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  1. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 7-2-2019 The new Ford Ranger did pretty well on its newest safety tests by the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS), but it did not have the scores to earn either level of the Top Safety Pick award. The Ranger fell short in three ways overall. First, it scored Acceptable for its passenger side small frontal overlap crash test. Like some other manufacturers, Ford does not reinforce the passenger side of its Ranger as robustly as it does the driver's side. That boots the Ranger off of the Top Safety Pick Plus designation. Next, the Ranger's best headlights are only Marginal. That boots it off of the Top Safety Pick list. Finally, the child safety anchors are scored Marginal, which does not factor into the IIHS scores, but makes parents swear quite a bit. You can see detailed score info at this link. IIHS has a good video with more details below.
  2. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12-11-2018 Ford's media launch for the all-new 2019 Ranger is presently underway. One tidbit that Ford let out today is that the Ranger will have a 22 MPG Combined rating in 4X4 and 23 MPG combined in RWD versions. Those numbers are the same as the Colorado and Canyon Duramax diesels'. Normally, comparing a gasoline-powered vehicle to a similar one with a diesel engine is meaningless. Diesels are really good at two things; creating torque at low RPMs and having a high miles per gallon rating (of diesel fuel). The Ranger is a bit different. Like the new Chevy 2.7-Liter turbo gas engine, the Ranger's 2.3-liter "EcoBoost" turbocharged gasoline engine also develops outstanding torque at low RPMs. The Ranger is rated at 310 lb-ft of torque. Ford has not yet provided a curve for it and we will update our readers when they do. Expect a low RPM peak and a flat plateau over the entire normal operating speed range of the engine. Diesel is presently selling at 22% more per gallon than regular unleaded according to AAA's daily national average posting. It will be interesting to see how the Ranger pulls trailers. It may well have a similar pulling ability to the Duramax equipped midsize trucks from GM, but offer much quicker acceleration coupled with a lower cost for fuel.
  3. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 10-8-2018 Ford released the specifications of its North American market new Ford Ranger over the weekend. The specifications are a clear indication of the benefits of a boosted gasoline engine. At least on paper. The Ranger will launch with just one engine. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost, four-cylinder with 310 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic. With its towing package, the Ranger will have a 7,500-lb maximum towing capacity. That exceeds the maximum 6,800 that the top-selling Toyota Tacomas equipped with towing packages can handle. Diesel Colorado pickups from GM can tow up to 7,700 pounds. Ford makes the claim that its truck has class-leading towing, with the qualifier that it applies to gasoline-powered trucks. Ford also revealed that the maximum payload for the Ranger. “Think of Ranger as the biggest and most capable backpack for your gear,” says Rick Bolt, Ford Ranger chief engineer. “With 1,860 pounds of maximum payload, Ranger can haul nearly a ton of gear to enable your next adventure.” Ford is presently taking pre-delivery orders for the Ranger, which enters production in the coming months. The new ranger for North America will be built at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.
  4. Zane Merva Executive Editor, GM-Trucks.com 4/13/2018 Polaris is adding some umph to the Ranger Crew for 2019. The new Crew XP1000 features the same 82-horsepower 2-cylinder engine from the 2019 Ranger XP1000 but can haul around nearly twice as many people. With 6 person capacity, the Ranger Crew XP1000 can move people, equipment, or just about anything. We previously reviewed a long term Ranger XP900 and loved every minute. How can you go wrong with better styling, a new interior, and MORE power? You can't Here's the press release from Polaris and a few videos showing off the main features of the 2019 Ranger XP1000 and Ranger Crew XP1000. Polaris® Introduces Completely Reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000 Fueled by More than 100 Owner-Inspired Improvements, the All-New RANGER CREW XP 1000 Sets the New Standard for Six-Passenger Utility Side-by-Sides More Rugged. More Refined. More RANGER.™ More Rugged: 82 Horsepower, Industry-Leading 13 Inches of Ground Clearance and 1,750 Pounds of Payload Capacity More Refined: All-New Interior with Unmatched In-Cab Hauling and Comfort for Six More RANGER: More than 100 Owner-Inspired Improvements, Standard One-Year Warranty and 200-Plus Accessory Options Minneapolis (April 10, 2018) – Polaris RANGER®, the industry’s No.1-selling utility side-by-side vehicle, today introduced the completely reinvented 2019 RANGER CREW® XP 1000, setting the new standard for six-passenger utility. It brings added passenger and payload capacity to the world’s HARDEST WORKING. SMOOTHEST RIDING.® side-by-side. Fueled by more than 100 owner-inspired improvements, including best-in-class power, towing, ground clearance and payload capacity, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 redefines what a six-person utility machine can do. “After 20 years of building more than one-million RANGER vehicles, we know what it takes to deliver industry-leading innovation. The all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 embodies our ongoing commitment to improving the owner experience and surpassing their lifestyle needs,” said Chris Musso, president of Off-Road Vehicles, Polaris. “This machine delivers an unparalleled balance of capability and comfort, offering the ultimate solution for any job that requires more people and more gear.” Best-in-Class by Any Measure The 2019 RANGER CREW XP 1000 is the undisputed king of six-seat utility side-by-sides. It has been engineered to outwork the competition, starting with the ProStar® 1000 power plant, which generates a class-best 82 horsepower. All that power is turned into productivity with a massive 2,500 pounds of towing capacity – 500 pounds more than the closest competitor. When the job calls for a full crew, the machine effortlessly hauls up to six people and their gear with an industry-leading payload capacity of 1,750-pounds. Much more than just a workhorse, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 builds on the legendary ride and handling RANGER is known for. It boasts up-to 13 inches of class-leading ground clearance and more durable, 27-inch, 6-ply tires to conquer the toughest terrain. With an unrivaled 11 inches of suspension travel courtesy of RANGER CREW-specific shocks, the ride stays ultra-smooth even when the land is not. Thanks to a 10-percent tighter turning radius and standard EPS, drivers can navigate tight confines with precise control. Unmatched In-Cab Refinement Drivers and passengers alike will appreciate the entirely reimagined in-cab experience of the RANGER CREW XP 1000. The cut-and-sew seats are thicker and more durable to provide all-day comfort, while entering and exiting the vehicle is made easier with an additional five inches of clearance for both front and rear passengers. A new digital/analogue gauge delivers information to the driver at a glance. The vehicle’s innovative interior design allows riders to haul more gear with new flip-up front and rear passenger seats, plus a new under-seat pass-through for hauling items that require more space. It boasts an expansive 19 gallons of in-cab storage, including 8 cup holders and a huge double glove box. Built for the Long-Haul The all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 is also proven to be tougher, stronger, and more durable. It features dozens of durability improvements, including a more rigid, one-piece chassis, a completely redesigned heavy-duty PVT clutch system, a full-body skid plate, and sealed suspension bushings – all backed by a standard one-year factory warranty. Off-Road Climate Control When the weather turns harsh, ride in comfort in the RANGER CREW® XP 1000 NORTHSTAR HVAC Edition. This special edition features a factory-installed heating and air conditioning system and the new, premium RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system –proven to have three-times better dust protection than competitive OEM offerings. Larger sealing surfaces and new gaskets help keep the controlled temperature in and dust out, while both front and rear ventilation provides better airflow and comfort for all passengers. Next-Level Accessory Integration The RANGER CREW XP 1000 takes accessory integration to new heights. The industry’s largest stock front bumper includes an integrated Polaris Glacier® plow mount as well as mounting points for lighting accessories and a Polaris winch – now featuring industry-first Rapid Rope Recovery technology. Additionally, the Polaris Pulse™ electrical system allows for plug-and-play installation of Polaris Engineered™ powered accessories. With more than 200 options available, Polaris Engineered™ accessories – which have been designed, tested and validated with the machine – make it easier than ever to customize the RANGER CREW XP 1000 for any work or recreation application. For example, the RANGER Pro Shield™ cab system offers more than 1,800 customizable configurations; and Pro Armor Harvester® tires, developed in partnership with Pro Armor® specifically for RANGER, feature triple-belted sidewalls, a 10-ply rating and a 5,000-mile tread life. Offered in Sage Green, Sunset Red Metallic and Polaris Pursuit® Camo, the all-new RANGER CREW XP 1000 will be available in dealerships starting in late April. Even with the 100-plus owner-inspired improvements, the machine starts at $16,299 US and $19,999 CAN.
  5. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-14-2018 Ford’s new Ranger debuted last night at midnight just after the launch of the new Silverado. The new Ranger arrives with modern driver aids, modern infotainment and will sport a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. “Ranger has always held a special place in the hearts of truck fans,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president, Product Development and Purchasing. “The all-new Ranger is designed for today’s midsize truck buyer, delivering even more utility, capability and technology for those who blend city living with more off-the-grid adventures on weekends.” The new Ranger has a unique engine offering in this segment. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost makes about 310 hp and about 350 lb-ft of torque. This engine (on paper at least) will offer diesel-like torque at low RPMs, but also have the power of the up-powered Toyota Tacoma and Colorado/Canyon. Ranger trims will include the entry-level XL, mid-level XLT. The Lariat trim series with be available with Chrome and Sport appearance packages in SuperCab or SuperCrew cab configurations. The new Ranger will also launch with an FX4 Off-Road Package that will include protective skid plates, upgraded tires, off-road-tuned shocks and suspension, and Ford’s Terrain Management System and Trail Control which sounds a bit like Toyota’s crawl control system. Power will be distributed through Dana AdvanTEK independent front and solid rear axles on both 2WD and 4WD models with an available electronic-locking rear axle (standard on FX2 and FX4). Ranger four-wheel-drive versions will feature 2-high, 4-high and 4-low. Infotainment will include available Apple Car Play and Android Auto, 4G LTE, and Alexa integration. Driver assist systems will include standard automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and class-exclusive Blind Spot Information System with trailer coverage. Production of the all-new Ford Ranger will begin in late 2018 at Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant.
  6. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 9-07-2017 Hey, listen, if you want to watch Ford videos, that's entirely up to you. We're not going to judge you. In fact, we will even make it easy for you to see the latest Ranger Raptor spy video (from Ford Austrailia). That said, you're more than welcome to comment on the video below if you like. Here's mine; "Ford missed half a decade of huge midsize truck sales, but they made a decent video."
  7. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 1-9-2017 Ford announced today that the Ranger midsize pickup truck will return for model year 2019. That means that the Ranger is about two full years away from being available for sale. Along with this news, Ford announced a rugged new Broco midsize SUV. Ford made this statement on the Bronco: - “We’ve heard our customers loud and clear. They want a new generation of vehicles that are incredibly capable yet fun to drive,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of The Americas. “Ranger is for truck buyers who want an affordable, functional, rugged and maneuverable pickup that’s Built Ford Tough. Bronco will be a no-compromise midsize 4x4 utility for thrill seekers who want to venture way beyond the city.” Interestingly, Ford also had a lot to say about the exact opposite; vehicle and transportation solutions for people who want to be driven about in autonomous EVs. Ford was very clear that its Bronco and Ranger would all be built in the U.S. at its plants in Wayne, Michigan. We are presently searching for official images of the Ranger and Bronco and will add them to the story as they are available.
  8. Let's also face the truth that the reason GM and Toyota sell-out their mid-size trucks each month may not be an accident. Perhaps they both know that Ford will return to the U.S. market and that is the reason two of the globe's largest and most capable automakers have not expanded their factories to meet the demand. Factories and workers are very difficult to downsize. Sold-out trucks is not a bad thing. Last, although we root for GM here, imagine an aluminum Ford Ranger with the 2.7-liter Ecoboost. It gives me the shivers in a good way. How about you? Our story Source: Fox News. Image - Ford Europe's Ranger.
  9. John Goreham Contributing Writer, GM-Trucks.com 12/15/2015 Let's all agree to be honest about a few things. First, as we say here in New England "Nothing on the level." That is a quote made popular by Howie Carr, a famous Boston corruption reporter. So when we read that international media were invited to a Ford Australia meeting during which Ford accidentally showed the press a new Ranger testing alongside the Tacoma (a North-American product, Hilux is the international model) and the Colorado, we are not as surprised as we might be. It could be an accident, a misunderstanding, or Ford might have staged it. Who cares, really? A new Ranger would be cool. I have friends nursing their current Ranger and saying a prayer each night that it will come back to market before theirs dies completely. Let's also face the truth that the reason GM and Toyota sell-out their mid-size trucks each month may not be an accident. Perhaps they both know that Ford will return to the U.S. market and that is the reason two of the globe's largest and most capable automakers have not expanded their factories to meet the demand. Factories and workers are very difficult to downsize. Sold-out trucks is not a bad thing. Last, although we root for GM here, imagine an aluminum Ford Ranger with the 2.7-liter Ecoboost. It gives me the shivers in a good way. How about you? Our story Source: Fox News. Image - Ford Europe's Ranger.
  10. By: Zane & Josh Merva GM-Trucks.com We all love our pickup trucks. No matter the job, our trusty Sierra has never let us down. Our only complaint is that a full-size truck is, well, full sized. There are some projects that need a smaller set of tools. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a “pickup truck for your property?” We’ve found out, there actually is. The Polaris RANGER. A new generation of off-road vehicles Growing up in New Hampshire we loved riding our 1990’s 300CC Arctic Cat ATV around the numerous logging trails, powerlines, and abandoned roads in the area. Needless to say, we wasted many hours and days beating the absolute heck out of that all terrain vehicle; all of them with a huge smile on our faces. So when we had the opportunity to drive a new generation of Polaris off-road vehicles last September in New York, all those good feelings came rushing back. We also felt a little overwhelmed as these types of machines have come a long way in two decades. Just like today’s automobiles, the days of carbureted engines are over. Today’s all terrain and utility terrain vehicles are computer controlled and more capable than ever. After trying out the entire line of Polaris off-road vehicles we instantly fell in love with the company’s lineup of side by side vehicles. Arguably the new hotness in the all-terrain market, side by side all-terrain-vehicles provide the seating, steering and driving experience we all know from driving a car. No more handlebars or saddle-style seating required. In some states you can even drive side by sides on the roads. The company offers three distinct side by side machines; the RZR (pronounced “razer”), the Ace, and the RANGER. While the RZR and Ace are targeted to the sport and trail riding segments, the RANGER is different. It looks like an ATV, drives like a side by side, but also has a dumping cargo box and pickup truck like capabilities. In our mind, that’s a perfect combination and we knew we had to have one. Over the winter we made our pitch to Polaris. Send us a RANGER for a few weeks and we’ll give the world our honest opinion. The company did one better and six weeks ago in late May we took delivery of our brand new Long Term 2015 Polaris RANGER XP900 from HK Powersports in Hooksett, New Hampshire. For the next few months we’ll be sharing with your our “ownership” experience. Meet the RANGER So, what is a Polaris RANGER and what can it do for you? Officially, a RANGER is a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). It seats three people in a side by side configuration, has a proper steering wheel, and uses a typical gas/brake setup for control. It also has seat belts and features a R.O.P.S compliant safety cage. The RANGER XP900 is powered by a 68-horsepower two-cylinder engine and has three mode selectable four-wheel drive. With lugged off-road tires, the RANGER promises the ability to travel and work nearly anywhere. Our long term tester is even equipped with electronic power steering to cut down on fatigue. On the trail or at the farm, our RANGER seems ready to work or play. The large cargo box and a real hitch receiver give you the flexibility to haul up to 1,500lbs or tow up to 2,000lbs. We’ve already started to use these abilities on some overdue projects around the house and our neighborhood. Ownership So Far We’ve been riding our RANGER for the last six weeks. What we enjoy the most so far is the absolute versability this vehicle offers. From cleaning up fallen trees to blowing off some steam on the trails, the RANGER has done everything we’ve asked and begged for more. Here’s what we’ve been up to: Cleaned up pine logs from fallen trees Recreational riding on unimproved open access roads Volunteering to rake community beaches with a York Rake Commuting to work (yes, we did it!) Over the next few weeks we’re excited to share with you the ways we’re using and owning our Polaris RANGER. That means we’ll cover the good and the bad. As our long term test continues we’ll investigate the true utility capabilities of the RANGER by using it around our property. We’ll then investigate the recreational aspect of RANGER ownership by trailering it to a public ATV park for a fun weekend getaway. Stay tuned as part two of our Polaris RANGER Long Term test comes at you soon! As Tested Details - 2015 Polaris RANGER XP900 EPS Manufacturer Website Price: $15,299 Color: Sunset Red w/upgrade package Engine Type: 4-stroke Prostar twin cylinder producing 68-horsepower Displacement: 875cc Transmission: Automatic PTV with High, Low, Neutral, Reverse, Park Drive System: On-Demand all-wheel-drive, 2WD, and 1WD VersaTrac Turf Mode Front/Rear Suspension: Dual A-Arm with 10-inches of travel Front Tires: 25 x 10-12; 489 Rear Tires: 25 x 11-12; 489 Wheelbase: 81-inches Dry Weight: 1,325 lbs Overall Size: 116.5-inches x 60-inches x 72-inches (L X W X H) Ground Clearance: 12-inches Cargo Box Size: 36.5-inches x 54-inches x 11.5-inches (L X W X H) Fuel Capacity: 10 gallons Total Payload: 1,500lbs Cargo Box Capacity: 1,000 lbs Hitch Towing Rating: 2,000lbs Other notable features: Digital gauge cluster, speedometer, odometer, tachometer, trip meter, hour meter, clock, two 12-volt DC power outlets, waterproof storage, adjustable steering wheel, sliding driver's seat, dump cargo box
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