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Wes Siler Reviews His 2019 Ford Ranger

Car journalist turned dog-camping guy Wes Siler takes a look at the new-for-2019 Ford Ranger. Living in Montana, Wes drives off-road virtually every day, and he's turned to the Ranger to fulfill his need for a hard-use adventure vehicle. Compared to the Toyota Tacoma and the Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon, the Ranger offers a much more modern engine and transmission, delivering both better performance and better fuel economy, along with lower gearing that enhances its off-road ability. While it lacks the ultimate rock-crawling capability (and doesn't feature as low a crawl ratio) of the Jeep Gladiator, the Ranger's superior powertrain and independent front suspension make it a much more comfortable place to spend time—an important consideration both for daily driving and long-distance travel. Wes equipped this Ranger with the $1,295 FX4 package, which, unlike its rivals, boosts off-road capability across all trim levels. That means the performance you see here is even available at a sub-$30,000 price. Special thanks to Go Fast Campers for use of their shop.