2024 Ford Ranger: What distinguishes the Rangers in the XL, XLT, Lariat, and Raptor categories?

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2024 Ford Ranger
2024 Ford Ranger (Credits: FORD)

A renovated midsized truck offers a larger bed, improved safety features, and a powerful Raptor version.

The next-generation Ford Ranger has been unveiled, igniting the competition in the market for mid-sized trucks. This truck has been sold worldwide and will finally arrive in North America as a 2024 model this year.

When the Ford Ranger rose from the dead in 2019, many tiny truck enthusiasts experienced mixed feelings. On the one hand, seeing the recognizable nameplate return to our shores was beautiful. On the other hand, other people shrugged their shoulders and left even before it arrived because of its soft, unimpressive, and old-fashioned look.

With the (largely) new Ranger, empowered by a contemporary, combative personality and supported by more excellent technology, everything changes for 2024. The Ranger Raptor is the best addition, raising the total number of trims for the 2024 Ranger to four (plus the XL, XLT, and Lariat that remain from 2023). In the future, hybrid and electric vehicle variants are anticipated.

2024 Ford Ranger XL

The base XL is back for those who want a reliable vehicle without all the extras. Though it does include manual single-zone AC and manual-folding side mirrors, the days of crank windows and manual door locks are long gone.

2024 Ford Ranger XL
2024 Ford Ranger XL (Credits: MOTORTREND)

The 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 Eco Boost with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque is the standard engine for the XL, XLT, and Lariat and was carried over from the previous-generation Ranger. It is the only engine available for the XL.

There are just two interior colors, Ebony and Hot Pepper Red, but there are seven exterior colors, with Velocity Blue and Red being the most exciting. The body-color front fascia, which distinguishes it from the gray or chrome of the XLT and Lariat, is something we dig.

Only the XL trim has “fender flares” that are black rather than gray. Running boards, bed liners, trailer tow packages, in-vehicle safes, and other bed attachments are some options available.

It has pre-collision assist with automated emergency braking, pedestrian recognition, forward collision warning, lane-keeping aid, and post-collision braking as standard features in terms of safety and technology.

RWD or 4WD, four-door crew cab Super Crew body style

2024 Ford Ranger XLT

Although the mid-grade XLT is only available with cloth seats and an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, it unlocks a world of options, including 10- and 8-way heated power front seats, dual-zone climate control, a 12-inch touchscreen, a power sliding rear window, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, front parking sensors, a 360-degree camera, 18-inch wheels, selectable drive modes, Ford Trail Control, the FX4 Off-Road Package, and more.

2024 Ford Ranger XLT
2024 Ford Ranger XLT (Credits: MOTORTREND)

A lane-keeping system, a 120-volt power outlet, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert, LED fog lamps, and LED bed lighting are just a few of the minor standard amenities. Eight exterior colors are available, and the interior color scheme now includes Sandstone.

In particular, the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with 315 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque is an option for the XLT and Lariat. The F-150 and Bronco also use this engine, which may sound familiar.

Super Crew (four-door crew cab) body style, RWD or 4WD, is currently available.

2024 Ford Ranger Lariat

Most giant screens, incredible sound systems, and leather are all standard in the top-tier Lariat’s midsize interior.

2024 Ford Ranger Lariat
2024 Ford Ranger Lariat (Credits: MOTORTREND)

Minor standard features include a rear cargo lamp that is LED rather than halogen, headlamps that use an LED projector rather than an LED reflector, body-color door handles, the fanciest side mirrors (heated, with turn signals), zone lighting, front parking sensors, ambient lighting, rain-sensing wipers, a heated leather-wrapped steering wheel, Active Park Assist 2.0, and a 360-degree camera.

Currently, either RWD or 4WD with a Super Crew (four-door crew cab) body style.

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor

The 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 Eco Boost that powers the Ranger Raptor, based on the Lariat trim, generates 405 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque.

2024 Ford Ranger Raptor
2024 Ford Ranger Raptor(Credits: MOTORTREND)

It has twin exhausts, a recognizable Ford grille, underbody skid plates, clever long-travel off-road suspension, full-time 4×4, electronic-locking front and rear axles, and the commanding, broad stance typical of Ford’s Raptor lineup. Interestingly, the Ranger Raptor getsallon tank rather than an 18-gallon one.

There are nine exterior and one interior color options for the Ranger Raptor.

Available Full-time 4×4, Super Crew (four-door crew cab) body style

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