6 things to know about the 2020 Ford Ranger, what’s new in 2021
The Ford Ranger was all-new for the 2019 model year, so as you might expect, there aren’t a lot of changes for year two of the midsize truck. But we did pick out a few new features of note, and a couple old things you might have forgotten.
Colors come, colors go, and it seems like every year, you get a series of adds and deletes. What I find interesting about the 2020 colors is they kind of cancel each other out. You add a silver and two reds and delete a silver and a red. Without seeing the colors side by side, it’d be hard to tell if this was an actual color change or just a name change.
Regardless, 2020 adds Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat and Race Red. Deleted colors include Ingot Silver and Hot Pepper Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat.
New package items
While the Technology Package was available on the 2019 XLT trim, it only included adaptive cruise control and navigation. For 2020, this package adds a forward sensing system. The Technology Package was and still is standard on the Lariat trim.
Another package addition is the off-road-ready FX2 Package, which is available on 4X2 vehicles. Previoulsy the FX package was only available on 4X4 models.
FX packages on all trims
As we already noted, the FX2 package is new for 2020, and it can be had on all trims for just $595. This will include an electronic locking rear differential, 17- or 18-inch off-road OWL tires (depending on trim), off-road tuned suspension, off-road screen in cluster and a 4X2 “FX Off-Road” bodyside decal.
The FX4 Package, which debuted with the 2019 models, can be added for $1,295. This will be the more serious off-road package because 4X4. It includes tuned off-road monotube shocks; off-road tires; exposed steel front bash plate; skid plates for the electric power-assist steering electric motor, transfer case and fuel tank; All-Terrain Management system; and Trail Control.
Dealer-installed accessory performance packages
In June, Ford pulled a mid-year surprise by adding three dealer-installed performance accessory packages and can be added to both 2019 and 2020 models. But don’t be fooled, by performance, we’re not talking about huge amounts of power – though there is some – we’re talking more about adventure-ready accessories. They are detailed as follows:
Ford Performance Level 1 ($2,495): off-road leveling kit, FOX 2.0 Performance Series internal floating piston monotube front and rear shocks tuned by Ford Performance Engineers to optimize on and off-road performance, 17-inch Ford Performance Dyno Gray wheels, Ford Performance bedside graphics, Ford Performance windshield banner.
Ford Performance Level 2 ($4,495): Includes Level 1 content plus Ford Performance engine calibration, which increases horsepower to 315 and torque to 370 pound-feet; BFGoodrich KO2 265/70-17 tires; rigid off-road fog light kit; Ford Performance calibration; blue tow hoods; Ford Performance stainless steel license plate frame.
Ford Performance Level 3 ($8,995): Includes Levels 1 and 2 content plus rigid 40-inch LED lightbar kit, red tow hooks, Ford Performance by ARB winch-capable front bumper, Ford Performance chase rack, 2.3-liter Ford Performance sport exhaust.
Dual climate control now standard on XLT
If you’re married or have a significant other and aren’t familiar with dual climate control, pay attention. I call this feature the marriage saver because I can set my driver’s side thermostat at 78 (in the summer) and my husband can adjust his to 68, so we both ride in comfort – and without arguments.
Previously, the dual climate control was only on the top-tier Lariat models, so 2020 brings it down a trim and adds a little more harmony for less.
Co-Pilot 360 isn’t standard
In a departure from Ford’s modus operandi, Co-Pilot 360 is not standard at the base trim. Ford has been making this safety tech standard on a lot of its other models, so it’s interesting that it’s an option. And while the configurator would have you think it’s only $625, which is NBD, it’s really $1,760 because you can’t get it without adding the Equipment Group 101A.
What does it include? Blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist and automatic high beams.
Is there any standard safety tech? Yes, both pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and a rearview camera are standard.
Cruise control isn’t standard
I thought this was odd and, thus, worth pointing out. In 2020, I kind of thought cruise control was standard like air conditioning is standard, but nope. You have to add Equipment Group 101A ($1,135) to get it. This package also includes a perimeter anti-theft alarm, power glass sideview mirrors and a remote key fob with a tailgate lock.
And a sneak peek at the 2021 Ranger
Frankly, there’s not much new for 2021, and Ford has been stingy with the details for what is. We know there will be a new Black Package, which will get Ford’s black oval badging and updated details. We also know there will be four new colors: Cactus Gray, Carbonized Gray, Cyber Orange and Velocity Blue.
But that’s it.
The bottom line on the 2020 Ford Ranger
There’s not a lot of new news on the 2020 Ford Ranger. Probably the biggest change is the off-roady FX2 package, which is now offered on all 4X2 trims. Other than that, you have a lot of smoke and mirrors.
With the official info we have for 2021, it looks kind of boring as well. However, if the rumors are true there could be a lot of excitement in the lineup with a Ranger Raptor in the wings.
But back to 2020 to close this out, if you use the Ford.com consumer configurator, the base price of a bare-bones Ranger will be $25,605, which includes the $1,195 destination fee but excludes the $645 acquisition fee that only applies to leases. If you add every pricey option you can, you’ll top out just under $50K.