I own a 2019 Ranger 4x4 XLT Supercab, with a 6' bed. I like it and have no regrets about my choice. I previously owned a 1992 Ranger and a 2003 Dodge Dakota, both with extended cabs. I nursed the Dakota along until the new Ranger became available. The Ranger is about 4" shorter than the Dakota, with more interior room. I have a few comments on the article and responses to some of the commentary. The Supercab comes with suicide doors on both sides. Easy access to the rear seats. I've had four people in it for hours. The rear is definitely tight, but not unmanageable for shorter folks. The rear seat bottoms easily remove to provide a flat interior cargo surface. The reviewer's comments on the 10-speed transmission's response at high speed cruising are valid, but that's probably the case with most automatic transmissions. And I usually had to downshift out of 5th in my Dakota (with a V8) to get a responsive acceleration at high speeds. Too bad the reviewer did not select the Ranger transmission's Sport mode. It provides a significantly more responsive driving experience. I use it for all my driving, except when I'm cruising a high speed. Turbo lag? There is no turbo lag with the Ranger. I think turbo lag is no longer an issue, in general. I own three vehicles with turbochargers - none of them have turbo lag. The reviewer complained about the location of the side mirror adjustment. Really? How often do you use it? I set my mirror positions when new and haven't touched them since. I was originally concerned about towing with the 4-cylinder engine. Not a problem. I towed a 3400 lb car on a U-haul car trailer for 2000 km. It was almost like it wasn't there. I looked at Toyota, GM and Dodge trucks, too. I'm happy I waited for the Ranger.
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Yeah, that would give me a moment of pause as well. I called out one of my favorite Mopar tech. editors for an inflammatory claim that the points to electronics conversion kits were so inferior due to how they fit over the cam and caused erratic timing. I also backed that claim up with three different cars with the same conversion, checked the timing under various temperatures from cold to normal operating Temps as well as sitting for 20 minutes after bring driven for an hour to let heat soak in, as well as plotting graphs for timing curves marked at 100 rpm intervals. No response. I always try and remember that journalists are just that whether automotive, or otherwise. And that those big claims sell magazines, etc. as so many people take their opinions as facts. Much like so many people do with newspapers, the internet, social media, etc. I can only speculate, but would hazard a guess that the author I am referring to probably tried to get some free swag from them using his "media creds" as weight and got told he would have to pay for it like the rest of us.
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