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

Updated Apr 15, 2021 | 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 Philkotse.com.

Know more about Ford Ranger 2021

Ford Ranger

The Ranger from pickup specialist Ford received numerous facets and practicality and is one of the long-running in the segment of pickup trucks. Still, it has changed a lot in recent years, with the latest iteration combining rugged good looks and off-road capability with a spacious cabin and numerous tech features.

The sport-themed oriented urban truck was intended for the buyer's active lifestyle. Hence, the Blue Oval Company's midsize pickup truck is also utilized as a lifestyle 'weekend' SUV aside from being just a pickup car. Its robust and multi-talented platform is common for both Ford Ranger and Everest, the latter is considered one of the leading SUVs in its respective segment.

Powering the Ford Ranger is either a 2.5-litre or 3.0-litre Dura TORQ TCDi diesel engines that supply high values of power and torque as well as better mileage. It also features enough room and additional space at the back for either business or personal purposes.

The double cabin pickup truck comes with on-road agility, together with its competent handling and reasonable off-roading capability with a 4x4 mechanism. Moreover, the midsize pickup truck features top-class safety features and competes with the types of Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux, Chevrolet Colorado and, Mitsubishi Strada.

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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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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