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Ford Ranger Review, For Sale, Colours, Models, Specs & News

If there's one thing that Aussie tradies are spoiled for, it's choice.

With the number of big, ladder-framed light commercial utes on offer, it's difficult for any single truck to rise to the top. One truck has done it, however; bigger and bolder than ever before, the Ford Ranger's popularity has escalated to the point that it's stealing the thunder of the previously unassailable Toyota HiLux. The Ranger name has only been used in Australia since 2006, but that doesn't mean that Ford is new to the party. Ford Ranger is really just a new name for the Ford Courier, a nameplate that was used in Australia since 1979.

Available in a range of sizes and body styles and priced from $35,930 for the Ranger XL 2.0 HI-Rider (4X2) up to $86,790 for the Ranger Raptor 3.0 (4X4), the Ranger can serve as anything from a small, 4x2 single cab to extra and dual cab 4x4 utes with a choice of diesel engines and pickup and cab chassis trays.

Ford Ranger Accessories

The base Ranger – the XL – features halogen headlights, a front tow hook, a digital instrument cluster, manual air-conditioning, a 10.1-inch touchscreen, Ford’s SYNC 4A multimedia system, USB ports, cloth seats, rubber floors and 16-inch steel wheels.

The XLS adds alloy wheels, side steps, fog lights and carpet.

Step up to the XLT and you’ll also score LED headlights, tub bed-liner with illumination, a sports bar and 17-inch alloys outside, while keyless entry and start, dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, adaptive cruise control with full stop/go functionality, traffic-sign recognition tech and fancier interior trim.

The Sport brings wireless charging, an Off-Road screen, leather upholstery, a powered driver’s seat and 18-inch alloys to the table.

Choosing the Wildtrak ushers in most of the above, plus a sports bar, trailer brake controller, side rails, a powered roller shutter, zone lighting, a 12-inch touchscreen, ambient lighting, a powered front passenger seat, front seat warmers, extra cupholders, a surround-view camera and active park assist.

Finally, the Platinum standardises Matrix LEDs, 10-speaker premium audio, 20-inch alloys, a 12.4-inch digital instrument, cooled front seats, a driver’s side seat memory setting, heated steering wheel, pre-installed auxiliary switch panel for accessories, pleated leather trim, a soft-drop-open action tailgate, slidable tub rack system and swinging roof racks.

Ford Ranger Colours

The Ranger Platinum is available in Arctic White, or for $700 extra, a range of metallic or prestige paints, namely Meteor Grey, Aluminium (silver), Sedona Orange, Shadow Black and Equinox Bronze.

  • Arctic White
  • Aluminium
  • Shadow Black
  • Equinox Bronze
  • Meteor Grey
  • Sedona Orange
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Ford Ranger Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Ford Ranger here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • Ford Ranger Engine Oil - What Type & How to Change

    The recommended Ford Ranger engine oil depends on the engine fitted to your particular example. Since the popular PX Ranger (2011 to 2022) used four different engines over its time on sale, this is an important piece of the puzzle. So here’s how it pans out:

    The Best Ford Ranger oil type for the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine is a 5W30 fully synthetic. The 3.2-litre turbo-diesel also uses the same grade and specification of oil. The sophisticated two-litre twin-turbo diesel requires 0W30 fully synthetic oil which is quite a light oil but is designed to lubricate those turbochargers immediately on start-up. Meantime, the 2.5-litre petrol engine (which is quite rare to find and only sold for a few years) requires either a 5W20 or a 0W20 (depending on which oil manufacturer you ask).

    In the Ranger’s case, changing the oil at home is not difficult provided you’re not dealing with the five-cylinder 3.2-litre turbo-diesel. We’ll get to that one in a moment. In the case of the other engines, it becomes a case of warming the engine, removing the drain plug and letting the old oil out. While it’s draining, fit the replacement oil filter, replace the drain plug and refill the engine with the fresh oil. Once you’ve checked the level and it’s good, you’re on your way again.

    The exception to all this is the 3.2-litre engine which has a sophisticated oil pump that allows it to save a bit of fuel, but also imposes a ten-minute limit on how long you can leave the sump-plug out and the engine empty of oil. Because of the way the pump is designed, an empty sump will cause the pump to not prime itself when you refill the oil and start the engine. And that can destroy the engine. So, the oil filter needs to be changed separately and the oil drained and refilled inside that ten-minute window. Simply google `how to change oil on a Ford Ranger’ and you might not be given this vital piece of info. Beyond that, the job is still a DIY one, but you have to be aware of that time limit.

    Oil changes are part of any vehicle’s regular maintenance and the specifications of the oil required and the service interval (how often to change oil) are set by the vehicle’s manufacturer. If this job isn’t for you, pretty much any mechanic at any service centre of any size will be able to handle it quickly and efficiently as well as dispose of the old oil and filter for you.

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  • Ford Ranger Timing Belt or Chain - Which One Does It Have?

    Ford’s popular PX Ranger (sold from 2011 to its replacement in 2022) marked a distinct move away from timing belt technology to drive the engine's inlet and exhaust cam. So, regardless of what engine your PX Ranger has fitted to it, the Ford Ranger timing belt or chain question is answered with a simple response: It’s a timing chain.

    That means the timing chain should be good for the life of the vehicle and will not require replacement at regular intervals, unlike engines with a rubber drive belt belt, provided oil changes and other maintenance has been carried out properly. This gets around the rubber drive belt problems of periodical replacement and the associated cost.

    This advice covers every PX Ranger engine, including the 3.2-litre five-cylinder diesel, the 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel, the two-litre twin-turbo diesel and even the short-lived (2011 to 2015) 2.5-litre petrol engine.

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  • Acceleration problems with a 2008 Ford Ranger

    This sounds very much like a fuelling problem. Since a diesel engine has no ignition system (beyond its own compression) any fall off in performance can often be traced back to the fuel system.

    The best bet is to take the vehicle to a diesel specialist that knows this make and model and will have either seen this exact set of symptoms before or will be able to make a logical diagnosis rather than just changing random parts that may or may not be the cause of the problem. Things that are likely causes, however, are the fuel filtering system, fuel pump and injectors. But don’t rule out something simple like a bad batch of fuel that is playing havoc with the entire system.

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  • Does the 2014 Ford Ranger have a variable-voltage alternator?

    That model Ranger does, indeed, have what’s called a variable-voltage or `smart’ alternator. The idea is that when the car’s main battery is fully charged, the alternator reduces its workload to save fuel. But the reality is that the system doesn’t always recognise that accessories (like a second battery) have been fitted to the car. If that happens, the alternator doesn’t always make enough power to keep accessories like that second battery system fully charged. Which means that suddenly, your car-fridge won’t run overnight.

    The good news is that this smart function is purely electronically controlled, and a Ford dealer can disable it for you, returning the alternator to conventional operation.

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Ford Ranger Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Ford Ranger varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $35,930 and going to $86,790 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2023 Ute 2.0L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $35,930 $86,790
2022 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $25,080 $94,710
2021 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $24,310 $92,180
2020 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $22,770 $81,950
2019 Ute 2.2L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $20,460 $78,430
See All Ford Ranger Pricing and Specs

Ford Ranger Towing Capacity

The Ford Ranger has maximum towing capacity of 3500kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2023 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2022 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2021 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2020 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
2019 Ute 2500kg 3500kg
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Ford Ranger Dimensions

The dimensions of the Ford Ranger Ute vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2022 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2021 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2020 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
2019 Ute 1703x1850x5110 mm 201 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Dimensions

Ford Ranger Wheel Size

The Ford Ranger has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 255x70 R16 for Ute in 2023.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2023 Ute 255x70 R16 255x70 R16
2022 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2021 Ute 215x70 R16 215x70 R16
2020 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
2019 Ute 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches 215x70 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Ford Ranger Wheel Sizes

Ford Ranger Engine

The Ranger Platinum comes with a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 diesel, producing 184kW of power at 3250rpm and 600Nm of torque at 1750-2250rpm.

A 10-speed torque-converter automatic transmission sends drive to the rear wheels in most cases, unless the electronic on-demand four-wheel-drive system is engaged, with full-time all-wheel drive.

There is also 4x4 High and 4x4 Low ranges, that lock in the 4WD system for greater off-road capability.

Ford Ranger Interior

The Ranger’s interior is one of the largest and roomiest in its midsized SUV class.

All the basics are spot-on: great seats, ample vision, excellent ventilation, a good driving position, useful storage, and real care when it comes to ergonomics.

The dashboard is dominated by a central portrait touchscreen, which includes access to multimedia, vehicle settings and communication systems, while the instrumentation cluster is all-digital and multi-configurable.

Further back, the rear bench seats three, offers sufficient comfort and space, and most amenities, including USB ports and ventilation outlets on higher-spec models.

Ford Ranger Fuel Consumption

The Ford Ranger is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by Diesel and PULP fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.6L/100km for Ute /Diesel for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 Ute 7.6L/100km 2.0L Diesel 6 SP AUTO
2023 Ute 11.5L/100km 3.0L PULP 10 SP AUTO
2022 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2022 Ute 11.5L/100km 3.0L PULP 10 SP AUTO
2021 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2020 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Ute 6.5L/100km 2.2L Diesel 6 SP MAN
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Ford Ranger Seats

The Ranger is a five-seater dual-cab ute, with a pair of comfy and very supportive bucket seats up front and a folding rear bench in the rear.

Underneath the cushion, which rises as a single piece, is storage for smaller items, while the backrest also folds forward for extra cargo capacity if the rear seats are not in use.

A pair of ISOFIX latches and child-seat anchorage points are also fitted.

Ford Ranger Seats

Ford Ranger Speed

The Ranger V6 can accelerate from standstill to 100km/h (0-100km/h) in around 8.5 seconds, on the way to a top speed of about 180km/h.

Ford Ranger Boot Space

Ranger now comes with a box step for smaller-statured people reach things more easily in the tub.

Moving to the back, the tailgate retains its lift assist, and opens up to reveal a cargo area capable of taking a Euro palette for the first time. And there are now new box caps to help protect the fresh metalwork.

There are other innovations, such as a bedliner with moulded slots to help keep items in place, a 12V outlet, illumination under the box caps, load bearing aluminium side bars to secure items to, latching points on the box caps for accessories like canopies and cross bars, and external tie-down rails with sliding cleats for odd-shaped items.

Plus, there’s zone lighting available on higher-grade models, using the many LEDs around the vehicle for useful nighttime illumination operable remotely via the FordPass app.

Even the tailgate is a workbench, with two clamp pockets to secure project materials and a built-in ruler for convenient measuring.

Additionally, there’s a powered roller shutter for added security that's standard on Wildtrak and optional on other grades.

Finally, all Rangers offer a maximum towing capability of 3500kg. Payloads vary from 934kg to 1441kg, depending on model and grade.

Ford Ranger Boot space Ford Ranger Boot space

Ford Ranger Range

Our Ranger V6 diesel averaged 8.4L/100km (for 222g/km of CO2 emissions), that means 952km is possible from the 80L fuel tank capacity.

Our trip computer hovered around the 9.8L/100km mark, but when we refuelled, we averaged 9.5.