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    • I have been reading about the return of the Ford Ranger to the US - particularly in the Raptor dress mode - but I have not seen one in the wild yet - but I think for those of us who don't want or need a full sized truck they may be very desireable. They certainly look cool, and apparently they can be purchased with serious off road goodies outside the US market.

    • The Ranger was one of the first vehicles I looked at, but for me, it was pretty quickly disqualified due to limited legroom in the second row on the Supercrew and the lack of 5 seats. It has four bucket seats, which is actually really cool. For those that don't need a full-size cab, it's a good buy. It is an amazing truck, with leading specs for the compact truck world. Good torque and horsepower to weight ratio. 7,500 lb tow capacity is a lot for such a small truck. And parking is a breeze.

      It beats the Tacoma and Tundra out of the water when it comes to capacities. The max payload in the Ranger is 1860 lbs, and the max tow capacity is 7,500 lbs. Compare to the Tacoma, 1200lbs (payload), 6400lbs (tow), and the Tundra 1660 lbs (payload), 6800-10,000 lbs (tow). The Ranger out performs Toyota's trucks, except for towing on the Tundra with a V8.

      It's a little cheesy, but I got a real kick out of Ford's ad:

    • Kevin, your link about Ranger towing was funny, but you're gonna love this one. Ken Block says don't hoonigan on the highway for good reason, but this just looks like LOTS of fun. Very dangerous fun, but fun just the same.

    • Oh this is epic. Ford has their marketing DOWN. I'm glad I watched it all the way through until 1:47 when they exploded the mountain side. I wonder how they did this safely. I highly doubt there was a driver in there during the explosion. Must have been RC or possibly a composite done in post.

    • I think we can safely say they have gone Hoonigan! Yes, that was an unexpected ending for me too!

      I wonder where that was shot and who the intended audience was - or where this is being marketed - this link makes me think Europe somewhere maybe? Spain?

      Ford may get called out for not promoting responsible driving behaviour, and as an old boring adullt I actually concur, but still, it is a compelling fun video just the same. But just for old boring responsible adults, not young impressionable adolescents..... 🥺

      To wit:

      My wife and I were returning home a few nights ago on a divided 4 lane state highway about 45 minutes after sunset - it was dark and we were mud strewn from chasing raptors with our cameras in the local backcountry - when two vehicles approached us from behind, closing very rapidly. The speed limit was 55 and I was cruising about 62 -64 in my 4Runner along with all the traffic in front of me... Not weaving nor offending anyone.

      The first truck passed me slowly on my left side, hence I could not move to my left. I was stuck in the right outside lane - and I could see the other truck still closing rapidly behind me, much higher speed than I was driving, and i watched to see the truck drift off the highway lane, through the foot wide rumble strip, onto the paved narrow shoulder, and blow by my vehicle on the right side. In many many years of driving, I have never had someone pass me without slowing down on the shoulder of a main road at a speed that must have been 35-45 miles greater than the speed limit..... - I am glad that went well for everyone, but it is still pretty exciting when I think about it.

      We did have a teenager die near our neighborhood recently - 5 adolescents in the car on a dry paved road, not 100 yards from a 4 way stop sign controlled intersection with a 30 mph speed limit - the 18 y/o driver lost control of the vehicle and veared off and then across the road into a ditch. Single vehicle accident. The driver was without significant injury. However, one of the passengers was not so fortunate. Extremely sad, and that is why, while I love this ad, at the same time, I am a bit disturbed by it.

      Driving really is a very serious business, especially when you have passengers in your vehicle.

      I do love watching explosions though done by professionals. Hoonigan!