2020 Ford Ranger: Introducing the Free Press Truck of the Year

January 13th, 2020 by

2020 Ford Ranger

The Ford Ranger isn’t Ford’s biggest, most flashy truck. It is one of the more modestly-sized trucks that Ford has to offer, which has made it a gateway truck – more often than not, people purchase older models of the Ford Ranger as a bridge between a mid-size SUV and a full-sized truck. However, people who buy the Ranger as a way to “get a feel for a larger vehicle” are often struck by how much they ultimately end up loving it.

It’s a surprisingly accommodating, forgiving, and exciting truck to use. Despite being smaller than the F-Series, it offers remarkably good off-roading capabilities and plenty of room. Additionally, it does well on gas, even as it has morphed in size since its introduction. It’s for these reasons that when Zeck Auto saw that the 2020 Ford Ranger had been named the Free Press Truck of the year, we were excited.

Excited, but not surprised.

What’s the Big Deal About the Detroit Free Press?

If there were a hierarchy of awards, the North American Car, Truck, and Utility Awards (NACTOY) would likely be at the top of the list for the auto industry. It brings together the great minds of the automotive industry to vote on cars that they believe broke the mold that year. The jurors represent wide-reaching automotive opinions. One of those opinions belongs to Mark Phelan, who is the Auto Critic and columnist for the Detroit Free Press. His vote for the Ford Ranger as the Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year solidified it as a competitor for truck of the year at the NACTOY awards, as well as earning it the high esteem of the Detroit Free Press Truck of the Year.

While the Detroit Free Press, or the Freep, doesn’t focus its topics specifically on cars, its influence on the car world cannot be ignored. The Detroit Free Press has its own “Auto” section, where authors who are serious about cars get serious on subjects like the changes in automobiles since their inception, the future of carmakers, strange auto-related news, and insight to auto trends. However, it also showcases informative local and global news pieces. The Free Press even has such high-quality writing that it has received ten Pulitzer Prizes and four Emmy Awards.

So, how do the worlds of esteemed writing and esteemed car knowledge collide? The answer – the location of the publication. For most of the history of the mainstream automobile, Detroit has been the melting pot. It was the home of America’s first-ever automobile headquarters and factories. More importantly, because the Free Press was created long before automobiles, it has been able to oversee the evolution of cars from their creation to now.

Why Mark Phelan Voted for the 2020 Ford Ranger

Mark Phelan was impressed with the 2020 Ranger. Otherwise, he would not have voted for it at the NACTOY awards, nor would he have named it the Truck of the Year in his own publication. Like many of us, Phelan cited that part of his vote for the truck was out of a sense of nostalgia. The Ranger was a little truck, which debuted in 1983 and served the average truck owner well. Ranger lovers were shocked when Ford decided to halt the production of the truck in the United States in 2012. Perhaps because of the surprise from Ford fans, they began reproducing the Ranger in 2019, this time with a new look and some new features.

What set the 2020 model apart from the 2019 model, however, was that Ford was able to completely redesign the truck while still keeping one of the features that Ranger fans flocked to – its value. Unique to trucks in its class, the Ranger has one of the best values on the market, especially compared to its utility. It’s sold at a starting price of just under $25,000, which puts it in the same value as many popular 2020 sedans. Additionally, its rugged build combined with this price makes it a very affordable, modifiable truck for outdoor enthusiasts. The Ranger comes with the option for improved off-roading gear, including Trail control, which is featured in versions of the F-150.

In short, Mark Phelan emphasized that even after undergoing a massive makeover, the Ford Ranger kept true to its origins – it was and still is a truck that anyone can afford and love.

About the 2020 Ford Ranger

The 2020 Ford Ranger is an excellent option for any truck owner, whether it is their first time owning a truck or they are looking to expand their collection. It starts at $24,410 and comes standard with a 270-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as well as a 10-speed automatic transmission. With front and back seats that are designed to be spacious and comfortable, you can take as many or as few of your friends or family with you on road trips as you’d like.

The 2020 Ranger comes standard with great tools to keep you safe on the road – like driver’s assistance technology. For those who are interested in off-roading, there are even more options available when you upgrade to the Fx4 Off-Road Package. Some of the options in this package include:

  • Advanced Terrain Management System: This system allows you to choose from four different modes for better traction on a variety of terrain.
  • Enhanced traction options.
  • Off-road cruise control, for maintaining focus on the harder parts of off-roading.
  • Advanced clearance and reinforced undercarriage for protection.

If we had to summarize the 2020 Ford Ranger, we’d do it this way – it’s an affordable truck with many of the same, advanced amenities of Ford’s other line of mid-and full-size trucks. Finally, it holds true to many of the features that beguiled the original fans of the Ford Ranger.

Zeck Auto’s Oklahoma and Kansas Ford dealerships have the latest lineup of 2020 Ford trucks, including the highly-anticipated Free Press Truck of the Year – The Ranger. Let us show you how much fun the Ranger revival can be. Stop by one of Zeck Ford’s dealerships, or click here to learn more.

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