Hauling Test: 2022 Ford Ranger FX4
This is a hauling review of the 2022 Ford Ranger where we are going to be focusing on how it hauls and handles with a bed full of heavy cargo. For a deeper dive into the Ford Ranger, check out the full road test of the Ranger or a comparison test to see how it stacks up against the competition. You can also check out the video review below.
Our test truck is a 2022 Ford Ranger with the $1,400 FX4 off-road package and a very swanky set of stripes down the side. Those stripes are a part of the $1,700 Splash appearance package which also includes black painted bumpers, special wheels, orange accents in the grille, orange contrast stitching inside, and a few other aesthetic tweaks.
Unlike the lighter-duty Ford Maverick, the Ranger is body-on-frame and this means it can carry more weight in the bed. The Ranger has a rated payload capacity of 1,860 lbs (845 kg) and when equipped with the $600 towing package, can tow an impressive 7,500 pounds (3,410 kg). For reference, an AWD EcoBoost Maverick has a 1,500 lb (680 kg) payload capacity and a 4,000 lb (1,818 kg) towing capacity when equipped with the towing package. One other difference versus the Maverick for loading cargo in the bed is that the Maverick has a notably lower bedside and load floor height than the Ranger; especially when the Ranger has the FX4 off-road package like our tester.
Hoisted into that lofty cargo bed is the engine, transmission, and driveshaft of a 1965 Volvo P1800. The engine is about 345 lbs, the transmission is 90 lbs and I would estimate the entire assembly to weigh about 450 lbs total. I was also carrying a hood and a box of brake parts including drums. When lowered from the hoist into the bed, the truck settled maybe three inches on its rear leaf springs.