The Ford Ranger is a stylish and muscular midsize pickup truck from Ford and part of the Truck Wars that have been waged in the Philippines. Characterized by its wide stance and beefy appeal, it’s one of the most sought-after pickup trucks in the country today, which makes it Ford Philippines’ current best-seller.
The Ranger is available in several variants with three engine options to choose from. First is the turbocharged 2.2L Duratorq TDCi diesel mill, which was a carryover from its pre-facelift model. The newest additions to the list of powertrain options are the 2.0L EcoBlue diesel engine in either single turbo or biturbo configuration, depending on the variant choice.
The current-generation Ford Ranger was launched on September 21, 2018 in the Philippines, refreshing the local lineup of Ford Ranger and adding the first-ever Ranger Raptor. The replacement Ranger came with a new fascia and a new set of powertrains to replace the 3.2-liter Duratorq in the Wildtrak variants. The current engine setup is either the 2.0L biturbo diesel with a 10-speed automatic transmission or the single turbo trim while retaining the 2.2L Duratorq option for the lower variants.
On January 23, 2020, the Ford Ranger lineup got a substantial update in terms of infotainment and safety features. The Ranger model lineup also got two snew variants added to its ranks in the form of the Ranger FX4 and an automatic version of the Ranger XLS 4x2. With these new additions, the Ranger lineup was extended to 14 variants giving it a wider reach for buyers who are looking into getting a pickup truck. The FX4 is the new star variant brought with it new decals, a new set of blacked-out wheels, and a bed bar to help it stand out from the rest of the lineup. It also serves as a new mid-tier variant for those who don't want a Ranger Wildtrack but want some of the key features it has.
Ford Philippines would later launch the 4x4 variant of the Ranger FX4 to finally complete the FX4 trim-level. Similar in design to its 4x2 stablemate the Ranger FX4 4x4 comes with the same available colors, same available features, and same available safety features but comes with a 4x4 system to differentiate it. With the new mid-tier trim-level complete it will serve as option for those who want a feature packed Ford Ranger without the need to purchase the higher tier Wildtrak variant.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The Ford Ranger body-on-frame truck rides on Ford’s T6 platform that is shared with the Everest midsize SUV. The four-door double cab version is the only available body configuration in the Philippines. It’s available in either rear-wheel drivetrain or with 4x4 configuration, depending on the variant.
Under the hood, the Ford Ranger has three engine choices: 2.0-liter Biturbo Diesel (210 hp, 500 Nm torque); 2.0-liter Single Turbo Diesel (178 hp, 420 Nm torque); 2.2-liter TDCi (158 hp, 385 Nm torque). There are also three transmission choices, depending on the engine: 10-Speed Automatic (2.0-liter Biturbo/Singe Turbo Diesel); 6-Speed Manual (2.0-liter Single Turbo Diesel/2.2-liter TDCi); 6-Speed Automatic (2.2-liter TDCi).
The Ranger lineup, excluding the Ranger Raptor, has a double-wishbone with coil springs front and leaf spring rear suspension setup. The brakes are ventilated discs up front and drums at the back.
Midsize Pickup Truck
Four-Door Double Cab, Body-On-Frame Pickup Truck
Front Engine, Rear-Wheel Drive or Four-Wheel Drive
Ford T6 Platform
2.0-liter Biturbo Diesel
2.0-liter Single Turbo Diesel
The Ranger’s driving performance depends on the engine and transmission combo per variant. The 2.2L carryover from its predecessor delivers power more abruptly, mainly because of its 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0L single-turbo Ranger, on the other hand, delivers the power in increments because of its 10-speed automatic tranny. The biturbo 2.0L sends power in a linear fashion, as well, but the onset of the turbocharged boost is earlier for a more satisfying pull.
Handling is what you would expect from a truck that sits on a ladder frame chassis – moments of body roll with some pitches and dives. But ultimately, the main advantage of the Ranger is its light steering feel.
The Ranger is one of the most tech-laden pickup trucks in the Philippines. Its Wildtrak variant is the only pickup truck in the country that has adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping aid, and active park assist.
Apart from those, the Ranger also has automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, SYNC 3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, front and rear parking sensors, a reverse parking camera, a power-adjustable driver seat, and speed-sensing door locks. For the 2020 model year, Ford Philippines gave the entire Ranger lineup a standard 8-inch infotainment system that carries over previous connection capabilities.
All variants of the Ford Ranger now come with a SYNC 3 infotainment system that is easy to use and is easy on the eyes. It also now comes available with Android auto and Apple CarPlay making it even easier to keep yourself connected with your phone even while driving. With the addition of these new features as standard the Ford Ranger has become more attractive to those who want an affordable and feature packed pickup truck.
Known for its beefy exterior and wide stance, the Ranger is a macho pickup truck which made it a favorite among pickup truck buyers. It also has a 232mm ground clearance that employs an authoritative driving feel and the capability to wade through waters 800mm deep.
However, apart from its inherent machismo, the Ranger’s top-level trims are equipped with HID headlamps with LED daytime running lights. This lighting setup makes the American pickup truck standout on the road even at night.
The Ranger has the most attractive and most premium-looking interior among pickup trucks in the Philippines. The cabin space is abundant, as well, as it’s among the biggest in its class, while ride comfort remains among the smoothest examples out there. Even better, the Ranger’s NVH insulation has been greatly improved from before.
The Ranger, especially the top Wildtrak variants, gets the most number of safety equipment in its class. It has a full set of airbags: driver, front passenger, sides, and curtains. On top of that, it’s equipped with an electronic stability program with traction control, hill start assist, ABS with EBD, driver and front passenger seatbelt reminders, and ISOFIX child seat anchors. The top of the line Wildtrak 4x4 variant also now gets camera-based autonomous braking like its Ranger Raptor big brother.
Tested Variant: Ford Ranger 2.2 XLS 4x4 MT
Child Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Adult Occupant Safety
Front Impact Score
Side Impact Score
Head Protection Score
Front Passenger Airbag
Seat Belt Retractor Driver
Seat Belt Retractor Front Passenger
Safety Assist Technology
Effective Breaking & Avoidance
Seat Belt Reminders
SBR for Driver
SBR for Front Passenger
SBR for Rear Passenger
Blind Spot Technology
Advanced Safety Assist Technologies
Intelligent Rear View Mirror
Lane Departure Warning System
Forward Collision Warning System
Lane Keep Assist
Pros & Cons
What you’ll like about the Ford Ranger is its power delivery that’s consistent with its powertrain setup. The quality of materials used in the cabin is top-notch as well. For the range-toppers, the set of tech features offered with the Ranger is among the most generous in its class.
On the flipside, the Ranger can still improve in keeping the engine noise outside its cocoon. The digital instrument cluster might also annoy some since it can be a bit cluttered.
The Ford Ranger FX4 is on review on this episode of Behind the Wheel. Equipped with just enough tech, and just enough style, the midsize model from the Blue Oval will catch your attention thanks to its exterior. As a part of the Ford lineup in the Philippines, it offers a good overall package at a price tag that is quite affordable.
Ask our team of experts any question and we will do our best to give you the best answer possible.
Does the Ford Ranger come with ISOFIX child seat tethers?
All variants of the Ford Ranger sold in the Philippines come with ISOFIX child seat tethers, including the base XLS 4x2 MT trim.
What's the difference between the Ford Ranger and the Ranger Raptor?
The Ford Ranger Raptor was built from the ground up and was engineered for high-speed off-road performance. Aside from the 2.0-liter biturbo engine, the Ranger Raptor is equipped with an underbody shield made of 2.3mm thick high-strength steel, a tougher chassis, a set of Fox racing suspensions, and a Terrain Management System with Baja mode.
Does the Ford Ranger have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?
Yes, all Ford vehicles equipped with the latest Sync infotainment software has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, including the current Ford Ranger and the all-new Ford Ranger Raptor.
Is the Ford Ranger a good off-roader?
Sitting atop a rigid ladder-frame chassis and armed with 4x4 shift-on-the-fly system, locking rear differential, and solid suspension setup (front double wishbone with coil springs and rear leaf springs), the Ford Ranger is a very capable pickup truck on unpaved roads. It also has an 800mm water-wading capacity and 230mm ground clearance, allowing you to clear virtually any unchartered course.
Are the Ford Ranger and Mazda BT-50 one and the same?
Essentially, yes, since they share the same platform that was developed by Ford. Mazda, however, infuses its own design elements and technology into the BT-50.
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