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Are you surprised that the Ford Ranger has rapidly declining sales? It was one of the oldest mid-size trucks available. It could feel even older than the geriatric Toyota Tacoma. So, it may be worth waiting for the 2024 Ford Ranger instead because it provides much-needed updates. 

Updated on 06/28/2023 for freshness.

2024 Ford Ranger: What problems are fixed?

The 2024 Ford Ranger parked in the city
2024 Ford Ranger | Ford

The 2024 Ford Ranger just launched the fifth generation with a brand-new design. However, it will continue to ride on the mid-size T6 platform. This is the same platform that the Ford Bronco uses, and it received a few updates. 

The wheelbase and width have been stretched by two inches and could provide more passenger space and comfort. As Edmunds points out, the current Ranger has a tight backseat. There is only space for two shorter adults in the back, and child seats hardly fit. 

Also, the Ranger is short on storage space. There isn’t much space to work with under the rear seat, and the center console is limited. But now the 2024 Ranger provides more innovative storage solutions. 

The 2023 Ranger has a bumpy, unrefined ride quality. But the new Ranger features a smoother ride over pavement thanks to the longer wheelbase. The rear shocks have been moved outboard of the frame rail to improve overall comfort. 

What engines does the 2024 Ranger have? 

The 2024 Ford Ranger made a few changes to its engine lineup. The current 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque was carried over and is a solid option, and it’s paired with the same 10-speed automatic transmission.

Upgrade to the new 2.-liter EcoBoost V6 engine for 315 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. This engine is also found in the Ford F-150 and Bronco.

Also, the spicy Ford Ranger Raptor delivers the heat with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 405 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Ranger Hybrid is missing from the lineup but could be added next year. It might be followed by the Ford Raner EV.

The 2024 Ranger can still tow up to 7,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,860 lbs. It didn’t get a boost to match the Jeep Gladiator’s 7,700-lb towing capacity. 

Plus, the current 2023 Ranger is disappointing when it comes to off-roading. The Tremor package just isn’t doing it for people. But the Ranger Wildtrak and Ranger Raptor did gain beefy off-roading upgrades from the Ford Bronco Sasquatch and Raptor. 

Will the 2024 Ranger have a better interior? 

2024 Ford Ranger interior
2024 Ford Ranger interior | Ford

Yes, the 2024 Ford Ranger now has a modern interior with upscale improvements to bring it out of the stone age. Higher-quality materials effectively replaced cheap plastics and textured patterns with bright accent stitching to create an attractive space. 

The outdated tech is being replaced by larger infotainment screens and an updated digital gauge cluster. It’s safe to expect a 360-degree camera system with trail views and an upgraded built-in navigation system. 

The Ranger finally delivers wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with an enhanced wireless charging pad. It charges phones at a faster rate.  

Stay tuned for the latest Ranger updates. The Ford Ranger order banks are open, and it should enter production soon as the 2023 model is phased out.