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2021 Review: Ford Ranger Tremor

Of all the reasons to buy a pickup, hauling your toys past the point where the pavement ends tops many folks’ list. The new off-road-oriented Tremor model, the version of the midsize Ford Ranger I tested, will do just that.

Built in Wayne, Michigan, its muscular looks are backed up by an upgraded suspension and taller all-terrain tires that give it a generous 9.7 inches of ground clearance. Skid plates, tow hooks and a locking rear differential are standard for those times when the going gets tough. A Terrain Management system with four preprogrammed modes makes motoring through a variety of tricky off-pavement situations straightforward.

The powertrain is built around a 270-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers plenty of acceleration without the heavy-handed feel of V6 competitors. It still has the muscle to get the job done, however, as it gives the Tremor a healthy 7,500-pound towing capacity.

In all, the upgrades to the Ranger Tremor may not leave you shaking, but they will take you places not all midsize pickups can go.


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  •  2.3-liter turbocharged engine‘s strong performance
  • The standard bank of six switches makes it easy to add lights, etcetera.


  • A mushy-feeling brake pedal doesn’t instill confidence.
  • Ride quality may be a little too soft, to the point of bounciness.


  • The Tremor’s hardware upgrades take the Ranger to a whole new level.


  • Base Price: $24,820
  • As Tested: $46,915


  • NHTSA/Overall: 4 Stars

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 21/26 (2.3L RWD)
  • 19/19 (2.3L 4WD)