Ford Guard; a workhorse pickup that has survived as a model since 1983 despite being killed off in America in 2011.
It was a reliable truck that could, return to the US market in 2019 as a smaller cousin to wade throughThe self-owned F-150, both the best-selling truck and the best-selling vehicle in the US.
In fact, modest pickups are in the top three vehicles purchased by US residents according to multiple sources and after the popular Chevrolet Silverado and Ram trucks, Japanese sedans, hatchbacks and crossovers dominate sales figures.
The Ranger isn’t a big seller in the United States, but in Europe, it’s a bit more suited to people who need the durability, all-wheel drive and ground clearance of the F-150’s massive footprint.
The Ford F-150 is available for import into Europe, but where roads and parking lots are smaller and narrower, a smaller wheelbase and thinner profile are more practical.
That’s not to say the Ranger is much less capable, it’s a workhorse that will see you through and even more so with the optional diesel engine: diesel in Europe has been for decades the most popular fuel and is still in high use despite the poor press it has had in recent years.
Ford Ranger Global Market Gets Diesel For Torque And Economy
In the US, the Ranger gets a choice of one engine; The 2.3-liter Ecoboost that has been seen serving in everything from the Ford Fusion to the Mustang, to a variety of other models.
This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, for a smaller pickup in North America that kind of power and economy should pay dividends, and rightly so, with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft; not far below the Maserati Grecale in terms of power and making more torque than the 3.2-liter Pentastar engine still used by Jeep, it also beats various versions of the larger 3.6-liter Pentastar – it’s a fine machine.
In Europe where diesel is generally cheaper than gasoline (except in the UK where it is more expensive), 2 liter and 3 liter diesels are available, with higher torque to help transport and navigate difficult terrain.
Ford Ranger Diesel Offers Enough Torque To Tow A Boat, Or Home
If you’re used to the torque of a V8, you’re likely going to like what the Ranger has to offer in its smoky diesel variant.
With 2 liters, you get two different outputs depending on how much turbo is used – 170 hp and 300 lb-ft in base specs means you get all the torque you need and economy in the 30 MPG+ range.
Stepping up to a twin-turbo diesel gives your right foot 207 hp and 370 lb-ft – a good number plus you’ll go further than you would with spark plugs under the hood (fun fact: diesel engines use glow plugs).
The top version of the Global Ranger can get a 3-liter diesel motor with 247 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque – with a 10-speed automatic transmission and a towing weight of 7500 lb, this is a real workhorse.
If You Want Diesel, There Are Other Options For North America
The ubiquitous F-150 rival, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is offered as a $50,000 LT, which gets you a 3-liter diesel with 277 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque via a 10-speed automatic, much like Ranger’s top-spec diesel outside the US.
The Chevy’s smaller Colorado starts at $25,000, close to the $27,000 asked for the Ranger, and is included as a 2.8-liter diesel option with 180 hp and 369 lb-ft – oddly caught between the power of the cheapest Ranger diesel but with less power torque. higher 2 liters; plus you get a 6-speed automatic – where are the other 4 gears?
For the ultimate in diesel power within the limits of a pickup base, there’s Ford’s own 6.7-liter Powerstroke diesel which for $55,000 (in a standard F-450 XL cabin) will get you around 500 hp and 1000 lb-ft of torque.
Ford Ranger Raptor Is The Best Raptor Ford Will Bring To The US
For now, the upcoming Ford Ranger Raptor is a mini F-150 in spirit, with the same modern face plus the option of a turbocharged 3-liter Ecoboost petrol engine with 290 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque.
We think this offsets most of the advantages of owning a diesel and with it brings the benefits of owning a Raptor: improved suspension, awesome styling, and the ability to go further than any other Ranger, on paper at least.
You’ll still be able to get your hands on a Raptor diesel eventually, but let’s face it, a turbocharged V6 petrol truck is always going to be universally cooler than a smoky, rattling diesel.
Best Features of Ford Ranger Raptor 2023
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