Are you a driver that likes things to get dirty? We’re talking about trucks, of course! Ford has always been one of the go-to truck brands, and they’ve consistently put out off-road vehicles that can perform beyond expectations. But there’s an even better option on the rise; the new 2024 Ford Ranger. The 2024 Ranger is shaping up to be one of the best off-road trucks around, and we specifically love the Ranger Raptor, a version of the Ford Ranger that takes all-terrain domination to a higher level. But what, specifically, about the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor makes it an incredible off-road vehicle? Let’s break it down.
The Build of the Ranger Raptor
The 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor is a powerful off-road upgrade to the already strong 2024 Ford Ranger. It has a host of upgrades that improve the all-terrain capabilities of the Ranger to make it the perfect option for off-road enthusiasts. Ford has designed the Raptor to be “the most powerful and high-performance, off-road capable Ranger ever,” according to a recent press release. From the driver’s seat, you can adjust your own experience in the 2024 Ford Ranger with MyMode. From the steering to the suspension, all the way down to your exhaust settings, you can make the 2024 Ranger Raptor work for you.
“Each selectable drive mode appropriately adjusts the tuning of the engine, transmission, ABS calibration, traction control, steering, throttle response, and even the instrument cluster and touch screen look and information,” relays Ford via the aforementioned press release. Your Ranger Raptor’s exhaust settings can also be customized, with distinct modes like Normal, Quiet, Sport, and Baja settings. Need a hand managing your throttle in tight spots? The 2024 Ranger Raptor also comes with Trail Control™ for all the delicate scenarios you anticipate and even the ones you won’t. We’re happy to see this increased control come to the 2024 Ranger Raptor; the more control you have over your truck, the better.
The suspension of the 2024 Ranger Raptor is extremely well-made, with multiple configurations and options that make it suitable for off-roading. Ford points out that “The heart of every Raptor is its suspension,” which shows here. A lightweight suspension and long travel rear suspension help make your Raptor durable and dependable. More suspension features add to the confidence you’ll feel behind the wheel, like shocks that reduce pain and impact you’ll feel, as well as tech to keep your Raptor cool as you drive. All these foundational parts have been reinforced to make them as powerful as possible so that you can get the most out of your 2024 Raptor.
Under the hood, a 2024 Ranger Raptor comes prepared with a powerful engine built to conquer the streets and trails alike. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine has impressive stats, with 430 lb-ft of torque and 405 hp. By far the most powerful Ford Ranger ever assembled, you’ll have the kind of legendary power Ford is known for on both familiar roads and uneven terrain. The engine includes a class-exclusive 10-speed SelectShift automatic transmission perfect for drivers who want to hit the right gear speed at the right time. Four-wheel drive tops it off, making for a driver experience like no other, even when tire-deep in mud, sand, dirt, or debris. Inside and out, the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor is purposefully designed to be as dominant of an off-road vehicle as possible, making its presence known for its debut year.
Give Yourself More Control
Beyond the mechanical wonders of the 2024 Ranger Raptor, Ford has included several exciting new features that sweeten the deal of the all-new Ranger by giving us more control over how our truck performs. Some of these features even enhance the already excellent off-road performance of the 2024 Ranger. A terrain management system allows you to optimize your truck’s performance based on what exactly you’re driving on or through. In addition to Normal, Sport, and Tow modes, there are more specific conditions to navigate with, like Slippery, Mud, and Sand. For those of us that take our trucks wherever adventure takes us, you’ll need this game-changing technology at your fingertips.
For those who love to use our trucks as trailering vehicles, the 2024 Ranger is a pickup with trailer harmony in mind. The included Trailer Brake Controller makes managing and maneuvering with your trailer a breeze; it smooths out the experience of driving with a trailer attached, increasing responsiveness and reducing hiccups on the road. The available Pro Trailer Backup Assist is an excellent addition that alleviates many of the fears and tribulations we face when backing up with large payloads attached. An easy-to-utilize camera system gives you a perfect view, and a handy knob allows for increased control of your trailer when you’re in reverse. Also, remember that this Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature comes standard with a 2024 Ranger Raptor, which is just one more reason to consider upgrading.
Outside of the Pro Trailer Backup Assist, a 360-degree surround-view camera system is dedicated to keeping you and your 2024 Ranger safe. Also coming standard on the Ranger Raptor, these cameras give you a fully covered view of your truck from the front, back, and both sides, so you can fit into that ideal parking spot, avoid any collision or accident, or just keep a good eye on where exactly you are and what’s around you.
But cameras aren’t the only new tech feature that should intrigue drivers. Zone Lighting gives you unprecedented brightness around your truck, not just your headlights. Perfect for when you need a light after a long night out working or need to gather everyone at your truck after some adventures in the dark, Zone Lighting comes standard with the Ranger Raptor. With features that support lights, cameras, and actions, you’ll feel like a superstar director with the kind of personal control you’ll have over your 2024 Ranger.
Tons of Wireless Connectivity
The 2024 Ranger is not just a tough truck; it’s a smart one, too! An interconnected voice-activated SYNC technology network allows you to operate your Ranger with just a few words. Make or receive calls, set up directions to your next destination, or call up your favorite tunes, all hands-free. The 2024 Ranger is also cable-free, with wireless charging pads for your smartphones, compatible with Androids and Apples alike. Speaking of smartphones, you also have the option to give your 2024 Ranger updates from your phone through Ford Power-Up Software Updates. Technology upgrades and security enhancements are available regularly, so keep your eye on the app to see what new features Ford has to offer for 2024 Ranger owners.
Adventure Off the Pavement Awaits in the 2024 Ford Ranger Raptor
As we wrap up our discussion on the Ford Ranger, we can’t help but think about all the amazing features we didn’t have time to discuss, like the Ranger Raptor’s customizable and versatile truck bed or all the excellent exterior design choices and colors. There’s so much to love and talk about with the new 2024 Ranger, and we couldn’t be more excited about it. More than just off-road champions, the Ford Ranger and Ford Ranger Raptor of 2024 are shaping up to be all-around powerhouse trucks that will set themselves apart from all competition.