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What to Expect from the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT

Planning on buying the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT? There may be some perks of owning this new trail blazer in town but you should also know what surprises lurk underneath it.

In this article, we give you both sides of the coin as we reveal the pros and cons of the new 2019 Ford Ranger XLT, to help you become an informed buyer and get the most out of what you’ll be paying for.




  • Updated cylinder engine.
  • Fits in the garage.
  • With enough head room.
  • Withstands occasional towing.
  • Performs light off-roading.



  • Storage behind passenger’s seat is missing.
  • Truck bed height is too high.
  • No truck bed tailgate damper.
  • Awkward tie-down hook locations.
  • Inaccessible oil filter.

The Advantages

With a few added features and some improved ones, here’s what you can be excited about the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT.

1.  The 2.3-liter Turbo-charge Cylinder Engine

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Percentages are based on the original 2011-2012 eco boost engine model and may vary from different pick-up truck models and newer eco boost engine designs.

The 2.3-liter Turbo-charge Cylinder Engine consists of the popular eco boost. Click here to see how it works. It’s a technology that Ford has on most of its vehicles. However, in this updated version, the engine is more compact, which produces less friction that burns the fuel faster and makes the engine less susceptible to carbon emissions.

And since the engine is smaller than before, it automatically makes this pick-up truck lighter and improves its performance. In fact, it even has a 310-footlbs of torque that gives you additional power off the line and is a cut above its other V6 engine counterparts.

2.  Fits in Standard Garage

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Another thing to like about the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT is it fits nicely in a standard garage size. If you’re wondering specifically how so, mid-sized pickups are usually no more than 6.5’ in terms of width and this doesn’t include the 16-20’ that of side mirrors and their 17’ length, which certainly qualifies the XLT.

In other words, it gives you sufficient space to park it in your garage to give it the protection it needs, especially if you live in snowy countries or where you can normally experience a hail storm.

3.  Gives Enough Head Room

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As far as head room is concerned, you won’t have a hard time accidentally bumping your head on the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT, unlike the other pick-up trucks. This is because its front head room measures about 41’ which gives your head enough space to comfortably move it around or upside down.

And if you’re in hurry, you can easily hop into the driver’s seat. Plus, if you have a family of 4 to 5, you still have room for the rest of your folks because it has a maximum passenger capacity of five.

4.  Capable of Occasional Towing

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The 2019 Ford Ranger XLT sure has the sporty vibe which makes it really attractive once it starts to roll on and off the road. But it doesn’t just turn heads just for the sake of appearance. A pick-up truck like this won’t be called a pick-up at all if it’s not for its cargo capacity.

With this being said, the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT has a maximum pay load capacity of 1,860lbs. In regard to its towing capacity, it can sustain about 7,000 to 7,500lbs which gives it a reasonable amount of lifting strength.

5.  The Electronic Rear Differential for Off-roading

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The 2019 Ford Ranger XLT may not be for hardcore 4x4ing but it still has something to offer for those who are still a bit of an adventure seeker. This is because it’s equipped with the Electronic Rear Differential feature or also known as the Terrain Management System. The special feature reacts to and changes throttle activity. It also aids in traction control for improved stability that’s intended for light off-roading.

On the other hand, its Trail Control System replaces braking and acceleration for a more focused, careful 4x4ing preference. It even mimics the hill ascent and descent functions for your safety.

The Disadvantages

In more ways than one, the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT can still use a refinement in certain aspects. Here’s why.

6.  No Storage Behind the Passenger Seat

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One of the down sides of the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT is its lack of storage space at the back of the passenger’s seat. It may be a mid-sized truck but it could have been better if Ford has made a tiny space for your other important emergency stuff in the area at the back because you can’t cramp everything in the under seat storage.

Moreover, if you’re only traveling with a partner and would rather have the back seats taken down, you still have to reach across the interior to do it and the backs don’t entirely flatten.

7.  Truck Bed Height is Too High

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Another issue about this pick-up truck is its truck bed height is unnecessarily high. Since it’s 5’ tall, you’ll have a hard time putting all your cargo in it because you can’t even touch its floor, unless you’ll be using a ladder.

While the truck bed height can be for the purpose of preventing your stuff from spilling over the truck bed, you still have the risk of accidentally damaging them by being forced to lazily toss them because you can’t touch the truck bed’s bottom.

8.  Lack of Truck Bed Tailgate Damper

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When you open the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT’s truck bed tailgate, you’ll be surprised that it has no damper. This results in its immediate downward motion which produces a loud thud.

A truck bed tailgate damper is valuable because it makes opening the tailgate slow. Without it, you’ll end up scratching, denting and even entirely damaging your truck bed tailgate as time passes. Other vehicles have a truck bed tailgate damper so it remains a mystery why this latest Ford model lacks it.

9.  Awkward Tie-down Hook Placements

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Setting your stuff down properly on the truck bed matters and so as securing it in place. In the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT, mounts for the tie-down hooks are located in weird places that only let you strap your motorcycle in position.

So what if you’re about to take out garbage? You won’t be able to pin it safely with a strap if the tie-down hooks aren’t aligned with one another. But if you’ll be having difficulty tying down irregularly-shaped loads, this works like a charm.

10. Inaccessible Oil Filter

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The oil filter in the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT is placed in such a way that you still have to go through the wheel well, behind the tire, behind the shock tower and around the brake line, before you can get it.

In other words, if you love doing your own auto maintenance checks, it can be time and energy consuming, the fact that you have no choice but to remove a wheel and put it back on, only to get the job done.

How to Maintain the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT

The moment you have decided to buy the 2019 Ford Ranger XLT, here are ways in which you can keep it in good running condition, for the years to come. Check out the comprehensive maintenance guide here.

2019 ford ranger xlt maintenance


These are the pros and cons of the new 2019 Ford Ranger XLT. Weighing what matters to you most will help you decide if buying it is a great choice or not. But if you’ve chosen to buy it anyway, maintaining it according to some of our tips will help you extend its intended function. Don’t forget to share us your thoughts below and sneak a peek inside Ford Lightning F-150.



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