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The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor Unleashed on Everyman Driver

Today, we’re diving into the exciting world of midsize pickups with a spotlight on the all-new 2024 Ford Ranger. This revamped model brings a host of new features, enhanced performance, and fresh styling that nudges it closer to its big brother, the F-150. Let’s get into it!

A Closer Look at the 2024 Ford Ranger

First up, the 2024 Ranger simplifies its body configurations, focusing on the most popular four-door crew-cab/short-bed setup. This design choice enhances passenger space, upgrades cabin materials, and incorporates the latest technology to make your driving experience even better.

Meet the Ranger Raptor

Exciting news for performance enthusiasts: the 2024 Ranger introduces the high-performance Raptor model to the U.S. for the first time. This beast is equipped with a 405-horsepower twin-turbo V6, a wide-body stance, long-travel suspension, and the largest-ever 33-inch all-terrain tires for a Ranger.

Built for North America

Unlike its predecessor, which was adapted from a simpler global model, the 2024 Ranger was designed specifically for the North American market. It carries all the Ford Tough features and design cues that have made the F-150 a best-seller for over four decades.

Market Competition

The Ranger enters a competitive market alongside the newly redesigned Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and the new-generation Toyota Tacoma. It’s an exciting time for midsize pickup buyers!

Key Positives

  • Larger cabin with upgraded materials
  • Optional 12-inch vertical infotainment screen
  • Available 405-horsepower Raptor off-road model


  • No extended cab option
  • No hybrid model
  • No 6-foot cargo bed

What’s New for 2024

The new Ranger features an enhanced frame, new F-150-inspired sheet metal, a larger infotainment screen, updated driver-assist systems, and a new 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 option. The Raptor version debuts with its own off-road-maximized chassis and high-output 3.0-liter V6.

Trims and Pricing

The 2024 Ford Ranger is available in four trims: XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor. All models come with the SuperCrew five-passenger, four-door crew-cab body, and a short 5-foot cargo bed. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • XL: Starts at $34,265
  • XLT: Starts at $37,705
  • Lariat: Starts at $45,225
  • Raptor: Priced at $57,065

Engine and Performance

The Ranger offers a range of powertrains, including a 270-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, an optional 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 315 horsepower, and the Raptor’s 405-horsepower twin-turbo V6. All engines are paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Towing and Capacity

The 2024 Ranger’s maximum towing capacity is 7,500 pounds, just shy of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon but ahead of the upcoming Toyota Tacoma hybrid. Payload varies by model, with the Ranger Raptor’s limit at 1,411 pounds.

Fuel Economy

EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2024 Ranger are competitive, with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost achieving 21 mpg city/25 mpg highway, while the Ranger Raptor gets 16/18 mpg.

Interior Upgrades

The Ranger’s interior sees significant upgrades with more room, better materials, and enhanced storage solutions. The Lariat and Raptor models feature leather seats and additional amenities like a wireless phone charger and premium audio system.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Standard features include a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen on the XL and XLT, with a 12-inch screen on the Lariat and Raptor. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, along with Ford’s Sync 4A system.

Safety Features

The 2024 Ranger comes with a robust suite of safety features, including six airbags, Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver-assist technologies, and available adaptive cruise control and a 360-degree camera.

Ranger vs. the Competition

The 2024 Ford Ranger stands out for its balance of passenger space, towing capability, and modern technology. The Ranger Raptor brings Ford’s off-road prowess to the midsize segment, challenging models like the Toyota Tacoma TRD PRO and Chevrolet Colorado ZR2.

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