Decades ago, pickups were only meant to do the most demanding tasks that require muscle and heavy load capacities. They were barely meant to offer comfort because back then, it’s all about muscle and hustle for pickup trucks. Now, technology has taken over and the demands were diverted from being just an industrial workhorse to being a comfortable daily driver. Take the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT as an example.
Power and performance are significant aspects of a pickup truck and I know driving around the concrete jungle in a 4x2 pickup truck obviously isn’t like driving a 4x4 off-road. However, apart from the driving experience, cabin comfort and sense of security brought by the vehicle’s technology and safety features are also just as important. Thanks to Ford Philippines, I was able to get an in-depth look at the mid-range XLT variant of the 2019 Ford Ranger.
Technology that does not lack
It seems fair enough if you consider its price, which is why I said it does not lack. Note that the 2019 Ranger XLT has a price tag of P1,233,000, quite competitive in the midsize pickup segment. You may find it over or below your budget but the features live up to the figures. To start, the interior is simply decorated with a 4.2-inch TFT display with SYNC 1.1 system, unfortunately not the SYNC 3. The entertainment system isn’t its strength, I agree, but at least it’s got Bluetooth and steering audio controls.
For added convenience, the cabin features electrochromic rearview mirrors that automatically dim when hit by a light source, such as high beams during night drives. It also does have automatic on/off headlights so you wouldn’t have to worry about driving while unaware that your lights are off. Speaking of automatic, the XLT comes with rain-sensing wipers that turn on when sensors pick up raindrops on the windshield – a cool feature that’s still rarely seen today.
Lastly, the side mirror is power folding, which I can say is a minor detail but could also argue that it is so convenient – especially when parking in tight parking lots and you need a hassle-free way of folding them.
Above mid-range safety
There are dual front airbags for the driver and the passenger, as well as front seatbelt pre-tensioners. Of course, there are the basic tier-1 safety features of this day in age, which are the anti-lock braking system with electronic brakeforce distribution, childproof door locks, and volumetric alarm system. These are not the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT’s strength, though, because if you line it up with some of its closest rivals, it dominates to be the one with cruise control and adjustable speed limiter.
Additional handy features included in the XLT are the rear parking assist and ISOFIX anchors – although it’s quite odd that there’s no seatbelt reminder. There are a few things that were omitted from this variant that belong to the tier 1 to tier 2 of features, such as hill-start assist and electronic stability program. Other than that, I can pretty much say that you get what you pay for.