2021 Ford Ranger

A silver 2021 Ford Ranger XL is angled left.Midsize pickup trucks like the 2021 Ford Ranger are ideal if you like the look of a truck, but you don't want or need something large. These trucks are easy for anyone to drive, thanks to their smaller frames and short bed options. Additionally, on these models, you can choose both your cab and your bed size, giving you full control of your truck driving experience. There's so much diversity to a midsize truck. Even further, you can customize your midsize truck to be a casual commuter, a mini work truck, or even an off-roading prowler.

Whatever your reason for buying a midsize truck is, the 2021 Ford Ranger is sure to brighten your day. We're excited to tell you all about the new features in this model as we help you find the perfect midsize truck for you. The 2021 Ford Ranger comes with tons of configurations and trims, including the new Tremor off-road package. Stick around to learn more about this model so you can truly come prepared when you visit the dealership.

MSRP: $24,820
Towing Capacity (lbs): 7,500
Fuel Economy (mpg): 21/26
Torque (lb-ft): 310


A blue 2021 Ford Ranger is shown from the side driving down a dusty road.


First and foremost, when we're talking about a truck, performance is our number one concern. The good news is that the 2021 Ford Ranger is well equipped in the performance department. First off, its standard towing capacity is around 3,500 pounds, but you can up that to 7,500 with the trailering package option. So, if you're getting your Ranger to use as a small work truck, the capability is definitely there.

Power and Efficiency

With its standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, this model can produce 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. For reference, this means it is producing more torque than any other model in its class. The 2021 Ford Ranger is proof that small doesn't always have to mean weak - but small does mean efficient, and the estimated mileage for the 2021 Ford Ranger is 21 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.

Hit the Trail

Further elaborating on its performance, we have to address the Ranger's off-roading capabilities. If you add on the Tremor Off-Roading package, you'll get Trail Control and a Terrain Management System. What do these do, exactly? Well, the Trail Control feature is essentially an off-roading version of cruise control. It's cruise control but at a much slower speed. This is designed to help off-roading drivers really focus on steering and their surroundings, taking the pressure off of the pedal. Trail Control uses both braking and acceleration to make trail driving easier.

Next, the Terrain Management System is something that many off-roading vehicles have, like the Ford Bronco, the Jeep Wrangler, and many truck models. However, each model offers its own variants of these systems. The 2021 Ford Ranger offers five drive models under its Terrain Management System, including Normal, Grass, Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, or Sand. This is especially helpful if you're looking for convenience or if you are still learning about driving in adverse conditions. The Terrain Management System is there to help you safely tackle each of these driving conditions with ease. You'll also get departure angles that can manage hill climbing and 9.7 inches of ground clearance, which is almost as high as a Jeep Wrangler. The Tremor package's additional skid plates and exterior protection add even more to the Ranger's off-roading capability.

Something for Everyone

Finally, if you're just looking into getting a 2021 Ford Ranger for its looks and bed only, you can also purchase one that's strictly a commuter. This way, you'll save money and mileage since you're not in need of these additional features. The base level 2021 Ford Ranger XL get 22 miles to the gallon combined, and even without the trailering package, it can tow up to 3,500 pounds. It's safe to say that there's a 2021 Ford Ranger out there for every driver.

A red 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat is shown from the side parked on a dirt path.


Here's where we get into the fun stuff. The 2021 Ford Ranger's exterior is widely customizable. Plus, you can also opt for add-ons and special packages, including the Tremor Off-Road package, which gives you some added protection when heading off the pavement. Let's take a look at the Ranger's customization options, and dive into each package and what they offer.

The 2021 Ford Ranger comes in nine different exterior colors, including stand-out options like Cactus Gray, Velocity Blue, Rapid Red, and Cyber Orange. The Tremor Off-Road Package comes with unique alloy wheels, front and rear tow hooks, hoop-step running boards, a front grille with red nostril inserts, and a prominent front skid plate.

Customization Options

The STX Special Edition package is also available. It comes with 18-inch black alloy wheels, privacy glass windows, carbon black bumpers, and black Ebony seats, along with black fog lamps. If you want an even more impressive black-out aesthetic, the Black Appearance package comes with a black grille, black running boards, a black spray-in bedliner, and even a blacked-out Ford logo.

The Sport Appearance Package comes with additional coloring, and the Chrome Appearance package adds on chrome front and rear bumpers. If these options alone aren't enough, you can also visit Ford's official accessories website to add on roof rails, bed tents, specialized running boards and grilles, and much more. The 2021 Ford Ranger can be as basic or as elaborate as you'd like it to be.

A close up shows the black interior and infotainment system in a 2021 Ford Ranger STX.

Safety & Technology

Safety is definitely important when buying a new vehicle. You're already headed in the right direction by purchasing a truck, but what else does the 2021 Ford Ranger have to offer in terms of safety? Every 2021 Ranger comes with available and standard Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology. This means that you'll be getting a Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, a Lane-Keeping System, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Auto High-Beam Headlamps, and of course, a rear-view camera.

The cool news here is that the blind spot detection system works if you're hauling a trailer, too. Cross-Traffic alert lets you know when vehicles are approaching the aisle behind your parking spot or in any location that you're backing out of with poor visibility. Lane Keeping Assist ensures that you don't unintentionally drift into another lane, while automatic emergency braking kicks in when you don't heed the warnings when the technology detects a potential accident.

Additional Features

In addition to these advanced safety features, the Ranger comes with low-pressure tire warnings and a MyKey system that allows you to limit volume levels and speeds when someone borrows your truck. And while preventing accidents is the goal, the Ranger is built to protect you and your passengers with features like side-impact beams and airbags. Overall, between its driver-assist features and its rugged design, the 2021 Ford Ranger is safe and secure.


Trucks aren't only made for off-roading and towing. The 2021 Ford Ranger includes several tech features that are both convenient and entertaining. These include Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system, which includes voice-activated navigation, wireless phone connection to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it even offers compatibility with Amazon Key In-Car delivery. You'll also get a Wi-Fi hotspot and access to "Waze," which is a new navigation system that gathers information from other drivers, giving you the most accurate traffic information.

Stay Connected

You can use FordPass Connect to start your truck, lock and unlock it, and adjust your air temperature anytime, anywhere, using your smartphone. FordPass Connect will also store important stats and specs, reminding you of maintenance appointments and keeping an eye on your oil levels and other important information. On your 2021 Ford Ranger, you'll also get a tracking system, 911 Assist access, and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control. While most drivers do not buy trucks for tech purposes, this model is well equipped with modern tech features that make driving and riding a lot more entertaining.