Fifth Generation: What You Need to Know About the All-New 2024 Ford Ranger

July 14th, 2023 by

One of the most popular Ford Trucks for sale, a gray 2024 Ford Ranger, is shown parked near a river.

When browsing through the greatest Ford trucks for sale here at Chapman Ford, you’ll find options of all shapes and sizes, from the compact Maverick to the full-size F-150 to the tough-as-nails Super Duty. Smaller models are more nimble, allowing you to navigate tight spaces more effectively, while larger models have more power and give you more space to work with both in the cabin and in the bed. If you’re looking for a good compromise between the two, you should consider the revitalized and versatile midsize Ford Ranger.

The Ranger is entering its fifth generation with the 2024 model year, so there are plenty of upgrades and new features to cover. Whether you’re looking for an adventure vehicle that can help you explore the great outdoors or a more affordable option for doing projects around town, you’ll want to see what the 2024 Ranger has to offer. Let’s take a look at what drivers need to know about this tough-yet-agile new truck…

Elevate Your Engine to a V6

Like the 2023 model, the 2024 Ranger can be powered by a 2.3L EcoBoost I-4 engine that provides 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. That’s plenty of power for satisfying acceleration and enough torque to provide a maximum towing capacity of 7,500 lbs—but if you want even more power at your beck and call, you’ll want to upgrade to the 2.7L EcoBoost V6.

New to the Ranger lineup, this engine brings 315 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque to the table, so you can add some extra thrills to your next joy ride and have more capability to work with while tackling tough jobs.

High-Tech Features Make Towing Easy

The 2024 Ford Ranger can tow up to 7,500 lbs when properly equipped. Carrying that extra weight behind you changes your vehicle’s center of balance and can make driving more difficult; that’s why Ford has added several new tech features that make it easier to hitch your trailer up, stay aware of your surroundings while on the road, and smoothly park your trailer once you’ve arrived.

With an available 360-degree camera, lining up your truck’s hitch with your trailer is easier than ever; you no longer need to rely on a friend standing outside the truck to help guide you in. And once you’re on the road, you can change lanes with confidence thanks to the available BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Trailer Coverage, which studies the larger blind zones created when you have a large trailer in tow and gives you warnings when you’re about to merge into an occupied lane.

Driving forward with a trailer is relatively simple when compared to shifting into reverse while towing. But for some parking situations, you need to be able to maneuver in reverse to get your trailer where it needs to be. With Ford’s Pro Trailer Backup Assist, you’ll have the guidance you need to back up smoothly, with a combination of helpful camera angles, real-time coaching about how to proceed, and a knob that you can use to fine-tune your steering with one hand and better precision.

A blue 2024 Ford Ranger Sport 4X4 is shown parked near a person riding a bike.

Store, Organize, and Access Cargo

When you have a truck, the cargo bed is the most opportune and obvious place to put things—but shoving everything into the bed isn’t always a great idea. Some cargo is too fragile to stand up to the elements, and having multiple distinct storage locations is a smarter way to keep everything organized. That’s why the Ranger’s interior has been loaded up with plenty of clever bins and pockets that you can use to keep everything tucked away where you need it.

There are some things that you want to be able to access easily from the driver’s or front passenger’s seat, like snacks, trail maps, and mobile devices. Luckily, the Ranger has a big center console bin and large pockets built into the doors that put things within your reach. In addition to the standard glove box, there’s an available upper glove box that gives you an additional place to keep things up front.

For items you won’t need until you arrive at your destination, you can use the under-seat rear cargo bins, which are also a great way to keep valuables out of sight while you’re in a public parking spot. New fold-flat seat backs give you a way to create a spacious cargo area inside the cabin for bulky cargo like TVs and speakers that are too delicate to ride in the open bed.

Comfort & Convenience Upgrades

Throughout the interior, you’ll find upgraded materials and textures that make the cabin look great, feel cozy, and clean up easily. The available 12.0-inch infotainment touchscreen makes camera views, navigation, and media sources easy to understand at a glance so that you can get your eyes back on the road ASAP. There’s also an available 12.4-inch digital instrument cluster just beyond the steering wheel for your vital drive data.

The Ranger features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, so you can control your device’s navigation apps, music streaming services, and messaging apps through the truck’s interface. You can keep your devices charged using the cab’s two USB ports or an available wireless charging pad. The software behind your interface will continue to improve over time thanks to over-the-air updates, which let you take advantage of the latest advances in automotive technology for years to come.

An orange 2024 Ford Ranger Sport 4X4 is shown driving off-road.

Venture Off-Road With the All-New Ranger Raptor

We’ve saved the most exciting update for last: the Ranger is getting its very own Raptor variant. Ford enthusiasts have been clamoring for this ever since the Ranger returned to the American market in the 2019 model year, and we know they won’t be disappointed now that it’s finally here.

Instead of simply pairing it with the new 2.7L V6 that’s available on the original Ranger, Ford has given the Ranger Raptor a unique 3.0L V6 that provides a hearty 405 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. That translates to speedy acceleration over desert sands and plenty of grip when climbing rocky hills, so you can have a thrilling experience on any type of terrain.

Of course, it takes more than a powerful engine to create an off-roader. The Ranger Raptor also has plenty of special equipment on board, including an off-road-tuned Watts link rear suspension and 2.5-inch FOX Live Valve shocks, which work together to keep your ride smooth even as the trail gets bumpy.

The front frame rails have been reinforced in order to withstand harsh conditions, and special drive modes re-tune the transmission, engine, traction, steering, and throttle in order to optimize them for the task at hand. The digital instrument cluster and touchscreen display also vary depending on which mode is active, and features like Trail Control give drivers high-tech tools to help them conquer trails with confidence.

Experience the 2024 Ranger for Yourself at Chapman Ford

Reading about all the upgrades to the Ranger is one thing, but it’s hard to understand what makes the 2024 revival revolutionary without seeing this new-and-improved truck up close and in person.

Here at Chapman Ford, you can not only take a look at the Ranger, inside and out, but you can also get all of your questions answered by our expert staff and even get a feel for what it’s like behind the wheel with a test drive. So reach out today and discover the next generation of the Ford Ranger. You’ll be pleased to make its acquaintance.