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2023 Next Gen Ford Ranger XLT Detailed ReviewMar 25, 2024 | BY Vukasin H.

2023 Next Gen Ford Ranger XLT Detailed Review


Introduction To The Next-Gen Ford Ranger XLT


Although the models like Ranger Raptor or Ranger Wildtrak draw the most attention from buyers, grades like XLT are the ones that have the highest sales figures. This model is not just in the middle of the range but also covers the broadest clientele, from people that need a dependable workhorse to customers that need an off-road Ute designed to deliver, not just to look good parked on the street. For next-gen Ranger, Ford concentrated on XLT grade offering a wide selection of features, versions and options to satisfy all kinds of buyers. Here is all you need to know about the 2022 Ford Ranger XLT. 

2023 Ford Ranger XLT Dimensions


As expected, the 2023 Ranger XLT is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor. With about 50 mm added, the next-gen Ranger XLT is 5370 mm in length, 1884 mm in height with a width of 1918 mm. With a curb weight of 2331 kg, this model has a payload of 949 kilograms and braked tow capacity of 3.5 tons, which is the same as  other models in the Ranger lineup. The gross vehicle mass (GVM) is 3280 kg. 17-inch wheels are standard on this grade, and every 2022 Ranger XLT comes with a full-size spare wheel. 


Ford Ranger XLT 2022 Specs


Under the hood of the new Ranger XLT, buyers can find two diesel engines. However, Ford’s official data states that the average consumption is between 7.6 and 8.4 litres of fuel which is reasonably frugal. The fuel tank is 80 litres, as in all other Ranger models. It is essential information for all buyers planning to take the next-gen XLT to the trail – the new model has an approach angle of 30, a ramp over angle of 21 and a departure angle of 23 degrees. It also has a wading depth of 800 mm. In terms of performance specs, the next-gen Ranger XLT can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 or 9.2 seconds, depending on the engine. 

2022 Ranger XLT Interior

The 2022 Ranger XLT is all-new which means that it has an improved and thoroughly modernized interior with more comfort and features. First, there is a new dash design with enhanced ergonomics and seats. In front of the driver is a modern digital instrument cluster with an 8.0-inch display, and in the center console is a 10.1-inch infotainment display. The leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard, but leather seats are not available in this grade. All seats are covered in cloth with vinyl floormats as part of the package. Privacy glass is also standard, as well as a rear defroster. 


Next-Gen Ford Ranger XLT Engine And Powertrain Options


The new 2022 Ranger XLT is available in three distinctive flavors with two diesel engines and three powertrain options. The entry-level model is the popular Hi-Rider 4x2, powered by a 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine with 154 kW and 500 Nm of torque. Next in line is a part-time 4x4 with the same engine and specifications. The top version of the 2022 Ranger XLT lineup is 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel with 184 kW and 600 Nm of torque and full-time 4WD. All models come with new 10-speed automatic transmission and several driving modes, but the 3.0-litre model has a locking differential as standard equipment. All models have rear discs for better braking, which is a step up from previous models that had rear drum brakes. The 4x4 and 4WD models have the option of Super Cab configuration. 


Ford Ranger XLT Features


As a middle grade in the Ranger lineup, the 2022 Ranger XLT comes with a long list of standard and optional extras. All models come with LED headlights, daytime running lights, dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation and digital radio. The sports bar and chrome inserts are standard, as is the spray-in bed liner. Two attractive option packs – Touring and Towing Pack- are available for Ranger XLT owners. The Touring pack includes integrated trailer brake control, 360 degrees camera and puddle lamps. Towing Pack comes with everything on Touring but Trailer Light check and Blind Spot Monitoring Trailer Coverage system.

In terms of safety features, there are nine airbags: intelligent and adaptive cruise control, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and emergency braking. The 360-degree camera and traffic sign recognition system are optional. 

2022 Ford Ranger XLT Colors


Ford prepared six distinctive colours for the 2022 Ranger XLT model. As expected, the Alpine White is the base colour and no-cost option, while all others are $650 on top of the price. Meteor Gray and Aluminum Silver are popular options, while Sedona Orange and Shadow Black look amazing. Of course Ford’s Blue Lightning is also available on all Ranger models. 


Next-Gen Ford Ranger XLT Accessories


We know that almost all Ute owners are inclined to improve and modify their trucks, so Ranger XTL accessories are endless. Since this is a new model, the number of available components is relatively small. However, more and more companies are offering Ranger aftermarket parts for this model each day. Gear like light bars, LED spotlights, lift kits for off-road driving, wheels, suspension components, and rock sliders are all very useful if you want to turn your 2022 Ranger XLT into an off-road beast. Also, there are numerous options for appearance parts like side steps, bull bars, graphics, and window tint. Of course, let’s not forget the companies that offer performance chips, snorkels, air filters and all kinds of exhaust modifications. 


2022 Ford Ranger XLT Release Date


The official release date for the 2022 Ford Ranger XLT is July of this year, while the first examples will be delivered to customers in August. However, if you order your Ranger XLT, you could get your vehicle in December or even January due to high demand. The global chip shortage and the popularity of this model prolong the delivery times.


2022 Ford Ranger XLT Price


The 2022 Ford Ranger XLT prices start at $53,990 for an entry-level 4x2 Hi-Riser with a dual cab and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The most expensive model is, the 3.0-liter V6 with 4WD, which costs $64,190. However, you can pay a bit more since the Touring or Towing Pack will add an additional $900. Premium colours will add $650 and all-terrain tyres $500. The general consensus is that the price is significant, but Ranger XLT is one serious piece of kit which appeals to a comprehensive selection of customers and can hold its own on the street and off-road.    

About the Author


Vukasin H.

Life-long car enthusiast, an experienced car journalist, blogger, classic car expert, and avid collector of all things automotive. Always on the lookout for innovative automotive tech, exciting barn finds, and twisty scenic route for that perfect early-morning drive.

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