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2022 Ford Ranger Review: Splash Is Back

Check out our 2022 Ford Ranger review for a rundown on trim levels, off-road features and towing capability. Plus, the Splash package returns!

What’s New for the 2022 Ford Ranger?

This fourth-generation, 2022 Ford Ranger was new to American buyers in 2019 after an 8-year hiatus. This midsize pickup has had an interesting journey since inception in 1983, a history your can read up on here. It offers plenty of rugged utility in a more manageable package than its giant-sized stablemate, the F-150 that we review here. Dipping into their Nineties-tastic archives, Ford revives the Splash package this year with a, uh, splashy look featuring body graphics and tangerine dream accents. There will also be limited edition Splash models arriving throughout the year with just a few hundred of each style. Snow Edition is coming first to be followed by Forest and Sand variants.

2022 Ford Ranger - ford.com

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $26,795

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

RWD or 4WD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

21 City / 26 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

That’s one potent four-cylinder

Ford nails it with the Tremor graphics

Love the 16″ steelies on XL models

Base trim lacks on tech features

Rest of the world is getting an all-new model

Ford’s full catalog of trailer tech not available

Stoked to see the incoming Ranger Raptor

2022 Ranger Specs

Trims & Pricing

XL - $26,795
XLT - $30,845
Lariat - $34,885

2022 Ford Ranger Powertrain

2022 Ford Ranger 2.3L I4 - Ben Hardy on youtube.com
2022 Ford Ranger 2.3L I4 - Ben Hardy on youtube.com

With the 2022 Ranger, you can have any powertrain as long as it’s the 2.3L EcoBoost inline-4 paired with a 10-speed automatic. This is in contrast with competition like the new GMC Canyon, as reviewed here, that offers a pair of engines to choose from. However, Ford’s turbocharged four is a stout mill, making 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque spinning the rear wheels, though you can tack on 4WD with electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case for about $4000.

The Ranger body can be built in either SuperCab configuration with a pair of half-sized rear doors and 6-foot bed or SuperCrew with four full-sized doors and a 5-foot bed. Unlike Ford’s new Maverick pickup with unibody construction, which sold out quickly as discussed here, the Ranger is a traditional body-on-frame pickup with leaf-sprung rear suspension. It makes for stout utility but don’t expect a cushy ride. If you plan to get off the paved path, Ford offers a range of 4×4 upgrades to lend a hand from the FX2 package with off-road tires to the Tremor with full skid plates and a Terrain Management System (TMS). TMS has selectable drive modes including Mud/Ruts and Sand that alter transmission and throttle calibrations to make your dirt road adventures easier.

Towing & Payload

2022 Ford Ranger - ford.com
2022 Ford Ranger - ford.com

Featuring a fully boxed frame made with high-strength steel and rear leaf springs, a 2022 Ranger can pull as much as 7,500 pounds. Doing so requires the $495 Trailer Tow package that adds a 4/7-pin wiring harness and Class IV hitch receiver to the lineup standard trailer sway control. Max payload tops out at 1,905 pounds and blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage is available.

2022 Ford Ranger Fuel Economy & MPG

Ford employs idle start/stop tech on the Ranger’s EcoBoost setup that achieves 21 mpg in city driving and 26 on the highway for two-wheel-drive models. Adding 4WD drops those figures to 20 and 24 mpg, respectively. The Tremor package, with meatier tires and heavier running gear, drops to 19 mpg in both city and highway driving.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

For those using the Ranger for simple utility, the SuperCab body features rear seats that can be removed to open up a large storage area. If you anticipate carting more than two people around however, the SuperCrew will sit up to five passengers and includes storage areas under the rear bench. While leather upholstery is found on the top-spec Lariat trim, XL and XLT come with cloth fabric seating and in the case of the entry-level XL, vinyl flooring.

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Power windows and locks are standard equipment but you’ll need a package or at least an XLT model to access dual-zone automatic climate control. Other cabin amenities like heated seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror and sliding rear glass are available higher up the trim ladder. The largest 6-foot cargo bed requires a SuperCab Ranger and can handle 52 cubic feet of your stuff. Both setups come with integrated cargo area tie-downs but the SuperCrew’s smaller 5-foot box drops in overall volume to 43 cubic feet.

Entertainment & Technology

2022 Ford Ranger - ford.com
2022 Ford Ranger - ford.com

Entry-level Rangers do come with Bluetooth connectivity but no central touchscreen. You can option it with the 101A package or step up to an XLT model that is fitted with an 8-inch infotainment display – on par with a Toyota Tacoma – running Ford’s SYNC 3 software. Apple and Android smartphone mirroring tech are baked in and all trim levels feature a Wi-Fi hotspot and Applink for remote access to door locks and service scheduling. High-end tech like a Bang & Olufsen 10-speaker stereo and dual 4-inch gauge cluster screens are available for added cost.

Safety Features

Along with a host of airbags and automatic post-crash alert, every 2022 Ranger comes with forward collision warning and automated emergency braking. XLT and Lariat models tack on blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert, automatic high-beams and a lane keeping system that includes a driver attention monitor. With the Lariat, reverse parking sensors are included but for adaptive cruise control and forward-facing sonar, you’ll need the $995 Technology package.

2022 Ford Ranger Trims & Pricing

2022 Ford Ranger XL - ford.com
2022 Ford Ranger XL - ford.com

XL – $26,795

Sporting 16-inch steelies, black exterior trim and manually-adjustable side mirrors, base Ranger XL models are all about the basics. This rings true inside with black cloth upholstery and vinyl flooring, though power windows and locks as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot are included. There is no shortage of upgrade packages like the STX group that brings 17-inch lack alloys, the 8-inch infotainment screen and dual-zone automatic climate control.

2022 Ford Ranger XLT - ford.com
2022 Ford Ranger XLT - ford.com

XLT – $30,845

A new option on the 2022 Ranger that you won’t find on a 2021 Ranger – reviewed here – is the throwback Splash package. It’s only available on the XLT or Lariat and adds special matte black wheels, decals and orange accents. Standard highlights for the XLT include a power-locking tailgate, alloy wheels, carpeted floors and SYNC 3 system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. You can upgrade creature comforts with the $2450 302A package that adds power-adjustable and heated front seats, sliding rear glass and heated side mirrors.

2022 Ford Ranger Lariat - ford.com
2022 Ford Ranger Lariat - ford.com

Lariat – $34,885

Full LED lighting, 18-inch wheels and leather upholstery are notable improvements on the top-spec Lariat trim. For all the bells and whistles, tick the 501A package box. It features navigation, adaptive cruise control, the Bang & Olufsen sound system and remote engine start. You can option the Tremor package for $4290 to make the 2022 Ranger as off-road ready as possible with an extra inch of ground clearance, limited slip differential, special rims, upfitter switches and Miko suede-trimmed seats. The black and red Tremor graphic package is extra, but adds killer visual flair.

Warranties

Ford’s warranty includes 3-years/36,000-miles of basic coverage and a 5-year/60,000-mile term on the powertrain and roadside assistance. There is no complimentary maintenance but aluminum body panels and paint adhesion are under warranty for 5 years with no mileage qualifier.

What we think

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2022 Ford Ranger – ford.com |  Shop 2022 Ford Ranger on Carsforsale.com

The Ranger is a great alternative to Ford’s F-150 for those that don’t need, or want, such a huge truck. Strong towing capacity and a lower price point make it appealing with plenty of tech and amenity upgrades for those that desire them. Personally, I like the base XL model for its back-to-basics simplicity and steel wheels. Option the SuperCrew cab with 4WD and you have loads of utility for a little more than $30,000.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his 1990 Cherokee and 1989 Starion, so it’s not surprising that he would put his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire to use in the car world as a vehicle dynamics engineer. Now engineering sentence structures, his writing infuses his auto experience with his time in marketing and his sales experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he focuses on some of the more technical mechanical systems that are found under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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