The 2022 Ford Ranger: Find Out If It’s A Good Fit For You
The 2022 Ford Ranger is a medium-sized Ford-brand pickup that can meet your lifestyle requirements without putting a strain on your wallet. Rather than its big brother’s V-6 and V-8 powertrains, the Ford Ranger gets along fine with a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder, as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive comes standard but all-wheel drive is accessible across the spectrum of the lineup.
Hauling and payload abilities are robust and competitive with similar medium-size pickup trucks. So if you want all-terrain capability, the Tremor trim is ideal.
What’s Expected for 2022?
The brazen Splash model makes a comeback to the Ranger lineup this year and it will be available as a $1495 bundle on XLT as well as Lariat trims. The Splash bundle boasts its Nineties slant with orange-and-black body-side images, distinct 18-inch matte-black wheels, and gloss-black exterior accents. The Splash’s interior sports orange stitching on the seats and unique pin-striped trim.
A Limited Edition of the Splash trim will be accessible and offer a wide array of tones, shades, and colours. However, Ford will release these one-by-one and only supply a couple hundred at a time before jumping to a new concept. A novel Splash Limited Edition pickup will be released every couple of months with new colours, with the Splash Snow Edition kicking the series off.
Cost and Which Trim to Purchase
If you want value and high-performance, consider the base XL trim, which Ford refers to as a SuperCab. It has the potency, power and ride quality of all of the other Rangers, but due to its minute cab, rear-drive arrangement, and reduced level of stock equipment, it’s not as hefty or weighed down as the XLT or Lariat models. This entails it will accelerate a bit faster.
It comes with forward-collision alert and automated emergency braking—things that are only available on the leading models. To gain some perspective on the price range, the lower XL trim is priced at $34,130. And the higher level Tremor model tops out at an estimated $52,225.
Motor, Performance, and Transmission
Lift the hood of the 2022 Ranger, and you’ll be met with a turbocharged 2.3-litre four-cylinder motor that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. There’s enough power there to make the Ranger XLT we assessed decently quick, and the output is smooth.
Even more impressive, the lighter Ranger XL shocked us with its acceleration and dexterity when we tested it on the track. With every Ranger pickup, a 10-speed automatic cracks the whip, and it offers adjustments that are polished and swift.
Rear-drive trims provide 8.4” of ground clearance, and four-wheel-drive versions provide 8.9”. Moreover, the Ranger is accessible with a Terrain Management Network that modifies things like motor receptivity and transmission equipment to maximize the pickup’s performance on different kinds of landscapes.
Hauling and Payload Abilities
When armed with the discretionary towing bundle, the 2022 Ford Ranger can haul as much as 7500 lbs, and when hauling, the pickup’s power delivery stays steady and stable. And when it comes to payload, the Ranger can manage up to 1905 lbs.
Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy
The Ranger earns up to 33.7km in the city and 41.8km on the highway. The AWD version has assessments as high as 32km in the city and 38.6km on the highway. However, the Tremor trim sees both rankings dip to 30.5km. We put three Rangers through our 120km highway fuel-economy loop. And they hit 25.7km and 24km together after some very combative driving.
Interior, Cargo, and Comfort
Rangers come as either a SuperCab or a SuperCrew trim. The more commodious SuperCrew can fit up to five people and also comes with four full-size doors, and the SuperCab offers seating for four passengers and offers two tinier half-doors. Moreover, the model is outfitted with tiny bits of trim that give it an upscale texture and appearance.
The SuperCab and SuperCrew cabins are both snug, cozy, and comfortable, and their controls are handy and convenient.
Infotainment and Connectedness
The base XL trim comes stock with a couple of infotainment and connectivity benefits such as a four-speaker AM/FM audio network, a USB port, as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot that connects as many as 10 devices. When you upgrade to the XLT or Lariat trim, you’ll receive an 8.0-inch touchscreen along with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capability as well as SiriusXM satellite radio.
A merged navigation network and a 10-speaker B&O sound system are also available.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Attributes
The Ranger brings with it basic driver-assistance attributes, however, more upscale technology means upgrading to a higher model or adding a discretionary bundle. Fortunately, if you want these systems, the discretionary bundles are quite economical.
Key safety features include:
- Standard forward-collision alert and automated emergency braking
- Available blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic warning
- Adaptive cruise control
Maintenance and Warranty Coverage
Ford offers the Ranger with quite a competitive warranty.
- The limited warranty covers 58,000km (or 3 years)
- Powertrain warranty covers 96,000km (or 5 years)