Reason To Buy Ford Ranger 2016
For many in the UK, the pick-up truck can still feel like a bit of an Americanism, a slightly curious Yankee import like the stuffed hot dog crust pizza, and the phrase “Can I get a…?” The Mitsubishi L200 as an example, the Toyota Hilux, Nissan’s Navara, Volkswagen Amarok, the upcoming Renault Alaskan, and the Fiat Fullback, and now even Mercedes-Benz and Tesla have announced they’re making pick-ups. Sheesh! So, if you thought that was hard to keep up with, imagine how Ford must feel.
What to expect from Ford Ranger 2016?
Ford Ranger 2016 has been a stalwart of the segment since introduced in 2011, and now faced so much new competition, it must rapidly evolve to stay afloat in a market that could quickly swallow it. In a bid to keep those rivals at bay, Ford facelifted the Ranger earlier this year with fresh styling both inside and out, some new kit, and improvements to the driving experience. So, if you’ve never been in a pick-up truck before, you might be surprised at just how much space is inside it. There’s lots of room in the cabin up here, and visibility out the front and sides is excellent, thanks to its large windows and tall ride height. Given that pick-ups are built primarily as workhorses and then retrofitted with mod cons to appeal to everyday drivers, they can lack SUVs’ attractive qualities instead of focusing on hardiness. Still, the Ranger is better than many in its class, but it slightly lags behind the VW Amarok in terms of interior prettiness. That facelift we mentioned earlier brought with it things like Ford’s SYNC 2 infotainment system. However, the Limited trim also gets stuff like rear parking sensors and a reversing camera, incredibly handy, given the car’s size – and cruise control, which pushes its specification even closer to a car or SUV. This model gets all the widgets, but the entry-level XL and XLT models lack much of the plushness to cut costs and better stand up to the tough use their owners are subject to.
Now, let’s get on to the real important stuff.
Three versions are available – Regular cab, Super, and Double Cab Ours is the double cab, as evidenced by the doors and these three full-sized seats. And it is spacious and comfortable, but there’s still not maybe not quite as much room as you’d get with the likes of a Nissan X-Trail. There is loads of storage space, though. With colossal door bins, an electric socket here, and even a center console coolbox that can store up to six drinks cans. In terms of cargo space, the Regular Cab model has a massive 2.3-meter long load bed with a maximum carrying capacity of 1,309kg. By contrast, the Double Cab model drops that to 1.5 meters and a max payload of 1,179kg. Of course, that is more than enough than what most family drivers will use it for, but beware the tailgate, which folds flat but is high off the ground, and could make loading heavier items a bit more of a challenge. Despite its immense size, the Ranger is relatively easy to drive, with light steering and an agile demeanor for its class, making it feel more like a car than some of its more utilitarian-feeling rivals. The stiff rear springs, which allow heavy payloads to be carried, do mean that it feels a little bit bouncy if you’ve got nothing in the back, but all in all, it makes for one of the best handling and one of the best driving pick-ups around. You will need those optional parking sensors and reversing cameras, though, as the imposing size of the Ranger does make it a bit of a pain when in urban areas or trying to park it.
What are the numbers for Ford Ranger 2016?
The Ranger is available with two different diesel engines here in the UK, a 158bhp 2.2-liter, and a more powerful 3.2-liter with 197bhp. Of those, we’ve got the former, along with an automatic gearbox. It’s not the fastest thing globally, and refinement definitely is an issue, but it is smooth, and it suits the car very well. It also has a 3.72 final drive ratio, which means it can tow weights of up to three and a half tonnes, while selectable four-wheel drive modes mean that it eats up anything from a bit of gravel to full off-roading, and it’s even got a maximum wading depth of 800mm. However, less impressive is its running costs; even though Ford says the new model is 17% more efficient than the outgoing model, it’s still returned only 30mpg for us during the week that we’ve had it. CO2 emissions of 209g/km will also leave the tax-man rubbing his hands.
Ford Ranger 2016 price
The Ford Ranger 2016 priced reasonably well against the competition, though. As standard, the basic Regular Cab starts from £17,095, while the Double Cab starts from £20,395. As tested, our car with a couple of extra goodies starts from £32,021 on the road. The original Ford Ranger 2016 was a reasonably coarse machine designed more as a working tool than anything else. It has softened considerably since then with a more car-like interior and arguably the best driving dynamics in its class. Compared to some rivals like the VW Amarok, it’s perhaps not as well-rounded. Still, as a working vehicle, it’s an excellent option and for families, makes a much more capable, if slightly more heavy-duty, alternative to the SUV.
In case you want to buy this car or other models and want to import a vehicle from the US, there are so many options for you, especially buying used cars.
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