In a used Ford Ranger, you get all mid-size truck utility without the costly footprint of a bigger model. That means both impressive power and fuel economy, but also road-trip-readiness alongside a roomy, comfortable cabin. So, what do you need to know about the used Ranger? Our buying guide takes a closer look at this mid-size truck and how the Ranger has changed over the years.
Fourth Generation: 2019-Current Model Year
Why choose the fourth-generation used Ford Ranger?
Though a continuation of a beloved Ford institution, the fourth-generation used Ford Ranger is an all-new model in many ways. These days, mid-size trucks are bigger than they used to be, and this new Ranger is no exception.
All fourth-gen Rangers get the same engine: a speedy turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder (270 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque). This new generation also balances greater power with reasonable fuel economy, earning up to 21 city/26 highway mpg. Properly equipped, one of these rangers can tow up to 7,500 pounds. That's equal to a pretty big boat or even a horse trailer. If you've got a small Airstream at home, the Ranger should be able to tow it along on your next adventure.
On the used lot, you'll find three trims: the base XL, mid-range XLT, and high-end Lariat. Besides its greater engine power, this generation's modern features make the 4G Ranger an especially attractive choice for the smartphone set. Infotainment features, including a Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, make for a more interesting road trip. The lineup includes Ford's Co-Pilot360 system, a bundle of driver safety aids that help you spot danger before it can strike.
A Note on the Generation Gap
The 2019 model is the first Ranger to appear after almost a decade-long absence. But a lot's changed in the mid-size truck segment since the third generation ended in 2011. This new Ranger speaks to modern drivers with its turbocharged engine, high-tech safety aids, and smartphone integration features.
Third Generation: 1998-2011
Why choose the third-generation used Ford Ranger?
With its four-cylinder engine, this used Ford Ranger gives you truck-style utility as well as impressive fuel economy. Drivers who do a lot of commuting will appreciate the third-generation's EPA ratings of up to 22 city/27 highway mpg. This mid-size truck's small dimensions also make it especially maneuverable. If your used Ranger has four-wheel drive, you'll also find that these dimensions are a huge advantage in off-road territory.
What Used Shoppers Need to Know
The Ford Ranger has a good reputation for solid, dependable performance. However, it's been a while since the third-generation Ranger came off the assembly line. If you do find one of these models on sale, make sure to check the mileage and maintenance record carefully before signing on the dotted line.