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We’ve been waiting for more truck specs to roll out to see how the Ford Ranger compares to other 2024 models, and the results are surprising. A few models are more expensive, which goes against their reputations as affordable work trucks. For example, the 2024 Ford Ranger is now being undercut by rivals. 

Is the 2024 Ford Ranger a good work truck? 

The 2024 Ford Ranger off-roading in sand
2024 Ford Ranger | Ford

Yes, the 2024 Ford Ranger is an excellent work truck to consider. It has a robust towing capacity, modern tech, potent turbocharged power, and plenty of off-roading capability to get the job done. 

However, it’s not the most affordable mid-size truck available. The 2024 Ranger begins with a $32,565 MSRP, and the $1,595 destination fee brings the starting price up to $34,160. 

Next, the 2024 Toyota Tacoma starts at $31,500 with a $1,495 destination charge to come in at $32,995. 

Then, the 2024 Nissan Frontier comes in with a $29,770 MSRP and a $1,495 destination fee for a total of $31,265. 

Last but not least, the 2024 Chevy Colorado comes in with an MSRP of $29,500 and a $1,595 destination fee of $31,095. Making it the cheapest new mid-size truck you can buy. 

However, there are a few things to consider about the prices and value. The Colorado and Ranger have one cab size and one bed length. So, you get the biggest cab option with the starting price. 

The Tacoma and Frontier have two-door cabs and different bed lengths available. You’ll have to pay more for the four-door cabs. Also, equipping each model with 4×4 adds hundreds to the price. 

The Jeep Gladiator has standard 4×4 but is expected to start at around $40,000. The Honda Ridgeline also has standard AWD and may start around $40,000. 

How much can the 2024 Ranger tow? 

The 2024 Ford Ranger has a standard 2.3-liter inline-four engine with 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the 2.7-liter V6 engine for 315 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. 

When properly equipped, the 2024 Ranger can tow up to 7,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,805 lbs. 

The 2024 Chevy Colorado features a turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 237 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. Upgrade to the TurboMax option for 310 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. With the Colorado, you can tow up to 7,700 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,610 lbs. 

Give it up for the 2024 Toyota Tacoma and its new standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with 228 hp and 243 lb-ft fo torque. It can be tuned to crank out 278 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque. 

The i-Force hybrid powertrain pairs this engine with an electric motor and battery to generate 326 hp and 465 hp. It can tow up to 6,500 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,705 lbs. 

Also, the 2024 Nissan Frontier has a standard 3.8-liter V6 engine with 310 hp and 281 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 6,690 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,667 lbs. 

So, the Colorado has the most towing power, and the Frontier has the most standard power. But the Ranger is still robust and impressive. 

What comes standard with the 2024 Ranger? 

2024 Ford Ranger interior and dash
2024 Ford Ranger interior | Ford

The 2024 Ford Ranger XL comes with the standard engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. It rides on 17-inch aluminum silver painted wheels, while most rivals start with classic steelies. 

LED headlights complete the look, but the standard STX appearance package makes all the difference. 

You’ll find cloth upholstery in the interior with bucket seats. Remote start and keyless entry are convenient additions. Plus, you get a 10.1-inch infotainment display and an 8.0-inch digital guage cluster. 

Standard tech and safety features include wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Sync 4A software, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, remote tailgate lock, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. 

The 2024 Ranger may have a slightly higher starting price than its rivals, but it has more space and amenities than just the basics. Do you wish it had a basic work truck trim?