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Ranger: Detroit Free Press "Truck of the Year"

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Mark Phelan rated the Ranger first, the Jeep Gladiator second, the Silverado 2500/3500 third.

 

https://www.freep.com/in-depth/money/cars/mark-phelan/2019/12/29/free-press-truck-year-ford-ranger-loaded-value-features/2731686001/

 

 

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Good for Ford and saw where the Aviator finished 2nd to the Telluride for SUV, which was another strong showing in a very competitive segment. 

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9 hours ago, Joe771476 said:

You mean Tesla didn't get it??!!!

Not MotorTrend award 💰 💰 

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It actually would have been better to win this award after the face lift, I've yet to meet one person in real life who thinks the ranger looks good. 

 

 

It would have been more impactful to win this award when it was actually desirable to more people. 

 

How are the sales numbers? I've only seem 2 or 3 In the wild of Alaska. 

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This award (like all the others) is an interesting discussion but pretty meaningless otherwise.

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51 minutes ago, akirby said:

This award (like all the others) is an interesting discussion but pretty meaningless otherwise.

 

If the award prompts at least some Detroit Free Press readers to visit a local Ford dealership and test drive a Ranger, it's meaningful. And lots of Ford dealers in southeastern Michigan and northwestern Ohio advertise in that newspaper.

Edited by rperez817

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1 hour ago, probowler said:

It actually would have been better to win this award after the face lift, I've yet to meet one person in real life who thinks the ranger looks good. 

 

 

It would have been more impactful to win this award when it was actually desirable to more people. 

 

How are the sales numbers? I've only seem 2 or 3 In the wild of Alaska. 

 

I've met plenty of people who thinks the Ranger looks good.  Me, and everyone who sees mine.  😊

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I still see the Rangers rarely, but there are always a few versions that look particularly good, such as Anthony's.  That's the version I would want personally, monochromatic Magnetic all the way, just like my F-150.  

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43 minutes ago, Assimilator said:

I still see the Rangers rarely, but there are always a few versions that look particularly good, such as Anthony's.  That's the version I would want personally, monochromatic Magnetic all the way, just like my F-150.  

 

I'm seeing many more in northern Michigan.  It helps that dealers up here are (finally) stocking them in substantial numbers.

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On 1/2/2020 at 9:22 AM, Assimilator said:

I still see the Rangers rarely, but there are always a few versions that look particularly good, such as Anthony's.  That's the version I would want personally, monochromatic Magnetic all the way, just like my F-150.  

That’s how I ordered mine. I also ordered it with the medium stone interior. Yes I know getting light colored cloth you have to be brave, but 9 months later it still looks really good. I just think the two-tone interior sort of spruces it up a bit.

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6 minutes ago, fuzzymoomoo said:

I could never do a light colored interior, my clothes get too dirty at work. It would never come out. 

 

Fuzzy, any guess as to how many Rangers are SuperCab vs. SuperCrew?  

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16 minutes ago, mackinaw said:

 

Fuzzy, any guess as to how many Rangers are SuperCab vs. SuperCrew?  


percentage? No clue. Way more crew cab than super cab though. 

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I am still surprised that Ford has not put a V6 in that thing yet !  2.7L EcoBoost would give a Raptor a run for its money !!

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7 minutes ago, theoldwizard said:

I am still surprised that Ford has not put a V6 in that thing yet !  2.7L EcoBoost would give a Raptor a run for its money !!


Once again, I'll say it louder for those in the back....

 

A V6 won't fit between the fenders and still be able to drop the body over it on the assembly line

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15 minutes ago, fuzzymoomoo said:


Once again, I'll say it louder for those in the back....

 

A V6 won't fit between the fenders and still be able to drop the body over it on the assembly line


I’ve said it at least a half dozen times myself.  

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22 minutes ago, fuzzymoomoo said:


Once again, I'll say it louder for those in the back....

 

A V6 won't fit between the fenders and still be able to drop the body over it on the assembly line

 

Fuzzy, you have to promise us, you'll snap a picture of the first chassis (Bronco or Ranger) with a V-6 rolling down the line at MAP,,,,,

 

HRG

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Just now, HotRunrGuy said:

 

Fuzzy, you have to promise us, you'll snap a picture of the first chassis (Bronco or Ranger) with a V-6 rolling down the line at MAP,,,,,

 

HRG


Absolutely not 

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3 minutes ago, fuzzymoomoo said:


Absolutely not 

 

Yeah, I kinda figured that would be your response,,,,,

 

Understood, HRG

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18 hours ago, fuzzymoomoo said:


Once again, I'll say it louder for those in the back....

 

A V6 won't fit between the fenders and still be able to drop the body over it on the assembly line

Correct.

A clear path into the engine bay for V6 raised into place was never a consideration,

all development work was for I-4 and I-5 engines. The 2.3 Ecoboost was so tight that

the engineers had to create an access hole in the inner guard to get to the oil filter.

 

T6 Gen 2 corrects all short comings with I-4 and V engines and then some...

 

 

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Edited by jpd80

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I looked at new trucks last fall and I couldn't get the Ranger I wanted... with a Crew Cab, Long Box (6'), RWD. The Red Hot Chevy Colorado I ordered in October arrived last Friday.

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