When it comes to pickup trucks, an essential factor in their design will be what they are capable of and how those capabilities have come about. One of the most important aspects of any truck will be the parts you find under the hood, specifically the engine. It’s quite simple, the more powerful and efficient an engine, the better overall ride and capabilities you’ll have.
The Ford Ranger's Powerful Engine
While there are three different trim levels on the 2020 Ford Ranger, you’ll find that each of those trims will come equipped with the same engine, a 2.3L EcoBoost gas-powered engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger. This is the engine that outputs up to 270 hp and delivers 310 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, this is where the Ranger is really able to deliver on outstanding capabilities for a mid-size pickup. Without this engine, you wouldn’t have the maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs or a payload rating of 1,860 lbs.
As a side note, it’s common for mid-size pickups to have fewer engine options than their full-size counterparts, which is why you only find one engine included with the 2020 Ford Ranger. Fortunately, it’s a fantastic engine that’s ready to power you through your next adventure.
Safety and Tech
It may be vital for a truck to have all of the correct mechanical specifications for it to function as one would expect, but these days, it’s also important for any vehicle to come with the modern features that today’s consumers want and need.
Advanced Safety Features
The 2020 Ford Ranger comes arrayed with a wide variety of features that are sure to please the toughest critics out there. Starting with the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies, you can expect this pickup to have the advanced features that have risen to become more mainstream than ever before. If you’re looking for features like Blind Spot Information System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane-Keeping System, and Adaptive Cruise Control, then you’re in the right spot. Ford Co-Pilot360 is available on the Ranger XL and comes standard on the Ranger XLT, and Lariat trims.
Of those features, a particularly nice highlight involves the Blind Spot Information System. This feature also comes with Trailer Coverage, which can really improve your driving experience when you’re towing a trailer behind you, especially if you’re driving on a busy highway. You’ll be able to detect vehicles in your blind spot or alongside your trailer much easier and then be able to adjust accordingly as you’re driving and changing lanes.
Entertainment and Convenience Features
Along with impressive safety and driver-assist features, the 2020 Ford Ranger also comes ready in the luxury and convenience department. Ford Ranger XLT and Lariat trims come standard with 8-inch LCD touchscreen displays that are equipped with SYNC 3 technology. SYNC 3 is a voice-activated technology that is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making your driving experience much more efficient and entertaining. There’s also the FordPass Connect app and available 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot powered by AT&T. You can use the app to lock and unlock the vehicle, check fuel levels and mileage, and even access remote start. With the available hotspot, your passengers can easily stay connected and entertained while enjoying a comfortable ride.
Every 2020 Ford Ranger model is capable and comfortable on the pavement, but its true calling may be out in rugged and all-terrain conditions. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine is sure to give a nice boost when you’re driving on the highway, and it will give you some great capabilities when you’re on the trail as well.
The 2020 Ford Ranger: Built for the Open Road
The 2020 Ford Ranger, as its name implies, is meant to be out in the wild. With a powerful engine, high-strength steel frame, and multiple off-road components, it’s been built for adventures. Plus, you can always add on the FX4 Off-Road Package for some serious off-roading fun.
Each new Ranger has the availability of 4WD, which is essential for any off-road machine. With the electronic shift-on-the-fly (ESOF) system, you can easily shift between 4WD high or low and 2WD when you’re back on the pavement. Along with a powerful engine, the 2020 Ford Ranger also has a best-in-class break-over angle, which means it’s the best mid-size pickup out there for climbing hills and clearing obstacles.
The FX4 Off-Road Package
If you add on the FX4 Off-Road Package, you can expect some really great additions. The included Terrain Management System allows you to choose between four different drive modes, which are Normal, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, and Sand. When you select the mode, the system will then automatically adjust its settings to provide different levels of traction, drivability, and performance.
For those times when you need a little more focus while driving over rough terrain, you can activate the Trail Control system that acts as a kind of off-road cruise control, managing both throttle and braking while maintaining a constant speed. And for those tricky situations where terrain changes unpredictably, the electronic-locking rear differential allows you to choose when to activate it, so traction is optimized for both rear wheels at the same time.
The 2020 Ford Ranger has some serious off-road capabilities that are ready to take you on your next adventure.