Ford’s perfectly-sized Ranger pickup gets a redesign for 2024, with updates for its XL, XLT and Lariat trims, and for the first time in the US, a Ranger Raptor. It’s available with a 2.3L I4 EcoBoost engine with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft. of torque, a 2.7L V6 with 315 hp and 400 lb-ft. of torque, or the Raptor’s 3.0L V6 with 405 hp and 430 lb-ft. of torque.
The Ranger Raptor is equally ready for slow-rolling, rugged trails and high-speed Baja-style courses. It rocks 2.5-inch FOX Live Valve shocks, 33-inch BFGoodrich all-terrain KO3 tires on 17" wheels, and steel skid plates protecting the front end, engine, transfer case, and fuel tank from rocky trails. Ford also upgraded the Raptor's steel frame with reinforced frame rails, front shock towers, rear shock brackets, and suspension mounting points. Extra wide wheel arches help further differentiate the Raptor from other Ranger models.
Depending on the model and engine, the 2024 Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds and carry up to 1805 pounds of cargo. The optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist adds a trailer brake controller and a 360-degree camera. Its wheelbase and track have been increased by two inches, increasing stability and bed space.
There are now more than 4 feet between the wheel wells, improving cargo-carrying capability. A box step is now available for easy access to the bed, along with an optional 400-watt power inverter and a 110-volt outlet in the bed - an excellent addition for a campsite coffee maker or plugging in an air compressor for filling tires.
The Ranger's interior has been redesigned with upgraded materials and finishes and an available 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster and 12-inch vertical touchscreen. You'll find lots of storage space in the cabin, too, with a big center console bin, oversize door pockets, and under-seat storage beneath the second row. Now that those seats fold flat, it's easier to carry large items back there.