The Ranger returned to the U.S. after an eight-year absence. It serves as an alternative to full-sized pickups for drivers who want a maneuverable truck with off-road ability that can capably haul and tow. The Ranger is distinguished by its strong powertrain and standard automatic emergency braking (AEB).
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

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POTENTIAL TROUBLE SPOTS
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2019 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen freezes up

"Touch inputs take a long time to register (about 1.5 seconds) which is super slow compared to other cars I have used. This seems really slow to me."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Software update fixes

"the uploads are often corrupted which causes the sync 3 to freeze or stop working. Dealership says "turn off automatic updates". Even so, there is no way to fix corrupted settings without disconnecting the battery - how lame is that?"

Anonymous, CA (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Steering wheel controls

"Could not control any systems with steering wheel controls. Also could not use touchscreen to control various apps. Experienced it about a month after I purchased vehicle. Experienced it all the time. It just stopped working. It took about two weeks to find the circuit board that was not working. The mechanics at the Ford dealership eventually called an expert at Ford and were able to find the problem. They worked hard to find the problem. When they did, I was happy."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Voice control commands

"Voice control system pauses in mid response and experienced problems understanding commands."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel injection system

"There was a known issue with a TSB to fix this."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

"200 miles, check engine light, code was for fuel injector problem, dealer cleared with PCM update under TSB"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Has been into the shop 2x for engine code. One was a known issue with a tsb and was fixed. This last one was an 02 sensor. Seems strange on a brand new vechile with only 300miles. Took 5 days to get and install part"

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

4WD/AWD components

"The trouble light illuminated telling of a problem in 4x4 mode, making it lock out 4x4 function. I brought it to dealer service after the weekend, but the light reset. There was a generic drive train fault code, which they cleared."

Anonymous, OR (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveline vibration

"The vehicle exhibited a jerky bumping ride as it is accelerated from 0 to about 45 mph in Drive. It happens at all steady speeds and is not the result of a hard shift or hunting for gears. It also occurs in 4WD. The dealer claimed they reprogrammed the PCM after the 2nd week of purchase, with no affect. The dealer had the vehicle for ten more days to resolve the issue, the service advisor lied to me about them reprogramming the computers again, the paperwork from the tech indicated they thought the ride was normal. On the way home, the vehicle exhibited the same jerky ride as before. As an experiment, I put the transmission in sport mode and aggressively drove through the gears, holding the shift until high rpms, up to 35 mph. At the next light, I shifted back to drive and the shaking was gone. The vehicle is not going back to that dealer for anything."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Driveshaft or axle

"leaking rear axle seal"

Anonymous, AZ (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Rough shifting

"Over revs when starting out."

Anonymous, PA (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission leaks

"Small oily leak noticed on driveway-took to dealer-needed to replace gasket and replace fluid. done. under warranty"

Anonymous, OH (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"The system works, but does not include what Ford calls Stop and Go. Neither Ford nor the dealer told me that this feature was available but not included."

Anonymous, TX (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"The passenger door will not open from the inside. Dealership diagnosed a cable clip is missing. Still waiting for the broken part to be delivered and installed"

Anonymous, NC (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint peeled on wheel well trim"

Anonymous, OK (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Steering wheel vibration

"2 weeks after bought. Will be taking truck in for oil and filter change and will then have it checked."

Anonymous, OH (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Refrigerant leaks

"During the test drive, the A/C was not working. Upon delivery, the dealership said that they fixed the issue. However, 10 days later, the A/C was inoperable again. The Service Dept found a lead in one of the tubes. Actually replaced 2 tubes. There have been no issues since the repair."

Anonymous, (2019 Ford Ranger Lariat 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"Horrendous engine and wind noise at low ROM. Unlocatable water leak. Door side panels easily dented."

Anonymous, CA (2019 Ford Ranger XLT 2.3-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
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VISIBILITY
Mar 09, 2020
A resistive electrical short increases the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles previously repaired under recall 19V-726. The service replacement Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) blower motor that was installed may have an improper clearance between an electrical terminal and the conductive base plate that may result in an resistive electrical short.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the HVAC blower motor, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began April 6, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 20S12.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 20V137000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 5384
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Nov 21, 2019
Intermittent or inoperative tail lamps can result in loss of stop, turn, rear position, and reverse lamp functions, which reduces the vehicle's visibility and may not fully alert other drivers that the vehicle is braking, turning, or reversing, increasing the risk of crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger trucks. The inline electrical connector terminals for the rear lights may be misaligned or not properly seated, potentially causing the rear lights to function intermittently or not at all.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the inline connector for loose terminals and replace the connectors, if necessary, free of charge. The recall began March 5, 2020. A renotification was sent on July 10, 2020. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S43.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V839000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 72718
VISIBILITY
Oct 10, 2019
An electrical short can increase the risk of a fire.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles. The Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) blower motor may electrically short.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the HVAC blower motor production date, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began December 4, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S34.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V726000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 17965
SEAT BELTS
Jul 10, 2019
Improperly assembled seat belts may not adequately restrain occupants in a crash, increasing their risk of injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ford Ranger vehicles with a SuperCab body style. The front passenger seat belt may have been improperly assembled.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the right front seat belt assembly, free of charge. The recall began July 29, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S23.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V518000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 7579
POWER TRAIN
May 13, 2019
If the gear shift lever position does not match the actual transmission gear, the vehicle may move in an unexpected direction. Additionally, despite selecting 'Park', if the parking brake is not applied before the vehicle is exited, the vehicle may roll. Either scenario increases the risk of crash or injury.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles. The fasteners that attach the transmission shifter cable bracket to the transmission may loosen allowing the transmission to be in a different gear than indicated by the gear shift lever position.
What should you do:
Ford will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten the transmission shift cable bracket fasteners as necessary, and verify the proper transmission shift operation, free of charge. The recall began July 1, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19S15.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V366000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2534
POWER TRAIN
Feb 01, 2019
If the vehicle can be shifted out of Park without the brake applied, the vehicle may unexpectedly move. Unintentional vehicle movement can increase the risk of injury or crash.
Summary:
Ford Motor Company (Ford) is recalling certain 2019 Ranger vehicles equipped with 10-speed automatic transmissions. In some of these vehicles, the transmission shift lever can be moved from the "Park" position without the key in the starting system and without depressing the brake pedal. As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 114, "Theft Protection."
What should you do:
Ford has notified owners, and dealers will inspect and repair the transmission floor shift selector interlock assembly, as necessary, free of charge. The recall began February 22, 2019. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. Ford's number for this recall is 19C02.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 19V071000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 2992
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