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Go ahead and jump on the new Ford Ranger. The order banks are open, and production should start soon. This midsize truck promotes one sleek makeover with plenty of muscle and comfort. But even though there are four trim levels available, people are flocking to one 2024 Ford Ranger model in particular. 

Which 2024 Ford Ranger trim level is best? 

The 2024 Ford Ranger driving down the road with dirt bikes in the bed
2024 Ford Ranger | Ford

Based on the numbers reported by Ford Authority, the 2024 Ford Ranger XL is the best trim level. It’s the standard model, but it covers all the basic. It has a long list of standard features with an MSRP of $32,565. Adding the $1,595 destination fee brings the starting price up to $34,160. 

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

Standard features include a 10-inch infotainment screen, an 8.0-inch digital guage cluster, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, the Sync 4A infotainment system, lane keeping assistance, automatic high beams, automatic emergency braking, and the STX Appearance Package. 

The STX Appearance Package includes 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels, LED reflector headlamps, halogen fog lamps, premium cloth bucket seats, and a dampened tailgate. 

This package was available with the 2023 model but forces the price of the 2024 Ranger to go up. The most popular model is the most affordable option, so would people go for an even more basic work truck? 

Some Ford fans might be waiting for a model with a basic radio, steel wheels, and vinyl flooring to come out. But they’re settling for the XL model instead. Also, on that note, where is the affordable Tremor off-roading trim? 

When is the 2024 Ranger entering production? 

2024 Ford Ranger production is slated to begin by the end of August 2023. That’s if everything remains on track. However, Ranger production has already experienced its first delay. Production was expected to begin on August 21, but it was pushed back by one week. 

One week shouldn’t disrupt delivery times, but hopefully, things will get started on the 28th. This truck is still on track for its summer launch and should reach dealerships in the fall. But these dates are subject to change. 

Due to ongoing supply chain disruptions, quality issues, and rising inflation, the automotive industry has been struggling with inventory shortages and unintentional delays. 

You can no longer order the 2023 Ford Ranger, and production of this model has officially wrapped up. It has the same standard engine as the 2024 model but at a lower price.

Can you order the Ford Ranger Raptor?

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

Yes, you can order the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor. It features a beefy turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine with 405 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque.

It has 17-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 33-inch all-terrain tires, FOX shocks, skid plates, tow hooks, enhanced fender flares, all-weather mats, six up fitter switches, Trail Control, the advanced tow package, leather seats, and enhanced tech.

It starts at $56,960 with the destination fee. But more buyers aren’t going for more power. They want the basics.

The second most popular trim level is the XLT which adds bed lighting, remote start, a wireless charging pad, a manual rear sliding window, 400W in-bed power, built-in navigation, parking sensors, blind spot warning, and reverse braking assist.

Stay tuned for updates about production and how the new Ranger performs. We could only be about two months away from seeing these beasts hit the street.