Over the years, Ford has released countless different models of every type of vehicle. However, the company is perhaps best known for its rugged and capable pickup trucks. The Ford F-series has long been the single best-selling vehicle in America, but lately, this full-size icon has been joined by a more agile and more affordable model. The midsize 2021 Ford Ranger is the perfect choice for a driver who needs the performance that only a Ford truck can offer in a more compact and efficient package.
But don't be misled by the small size of the Ranger - this truck is Built Ford Tough, and its standard turbocharged EcoBoost engine has plenty of power to overcome almost any challenge. This advanced design is the best gas engine in its class when it comes to both torque and fuel economy. Whether you need a truck to haul building materials, tow a light trailer, or venture off-road, the 2021 Ford Ranger is up for the task, and it won't break the bank doing it.
While the Ranger is a relatively recent addition to Ford's lineup, having only hit the market for the 2019 model year, Ford continues to evolve and improve the design. For 2021, the new Tremor Off-Road Package has been added as an option for those who demand more off-road capabilities out of their truck. This little brother to the iconic Ford Raptor comes equipped with everything you need to venture into the wild. From FOX monotube dampers, 32-inch all-terrain tires, and 9.7 inches of ground clearance, the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor is built to perform.
Ford only offers one engine for the 2021 Ranger, but it is a good one. The standard 2.3L EcoBoost is a turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 270 hp and an excellent 310 lb-ft of torque. That torque figure is significantly better than the V6 engines found in competing midsize trucks and gives the Ranger its solid performance numbers. The engine is also coupled with an equally modern ten-speed automatic transmission that ensures optimal performance no matter the task.
The 2021 Ford Ranger is built for work, offering a 1,860-pound maximum payload and a 7,500-pound maximum towing capacity. While this may not be equal to a maxed-out F-150, much less a Ford Super Duty, it is more than enough to haul everything you need for your home improvement project or tow a trailer with some dirt bikes or jet skies on the weekend. The Ranger can even handle pulling a small camper for the occasional vacation while still providing an efficient and agile daily driver.
When it comes to safety, the 2021 Ford Ranger comes with standard forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking. Optional features include adaptive cruise control, rear-cross traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. The 2021 Ford Ranger averaged a four-star rating in NHTSA crash testing, giving you peace of mind if you are planning on loading your family into its surprisingly spacious cab.
The 2021 Ford Ranger has a tidy interior that is modern and efficiently laid out. This follows Ford's typical utilitarian aesthetic, with chrome accents offered to draw the eye. There is a fair amount of storage space offered for the driver and passenger, including sizable cup holders and door bins, a deep smartphone bin, and a usable under-armrest compartment. Front row bucket seats are standard, with optional power seats providing additional comfort. You can even add plenty of luxury features from dual-zone automatic climate control to heated seats.
If you opt for the extended cab option, then you will have two small seats in the back that are good for short trips or smaller passengers. However, if you upgrade to the crew cab configuration, you will enjoy a three-passenger rear bench seat with plenty of legroom for even full-grown adults. This option makes the 2021 Ranger a functional family vehicle even if it might not offer all the interior space of an SUV or minivan.
A six switch auxiliary power bank inside the vehicle offers full control over any aftermarket accessories such as winches, trailer lights, or air compressors. A single USB port and ten-speaker entertainment system will keep the music flowing. The base model offers all the modern infotainment features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, as well as SiriusXM satellite radio. Integrated navigation is also available, merging with the eight-inch touchscreen built into the dash. A standard 4G LTE WiFi hotspot allows you to connect up to ten mobile devices for internet on the go.
Upgrading to the LARIAT trim provides even more technology, including dual 4.2-inch digital screens integrated with the instrument cluster. Multicolor ambient interior lighting gives the cab of your truck a futuristic look while helping you to find everything in the dark. The infotainment system can be upgraded as well, and the optional 10-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system transforms your audio experience. Altogether, the 2021 Ford Ranger can be optioned to create an incredibly comfortable and modern vehicle that will allow you to relax from city streets to backwoods trails.
The new Tremor off-road package, not available until the 2021 Ford Ranger, adds a new level of all-terrain capability without sacrificing the model's excellent towing capacity, payload, or driveability. This is the most off-road-ready Ranger ever offered and can challenge trails that are too narrow for the mighty Ford Raptor. The Tremor package increases the Ranger's stance and ground clearance for increased security and confidence on the trail.
The Tremor also sports FOX monotube dampers and off-road-tuned suspension that can soak up rough terrain. Standard 32-inch all-terrain tires are mounted on seventeen-inch wheels to provide grip when challenging mud, sand, or rocks. The larger wheels also contribute to the Tremor's increased 30.9-degree approach angle, 25.5-degree departure angle, and 24.2-degree breakover angle. And if that isn't enough, the package includes frame-mounted steel skid plates to protect you from any obstacle you can't avoid. No matter the terrain, the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor will carry you through to your goal.
Off-road capabilities and agility are both desired goals for the 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor, and several features have been added to make this a reality. The traction control system has been calibrated to offer better traction and improved acceleration in the gravel, while the locking rear differential will allow you to power through deep mud or snow. Ford's Trail Control system is also added to provide you with off-road cruise control so that you can concentrate on navigating the trail in front of you while maintaining a constant speed.
The MSRP for the Tremor package is $4,290 and is an available option for the XLT and Lariat trims of the 2021 Ford Ranger. This package, if selected, creates a vehicle that is the epitome of Built Ford Tough. The Tremor Off-Road Package is an obvious choice for any who wish for flexible off-road capabilities in their mid-sized pickup and will keep the 2021 Ford Ranger rolling well over any terrain it may face. When it comes to challenging the toughest trails, sometimes you simply need something more compact than a full-size truck.