First Drive in the 2019 Ford Ranger (Video) How Does is Compete With Toyota and Chevy?

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2019 Ford Ranger: crew cab Lariat 4×4 FX4

What is it like to drive the new 2019 Ford Ranger? We get a quick chance to drive one at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to find out. The one we drive is a crew cab 4×4 Lariat with  a FX4 off-road package. This is basically a fully-loaded new Ford Ranger. The quoted price for this truck is just over $38,000.

2019 Ford Ranger

All new U.S.-spec Ford Rangers are powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine that is rated at 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. All Rangers get the 10-speed automatic transmission. This is the only powertrain that will be available when the truck goes on sale in “early 2019” with first Rangers arriving at dealerships around January 2019.

The Ranger is available in two body configurations: extended cab with the longer bed, and the crew cab short bed. Both configurations ride on the same chassis with the same wheelbase.

The trucks are offered in XL, XLT, and Lariat trim levels. There is the STX appearance package offered for the Ranger XL that add a little more visual flair to the base truck.

Maximum towing rating for a Ranger 2WD is 7,500 lbs, and maximum payload is 1,840 lbs.

The FX4 off-road package includes skid plates, rear locking differential, a choice of all-terrain tires, and the new Trail Control (low speed crawl control) system that works between 1-20 MPH while off-road.

We will be testing the Ford Ranger more extensively over the next several weeks and months.

Join Roman and Tommy as they go for a drive in the video below.