Ford’s 2019 truck lineup is among the best on the market. Not only are these pickups strong performers, but they also promise to offer a high level of passenger comfort. Plus, with the arrival of the all-new Ford Ranger, you now have yet another great model to choose from.
Let’s take a closer look at what each truck brings to the table.
2019 Ford Ranger
- XL: $23,400
- XLT: $24,940
- Lariat: $32,210
After being absent from the market for nearly a decade, the popular Ford Ranger is back for 2019. This midsize pickup is perfect for the drivers who are seeking a less expensive alternative to the larger Ford F-150. In comparison to the previous generation, it’s roomier and packs far more technology.
All the available Ranger trims come equipped with Ford’s well-liked 2.3-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. It’s tuned to develop a satisfying 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Rivals, like the Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma, come equipped with a far less potent base engine. A 7,500-pound towing capacity highlights the Ranger’s versatility. Although the new Ranger does not offer a manual transmission, the 10-speed automatic transmission is precise and quick. Plus, fuel economy stands at a combined 23 mpg.
For drivers who like to get muddy, Ford offers an FX4 Off-Road package. Aside from rugged accessories like upgraded shocks and a locking rear axle, this package also includes Trail Control technology for easier maneuvering over rough terrain.
While forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking is included on every new Ranger, Ford’s optional Co-Pilot360 package provides lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring. You also have access to some very attractive features. Automotive journalists continue to praise Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, which provides an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A Wi-Fi hot spot and a powerful B&O sound system are available as well.
2019 Ford F-150
- XL: $28,125
- XLT: $31,160
- Lariat: $41,700
- King Ranch: $52,390
- Platinum: $54,920
- Limited: $67,135
Chosen as the Pickup Truck Best Buy of 2019 by Kelly Blue Book, the full-size Ford F-150 is expected to remain America’s best-selling truck. While all trims are great for daily commuting, expect the upper trims to offer luxury living. This year, more safety technologies now come standard.
Several different engines are available for the new F-150. While the base V6 engine packs a competitive 290 horsepower, the 2.7-liter EcoBoost develops 325 horsepower while returning a combined 22 mpg. You can further enhance performance by opting for the V8 engine, which muscles out 400 horsepower. If you desire class-leading performance, upgrade to the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Ford rates the Limited model to produce a staggering 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Drivers can use the power to tow up to 13,200 pounds. For the first time ever, a diesel engine will be offered. Expect it to produce 250 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque. Fuel efficiency for the F-150 ranges between 19 and 25 combined mpg depending on the engine.
On the inside, the Ford F-150 provides enough room for everyone to relax. All the latest high-tech features are available, including Wi-Fi connectivity and Ford’s excellent Sync 3 interface. Meanwhile, heated/ventilated seats with massaging functions add greater comfort. Of course, you can enhance your ability to dodge road hazards with the optional Ford Co-Pilot safety package. Designed to help with backing up, Ford’s optional Pro Trailer Backup Assist system provides steering assistance when pulling a load.
2019 Ford Super Duty
- XL: $33,150
- XLT: $37,365
- Lariat: $46,340
- King Ranch: $58,600
- Platinum: $63,335
- Limited: $80,240
The reinforced Ford Super Duty is built for the drivers who demand enhanced towing and hauling capabilities. While the 2019 model didn’t receive any major updates, a new B&O sound system is now available. You can also take advantage of the new Sport appearance package, which outfits the truck with blacked-out exterior trim and a sharp-looking set of 20-inch black wheels. Although the new Chevy Silverado HD is a proven workhorse as well, a less impressive braking system and a rougher ride put it a step behind the Ford Super Duty.
When preparing to test drive the new Super Duty, you’ll have two capable engines to choose from. Rated to tow up to 15,000 pounds, the base V8 engine churns out 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, Ford rates the legendary Powerstroke diesel engine to develop 450 horsepower and a class-leading 935 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel-drive and Ford’s popular FX4 off-road package are optional. Despite being such a large vehicle, the Super Duty’s adaptive steering system and well-tuned suspension ensure confidence-inspiring handling. Although the EPA does not test the fuel economy of heavy-duty vehicles, anticipate getting a combined 15 mpg.
Superb seat comfort makes the Super Duty great for local commuting and long-distance road trips. Replacing last year’s Sony stereo system is an all-new 10-speaker B&O sound system. You also have access to niceties such as a tablet-like touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a surround-view camera, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Although automatic emergency braking isn’t available on the Super Duty, Ford does offer forward collision warning and blind-spot monitoring.
2019 Ford Raptor
- Raptor Super Cab: $52,855
- Raptor Super Crew Cab: $55,840
If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who loves to take challenging adventures, the 2019 Ford Raptor will not leave you disappointed. It’s was chosen as one of Edmunds’ Best Off-Road Trucks for 2019. Although the Raptor is built on the F-150’s same platform, a widened frame and numerous off-road upgrades help set it apart. You also can’t overlook the Raptor’s menacing exterior appearance. It goes head-to-head against the Ram 1500 Rebel, which is not nearly as powerful.
Under the hood sits a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which develops a sensational 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. Like the less rugged F-150, it comes equipped with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, fuel economy stands at only 16 mpg combined. While the Raptor’s quick acceleration makes it fun to drive on the street, this beast is especially skilled at dominating off-road terrain. Specially designed Fox Racing shocks and a sophisticated 4WD system help you to overcome tough landscapes. Meanwhile, heavy-duty skid plates provide an extra degree of protection against tree stumps and rocks.
On the inside, the new Raptor shares many similarities with the regular F-150. You’ll have access to the same premium features, including Ford’s SYNC 3 interface and a 360-degree camera system. However, optional Blue Interior Accent and Carbon Fiber packages give the cabin an especially cool look. Available blind-spot monitoring helps you to stay safe on the highway.