Specifications of Ford Ranger IV SuperCab (Americas) 2.3 EcoBoost (270 HP) 4x4 Automatic
General characteristics of Ford Ranger IV SuperCab (Americas) 2.3 EcoBoost (270 HP) 4x4 Automatic
Like most other trucks, the Ranger's dimensions depend on the model you choose. The Ford Ranger 4-door SuperCab has a six-foot bed. The 4x2 models are 70.7 inches tall, while the 4x4 models are 71.1 inches high. The bed is 20.8 inches tall, 72.8 inches long, 44.8 inches wide at the narrowest point, and 61.4 inches wide at its widest point. It has a load volume of 51.8 cubic feet.
The SuperCrew 4x4 measures 71.1 (4x2) or 71.5 (4x4) inches in height. It comes with four doors and a five-foot bed measuring a shorter 61 inches in length. The bed has a height of 20.8 inches, while the rest of the measurements are the same as on the SuperCab. However, due to its shorter length, the cargo volume is 43.3 cubic feet.
All Rangers have a maximum length of 210.8 inches, with maximum width measured at 73.3 inches excluding the mirrors. The wheelbase of 126.8 inches is also the same on all Ranger models. The 4x2 models have a ground clearance of 8.4 inches, while the 4x4 models are rated at 8.9 inches.
With the all-new Tremor Package included, the overall length shrinks by 0.1 inch. It's taller, standing 73.2 inches tall, and the track width is a full inch longer both front and rear for added high-speed stability on gravel. The ground clearance also goes up from 8.9 inches on standard 4x4 models to 9.7 inches. The standard 4x4s approach/breakover/departure angles are increased from 28.7/21.5/25.4 degrees respectively to 30.9/24.2/25.5 degrees with the Tremor package.
The payload is 1,860 pounds for the lightest SuperCab 4x2, going down to 1,430 lbs for the heaviest SuperCrew Tremor.
The lightest Ranger weighs in at 4,145 lbs, while the heaviest is the Tremor SuperCrew at 4,571 lbs.
The four new colors include Cactus Gray, Carbonized Gray, Cyber Orange, and Velocity Blue. Lightning Blue, Magnetic, Saber, and White Platinum Tri-Coat have been dropped from the lineup.
The XL trim now features a more comprehensive color palette with eight available colors. Race Red, Velocity Blue, Iconic Silver, Carbonized Gray, Cactus Gray, Oxford White, and Shadow Black are all no-cost options. Rapid Red will cost you an additional $395. XLT and Lariat trim levels add one additional color called Cyber Orange, which costs $595. There's a catch, however. In order to get a Cyber Orange truck you also have to add an optional package. On the base XLT SuperCab, this will raise the price by $1,765 in total.
Ford's 2.3-liter engine is a superb powertrain. It was used in the manic Focus RS, and it currently powers the base Mustang. It has a broad range of abilities, depending on how you tune it. In the Ranger, it develops 270 hp and 310 lb-ft. The main focus here was to give it low-down grunt, with the performance potential being an added bonus.
It's not available with a manual gearbox, which some may consider an oversight. Given what this car will be used for most, an automatic gearbox does make more sense, though. Changing gears is one less thing to worry about when off-roading or towing.
The Ranger can be slightly hesitant to gear down in Sport mode, but that's hardly the point of a pickup. In all other scenarios, including running down the highway or carrying a load, the Ranger's powertrain feels entirely up to the task.
The rear-wheel-drive Ford Ranger pickup truck has EPA-estimated figures of 21/26/23 mpg across the city/highway/combined cycles. The standard 4x4 model is rated at 20/24/22 mpg, while the 4x4 with the Tremor Package does 19/19/19 mpg. A 2.7-liter four-pot sans turbo powers the most frugal Tacoma, and it's a terrible engine, offering only 159 hp and 180 lb-ft. This particular model gets closest to the Ranger's EPA figures and manages 20/23/21 mpg. The 3.5-liter Tacoma 4WD automatic is much closer to the Ranger in terms of performance, and it has EPA-estimated figures of 18/22/20 mpg. There's also a case to be made for the Honda Ridgeline, which has a powerful 3.5-liter engine and only consumes 18/24/21 mpg - the best figures in the midsize segment.
The Ranger's fuel consumption figures aren't vastly different, but it does prove that there's something to this small capacity, turbocharged engine malarky, at least as far as gas is concerned. The mpg rating of the Ford Ranger is a bit undone by the annoyingly small tank of only 18 gallons, though. That leads to an average range of between 342 to 414 miles between refills, which is on the low side for a workhorse.
The SuperCab and SuperCrew fit four and five people, respectively. The seats are nothing special, but they do provide ample support. The cabin feels big for a mid-size pickup, and all but the tallest passengers should be able to sit comfortably on extended journeys. Legroom is acceptable on both SuperCrew and SuperCab models. Front legroom in the SuperCab is 43.1 inches, while rear legroom is 30.4 inches. The SuperCrew has the same front legroom as the SuperCab, but the rear legroom is increased to 34.5 inches. Headroom in the front is the same for both models (39.8 inches), while rear headroom in the SuperCab is 35.9 inches, and 38.3 in the SuperCrew.
Visibility is good, but the bed has a tendency to block smaller cars. Luckily, the Ranger can be equipped with blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic assist, which is a must if you want to daily a Ranger in the city.
The base XL has Ebony cloth as standard. The quality can be improved by adding premium Ebony cloth or vinyl. The XLT comes standard with premium cloth in either Ebony or Medium Stone. The Lariat comes with a full leather interior, also in Ebony or Medium Stone. The Lariat also includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter.