Trucks & SUVs

The 2021 Ford Ranger Is No Sissy

It’s been three years since the Ford Ranger made its triumphant return. Now having arrived in the 2021 model year, the 2021 Ford Ranger continues to position itself as a modestly priced pickup that’s capable of, well, kind of a lot. Not only can this year’s new model tow a pretty impressive amount, but its payload rating is also the best in its class. 

2021 Ford Ranger Tremor rock crawling
2021 Ford Ranger Tremor | Ford

How much can the 2021 Ford Ranger tow?

If you’re in the market for a shiny new pickup, odds are that you want one that’s capable of towing a decent enough load. Fortunately, the 2021 Ranger is more than able to do so. When you chose a model outfitted with Ford’s available tow package, which includes both a tow hitch and a 4/7-pin connector, you can expect this year’s new Ford Ranger to tow a maximum of 7,500-pounds. Pretty impressive, right?

But the 2021 Ford Ranger isn’t just a beast when it comes to towing. This year’s new model also boasts a pretty impressive payload rating. In fact, the Ford Ranger’s payload rating is the best in its class. Really, with a maximum payload rating of 1,860-pounds, this year’s Ranger isn’t messing around. Rather, this pickup will have you towing and hauling to your heart’s desire.

2021 Ford Ranger
2021 Ford Ranger | Ford

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Here’s how the 2021 Ford Ranger stacks up to the competition

We’ve established that the 2021 Ford Ranger is no stranger to towing a heavy load. Let’s not forget about that best-in-class payload rating either. But how does this year’s model compare to other pickups among its segment? After all, you’ve probably got a few trucks on your list. Not just the 2021 Ford Ranger.

First, let’s talk about the Honda Ridgeline. This one’s easy. Unlike the Ford Ranger, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline is only rated to tow a maximum of 5,000-pounds. As for its maximum payload rating? It’s not even close. While the Ford Ranger boasts a maximum payload rating of 1,860-pounds, this year’s Honda Ridgeline maxes out at 1,583-pounds.

Now, the Honda Ridgeline isn’t the Ford Ranger’s only competitor. Maybe you’ve also got your eyes on the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon. If that’s the case, we’ve got some bad news. Both pickups are capable of towing slightly more than the 2021 Ranger. But don’t worry, the Ranger still has the edge when it comes to its payload capacity. Oh, and its price.

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The 2021 Ford Ranger won’t break the bank either

We’ve established that the 2021 Ford Ranger is a pretty capable truck. Especially if you foresee towing and hauling in your future. But how much will this pickup actually cost you? Turns out, not all that much. Opt for a base model, and the Ranger will run you approximately $24,820. At its most expensive, this year’s model will have you spending a minimum of $32,910. Not that bad right? Especially when compared to trucks like the Chevrolet Colorado and the GMC Canyon, both of which have a starting price over $25,000.

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Is this tow-ready pickup the right choice for you?

The 2021 Ranger has a lot going for it. From its impressive tow ratings to its modest price, you really can’t go wrong with this year’s model. So why not take it out for a test drive? After all, that’s the best way to find out if this pickup is the right choice for you.