Over the last few years we were able to see Ford Ranger models with only slight, hardly noticeable, changes but it is time for this to change with the delivery of 2014 Ford Ranger model. Reports and rumors that we could hear suggest that new version will be redesigned and delivered with refreshment.
Biggest problems with previous models of Ranger are the fact that it was same for more than 10 years which is unacceptable on the car market. With introduction of new model many things will change and all this happens about a decade after the last redesign. During that period we could see few changes but nothing important that would allow it to compete with main rivals.
2014 Ford Ranger Specs
Looking at the offer we need to say that design was the problem and where the car makers made significant improvements Ford stayed in past decade. Only few models in Ford lineup does not offer Sync hands free system and as this car maker wants to make this pickup more important we know that new version will be delivered with these improvements.
We could see few similar models but still there is no real competitor for the Ranger since both Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are larger and certainly offer more. Another option certainly is the Ford Transit Connect van that brings more cargo space and much better fuel economy.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
This compact pickup comes in two different body options and you can get either regular cab or the super cab. Three trim levels are also offered and you can choose from XL, XLT and Sport models, while the bed of six foot is standard on all models except the XL for fleet buyers that can be taken with seven foot bed.
When it comes to interior and features that various trim levels offer we have pretty basic equipment and the XL version brings vinyl upholstery, air condition, AM/FM stereo, 60/40 front seat, 15 inch steel wheels and trailer hitch. Further the Sport version comes with 16 inch alloy wheels for 4×4 models, skid plates, heavy duty shock absorbers and similar. If you need more you can always opt for the Payload Package that offers heavy duty shocks and stronger rear springs so it could offer higher load ratings.
Standard engine for the 2014 Ford Ranger is 2.5 liter inline four cylinder unit with 166 hp and 174 pound-feet of torque that sends power to wheels through a five speed manual transmission while the five speed automatic is offered as an option. Much better choice, and default for many drivers will be the 2.2 liter diesel engine that comes with 150 hp and impressive 375 NM of torque. Top of the line is the 3.2 liter inline five cylinder diesel engine with 200 hp and 470 NM of torque.
Safety feature are pretty much basic but still offer enough protection for driver and passengers to get high scores on the crash tests. Driver protection from both frontal and side impact gets five starts while the front passenger protection received four start rating. Offset frontal crash test gives it acceptable which is second best on scale of four rates.
Interior Design and Special Features.
Since previous models did not get significant changes for more than ten years it is important to notice that the 2014 Ford Ranger comes with significant upgrades in interior. Seats offer good support while they are comfortable even for longer trips but taller people might have problems to find best position. Dashboard is of decent quality but we need to say that some competitors come with better quality, we need to add that buttons layout is quite logical and ergonomic so every driver will get used to it quite quick.