Trucks & SUVs

Is the 2020 Ford Ranger Really a Better Quality Pickup Truck Than the Rest?

When it comes to trucks, there’s a surprising amount of options to choose from. It’s not just ranchers that drive trucks these days. If you take a drive down a suburban street, you’ll see driveway after driveway with a pickup truck parked and waiting for the next commute to work or school drop-off line. J.D. Power has ranked 2020 pickup trucks in terms of quality and the 2020 Ford Ranger midsize pickup is up there. But is it really a better quality truck?

Red Level 2, orange Level 3, and blue Level 1 Ford Performance-modified Rangers in front of a mountain range
Ford Performance Ranger Packages (left-to-right: Level 2, Level 3, Level 1) | Ford

American pickup trucks

When it comes to Americans buying cars, cars become less and less popular each year. Pickup trucks, on the other hand, continue to increase in popularity. Many consumers buy pickup trucks because they get the best of both worlds.

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A good quality truck like the 2020 Ford Ranger can take you to the office, out on the town Friday night, and then park at the trailhead for a weekend of hiking. Plus, a pickup bed hauls a load unlike any other vehicle––except maybe a work van. There are American and foreign options, though even the Honda Ridgeline is assembled in a factory on U.S. soil. But what is it about the 2020 Ford Ranger that makes it good?

J.D. Power consumer data

According to the consumer data collected by J.D. Power, the 2020 Ford Ranger is the second highest quality truck of the year. Another Ford pickup took the No. 1 spot. However, right behind the Ford F-Series Super Duty takes the title for highest quality truck.

That means that this Ford pickup truck had the fewest problems per 100 vehicles, according to data submitted to J.D. Power by real owners. The Ford F-Series Super Duty has 124 problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). For reference, the 2020 Chevrolet Colorado (which took the 10th spot on the list) had 164 PP100.

2020 Chevrolet Colorado off-roading on dirt road ZR2 off-roading in dirt
2020 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 | Chevrolet

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The 2020 Ford Ranger is just a couple of problems behind the larger version. The PP100 number for the 2020 Ranger is 126. This means that consumer data submitted to J.D. Power ranks the 2020 Ford Ranger No. 2 in terms of quality. So why does this midsize pickup truck rank so high?

Is the 2020 Ford Ranger a good truck?

“Buying a 2020 Ford Ranger is easy.”

J.D. Power
The Ford Ranger is a small but capable pickup truck.
Ford Ranger | Ford

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The Ford Ranger is a good midsize truck, according to the data from J.D. Power. In fact, it’s rated No. 1 overall among every other midsize pickup truck like the Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma, and Chevy Colorado all ranked lower than the 2020 Ranger. When you go to buy a 2020 Ford Ranger, the options are simple and straightforward.

There are both SurCab and SuperCrew configurations to choose between. Then there are three trim levels. According to U.S. News and World Report, the entry-level Ranger XL model starts at $24,410. The middle XLT trim has a host of upgrades over the XL trim. Starting for $28,46, the XLT adds more safety and driver assitance features. Plus, you’ll get the 8-inch touch screen interface for the infotainment system. The range-topper is the 2020 Ford Ranger Lariat. This model starts for $32,500. U.S. News describes this price as “below the top-trim price of most rivals.”

There are several different appearance packages and a long list of options which allow buyers to customize their new Ford Ranger midsize pickup truck to suit them. The 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine creates 270 horsepower. If optioned correctly, the 2020 Ford Ranger can tow 7,500 pounds.

A blue 2020 Ford Ranger XL SuperCrew drives on a paved snowy mountain road
2020 Ford Ranger XL SuperCrew | Ford

While this isn’t a class-leading figure, it’s exactly what’s expected from a midsize pickup truck. It also hauls a nice payload of up to 1,860 pounds. Overall, the Ford Ranger is a good choice for many truck buyers. For 2020, the Ranger added the FX2 Package that gives the 2-wheel drive option a more formidable and rugged-looking style. The 2020 Ford Ranger is a generally well-rounded option that’s made a lot of buyers happy already. That’s why it’s named No. 2 for quality by J.D. Power.