Which 2021 Ford Ranger variant should you buy? [Comparison Guide]

Updated Apr 01, 2021 | Same topic: Which Car Variant to Buy?

There are 14 variants made available for the Ford Ranger. Which one do you think best suits you?

Ford Ranger is a well-known vehicle here in the Philippines. And for some, it is the epitome of what a sophisticated pickup truck should look and perform like.

Despite it being at the top list of many, Ford still decided to introduce another new variant to meet the different needs of the people. This variant is called the FX4 Max.

A picture of a 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The facelifted 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The FX4 Max on the outside noticeably looks sportier and more aggressive. Its interior also did not disappoint with the added leather and FX4 Max badging.

But is the FX4 Max now the new go-to variant? Should i stick to the regular old FX4? Or is it really worth the price? Or maybe the top-spec variant, Wildtrak, is still the king among the variants? 

Let’s find out as we discuss the different Ford Ranger variants so you can decide which variant best suits you.

The all-new Ford Ranger FX4

The all-new Ford Ranger FX4 Max

Ford Ranger Variants: Exterior

Basically most Ford Ranger models share the same dimensions of 5,354mm in length, 1,860mm in width, and 1,821mm in height. The FX4 Max on the other hand is the tallest at 1,852 mm, and the Wildtrak is somewhere in-between with a height of 1, 848 mm.

Only the 2.2L XLS 4x2 variants have the front track width at 1,560 while the FX4 Max's measures 1,585 mm. The Wildtrak has the most front track width at 1,560 mm. LED headlamps and Daytime Running lights are only available for the Wildtrak variants while the XLT, FX4 and FX4 Max variants utilize a projector headlamp. XLS variants come with reflector headlamps.

A picture of the front of the Ranger FX4 Max

The front end of the Ranger FX4 Max

There are three different wheel sizes for the Ford Ranger. It has a 16-inch alloy wheel, 17-inch alloy wheel, and 18-inch alloy wheel option.

The three XLS variants come with the 16-inch alloy wheels while the XLT variants come with the 17-inch alloy wheels. For the FX4 variants, a set of uniquely designed FX4 18-inch alloy wheels are installed. The FX4 Max in turn rides on a set of 17-inch alloys. Lastly, the Wildtrak variants come with the 18-inch alloy wheels. Of note, the new FX4 Max uses all-terrain tires.

2021 Ford Ranger FX4 Max Quick Look: The work-and-play truck

Ford Ranger Variants: Interior

Fortunately, all variants are installed with six speakers and its standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and audio streaming.

However, only the Wildtrak variants come with a navigation system. One thing worth mentioning is the Dual Color 4.2* Cluster Screens made available only on the FX4 Max and Wildtrak variants.  

Interior of Ford Ranger

The 2021 Ford Ranger's interior

In terms of the upholstery used, both the XLT and XLS variants use fabric for its seats while the Wildtrak, FX4 and FX4 Max variants are installed with leather seats.

Polyurethane is used for XLS variants’ steering wheel while the rest of the variants utilizes leather wrapping.

A picture of the FX4 Max's interior

Inside the 2021 Ford Ranger FX4 Max

However, only the FX4, FX4 Max and Wildtrak variants have the extra contrast stitching that adds finesse on your steering wheel. The FX4 Max and Wildtrak variants got the upper hand once again with the smart keyless entry feature that is not available for the other variants.

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Ford Ranger Variants: Engine and Performance

All Ford Ranger XLS and XLT variants, including the FX4 variants, are equipped with a 2.2L TDCi diesel engine capable of generating 158 hp at 3,200 rpm and 385 Nm of torque at 1,600-2,500 rpm.

The XLS 4x2 MT, XLS 4x4 MT, 2.2L XLT 4x2 MT, FX4 4x2 MT and 2.0L single-turbo Wildtrak 4x2 MT are all mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, while the FX4 2.2L AT, 2.2L XLS 4x2 AT and 2.2L XLT 4x2 AT are uses a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Ford Ranger engine

Three engine options of Ford Ranger

If you wish for more power, then the Wildtrak variant is the Ford Ranger for you. Both the 2.0L single-turbo Wildtrak 4x2 MT and AT can produce 178 hp at 3500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 1,750-2,500 rpm. This engine with this tune is mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission. 

Both the FX4 Max 4x4 AT and the Ranger Wildtrak 4x4 AT produces the most power among the other variants with their 2.0L Biturbo EcoBlue diesel engine that can also be found in the Ranger Raptor.

This engine produces 210 hp at 3,750 rpm and 500 Nm of torque at 1,500-2000 rpm mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Ford Ranger Variants: Safety

Only the 2.0L Biturbo Wildtrak 4x4 AT gets the luxury of having the safety features that include pre-collision assist, lane-keeping aid, driver alert system, adaptive cruise control, semi-auto active park assist, auto high beam control, and hill descent control.

 

2019 Ford Ranger crew cab driver-side small overlap IIHS crash test

For the XLS and XLT variants, airbags are available for both the driver and the passenger up front. If you wish to be safer by adding more airbags, then the Wildtrak variants deliver with six airbags placed in the driver, front passenger, side, and curtain. 

The all-new FX-4 Max in turn gets dual front airbags, cruise control, hill launch assist, hill descent control, and electronic stability control.

Ford Ranger Variants: Pricing

2021 Ford Ranger Variants 

Price 

Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x2 MT 

Php 1,155,000 

Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x2 AT 

Php 1,215,000 

Ranger 2.2 XLT 4x2 MT 

Php 1,299,000 

Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x4 MT 

Php 1,304,000 

Ranger 2.2 FX4 4x2 MT 

Php 1,320,000 

Ranger 2.2 XLT 4x2 AT 

Php 1,330,000 

Ranger 2.2 FX4 4x2 AT 

Php 1,380,000 

Ranger 2.2 FX4 4x4 MT 

Php 1,450,000 

Ranger 2.0 Wildtrak 4x2 MT 

Php 1,480,000 

Ranger 2.2 FX4 4x4 AT 

Php 1,510,000 

Ranger 2.0 Wildtrak 4x2 AT 

Php 1,540,000 

Ranger 2.0 Biturbo FX4 Max 4x4 AT 

Php 1,698,000 

Ranger 2.0 Biturbo Wildtrak 4x4 AT 

Php 1,728,000 

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Ford Ranger Variants: Conclusion

The Ford Ranger is the ideal pick-up truck for many Filipinos. It brings style, comfort, and power on the go. With that said, we can expect the Ford Ranger to be at the top all the time in the competitive pickup truck segment here in the Philippines.

The 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The 2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak

So which variant is the best option at its given price? We would have to go with the top of the line Ford Ranger 2.0L Biturbo Wildtrak 4x4 AT priced at Php 1,728,000. The added safety features and the extra boost from its Biturbo option on this variant are definitely worth every penny.

However, the new Ford Ranger 2.2L FX4 4x2 AT is not a bad choice. This variant is perfect for those who are wanting a unique-looking variant but are planning to spend less.

Then there's the FX4 Max, which is prices at Php 1,698,000. It is more affordable than the top-spec Wildtrak Bi-turbo, but it uses the same engine and has Fox Shocks. It also has the most ground clearance, and a 4x4 drivetrain. So for people looking for a very capable off-road truck that can still function as a work truck, this might catch your attention.

A picture of a Ranger FX4 Max in the wilderness

The Ranger FX4 Max in its natural habitat

The FX4 and Wildtrak share many features that the XLS and XLT don’t have. But if extra power is essential, then the Wildtrak and FX4 Max variants are the ones for you.

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Rex started off his career in the aviation industry before entering Philkotse as a staff writer. Two things excite him the most: first is staying up to speed with the latest news in the industry that uses engines as their heart and soul. The second is imparting them in a well-detailed manner. His passion for anything with wheels started when he was young – from Tamiyas to family-friendly sedans, and anything in between.

Someday, Rex only wishes to drive on random highways with friends in a third-gen Mitsubishi Delica with aftermarket sunroofs, if he couldn’t get the Starwagon Super Exceed edition.

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