2017 Ford Ranger Review

Ford Ranger 2017

Product Name: Ford Ranger

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3.3

Summary

The 2017 Ford Ranger has caught up to its competition like a cat stalking a mouse. The Toyota HiLux continues to take the largest slice of the SUV market in Australia, but the 2017 Ford Ranger continues to close in on the HiLux due to consistent upgrades that continue push the Ranger towards excellence.

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The 2017 Ford Ranger has caught up to its competition like a cat stalking a mouse. The Toyota HiLux continues to take the largest slice of the SUV market in Australia, but the 2017 Ford Ranger continues to close in on the HiLux due to consistent upgrades that continue push the Ranger towards excellence.

While the 2017 Ford Ranger isn’t perfect, all of its changes are for the better, and 4×4 drivers will be especially pleased with the alterations. It is understandable that many 4×4 drivers prefer manual, but Ford’s decision to include a choice of automatic transmission can only be a good thing, especially for drivers who are less inclined to go four-wheel driving in off-road conditions.

It should also be noted that the 2017 Ranger has received some minor engine upgrades, although it is admittedly not an upgrade that will have people frothing at the mouth. The 2017 Ranger is powered by a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, with the higher-end 3.2-litre turbo-diesel five-cylinder receiving a welcomed powertrain upgrade, getting it up to scratch with Euro 5 emissions standards.

To further expound on the four-wheel drive aspect of the refreshed 2017 Ranger, one question—above all others—needs to be addressed:

“Can it handle dirt and gravel?”

The 4×4 variant of the 2017 Ford Ranger is a beast when it comes to tackling tricky roads. Where two-wheel drives would falter in muddy slops, the 4×4 Ranger variant relishes the opportunity to prove its mettle. The 4×4 Ranger packs a hill-descent control feature, which will help you negotiate even the most treacherous of slopes. There is also tyre-pressure monitoring and the ability to switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive on the fly, which should see you negotiate the majority of surfaces.

Pros

  • Option for automatic transmission on the 4×4 variant
  • The Euro 5 emissions standards have been met
  • SYNC 3 upgrade is a welcomed addition
  • Ability to switch between two-wheel drive and four-wheel while driving
  • Fantastic 4×4 tech
  • Excellent handling for an SUV
  • Good safety upgrades
  • A good gearbox and engine pairing

Cons

  • SYNC 3 still has some issues
  • Real-world fuel economy claim is dubious

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