Which 2021 Ford Ranger to buy? – Variant Comparison Guide

Ford Philippines, once again, updates its esteemed Ranger lineup. The updated variant range gets a new face along with a new trim, known as the FX4 MAX. Choosing among the thirteen variants available can be quite confusing, that’s why we’ve laid a seamless variant comparison guide which should help you choose the right Ford Ranger for you. 

2021 Ford Ranger XLS exterior quarter front Philippines

Starting off with the Ranger XLS range. Composed of three variants, buyers can opt for the 2.2 XLS 4x2 MT, 2.2 XLS 4x2 AT, and the 2.2 XLS 4x4 MT. All come with the tried and tested 2.2-liter diesel engine that puts out a healthy 158 hp and 385 Nm of torque. The said motor could either be paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission.

Like the other Ranger variants, the XLS range also gets the new grille. Though it still comes with the same set of 16-inch alloys that are wrapped in 255/70 tires and reflector-type halogen headlights. All XLS variants also retain the black door handles, however, the bedliner is not standard. What’s great though is that the base XLS range now has step boards which should allow passengers to get in and out of the vehicle more conveniently.

Inside, you get a polyurethane-wrapped steering wheel and fabric seats with manual adjustability for both driver and front passenger. Standard across all variants of the Ford Ranger is the 8-inch touchscreen that comes ready with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, paired with a 6-speaker sound system.

Standard safety and security features include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), dual-front airbags, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. Prices for the XLS variants range from P1,155,000 to P1,304,000.

2021 Ford Ranger XLT exterior quarter front Philippines

Now onto the Ranger XLT range. Unlike the XLS, which is available with a 4x4 powertrain, the XLT can only be had in 4x2. It includes the 2.2 XLT 4x2 MT and 2.2 XLT 4x2 AT, with prices ranging from P1,299,000 up to P1,330,000. On the outside, Ranger XLT variants come with noticeable changes including the replacement of those exterior accents with a shinier gloss black material, while the grille gets a bit fancier with the addition of a silver linings. As for the shoes, XLT trims get a set of larger black 17-inch alloys wrapped in 265/65 tires. Notably, both the bedliner and projector-type halogens have also been made standard.

On the inside, it still gets the state-of-the-art infotainment system along with the same number of speakers for the audio system. It does get a good amount of upgrades, including the electrochromic rearview mirrors. The polyurethane steering wheel has also been upgraded to leather.

XLT variants are still run by the same 2.2-liter diesel engine, which could either be paired with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. Safety and security features from the XLS were carried over. Aside from that, XLT variants benefit from additional equipment including a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and an alarm system. 

2021 Ford Ranger FX4 exterior quarter front Philippines

Next up is the Ranger FX4 range. Respectively, it includes the 2.2 FX4 4x2 MT, 2.2 FX4 4x2 AT, 2.2 FX4 4x4 MT, and 2.2 FX4 4x4 AT. Based on variant namings, all FX4 trims retain the same 2.2-liter diesel engine that still produces identical figures. Likewise, buyers could pair the said motor with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. Notably, a 4x4 powertrain is also possible for this variant.

For the exterior, contrasting details include a sports bar, different grey details, and a new set of black alloy wheels that measure in 18-inches, and are then wrapped in 265/60. It still retains the same infotainment system, though it now comes with leather upholstered seats.

Safety and security features from the XLT were retained for the FX4 range. The following upgrades come at a higher price, with SRP of the FX4 variants ranging from P1,320,000 up to P1,510,000.

2021 Ford Ranger FX4 Max exterior side Philippines

The Ford Ranger FX4 Max 4x4 is the latest addition to the Range lineup. It actually carries several mechanical components found on the Ranger Raptor. For starters, it gets the Ford script grille which is almost the same one found on the Raptor. The only difference is the shiny material used on the FX4 Max and the Ranger letter found on the upper portion of the grille. The stepboards also appear to be different. Another contrast feature is the set of 17-inch alloys wrapped in 265/70 all-terrain tires. Compared with the other Rangers except the Raptor, the FX4 Max gets a higher 256 mm ground clearance.

On the inside, you’ll find a generous amount of special appointments including the sport pedals, black alley inserts on the door trims, and dash applique which give the FX4 MAX a unique interior look compared with the rest of its siblings under the Ranger nameplate. Another special thing is that the leather seats of this variant come with special carbon accents along with Miko suede inserts and FX4 MAX embroidery.

It’s powered by the 2.0-liter 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine that's found in both the Wildtrak 4x4 and Ranger Raptor. The said mill is capable of producing 210 hp and 500 Nm of torque and is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Aside from the 2-inch FOX shock absorbers, it also comes with a remote reservoir and tuned leaf springs that enable rapid recovery from extensive off-road use.

The new Ranger FX4 Max is priced at P1,698,000, and it sits below the range-topping Wildtrak 4x4.

2021 Ford Ranger Wildtrak exterior quarter front Philippines

The Ranger Wildtrak Range is composed of three variants: the 2.0 Wildtrak 4X2 MT, 2.0 Wildtrak 4X2 AT, and the 2.0 Biturbo Wildtrak 4X4 AT. You still get a newly treated face as well. Opting for any of the Wildtrak variants will reward you with LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, a new and larger 18-inch rims wrapped in 265/60 tires, and of course, those orange details found on the exterior for that Wildtrak signature look. 

Inside, Ranger Wildtrak variants now get a dual-zone automatic climate control and a push-start button along with a smart keyless entry system. It still retains the same state-of-the-art infotainment system. Wildtrak variants also come with leather upholstered seats that are accented with orange stitching. 

Buyers can opt between two engine options for the Wildtrak. There’s a 2.0-liter single-turbo diesel that churns out 178 hp and 420 Nm of torque, and a 2.0-liter Bi-turbo diesel that puts out identical figures of the FX4 Max. There’s a 10-speed automatic that’s available for both engines, while the 6-speed manual is only exclusive for the single turbo motor.

While other safety and security features were retained, other additional equipment include side and curtain airbags, front and rear parking sensors, and a backup camera. The 4x4, on the other hand, benefits from other advanced driver-assist safety features such as Electronic Stability Control Including Roll-over Mitigation and adaptive cruise control with Forward Collision Alert. Prices for the Ranger Wildtrak variants range from P1,480,000 up to P1,728,000.

2021 Ford Ranger Raptor exterior quarter front Philippines

While the Ford Ranger Raptor may be separated from the standard Ranger lineup, it’s still worthy of a special mention. The midsize pickup still comes with a 2.0-liter Bi-turbo that produces the same figures on the Wildtrak 4x4 and FX4 Max. Plus, it also gets the Fox Racing shocks and the larger tires which measure at 285/70. It’s also 4x4, making it an off-road capable Ranger which sits side by side with the FX4 Max and Wildtrak 4x4. In terms of pricing, the Ford Ranger Raptor retails at P1,998,000

2021 Ford Ranger FX4 Max exterior quarter front

The Ford Ranger lineup is filled with such desirable options for different types of customers. Whether the pickup would be utilized for off-roading or leisure, Ford has certainly organized its variant range quite well. Out of all the following trims mentioned, we were impressed with the overall packaging of the FX4 Max, given its Raptor-like approach. Yet again, if you want more safety features and a slightly less peppy engine with a 4x2 drivetrain, you could either opt for the other variants or better yet the Wildtrak 4x2. At the end of the day, you’re the one to make the buying decision, so you should probably establish your budget and properly define your personal preferences in order to pick the right Ford Ranger for you.

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