Off-road-ready truck with some on-road shortcomings. The 2022 Ford Ranger is an amazing truck off the beaten path. Particularly if you opt for the FX4 or Tremor package, which adds all types of rugged off-roading equipment. However, it doesn’t drive like a midsize pickup on the road – it’s more like a full-size rig. This puts a severe damper on its abilities as a daily driver. Find out if this impacts its competitiveness in the important midsize pickup class below.

Sharp on the outside, not so hot inside. Though it’s not cut from the same cloth as its work-ready siblings, the F-Series lineup, the 2022 Ranger’s body looks the part. Its large “RANGER” stamping, bold grille, and upright shoulders make sure of that while retaining some smoother lines for a more approachable look than a full-size pickup.

Inside, though, the Ranger reminds you it's an old design refreshed for the American market. The cabin is plain and unexciting, leaving the passenger craving something interesting to look at. Plus, hard, grainy plastics flow into key touchpoints, leaving the whole cabin feeling cheaper than it needs to be, even in higher trims.

Powerful standard four-cylinder. The 2022 Ranger’s base 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine delivers ample power at 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, which launches it to 60 mph in an impressive seven seconds. This engine also allows it to tow up to 7,500 pounds – an impressive feat for a small pickup.

However, this is the only engine option. No diesel. No hybrid. No V6. Nothing. Its competitors all have at least one optional engine, and one of these highlights is the diesel in the Colorado and Canyon that gives them up to 30 miles per gallon highway. The Ranger falls way behind at just 21 mpg city, 26 highway, and 23 combined.

On-road manners are poor. With its optional FX4 package, which includes a torque-vectoring rear axle, skid plates, tow hooks, a multi-mode traction-control system, and knobby tires, the Ranger is confident off-roading. The Tremor enhances this with chunky LT tires, Fox shocks, and a raised suspension.

On the pavement, though, the Ranger is bouncy, unruly, and tends to nosedive on heavy braking. It drives like a truck. Buyers looking for less of a truck-like drive can look to the Honda Ridgeline, but you’ll give up a lot in capability.

Final thoughts. The 2022 Ford Ranger is a capable pickup with its big towing capacity, powerful engine, and optional off-road gear. However, it lacks a lot of refinement others in its class have, including the Colorado, Canyon, and Tacoma. Plus, its lack of a diesel option is disheartening to many buyers.

Further down the line, there are rumors that Ford may add a Ranger Raptor to the lineup. A possible redesign may also be in store for 2023 or 2024. Alternatively, Ford now offers a smaller pickup called the 2022 Maverick that may be better suited for urban pursuits, has a lower price, and comes standard with a hybrid engine.

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