2021 Ford Ranger: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Justin Cupler
Automotive Editor - June 18, 2020

Model Preview

After taking eight years off, the Ford Ranger returned in 2019 with a new, sleeker body, an all-turbo engine lineup, and more. With everything still fresh for this midsize pickup, we expect the 2021 Ranger to roll in unchanged.

When the Ford Ranger returned in 2019, it arrived with a sharp design that included a rounded front end, sweptback headlights, and plenty of options for a customizable look. Inside, it boasted almost a baby-F-150 design with its four-spoke steering wheel and angular HVAC vents, but its more rounded dash catered better to the small-pickup market. We expect this design to remain the same in the 2021 Ranger.

Ford Ranger

Under its hood, the current Ranger has just one engine option: a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a standard 10-speed automatic transmission and rear- or four-wheel drive. We expect the 2021 Ranger to have the same powertrain.

The current Ranger struggled a bit in IIHS testing, as it received only an “Acceptable” rating in the passenger-side small overlap test and “Marginal” in the headlight test. This led to it missing out on the Top Safety Pick rating. Its standard automatic emergency braking did, however, earn a “Superior” rating. With no changes in the works, we expect these ratings to remain the same in the 2021 Ranger.

Pricing & Release Date

There is no official on-sale date for the 2021 Ford Ranger, but based on previous years’ release schedules, we expect a late 2020 arrival.

The 2021 Ranger’s pricing isn’t available yet, but with no notable changes, we expect it to remain close to the current model’s MSRP range of $25,305 to $39,870 (destination fees included).

This midsize pickup will compete with the Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, Chevy Colorado, and GMC Canyon.

Learn more about the current Ranger on sale now »

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