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What is the fuel economy of the 2019 Ford Ranger

2019 Ford Ranger Efficiency Ratings

With the 4×2 configuration, the 2019 Ranger gets an estimated fuel economy of 21 city/26 highway/23 combined mpg. With the 4×4 configuration, the 2019 Ranger gets an estimated fuel economy of 20 city/24 highway/22 combined mpg. These are the best efficiency ratings of any gasoline-powered midsize pickup truck in the United States.

source:  ford.com

Payload and Tow Capacity of the 2019 Ford Ranger


You carry gear — and lots of it. And the new Ford Ranger has these big advantages over other gas-powered midsize pickups: best-in-class maximum 1,860-lb. payload* and 7,500- lb. tow** ratings. Need to haul more? Tow more? Head out to your next adventure in the all-new Ranger.
*Class is Midsize Pickups based on Ford segmentation.
**When properly equipped with the trailer tow package and a trailer brake controller. Class is Midsize Pickups based on Ford segmentation.

source:  ford.com

How does the Blind Spot Information System work on

Trailer blind spot profiles on the 2019 Ranger

While having blind spot warnings can be useful, if you are towing you may also want warnings about when a vehicles is next to your trailer. Fortunately BLIS on the 2019 Ford Ranger includes trailer coverage. Drivers can keep up to three trailer profiles in the Ranger’s system so that the radar knows the length of the trailer and how far back to provide warnings. It can be challenging to haul a trailer, but with the Blind Spot Information System on the 2019 Ford Ranger drivers can leave some worry behind.

You can see this in action on the video embedded in this page.

Rear cross traffic alert

In addition to BLIS (which will also work just fine without a trailer) the 2019 Ford Ranger is available with rear cross traffic alerts that will warn drivers if there is a car coming behind them when they are leaving a parking space. This can make leaving a parking lot or a tricky work site even easier.

source:  ford.com

2019 Ford F-150 CarGurus Test Drive Review

2019 Ford F-150 Test Drive Review

The Ford F-150 employs a few modest updates for 2019 to stay relevant in the face of completely redesigned competitors.

8.2 /10

2017 Ford Escape Test Drive Review

Join me in reviewing my time behind the wheel of Ford’s 2017 Escape SE!!!

Vehicle Stats


2017 Ford Escape

Trim:   SE

Exterior Color:  Black

Interior Trim:  Grey Cloth

Drive:  FWD

Engine: 1.5L 4-cylinder

MPG Reports:  City – 23 Highway – 30 

My MPG:  29.2 avg 85% Highway, 15% City


First impressions:  The 2017 Escape has a sporty and rugged appearance. It maintains the sleek body lines shared by previous model years, but has a more aggressive reconfigured nose and front end.


Ride, Drive & Comfort:  The Escape has a nice, smooth ride. I found the steering and suspension to be very responsive. It handled corners and transitions with ease. I noticed little road and wind noise. A definite improvement from previous model years. Like other 2017 Ford vehicles the cloth interior has a more rugged feel to it and seems much less prone to staining. The seats are comfortable and supportive. I found the seating position to be very driver friendly. It provided nice front and side visibility. The controls as well were all in easy reach for both driver and passenger. Ford SYNC system works very well and is leaps and bounds above previous versions. It paired seamlessly with my phone and automatically connected each time I entered the vehicle. The rear seats fold down allowing for additional storage. I also found that rear passenger leg room to be very reasonable for small vehicle. Something else that I found convenient was the Escape's tight turning radius. It made backing and maneuvering in tight parking lots easy.


Engine performance:  This Escape was equipped with Ford's 1.5L engine. It is a very good match for the FWD Escape. It is peppy and low speeds and pulling out into traffic and can still achieve 30 MPY Hwy, which is nice.

Overall, I really enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the Ford Escape.  It's practical, looks good, nice MPG and reasonably priced. Which makes it a winner in my book.

2015 Ford F-150 XLT FX4 Test Drive Review

Join me in reviewing my time behind the wheel of a 2015 Ford F-150 XLT FX4!

2015 Ford F-150

Trim:   XLT, FX4

Drive:  4x4

Engine: 3.5L V6 Ecoboost

Fueleconomy.gov MPG Reports:  Combined – 19, City – 17, Highway – 23


First impressions:  There is a reason the iconic Ford F-150 has been the number one selling truck for 41 years straight. It is beautifully designed, powerful and fictional. Perfect for the family or job site, with a wide array of available options to suit any buyer.   


Ride, Drive & Comfort:  I have driven every body style Ford truck from 1957 - today and I have enjoyed each one for different reasons. The latest line of F-150's from Ford are truly awesome trucks. The truck was a joy to drive . The ride was really smooth and comfortable. The cabin is extremely roomy. Rear passengers have an abundance of leg room and the rear seat folds up clearing space for quite a bit of storage inside cab. I found front, side and rear visibility to be extremely good. No noticeable blind spots. Like all other Ford products, this truck had the optional back up camera. Which aided driver confidence when backing in crowded parking lots. Combined with the trailer tow package the back up camera also made hooking up a trailer easy. Driver controls are all within easy reach and easy to commit to memory. The radio had a great sound. A feature I particularly enjoyed when I was riding by myself was the ability to change the sound settings to driver only. It made it feel like the drivers seat had its own personal surround sound system!


Engine performance:  At 282 HP and 253 lb-ft of torque Ford’s 3.5 V6 is a very good match for this truck.  It had ample power for quick acceleration and passing.  The engine did what it was supposed to, when it was supposed to do it at a level that met / exceeded my expectations.  I took this truck on a trip to West Virginia to pick up a Ford Model T. On the way to West Virginia pulling an empty trailer we averaged 18.3 MPG. On the way home with car loaded we averaged 16.2 MPG. A side note after we were back home and had unhooked the trailer the truck averaged 23.1 MPG HWY. I was pleasantly surprised how power the 3.5L ecoboost engine was. Even when climbing hills towing the Model T in the Appalachians we could hardly tell the trailer was there. Can't say enough how enjoyable this test drive was!

Overall I enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the Ford F-150.  It is a sharp looking, versatile and practical vehicle.  With great power, smooth ride & great tow / haul capacity.

2013 Ford Escape SEL AWD Test Drive Review

Join me in reviewing my time behind the wheel of Ford’s 2013 Escape SEL!!!

Vehicle Stats


2013 Ford Escape

Trim:   SEL

Exterior Color:  Black

Interior Trim:  Black Leather

Drive:  AWD

Engine: 2.0L L4 DOHC 16V

Fueleconomy.gov MPG Reports:  Combined – 24, City – 21, Highway – 28 

My MPG:  23.3 avg 60% Highway, 40% City


First impressions: I have liked the sleek lines of the 2012-2016 Ford Escape since I first laid eyes one in 2012. The Escape I test drove was particularly sharp looking with 18" polished aluminum wheels and tuxedo black metallic paint. The interior is equally well designed with numerous comfort and convenience options at my finger tips.  


Ride, Drive & Comfort:  The vehicle had nice, smooth ride.   In regards to cabin noise the Escape falls somewhere in the middle. It isn't as quiet as an Explorer but is quieter than a Focus. I found the Escape to be very nimble and responsive. It navigated congested traffic with ease. Rear and side view mirrors all provided good visibility. I found no issues with blind spots while passing or backing. I really liked the configuration of the controls on the steering wheel. I actually prefer this configuration over new version. The placement of the cruise as well as radio controls are convenient and easy to commit to memory. I also liked the dial indicator controls for the heated seats. The heat dial can be set anywhere from 0-5. With that wide of a range, it is easy to find a temp to fit your and your passenger. The power adjustable seats were very comfortable and paired with a telescoping steering wheel means the Escape can fit drivers of varying shapes and sizes comfortably. During summer or winter months the remote start feature is very nice. Being winter now, I used this feature daily.


Engine performance: The 2.0 engine is a good match for the Escape. It had ample, smooth power for passing or quick acceleration. The only I was disappointed in was fuel economy. I anticipated the Escape to average 26-27 MPG instead of 23.


Overall, I really enjoyed my time behind the wheel of the Ford Escape. The Escape is a nice looking, versatile and practical vehicle.  With ample power and a smooth ride.  

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