I recently spent significant time with the Ford Ranger FX4 for Trail Trek Tour’s Midsize Truck Off-Road Challenge at the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA).
While I drove all of the vehicles taking part in the event including a Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison, and the Jeep Gladiator Rubicon, the Ranger FX4 was my commuter to and from the event.
The model I drove was the Ford Ranger according to the sticker is available from base price of $38,385, while the version I drove was optioned up to $44,960. Some of the options included were of course the FX4 Off Road Package available for $1295 and the Sport Appearance Package for $895 to name a few.
The Trail Trek Tour started by trekking with the Ranger FX4 from my Hanover, PA home to make it 2 hours away to Danville, PA where the Trail Trek Tour was calling homebase for the event at the beautiful Pine Barn Inn.
Very off road capable, but on the two hour drive to Danville I was able to test out the Ranger where it would spend most of its time – the road.
On the way to Danville Android Auto was my guide for the journey which worked flawlessly, but on the road back from the event I had used the standard navigation on the car and overall it did not perform to the same level. It could have been a combination of GPS signals, but it wanted me to do some wonky turns. But it has Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, so even mentioning the “meh” standard navigation feels like pulling hairs, but it is noteworthy being there were not many negatives with the truck.