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2019 Ford Ranger review

Moving day is here, my daughter just finished her term at Mitchner Institute and is moving to Ottawa with me for her first 6-week clinical at CHEO.  It was a beautiful day driving on the 401 in direction Toronto, to meet her for dinner and packing the last few items.  I’m excited that she is almost done her studies and can begin working on her amazing career choice.  After a great dinner at a BBQ spot in Leslieville, we toured the area for one last time, it did give us a chance to try out the Ford Ranger within this big city. The Ford Ranger handles itself well in the city, parking was a bit tricky, but the backup camera was so useful, check out the specks below:

-Introducing Ford Co-Pilot 360 – driver-assist technologies* that can help you navigate our increasingly crowded roads and highways with greater confidence. Features included are BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert and coverage for both the truck and trailer, Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, and Rear View Camera. Ford Co-Pilot 360 comes standard on Ranger XLT and LARIAT and is optional on Ranger XL.

The truck is packed, coffee and donut from her favourite shop, we are off to Ottawa,  windows down and the good ole country music playing on the B&O sound system.  Apple play is all set, my map is open and destination highway 401 until we turn off heading north and heading in the direction of Highway 7.  It is easy to utilize the system that Ford has introduced in the 2019 Ford Ranger:

-The all-new Ford Ranger combines exceptional toughness and all-terrain capability with lots of advanced technology, like the enhanced voice-activated communications and entertainment capabilities of available SYNC® 3. Its easy-to-use, voice-activated technology features an 8” capacitive center stack touchscreen. The sleek user-friendly interface helps you connect to and control your smartphone.27 Enjoy pinch-to-zoom capability with the available voice-activated Navigation System. Two smart-charging USB ports are included. SYNC 3 also brings you the power of Apple CarPlay™ 160 and Android Auto™ compatibility to your Ford.161

Deciding to travel the backroads on the way home, was a fun way to explore the area with the Ford Ranger Lariat. I pulled over a few times for photo opportunities cause the dirt roads, and the Ford Ranger go well together. No No, I didn’t do any off-roading with the truck, it’s too beautiful for that.  The frame specks are as followed:

-The new Ford Ranger is perfect for the at-home on typical everyday paved roads. But going from mild to wild where smooth pavement comes to an end — now we’re talking Ranger territory. With its high-strength steel frame, steel frame-mounted bumpers, off-road chassis components and EcoBoost® power, every Ranger is bred for adventure. And for the serious all-terrain enthusiast, there’s the Ranger outfitted with all the must-have features in the FX4 Off-Road Package.

As I mentioned before, the Ford Ranger has extra legroom in the front, the comfortable bucket seats and the beauty the revamped interior.  I wanted to show off this updated space to you.  I remember when I learned how to drive with my father, it was with a 1984 Ford Ranger, so small and compact. The new edition is filled with tilt steering, bucket seats in the front, power windows, back seats have adult leg space and a 5 or 6 foot lined box for cargo.  With today’s electronic world, the ranger has multiple USB ports located in the front and for the backseat passengers.

Now, If I was a farmer, I’m saying that cause I parked the Ford Ranger in a hayfield hehe, the 2019 Ford Ranger would be an excellent truck for today’s small farms, it offers 5 or 6 feet of cargo space.  It provides 4 x 4 for the challenging terrain situations, hauling power and a tow hook.

-The foundation of outstanding off-road capability is a strength. That’s why Ford engineers made the backbone of the new Ranger a fully-boxed, high-strength steel frame with six crossmembers — plus steel bumpers and tow hooks mounted directly to the frame for ruggedness and durability.

Just about to unload the truck at home, but I still have a few things to talk about. This truck is built for my style, solidly built, love the colour, and it handled itself well on the highway, or in the back road. Here are  a few last details:

Base price starts at $39 200, verify the Ford employee pricing discount.

Fuel Consumption – for 2019 4 x 4 Ford Ranger Lariat
*Fuel consumption ratings based on Transport Canada approved test methods. Actual fuel consumption will vary 11.8 City/9.8 Hwy/10.9 Combined (L/100km)*

This is a great truck for off-roading or city living, it was the perfect size for our little moving experience.  Solidly built, customized to your needs, the colour is saber.

Till next time my friends

Roland Bast

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