ROAD TEST: New Ford Ranger is far cry from early compact truck

The all-new 2019 Ford Ranger is packed with driver-assist technologies to make driving easier whether on- or off-road. The 2019 midsize pickup features a new exterior design, chassis and powertrain. Powerful and strong, with a high-strength steel frame, Ranger is equipped with a proven 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine mated to the only 10-speed automatic transmission in the segment.

Today's midsize Ford Ranger began as a compact truck in 1983 - a replacement to the Ford Courier (1972-1982). By 2006, all Ford compact trucks became known simply as Rangers.

The Ford Ranger returns in 2019 as a midsize pickup built on a high-strength steel frame, powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. The new Ranger is available in either a SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration. It comes in either a 4x2 or 4x4 drive format with Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles with electronic locking. The truck is offered three trims starting with the base XL, the upscale XLT, and flagship Lariat; Chrome and Sport Appearance Packages are also available.

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