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Should-you-buy Should You Buy a 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor?

Should You Buy a 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor?

The 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor is extremely cool but it’s not for the faint of heart


  • Pricing for the 2021 Ford Ranger starts at $34,923 in Canada, $25,070 in the US.

  • The Tremor package is only available with the SuperCrew cab with the 5-foot box.

  • It is a sub-Raptor trim should Ford ever decide to offer a Ranger Raptor in North America.


If we thought trucks were popular, we’ve yet to find out how far-reaching their appeal truly is. Trucks like the Ford Ranger were once some of the best-selling vehicles in North America, but their popularity faded. And now, they’re back and Ford is leading the charge with a recently introduced Ranger.

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

All truck sizes are gaining momentum and for good reason. Be it for capability, new powertrains, or for their ability to do just about anything, trucks will continue to steal sales from cars and SUVs. Now, more than ever, trucks like the Ranger are meant to cater to hobbyists, families, and serve as tool on a job. As well, OEMs are optioning out their trucks with new dedicated packages.

The Tremor outfit for the Ranger elevates its off-roading abilities to level on par, or nearly, with any TRD Toyota, Chevy ZR2, or Trail Rated Jeep, and certainly beyond those of a Wilderness Subaru or TrailSport Honda. Unlike some of these vehicles, however, the Tremor package is extremely focused.

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Jeep Gladiator, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and, to a much lesser extent, the Honda Ridgeline (which will assumingly get a TrailSport version) all have extreme off-road iterations, but they are not all equal. And not in the way you might think.

Should you then get a cool 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor for serious fun, or should you consider one of its competitors? Read on:


Why you should buy a 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor:

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

  • The Ranger is a real-deal pickup with a body-on-frame build.
  • Physically, the Ranger’s dimensions hit a sweet spot between the F-150 and upcoming Maverick.
  • The standard EcoBoost 2.3-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is serious powerhouse. It is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission which helps with efficiency and performance.
  • The Tremor package is available with the 4-door SuperCrew cab with the 5-foot box.
  • The Tremor package includes serious off-road goodies such as an off-Road tuned suspension with FOX dampers with rear reservoirs, a rear electronic locking differential, 17-inch off-road tires, the Terrain Management system, numerous must-have skid plates.
  • Off road, the Tremor is absolutely at home. The dampers and tires sort out ruts and traction with impressive ease. The EcoBoost’s engine massive torque makes crawling and climbing no more difficult than heading to the local DQ for ice cream. 

Why you should not buy a 2021 Ford Ranger Tremor:

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

  • The Ranger is extremely expensive in Canada, missing its target market. The Maverick is far less expensive however it doesn’t have the necessary chops to be a serious off-roader.
  • On the topic of expensive, the cheapest XLT Ranger with the Tremor package retails for roughly $45,000. The ZR2 Colorado is about $3,500 more. Both on and off-road, the ZR2 is a generally superior truck.
  • Unlike Colorado ZR2, the Ranger Tremor is not comfortable on paved roads. The ZR2’s DSSV Multimatic dampers can cushion the road’s surface and muffle the off-road tires’ hefty tread blocks. They truly are remarkable.
  • Oddly, on road, the Tremor feels off. The EcoBoost’s 310 lb.-ft. of torque nearly overwhelm the General Grabber All-Terrain tires, reminding the driver that steering and braking are slightly compromised.

Conclusion:

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The once specialized off-road truck segment has gone mainstream or nearly. The numerous options mean that potential buyers can be picky and select a truck that will be tailored for their wants and needs.

When it comes to off-road-factory-prepped trucks, the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is tops. The Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro is a very close second pick. The Toyota isn’t as smooth on-road as the ZR2 but is faintly more civil than the Tremor.

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The Ford Ranger Tremor is extremely at ease off the beaten path. The EcoBoost engine is one of the most powerful in the segment meaning that it will always have enough low-end grunt to get itself out of a sticky situation. The ride back home won’t be as relaxing. And the narrow price gap between it and the ZR2 make it a lesser choice.

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2021 Ford Ranger Lariat Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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