that you’d notice it on the road since the automatic’s tight ratios keep the punchy EcoBoost engine in its sweet spot. Unladen, going down the road, most buyers will forget that there’s an unconventional (for a truck) powertrain underhood and will probably appreciate the Ranger’s ample torque and reasonably sprightly acceleration. It pulls better from lower in the rev range than the competition’s V6s, which are coarse engines that need to be wrung out a bit to get their trucks moving. The EcoBoost and 10-speed combo won’t be for everyone, but we think it’s overall the best gasoline powertrain in the segment.
For more information and to book a test drive come down to Magnuson Ford in Abbotsford.