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The Ford Ranger FX4 Is An Off-Roading Bargain

There isn’t a Ranger Raptor, but instead, there is the Ford Ranger FX4. Can the FX4 off-roading package keep up with the full-size Ford Raptor? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out. Let’s see if the Ford Ranger F4X can keep up with other trucks while off-roading or if it needs to be avoided.

Can The Ford Ranger FX4 Go Off-Roading?

The Ford Ranger starts around $24k, which isn’t bad for a mid-size truck. Then to add on the FX4 package, it only costs about $1,295, making it a bargain compared to rivals. For example, the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro costs about $43k, and the Chevy Colorado ZR2 starts around $41k.

2020 Ford Ranger RTR parked in desert
2020 Ford Ranger RTR | Ford Performance

So, at the much lower price of about $26k, can the Ford Ranger FX4 keep up? Of course, this is the base model’s price, which only has a standard AM/FM radio. So, the price will go up as you add on features for comfort and convenience.

What Does The Ford Ranger FX4 Package Include?

The Ford Ranger already comes with a robust powertrain with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. It can tow up to 7,200 lb when probably equipped. It also has a steel frame, steel mounted bumpers, and an off-roading chassis. Plus, the Ranger has an electronic 4X4 shift dial, allowing you to switch to 4X4 or 4X4 low with a twist of a dial.

Once you add the FX4 off-roading package, you gain tuned off-road monotube shocks, traction-enhancing locking rear differential, an exposed steel front bash plate, a heavy-duty front skid plate. You also get skid plates to protect the electronic steering, electric motor, transfer case, and fuel tank.

In the interior, you get a cluster screen to provide pitch and rollback. Plus, the terrain management feature and trail control technology features are included. The all-terrain tires with aggressive tread are an excellent upgrade as well.

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The Ford Ranger has a ground clearance of 8.2″, allowing it to climb over obstacles well. With an approach angle of 27.9 degrees, a break-over angle of 22.7 degrees, and a 25.2-degree departure angle, the Ford Ranger is pretty equipped for clearing whatever is in its way.

An orange crew cab 2019 Ford Ranger is parked in front of snow-covered mountains
2019 Ford Ranger | Ford

When tested, drivers found that the Ford Ranger FX4 had a smoother and quieter ride compared to rivals with a V6 engine. The steering also feels light and convenient as you glide over trails or maneuver through tight city spaces. The trail control management feature sets the speed and braking, so you can only focus on steering instead of working the pedals.

Ford Ranger FX4 Complaints

One of the drawbacks of the Ford Ranger FX4 includes having a seemingly outdated interior. It feels like the interior that’s been available in Australia since 2011 instead of having the luxurious feel of a brand new truck.

Ford Ranger Off-Roading is desert
Ford Ranger

Also, there is no push-button start system or smart-key system and the buttons. The off-roading information is dimly lit and hard to read. The rear seat is one solid bench seat while rivals have a split, and the seats can be lifted to provide more storage space. But this is where the savings come in. You get the rigid truck for off-roading without all of the comfy bells and whistles in the interior.