Now that the 2024 Ford Ranger build-and-price tool is up and running, I figured it would be fun to play around and see what kind of a truck I’d put in my Chicago garage. I don’t need much. Heated seats, a heated steering wheel and 4X4 are on the must-have list.
According to the build-and-price tool for this all-new midsize truck, two of those things are clearly possible on the 2024 Ford Ranger, one doesn’t look like it is.
I’ve read through several reports stating a heated steering wheel is available on the 2024 Ford Ranger, but if you just go by the U.S. build-and-price tool, it’s not called out or indicated in any way. It’s not an option on the XLT model and it’s not stated as standard on the Lariat trim. If you drill into the “Lariat Standard Equipment Group” package details, you’ll see leather seats, heated front seats, a 12-inch info screen and B&O premium audio, but the heated steering wheel, which is on the Maverick Lariat trim with the standard Luxury Trim Package, is glaringly absent on the Ranger.
I clicked through every package option and looked at all the details. No heated steering wheel. Then I went down to the individual interior options. No heated steering wheel. The “compare models” feature on the build-and-price tool is currently blank, so no heated steering wheel reference there either.
So, finally I emailed Dawn McKenzie, Ford Truck Communications Manager, and asked what I was missing. Though she didn’t comment on the lack of inclusion on the build-and-price tool, she did emphatically state a heated steering wheel is standard on the Lariat and Raptor trims, but it isn’t available on the XLT.
Looking at the build-and-price tool alone, though, it’s easy to see why people are confused. Apparently, according to the Ranger6G.com forum, at the time of writing the story, it wasn’t on the build sheet either.
In order to get my three must-haves, I’d have to jump right to the Lariat trim. But the good news about that: The Lariat is really well spec’d, and I wouldn’t need any options. So, I’d opt for the Velocity Blue Metallic paint and black interior and call it a day at $48,820, including destination.
However, if I didn’t so desperately want a heated steering wheel, I’d level down to the XLT trim and add the XLT High Equipment group to get the heated front seats, dual climate controls and 12-inch info screen. I actually prefer cloth seats over leather, and heated cloth seats are the bomb diggity – warm when you want them, and they don’t burn your thighs in the summer. Since I’m not an audiophile, the up-level B&O audio system standard on the Lariat trim would be largely lost on me. I’d be fine with the standard six-speaker AM/FM stereo. I would, however, add the Technology Package, which adds adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors and a 360-camera.
And that’s it. Unless I think I’d be using the bed, then I’d shell out the $215 for the integrated bumper step as well. With that in mind, my XLT spec’d price would be $43,805.
Is a 2024 Ford Ranger heated steering wheel worth $5k to me? In Chicago where I currently have the space heater on in my office, and it’s 76 degrees outside? Yeah. It is.
If only I could get the XLT trim and add the heated steering wheel as a stand-alone option. That would be my favorite. But maybe it shouldn’t be $5k as a standalone. Just saying. But I would pay an extra $500 for that feature.
How about you? How would you spec your 2024 Ford Ranger? And do you need a heated steering wheel?
Simple answer: I don’t want a heated steering wheel. Or heated seats. Or even an electric blanket. I don’t like the idea of a hot electric wire anywhere near my skin. I can wear gloves, or long underwear, or add blankets, all of which I used to do when I lived where it got cold.
But I must say, it makes perfect sense to have heated seats and a heated steering wheel be a package. I realize I’m in a minority wrt those features.
But ffs, trucks have become so ridiculously complicated and expensive, I just wouldn’t bother. And I don’t. On the once-in-a-blue-moon occasions when I have an actual need for a truck, I go to the U-Haul store down the street.