Vehicle Profile: 2021 Ford Ranger
New Ford Ranger adds even more options for off-road excitement
The new Ranger demonstrates why Ford has dominated the truck world for decades — and how it plans to stay atop the segment for years more to come. Ford updates the 2021 Ranger with even more of what drivers want, including one of the toughest off-road trucks it’s ever made.
Shake up the ordinary with the Tremor
If you have a mind to get out there and explore on a whim, the 2021 Ford Ranger with the all-new available Tremor Off-Road Package will be right there with you. With a host of upgrades over the already robust FX4 Off-Road Package, the Ranger Tremor is the most off-road-ready factory-built Ranger ever sold in the United States.
Thanks to 32-inch Continental General Grabber™ A/TX all-terrain tires, the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor adds 0.8 inches of ground clearance over the Ranger SuperCrew 4x4 for a total of 9.7 inches. It also improves the approach, departure, and breakover angles and increases front and rear suspension travel — this translates to smoother performance whether on- or off-road.
When you’re looking to get down and dirty, the Tremor Off-Road Package offers advanced technologies that help you enjoy your adventure with confidence. The Terrain Management System™ comes standard with four unique settings, and Trail Control™ gives you cruise control confidence when you’re up to your treads in thick mud or rocky trails.
Though the 2021 Ford Ranger doesn’t offer the expansive engine lineup of its larger sibling, the F-150, it makes up for it by offering something that’s impressively powerful in its right. Every 2021 Ford Ranger is standard with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost®, the only turbocharged gas engine in the midsize pickup segment. Paired with a class-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission, the light yet muscular EcoBoost® puts down 270 horsepower and best-in-class 310 lb-ft of gas torque.*
This impressive output doesn’t just translate to quick starts and sustained power at highway speeds. Thanks to the power of EcoBoost® and its durable high-strength steel frame, the Ranger delivers a 7,500-pound maximum tow rating and best-in-class max payload up to 1,860 pounds.**
Want more power? Ford now offers a trio of Ford Performance accessory packages for the ranger to boost its sporty qualities. With the Ford Performance Level 2 and Ford Performance Level 3 packages, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost® is recalibrated to increase output to 315 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque. All three Ford Performance packages also include an off-road leveling kit and FOX 2.0 Performance Series shocks tuned by Ford Performance, making the Ranger even more dynamic off-road.
Aptitude for adventure
With the 2021 Ranger, Ford offers up some of the best technologies it has available today. That includes Ford Co-Pilot360™, a suite of driver-assistive safety features that give you the confidence to rely on the Ranger as a family vehicle. Ford Co-Pilot360™ includes the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking.
When you’re out on a journey with the family, keeping everyone entertained and connected — both to each other and the world — is more of a priority than ever. The 2021 Ford Ranger helps make it easier with SYNC® 3 and built-in Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility. Available FordPass Connect™ adds a built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that serves up reliable high-speed internet for up to 10 devices.
The 2021 Ford Ranger shows that Ford Tough® isn’t a concept limited by size. A midsize truck that thinks and performs at a larger level, the new Ranger earns its place beside America’s bestselling truck brand of 44 years and counting.
*Class is Midsize Pickups.
**Max payload on SuperCab, 4x2. Class is Midsize Pickups. See label on vehicle door jamb for the carrying capacity of a specific vehicle. Max towing when equipped with Trailer Tow Package. Max towing varies based on cargo, vehicle configuration, accessories and number of passengers. Towing and payload are independent attributes and may not be achieved simultaneously.
This article is presented by Jack Demmer Ford.