We have simply spent per week with a Ford Ranger Tremor, the off-roadiest model of Ford’s midsize Ranger pickup. We got here away with these seven takeaways that each off-road-curious truck purchaser contemplating a Tremor ought to stuff of their pocket.
1. Ranger Raptor? Extra Like Ranger ZR2
We have seen the Ford Ranger Tremor in comparison with the bigger Ford F-150 Raptor (we have even made some ourselves), however that is not fairly honest, as a key ingredient within the Raptor method—further horsepower—simply is not on the Tremor menu. Actually, the Tremor’s closest analogue is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, a direct competitor which has been impressing us for years with its insanely good off-road potential.
2. …or Ranger Gladiator
Jeep’s scorching Gladiator pickup needed to be in Ford’s sights, as nicely, for the reason that ZR2 and the Ranger Tremor definitely compete with the Gladiator by way of off-road specs. The Ford’s floor clearance of 9.7 inches is simply 0.Three inch lower than the bottom Gladiator’s, though it could actually’t actually contact the Gladiator Mojave’s 11.6-inch determine. The Ranger Tremor’s method angle is not nearly as good—30.9 versus 40.eight levels for the bottom Gladiator and 44.7 for the Mojave—however the Ford truck’s departure angle of 25.5 levels equals the Gladiator Mojave’s and betters the bottom Gladiator’s. And no Gladiator can match the Ranger Tremor’s 24.2-degree breakover angle—which is even higher than that of the Wrangler Limitless.
3. The Tremor Is the Greatest Ranger
One of many issues we do not like in regards to the common Ranger is its journey, which we’ve likened (compared to its rivals from Chevrolet and Honda) to the vibrating heart-shaped mattress at a no-tell motel. The upgrades to the Ranger Tremor embrace totally different shocks and rear springs, which make a large enchancment to journey high quality in addition to dealing with, making it our favourite model of the current-generation Ranger.
4. Towing and Hauling Capability Do not Endure (A lot)
A suspension optimized for off-roading is often very totally different from one optimized for towing and hauling, and we anticipated related trade-offs as these made within the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2. However Ford did its greatest to maintain the truck’s work numbers up, and the Tremor Ranger would not lose anyplace close to as a lot hauling capability because the ZR2. Moreover, its towing quantity would not change in any respect, so the Tremor will tow the identical 7,500 kilos—half once more as a lot because the Colorado ZR2.
5. The Facet Steps are Pure Evil
The Tremor comes with buff steel rock rails with welded-on steel steps, that are set on the excellent peak to batter the shins of our taller staffers. Shorter drivers appreciated the increase for ingress, however when getting out, each single one who drove or rode within the Tremor throughout our week of testing managed to scrape up the again of their legs—or at the very least make a large number of their pant legs—on the steps’ sharp edges. You both want to make use of the steps on the best way out, which is awkward, or soar nicely clear, which is awkward and appears to be like foolish.
6. One Tremor Dimension Suits All—However Not All Wallets
The Ranger Tremor comes solely as a crew cab, whereas Chevrolet affords the Colorado ZR2 as both a crew cab or a shorter prolonged cab. However whereas the ZR2 is its personal trim stage, the Tremor is a bundle that may be added to both the XLT or Lariat trim ranges. Combining the Tremor bundle (and its related required choice packages) with the XLT makes this a discount of a truck, undercutting the Colorado ZR2, Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, and Toyota Tacoma TRD Professional by a major margin, though they’re all considerably much more succesful off-road.
7. It is Value Going Tremor Even when You Do not Go Off-Street
We see little sense in upgrading to the Colorado ZR2 until you are going to reap the benefits of its (prodigious) talents off-road. Given the truth that the Tremor bundle—it is out there on XLT and Lariat fashions—imbues the Ranger with a greater journey, improves its appears to be like and dealing with, and has a minimal affect on payload and none on towing, we expect it is nicely value contemplating even should you will not go any additional off-road than a drunken jaunt onto your neighbor’s garden. Simply watch out for these aspect steps.
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