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2024 Ford Ranger, Ranger Raptor – 5 things you need to know


A new 2024 Ford Ranger has been revealed with a completely new style, new to the midsize truck powertrains, a Ranger Raptor model and much more.

2024 Ford Ranger styling

The new Ranger has a very F-150 style and that’s on purpose. Turns out global customers really aspire to have an American-looking pickup according to Ford’s design team and this truck has it.

Also, it is two inches longer and wider than previous generations giving it more room in the cabin and a better stance. You can actually fit four adults in this truck.

On the front, it has c-clamp headlight design like the full-size truck as well as the prominent logo with the bar spanning the length of the grille.

Around the rear, it has Ranger spelled out on the bed and the same taillight design. It will come in a crew cab with a short bed.

Finally, there is an optional bed step built into the body of the truck allowing for much easier and safer access to the bed without needing to climb up on a wet or muddy tire to reach things on the side. This step can hold up to 300 pounds and Ford touts this as being superior to a bumper step, like the GMC Canyon and Chevy Colorado offer, for durability.

Powertrain choices

The midsize truck will borrow the same F-150 and Bronco 2.7-liter V6 Ecoboost engine as an option for the higher trim levels of the XLT and Lariat. All trims will come standard with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. For reference, the 2.3-liter EcoBoost produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque and the available 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 produces 315 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque.

These engines will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.

For the Ranger Raptor, the 3.0-liter V6 producing 405 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. More on this model below.

Interior tech

The new interior features upgraded materials and textures, improved fit and finish, and more technology.

The tech changes are obvious with a standard 8-inch digital instrument cluster and an available 12.4-inch cluster that fills the entire dash.

These digital displays are overshadowed by the 10.1-inch or available 12-inch center touchscreen with its portrait orientation. This portrait layout means it uses SYNC 4A software where the “A” stands for the portrait layout rather than a horizontal display.

This software will support wireless Apple Carplay, Android Auto and there is also a wireless charger.

In the bed, there is some power with a 400 watt plug flanked by a 120 watt cigarette lighter hookup for running air compressors, coffee makers and charging laptops.

Finally, small things that add up like a trailer brake controller, the Zone Lighting, a personal favorite of mine, which illuminates parts of the exterior through the menu system or via the Fordpass App and a 360-degree camera.

That Ranger Raptor!

In the OMG category is the Ranger Raptor. This truck is literally a downsized F-150 Raptor with all the goodies.

These goodies include the unique exterior look, the bulging side panels, really cool graphics and a new exterior Shelter Green exterior paint color which looks amazing in person.

Inside the use of Code Orange color on the seat trim, steering wheel and accents in the cabin just ooze cool.

The off-road capability is sure to be a big hit with the aforementioned 3.0-liter V6, Fox 2.5-inch live valve shocks able to adjust on the fly to changing road conditions, front and rear lockers, five different skid plates and 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain KO3 tires riding on 17-inch wheels that are beadlock capable. Oh and if that isn’t enough, owners in Australia are already slapping on 35-inch tires with no rubbing.

Speaking of Australia, the Ranger Raptor and the Ranger have gone through extensive reliability testing globally and it has been on sale already for months in other markets.

Pricing and availability

The 2023 Ford Ranger will start at $34,160 and Ranger Raptor will start at $56,960, including $1,595 for destination and delivery.

The build and price website is expected to be available in the coming weeks.

It is expected to hit dealer lots late Summer 2023 with the 2.7-liter V6 having late availability.

Finally, the truck will be built at the Michigan Assembly plant for the U.S. market with Ford also building this truck in four other plants globally.

The bottom line

Without question this is the Ford Ranger fans wanted when they brought it back a few years ago. It simply is impressive in person and will be a strong contender in the midsize market for several years to come. Ford has a winner here.

Tim Esterdahl

Automotive Journalist Tim Esterdahl has been a lover of trucks and SUVs for years. He has covered the industry since 2011 and has pieces in many national magazines and newspapers. In his spare time, he is often found tinkering on his '62 C10 pickup, playing golf, going hunting and hanging out with his wife and kids in Nebraska.

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  1. Jared May 11, 2023

    Glad they bumped up the rear legroom. To bad no hybrid though…… now lets see what the Tacoma is going to offer.


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