The nameplate of the Ford Ranger returns to the United States after an absence of eight years. Once again, Ford has a credible entry into the burgeoning truck market with a powerful turbocharged engine and extended safety technology. The ability to tow 7,500 pounds or take 1,800 pounds of freight means you do not always need a Ford F-150.
Although the 2019 Ranger is new in the United States and Canada, it has been present on the world markets since 2011. The Ranger's cockpit has not aged well and some technologies have passed their sell-by date.
Only in the world of pickup trucks, a vehicle can measure 211 inches long and be described as a medium-sized vehicle. The Ford Explorer 2020 at 199 inches is at the top of what is considered an intermediate SUV. The Ranger is a two-row pickup. The SuperCab version offers a comfortable cargo space for the legs at the back of a six-foot cargo bed, while the more expensive variant of the SuperCrew (you have to choose one or the other). other) gets a passable rear seat, but the bed is only five feet long (44.8 inches wide on the inside). which means that 4 × 8 plywood or drywall will not stay flat). Which is a shame because the Ranger carries between 1,560 and 1,860 pounds of freight.
The Ranger I tested was a superior 4 × 4 Ranger Lariat, featuring the SuperCrew configuration (larger cab, smaller cargo area) and off-road configuration, for an amount under 45 $ 000. But the least expensive Ranger XL at $ 25,395 has the same powerful turbo-four engine coupled with a 10-speed automatic transmission providing 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, which is a lot for something with only 2,3 liters of displacement. This is why the basic price of the Ranger is higher than that of the competition: every Ranger built has the right engine.
These cheaper Rangers come with the Ford Sync version that dates from the introduction of Ke $ ha. It has a 4.3 inch screen. Upgrade to Lariat and get Sync 3, one of the best infotainment interfaces available, with a simpler interface and larger fonts. One of Sync 3's signature tricks is the large ring and number inside indicating the volume or temperature you set. The darkest part of the ring indicates the fraction of volume or maximum temperature reached.
As standard equipment, Ford provides Telematics, Sync Connect and a Wi-Fi access point serving the cabin and at a distance of about 20 meters from the truck. On a construction site, until the accessory turns off (about 20 minutes, then go back and press the ACC button again), you can get Internet access for a tablet and the car's antenna emits a stronger signal than that of your phone.
The Ranger offers Ford Co-Pilot360 technology: Blind Spot Detection (Ford Blind Spot Information System) with Truck and Trailer Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, Pre-Collision Warning and Braking automatic emergency. This is a $ 735 option on the XL input that also includes front and rear detection and a 150-watt power outlet.
It's been months since I did not test a 2019 or 2020 vehicle whose Adaptive Cruise Control was not fully self-sufficient, which means it did not take you to the ### ### ### ##################################################################### 39, stop completely, then resume speed. The Ranger ACC stops at 10 mph, making the function useless in traffic jams.
The old dashboard has a mechanical speedometer with a 4-inch LCD screen on each side. Having the fuel gauge next to the ACC's next distance information, the two vertical stripes, was difficult for the eyes.
Also missing is Ford's Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a clever button that explains how to get the truck back in the desired direction without getting into the wallet.
The 2019 Ford Ranger is new to the US market but otherwise it is an eight year old vehicle. The ride is usually mild, perhaps too soft for some. The opposite may be the case if you order the $ 1,295 FX4 off-road package: daily driving will be too hard for others and it does not have the merit of the off-road version of the Raptor version of the F-150 .
The XL Ranger entry is limited in features such as cruise control (no adaptive cruise control) or power door locks, although you can add them in a set of options. You will want that and the Co-Pilot360 package.
The midrange XLT Ranger costs $ 32,290, shipping costs of $ 1,195 included. The Lariat Ranger costs $ 33,585 and includes the Sync 3 standard. On the three cut lines, the SuperCrew adds $ 2,400 to the price. Four-wheel drive vehicles add $ 4,000, more than double what you pay for SUVs from two to four-wheel drive. The SuperCab is too comfortable for adults, so SuperCrew is probably the Ranger you want.
The 2019 Ranger makes more sense if you are buying a truck and not a family car and if you do not need an adaptive cruise control. If you are thinking of towing, you need the towing package of $ 495 to get a towing capacity of 7,500 pounds. When you do not tow, you'll get decent mileage: 21 mpg City / 26 mpg highway with rear-wheel drive, 20/24 with four-wheel drive. For a pickup, these are exceptional. Colorado with its optional turbo diesel engine: 20 cities / 30 routes.
In terms of competition, the Honda Ridgeline, Chevrolet Colorado / GMC Canyon, Toyota Tacoma and the new Gladiator Jeep are all strong competitors with more contemporary interiors. The full-size F-150 is more comprehensive than the Ranger and is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States (over 800,000 in 2018). The Ranger can be a medium-sized pick-up suitable, even against the F-150, if you tow heavy loads or carry a bed of heavy equipment; just not extraordinarily heavy loads / materials. This is ideal for pick-up owners and there is no silt motor in the base pad to keep the price down. Buy simply knowing that you are getting a pickup capable with a technology backtracking. Ford will need a new Ranger over the next two years to be competitive.
Mini now offers a plug-in hybrid version in its larger model, the Countryman. Like all Mini, the plug-in is a fun to drive, with large instrument clusters and toggle switches. But, oh, compromises: the small battery adds only 12 km of electric autonomy. The more electric gas range is about 270 miles. The suspension is rigid, the wheelbase is short and the driving can be agitated. The car weighs less than two tons. Our test car has cost more than $ 45,000 and the cheapest rechargeable Countrymen hybrid is in its thirties. The base prices do not include a lot of assistance to driver safety and no money will allow you to detect blind spots.
The strongest competition from Mini comes from the neighboring dealer with the blue and white propeller logo. BMW sells the Mini more or less like the BMW X1. They look very different, but they are built around the same front-drive business chassis.
PHEV Mini S E – Many stories have it like Mini SE without space – uses a 134-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder engine (turbocharged, because otherwise you have a good driving engine) to drive the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. An electric motor of 87 hp feeding a lithium-ion battery of 7.6 kWh feeds the rear. Together, they produce 221 horsepower and 284 lb-ft of torque. The EPA rated the car at 27 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on a highway, 27 mpg combining gasoline and 65 MPGe. But if you want to get 65 MPG, you'll have to hook up the car every night, and there may be times – human nature and all – you can say, maybe not tonight, I'll just pick up 12 miles of range. But with only a 9.5-gallon tank, you have a range of about 230 km for gasoline, allowing you to use 8.5-gallon fuel capacity.
The problem is that you will need a full charge of electrons on board every morning to be able to use the engine at will, as a second turbocharger. Electric motors provide maximum torque at 0 rpm, when gas engines are the weakest. Having electronic power at the rear is a way to get a full transmission without operating a drive shaft and a differential with respect to the rear axle. Toyota hybrids have been doing this for years.
When you press the accelerator, the car advances in the space of 6 to 7 seconds, depending on who is holding the stopwatch and who is hitting the accelerator. This is good. The engine offers quick getaways at the red light. It's fast around the country roads. Where this Mini falls is on the average American way. A wheelbase of only 105 inches provides rough driving on all surfaces, except for the smoothest surfaces. Repeating politics for a moment: Republicans, Democrats and independents all want better infrastructure, but they can not stop quarreling over which piggy bank to plunder to pay for the job.
The front passenger saloon is good and the saloon at the back is passable. The minis lack cup holders and storage space.
By far, the Minis are pretty much alike: they are small and look like hatchbacks. Most have sports versions (Cooper S) and serious (John Cooper Works). You can see the family resemblance dating back to the late 1950s and the original Mini Cooper designed by Sir Alec Issigonis. This first Mini around 1959 was really Mini, measuring only 120 inches long. (The smallest car in the United States today is the two-seat Smart Fortwo, 106 inches long.) The base Mini Cooper now sold is 151 inches long (two doors) or 157 inches long. inches long (four doors). The Countryman tested here measures 170 inches long, 72 inches wide and 61 inches tall. Between the two, the Mini Clubman measures 168 x 71 x 57. The Minis Coupé and Roadster models were abandoned after 2015 because they were too close to the hardtop and the Mini Cooper convertible. There was also the three-door variant of the Countryman called the Paceman; he died after 2016.
The Basic Mini Country S E All 4 Basic costs $ 37,800 (including shipping costs: $ 850) and includes a panoramic roof, sports seats and a 6.5-inch center screen. The Signature ($ 40,250) includes a touch-screen multimedia information system, heated seats, a keyless entry system, dual-zone climate control and climate control, as well as braking systems in case of collision and emergency alarm. The Iconic ($ 45,250) includes navigation, Apple CarPlay and headlamps / LED lights. Additional driver safety fees: $ 850 for Adaptive Cruise Control, Front / Rear Parking Sound and Parking Assist.
The Countryman SE All4 was created to enhance the appeal of the Mini among environmentally motivated buyers, such as motivating them with a range of 12 kilometers, as well as for buyers wishing to benefit from a tax credit ( $ 4,100) or preferred parking status in certain garages and office complexes where shippers are installed. near the main elevator or the entrance of employees. But the car also provides more power than the non-PHEV Minis and costs less than the total performance of John Cooper Works.
It lacks an adaptive damping system, which means that shocks adapt to road conditions. The absence of adaptive suspension could be a hindrance for spouses and partners who admire the appearance of your Mini, but who have learned the lessons of a trying experience, not to apply cosmetic products while the car is driving. Lipstick plus potholes more equal equals war painting.
Mini is the small high-end car in the United States. The Smart, belonging to Mercedes, is cute in Europe but is not sold here. the moment you add all the airbags and more, you pay the same as for Hyundai or Toyota with a space for four people, which most Americans value more than you can almost park two Smart cars laterally in a parallel parking space. The Honda Fit is a fabulous little car, between the Basic Cooper and the Countryman / Clubman.
What sells the Minis, it's their originality, their sportiness (real and unimagined) and their huge variety of options (most Minis are factory-ordered, not sold.) Reliability is around the average now Consumer Reports ranks 15 out of 28 brands in its 2019 reliability ranking of car brands.The competition is that of other premium compact SUVs, most of which have higher visibility and load capacity bigger.
If you're interested in the Countryman S All4, be sure to take an extended test drive and take any family member who can make your life miserable if you ignore his opinions. If you can unravel the car for the weekend, better yet.
You will probably find: 1. A cute car. 2. manages well. 3. 12 miles on battery is not much. 4. Steep ride. 5. Driver safety helps some competitors set a standard that will cost you more than $ 1,000. 6. Blind spot detection is not available. 7. A sufficient load space for two people on weekends (but there is the roof rack). Mini is an intriguing brand and carries the aura of a luxury car, it costs $ 50K (although some models do).
You may have trouble understanding the reason for such a modest range reserved for electric vehicles, even though you know that the electric motor serves to constantly improve the performance of the car. Plus, if you look at the diffuser, not just the PHEV, you may find that the turbo-three engine (other than the PHEV model examined here) is not enough, so look at the turbo-four models.
If you want everything electric, hold on tight. The purely electric Mini S E will debut this summer and (but) it focuses on sports performance and not on maximum reach. An average demonstration mini was to have a battery of 33 kWh and a range of about 110 miles with a weight of 265 pounds more than the Mini Cooper petrol engine. First deliveries to customers are expected in November.