Ford Ranger: A contender for the best pick-up truck of 2019

Updated Mar 09, 2022 | Same topic: Highlights of the Week

Despite not having the imposing look and the sport suspension of the Ranger Raptor, Ford Rangers are still capable trucks, even more so in terms of carrying weight.

Ford Ranger: A contender for the best pick-up truck of the year

  • One of the more powerful models available in the Philippine market right now. Especially true with the bi-turbo.
  • Has the bi-turbo like the Raptor for less the price combined with more cargo-carrying capacity.
  • Strangely enough, the top of the line Wildtrak has more in the way of safety features specifically driver-assist features.
  • Despite smaller looking, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak can still hold a candle up to similarly-sized pick-up trucks.

Ford Ranger: Powerful and can still be used to haul a LOT of stuff

As we’ve said before, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a contender for best pick-up truck of the year cause it is equipped with a highly competent suspension system designed to take on rough roads fast. Think of those “Baja trucks,” that’s exactly what the Ranger Raptor it’s like. This is thanks to its sport suspension courtesy of fox.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak

The Wildtrak, the XLT, and the XLS might not have sports suspension like Raptor, but they do have a pair of really strong rear leaf springs

In comparison, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak’s suspension is a simpler double wishbone w/ coil-springs at the front and beefy leaf springs at the rear. While indeed, this combination is vastly simpler, it enables the Wildtrak, the XLT, and the XLS variants to haul SIGNIFICANTLY more than the Ranger Raptor ever will.

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Ford Ranger Wildtrak travelling fast on the road

Carrying sacks of rice? No problem. Piles and piles of bananas? No Problem!

In fact, the Raptor’s payload capacity is rated only 766 kg while all of the other Rangers can carry up to 1,120 kg.

Ford Ranger: A perfect balance of practicality, affordability, and performance

The top-spec Wildtrak which we know has the same 2.0-liter bi-turbo engine as the Ranger Raptor making the same power coupled with the same 10-speed tranny.

However, it is obviously a much more affordable buy than the Raptor. Plus, as we’ve said before, the “vanilla” Ford Ranger can do so much more than the Raptor in terms of work-related duties.

Ford Ranger Wildtrak rearview

Also, the Ranger Wildtrak Bi-turbo has a lot of driver-assist features. Some of which are lacking from the Raptor

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To top it all off, the Wildtrak 2.0L Bi-turbo 4x4 AT can tow 3,500 kg. That’s 1,000 kg more than the Raptor.

To find out if the Ford Ranger is indeed the best truck of 2019, keep reading here on

Know more about Ford Ranger 2023

Ford Ranger

The 2023 Ford Ranger is a 4x4 or 4x2 pickup truck. It is the latest version of the said model, and as of its launch in the Philippine market, it has a total of eight different variants.

These are the top-spec Wildtrak 4x4, Wildtrak 4x2, Sport 4x4, Sport 4x2, XLT 4x2, XLS 4x2 AT, XLS 4x2 MT, and the entry-level XL 4x4. As of 2023, prices for these trims ranges from php 1,213,000 to Php 1,910,000.

Under the hood of the new Ranger are two-different diesel mills. For the Wildtrak 4x4, it uses a 2.0-liter biturbo that can churn out 210 horsepower and 500 Nm of torque. It is also the sole trim that uses a 10-speed automatic tranny.

The rest of the all-new Ranger then gets a 2.0-liter turbodiesel that can produce up to 170 horsepower and 405 Nm of torque. Only the XLS 4x2 and the XL 4x4 may come with a six-speed manual. The other non-biturbo trims then use a six-speed automatic.

Size-wise, the all-new 2023 Ranger is 5,370mm long, 1,918mm wide, and 1,884mm in height. They also offer a wheelbase length of 3,270mm, and a ground clearance of 235mm.

Locally, the 2023 Ford Ranger faces the Toyota Hilux, Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi Strada, Isuzu D-Max, Mazda BT-50, etc.

₱ 1,213,000 - ₱ 1,910,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.


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