Inside, the 2024 Ranger’s cabin gets a glow-up, too. It’s more spacious, thanks to the size increase and the front wheel repositioning, and strikes a balance between Maverick and F-150 in terms of tech, too. Unlike the Maverick, Ford’s smallest pickup, there’s less of an expectation that owners will bring their own gadgets. The new Ranger gets a digital instrument cluster as standard — 8-inches on the XL and XLT; 12.4-inches above — and a portrait-aspect SYNC 4A infotainment touchscreen that’s either 10.1-inches or 12-inches in size.
That supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and comes with an embedded 4G LTE modem that Ford plans to use for over-the-air (OTA) updates. Not everything is touchscreen-controlled: HVAC and volume are adjusted with physical controls, and there’s a physical shifter — an e-shifter on Lariat 4×4 — because Ford says customers prefer that to knobs or buttons.
Two USB ports are standard, and a wireless charging pad is optional. While we’ve seen this software before on models like the Mustang Mach-E, Ford has added Ranger-specific info pages to SYNC 4A.
Ford Co-Pilot-360 incudes features like lane-centering and auto high-beams, pre-collision assistance with automatic emergency braking, interaction assist, and mode. Ford also offers Active Park Assist 2.0, adaptive cruise control, and other ADAS features, though BlueCruise (Ford’s Level 2 hands-off highway driving system) isn’t available.
The 2024 Ranger will start at $34,160 (including $1,595 destination), with the order books opening later in May 2023. Availability will begin late summer 2023, with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine available in late fall.