The Ford Ranger has taken first place in CAR Magazine’s 2021 Top 12 Best Buys in the double-cab pickup category. The blue oval brand is not new to this however and has taken this title home for the 10th year in a row.
“A big factor in CAR’s Best Buy awards is the legacy vote. If a vehicle has won nine times before – as is the case with the Ford Ranger – it’s going to need something exemplary to knock it off its pedestal. So far, none of the Ranger’s double-cab competition has been able to come up with the goods to pull that off,” says CAR editor, Ray Leathern.
“A Ranger Thunder formed part of our long-term fleet for the last six months and proved an indispensable and comfortable family car, as well as a rugged load-lugger. Amongst other drivetrains, the recently facelifted Ranger relies on a new 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine, updated technology and an excellent 10-speed automatic transmission that is the class of the field,” Leathern says. “What’s more, the Ranger Raptor, along with a host of cleverly conceived derivatives like the Wildtrak, Thunder and FX4, make for enticing high-end bakkies should price not be the ultimate factor.”
“Being awarded the prestigious Top 12 Best Buys Award for the 10th consecutive year from the highly respected CAR Magazine team is a huge accolade for the Ranger, and for Ford,” says Doreen Mashinini, General Manager, Marketing at Ford South Africa.
“We have seen stern competition across the pickup segment, and particularly in the double cab category, in recent years – from value-oriented offerings right through to luxurious range-topping models approaching the R1-million mark,” Mashinini says. “For Ranger still to be ranked as best double cab in its class proves that we still set the benchmark with continuous refinements and improvements that provide even better value, quality and capability for our customers.”
“The introduction of the new-generation 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo and Single Turbo engines, along with the trend-setting 10-speed automatic gearbox, in 2019 was a significant evolution for the Ranger, while the Ranger Raptor completely redefined the concept of off-road performance – and we still can’t keep up with customer demand,” Mashinini adds.