Best Dual-Cab 4×4 Ute 2021: Ford Ranger
June 24, 2021
Dual-cab 4×4 utes must present the biggest headaches for development engineers. Here we have a vehicle that more than any other straddles conflicting design briefs: refined, efficient, sporty-handling and lush-riding city and highway family car during the week, and a powerful mountain climber that can also carry a tonne of payload and haul more than three tonnes behind it on weekends. Of course, it’s an impossible task to cover all those bases anywhere near perfectly, but some utes here in Best Dual-Cab 4×4 Ute 2021 do it much better than others.
The 2021 Ford Ranger has clearly benefited from its intensive Australian development program; this is still the best 4×4 dual-cab ute to drive due to its superb ride and handling blend and useable, strong performance.
The Ranger’s steering is direct and its ride supple, despite commendable levels of body control, allowing the homegrown ute to navigate corners with surprising agility, stability and confidence.
Its tried and proven 3.2-litre five-cylinder turbo-diesel is a gem of an engine, too. While it doesn’t sound sexy nor spin freely in the top half of its rev range, it provides punchy and accessible performance right from idle while reliably consuming close to its reasonable 8.9L/100km claimed fuel average.