The Ranger XLT which sits one rung below the Wildtrack has been Drive’s Best Ute champion in the Car of the Year awards for the past two years.
When you consider the competition in the crowded Ute market, Ranger stands strong with features like dual-zone climate, multi media display with Ford's latest Sync3 capability that includes sat nav, Bluetooth and smartphone mirroring, the Ranger doesn't lack for anything in comparison.
In fact, it’s packed with gear with curtain airbags for rear seat passengers, a full suite of active driver aids plus a bed liner in the rear tray and 12V outlet.
Ford's latest Sync3 is easy to use and the Ranger's instruments are comprehensive with the inclusion of voice controlled sat nav, 8” colour touch screen, tyre pressure monitoring system and the list goes on.
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The Ranger is spacious and comes with some thoughtful touches such as a cooled centre console bin and a household power point in the back seats that can re-charge a lap top, power tools or run a low-voltage light for a while.
The Ford has a unique 3.2-litre five-cylinder configuration that has served the Ranger well in terms of balancing strong outputs with respectable levels of refinement.
One of the big reasons why the Ranger has taken out Drive’s Car of the Year crown in the Best Ute category for the last two years is because of its nicely balanced ride and handling traits.
The Ranger is as tough as they come and a great workhorse.
For starters, it has a massive 3500kg maximum braked towing capacity and a payload up to 1095kg. With its combination of high ground clearance, a low-range transfer case with rear differential lock and dual-purpose all terrain tyres it has the edge in off-road ability.
The Ranger sets the benchmark for safety with a suite of driver aids not found on any of its rivals.
The Ranger drives just as well on the road, can go further off the road and carries and tows more than many rivals making it the ideal playtoy for adventurous families.
Test drive a Ford Ranger today at Mid Coast Automotive, Taree.