Ranger Sport 2.0L 4WD Ute 2023 review

Is the Ford Ranger Sport any good

Ranger Sport – The revamped Ford Ranger has been a massive success and for good reason. Last week we drove the popular Sport version that sits about mid-way through the range.     2023 Ford Ranger Sport front grillIt’s also possibly the best balance between features and price.

First up it comes with a choice between the 2.0L Bi Turbo or the 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engines both with 10 speed AT. I drove the 2.0L version

Ranger Sport comes only in the Double cab Pick-Up body style with some exterior bling like LED front fog lamps, dark exterior highlights, 2 front mounted tow hooks, skid plate and 18 inch alloys with all terrain tyres.

2023 Ford Ranger Sport wheels and tyres

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Inside it comes with ebony leather with Sport logo. Driver’s seat is 10 way adjustable and the passenger has 6 adjustments. Other little additions are wireless phone charging and an off road screen. This includes driveline & Electronic Diff Lock indication, steering angle, vehicle pitch and roll angles and 360 degree camera.

2023 Ford Ranger 4wd controls

The 2.0L 4 cylinder engine is sporty enough with 154kW of power and 500Nm of torque. It will tow 3500kg.

Ranger Sport has that big Ute feel, but maintains an above average ride and handling dynamic on road as well as prodigious off road capability.

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2023 Ford Ranger 4wd features 4 pics

Specific Ranger Sport Features

Engine & Transmission

  • 0L Bi-Turbo with 10-speed automatic or 3.0L V6 turbo-diesel with 10-speed automatic
  • 4×4 only
  • Rotary Select Drive Modes – Additional Off-Road modes – Sand, Mud/Ruts

Available Body Style

  • Double Cab Pick-up

Grille & Headlamps

  • Dark accent grille to provide a more aggressive look
  • LED front fog lamps

Exterior

  • Dark Exterior Accents
  • 2 Front-Mounted Tow Hooks
  • Skid plate

Wheels

  • 18-inch alloy wheels and spare with machined-face and Asphalt Black accent
  • All Season Tyres

Interior

  • 2 x Front Mats

Infotainment

  • Wireless Charging
  • Off-road screen

Seats

  • Ebony Leather Accented Seats with ‘SPORT’ embossing
  • 8-Way Driver Power seats
  • 6-Way Passenger manual seat

2023 Ford Ranger Sport front interior

What is good?

  • Power and torque
  • 4WD and Towing
  • Standard tech and safety

What is not so good?

  • Getting pricey
  • Lane assist intrusive
  • Central screen functionality a little complicated

2023 Ford Ranger rear seats

Also Look At

The dual cab 4WD Ute segment is crowded and extremely competitive.

Perhaps you could look at SsangYong Musso Ultimate XLV, Mitsubishi Triton, GVM Cannon, Nissan Navara, Isuzu D Max, LDV T60 Luxe  Mazda BT-50 and Toyota HiLux

2023 Ford Ranger Sport 5EF Ute driver instruments 4 pic

Ford Ranger 

ModelRanger Sport
Model Price$63,690 MLP*
Engine2.0L 4Cyl Twin Turbo diesel
Drivetrain10 Sp Sports AT Dual Range 4WD
Power154kW @ 3,750rpm
Torque500Nm @ 1,750 – 2,000rpm
SafetyFive Star ANCAP (tested July 2022)
0-100kmh / Top SpeedTBC
CO2 Emissions189 g/km Euro 5
Economy ADR7.2L/100km / 80L capacity
Economy on test10.0L/100k
Servicing$329 per service 4 Yrs. / 60,000km service plan
Warranty5yr/ Unlimited km
Road side Assist5Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP Includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of options. Some features mentioned in the article are options. RDAP means Recommended Drive Away Price (without options but including all other charges)

2023 Ford Ranger Sport profile

Overall Rating    

86/100

Behind the Wheel9
Comfort9
Equipment8
Performance8
Ride and Handling8
Practicality8
Fit for Purpose9
Towing / 4WD10 – 5 Towing / 5 4WD
Technology/connectivity9
Value for Money8

2023 Ford Ranger rear tub

Dimensions

 
Overall Length5370mm
Wheelbase32705mm
Width1918mm
Height1884mm
Wheels18×7.5 Alloy
Tyres255/65 R18
Max ground clearanceUp to 234mm
Wading DepthTBC
Approach30 degrees
RampoverTBC
Departure angle25.6 degrees
Turning Circle KTKTBC
Boot Capacity MinN/A
Boot capacity Max1280L
Tub length1540mm
Tub Height540mm
Tub width1540mm
Distance between arches1200mm
Kerb Weight2242kg
Payload (kg)988kg
GVM (kg)3230kg
GCM6350kg
Towing Capacity3500kg
Tow Ball rating350kg

2023 Ford Ranger rear side step

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Summary

Ranger Sport – The revamped Ford Ranger has been a massive success and for good reason. Last week we drove the popular Sport version that sits about mid-way through the range.

Ranger Sport has that big Ute feel, but maintains an above average ride and handling dynamic on road as well as prodigious off road capability.

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Rob first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, many years ago. He has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then.Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive.