After the demise of the Falcon large car, the Ranger has become the new hero of Ford Australia showrooms on the back of the ever-increasing dual-purpose appeal of dual-cab utes as both workhorses and lifestyle vehicles.
Internationally, the Ranger name replaced Courier in 1998 before also been applied locally in 2007.
The current-generation, Thai-built Ranger released in 2011 was engineered and designed in Australia, though updated significantly in 2015. It is related to the Mazda BT-50 as part of a joint-venture.
One of the class leaders for on-road manners
Excellent off-road ability
Among the best for towing capability
Vast choice of styles and variants
Cabin presentation could be better
A big vehicle that isn't easy to park
Still not as refined to drive as a similarly sized SUV
Can be expensive for segment
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.