Review - Ford Ranger
April 07, 2021
Ford Australia invented the utility in 1934, so it's no wonder the Ford Ranger has become Australia's favourite pick-up and the best seller. With Wildtrak starting from $61,790, let's dive in and see what makes this incredible, versatile car so popular.
Many argue that the Ranger is the best looking ute in the class and the Wildtrak's enhancements of 18-inch alloy wheels, side steps, roller shutter, sports bars and unique front end treatment add to the toughness. Any colour you choose, whether it's Shadow Black, Magnetic Grey, Ingot Silver, Frozen White or loud-n-proud Pride Orange, the Wildtrak is a tough truck with excellent manners.
Home grown and handy
Designed and engineered in Australia at Ford's local headquarters, the Ranger has been calibrated for the kinds of bumps and challenges that only our roads can throw at it. For off-roading, it's also made tough to handle the unique demands our beautiful yet unforgiving landscape throws at it.
Whether you tow giant boats, trailers or horse floats, the 3.5-tonne towing capacity is top of the pack and will ensure your cargo will get there in the most undisturbed, safest way possible. The Ranger even has Trailer Sway Control to electronically monitor the stability of your extra cargo.
The 902kg payload is remarkable considering the Ranger's exceptionally quiet and smooth ride, and highway comfort. The gutsy 3.2-litre turbo diesel has plenty of grunt but gets the job done with minimal fuel consumption.
Safety and gadgets
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak is the most technologically advanced pickup truck on the market, in terms of safety, off-roading and in car entertainment technology.
Ranger was the first pick-up truck to obtain a 5 star ANCAP crash safety rating, thanks to its rigid body and airbags all round. New additions such as adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert and fatigue warning keep you out of harm’s way, making driving much easier. There are two child-seat anchorage points in the rear to keep your most precious cargo in safe hands.
Proving that it is truly built for adventure are the Ranger's 800mm wading depth for crossing streams, 4x4 shift on the fly for tough terrain and locking rear differential for mud exploring.
Ford's Sync 3 colour 8.0-inch touch-screen and voice control system is one of the most up to date entertainment systems in its class. You can pair up your phone via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, use the state-of-the-art navigation system with live traffic updates, or set the climate to however you please.
The Ranger has earned its place at the top of the sales charts thanks to safety, ease of driving, its ability to tackle any conditions with finesse and it's charming good looks. Talk to one of our experts today about getting this legend into your driveway.
5 Specs you need to know
- Engine: 3.2-litre turbo diesel five cylinder
- Transmission and drive: Six speed manual or auto
- ANCAP Rating: Five stars
- Official fuel economy: 8.4L/100km
- 0-100km/h as tested: 10.3 seconds
- 3.5t towing capacity
- Grunty 3.2-litre diesel engine
- Engineered for Australian conditions
- Load space not as wide as some rivals
- Diesel could be more refined