With all Ranger trucks, a 10-speed automatic rules the roost, and it provides shifts that are smooth and quick. Rear-drive models offer 8.4 inches of ground clearance, while four-wheel-drive versions offer 8.9 inches. The Ranger is available with a Terrain Management System that tweaks things like engine responsiveness and transmission gearing to optimize the truck's performance on various types of terrain. Four selectable drive modes are offered: Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand.
Towing and Payload Capacity
The 2020 Ranger can tow up to 7500 pounds when outfitted with an optional tow package. The truck's engine remains poised and impressive even when pulling a heavy trailer. As far as payload capacity goes, the Ranger can handle up to 1860 pounds.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
The EPA hasn't yet released fuel economy ratings for the 2020 Ranger, but we expect the numbers will be identical to those seen in the 2019 model. That Ranger achieves EPA-rated gas mileage of up to 21/26 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and 20/24 mpg with four-wheel drive. We subjected three Rangers to our 200-mile highway fuel-economy testing. Two of these were crew-cab four-wheel-drive models, and they achieved 16 mpg and 15 mpg combined after some fairly aggressive driving. The third version was rear-wheel drive, and it achieved 25 mpg in highway testing.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
The Ranger's cabin design is a bit mediocre and uninspired, and this is especially apparent in the unadorned base trim. On the plus side, the cabin's controls are easy to identify and use. The Ranger is available with either an extended cab (SuperCab) or a crew cab (SuperCrew).The family-friendly SuperCrew seats five and comes with four full-size doors, while the SuperCab provides seating for four and has two smaller half-doors. Both cab styles offer lots of room for adults in both rows and provide wide door openings for easy ingress and egress.
Infotainment and Connectivity
The base-model Ranger is leanly equipped. A four-speaker AM/FM audio system is standard, along with a single USB port and a Wi-Fi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. The XLT and Lariat trims add features such as SiriusXM satellite radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration and an 8.0-inch touchscreen with swipe capability. The options list includes an integrated navigation system and a 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system.