The 2024 Ford Ranger is a redesigned model that features a more rugged appearance inside and out. There is only one body configuration and that configuration is a crew cab with a five-foot bed. The Ranger is now offered in the Raptor off-road trim.
Choosing Your Ford Ranger
The Ford Ranger is available in four trims, XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor. The truck's base prices range from $34,160 for the XL and run to $56,960 for the Raptor.
There are two engines offered on the mainstream trims while the Raptor receives a unique high-performance engine. The 2024 Ranger has not yet been rated by the EPA and fuel economy is expected to be similar to the 2023 model with combined ratings between 19 and 23 miles per gallon. The Raptor, a new trim for 2024, is expected to receive much lower ratings, as seen with the similarly-hyped Bronco Raptor.
Rear-wheel drive is standard and a $3,485 two-speed automatic four-wheel drive model is available. The Raptor is standard with a unique permanent four-wheel-drive system with a locking front and rear axle.
|2.3-liter I4Turbocharged||XL, XLT, Lariat||270 hp||310 lb-ft|
|2.7-liter V6Turbocharged||Opt. on XL, XLT, Lariat||315 hp||400 lb-ft|
|3.0-liter V6Turbocharged||Raptor||405 hp||430 lb-ft|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The Ranger’s overall dimensions are virtually unchanged although its wheelbase has been lengthened and widened. Its 210 inches in length remains within a couple of inches of the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier, and Toyota Tacoma. Its 9.3-inch ground clearance measurement on the four-wheel drive models is increased to 10.7 inches in the Raptor model which utilizes a heavy-duty, off-road-ready suspension and drivetrain. The Raptor also has a 3.5-inch wider track, a 4.3-inch wider body, and is two inches taller.
The bed is 59.4 inches in length and 48.2 inches wide between the wheel arches.
Inside, the rear bench offers 34.6 inches of rear legroom which is at the high end for the class but it is still less than ideal for anyone more than six feet tall.
The mainstream four-wheel drive Rangers can haul 1,711 pounds and tow up to 7,500 pounds. The Raptor is down about 300 pounds in payload and 2,000 pounds in towing capacities.
The XL trim is equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, automatic high beams while the XLT gains blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and trailer coverage, and reverse parking sensors, and offers adaptive cruise control, a surround-view camera, front parking sensors, and enhanced parking assist through the $1,560 Technology Package. The Raptor includes the package as standard.
The XL and XLT are equipped with a 10" touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto compatibility, remote connectivity, and two USB ports while the XLT gains access to SiriusXM, a wireless charging pad, and power AC outlets in the cab and bed, and offers a portrait-style 12-inch infotainment screen through the High Equipment Package. The Lariat includes a large touchscreen plus a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system
The base Ranger is generally well equipped with LED headlights, halogen fog lights, 17-inch painted alloy wheels, power mirrors and windows, a dampened tailgate, an eight-way manually adjustable driver’s seat, an eight-inch digital gauge cluster, and vinyl flooring.
The XLT gains updated LED headlights, tail lights, and bed lights, 17-inch gray painted wheels and bumpers, power-folding mirrors, and a manually sliding rear window. The High Package is offered for $945 and includes heated front seats with 10-way power-adjustability for the driver’s seat, a power sliding rear window, and a dual-zone climate control system and the Advanced Towing Package is available for $825 and includes an integrated trailer brake controller and trailer back-up assist.
The FX4 Package enhances the capability (and protection) of the Ranger with off-road tires, upgraded skid plates, an electronic-locking rear differential, off-road-tuned shocks, additional terrain modes, low-speed cruise control, and off-road specific gauges for $1,295.
The Lariat trim is noted for its 18-inch machined wheels, power-folding body-colored mirrors with integrated turn signals and approach lighting, heated leather-trimmed seats with 10-way power adjustability and memory positioning for the driver, and exterior zone lighting.
The Raptor trim includes the features of the Lariat plus a host of off-road gear such as 33-inch tires wrapped on 17-inch gray alloy wheels, locking front and rear axles, adaptive Fox shocks, upgraded suspension components with a revised rear axle suspension design for improved high-speed control, a 12-inch digital gauge cluster, six upfitter switches along the overhead console and the unique leather seats include additional bolstering, paddle shifters, and red trim throughout the interior.
The excitement around the Raptor is tempting, however, the XLT trim with the Technology Package for the added safety features is the ideal balance of features and price.