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The Ranger has standard head airbag curtains for front and rear seats that act as a forgiving barrier between the driver and outboard passenger's upper bodies and the window and pillars. Combined with high-strength steel door beams and lower side airbags this system increases head protection in broadside collisions. The Wrangler doesn't offer side airbag protection for the head and are only available for the front seats.
The Ranger has standard Automatic Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Wrangler offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.
The Ranger’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.
The Ranger offers optional parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a front parking aid.
The Ranger’s optional driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Ranger and the Wrangler have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.
There are over 27 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Ranger’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 36 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.
From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 4 places higher in reliability than Jeep.
The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 295) than the Wrangler’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4 cyl. produces 50 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 260) than the Wrangler’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Ranger uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Wrangler with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Ranger has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The Ford Ranger comes standard with an automatic transmission, for driver comfort, especially in the city. Automatic costs extra on the Wrangler.
A 10-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Ranger, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Wrangler.
For better traction, the Ranger has larger standard tires than the Wrangler (255/70R16 vs. 245/75R17).
The Ranger’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Wrangler Sport’s standard 75 series tires. The Ranger’s optional tires have a lower 60 series profile than the Wrangler Sahara’s 70 series tires.
The Ford Ranger’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Jeep Wrangler only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.
The Ford Ranger’s independent front suspension is much lighter than the Jeep Wrangler’s solid front axle, which allows the Ranger’s wheels to react more quickly and accurately to the road’s surface, improving both ride and handling.
For much better steering response and tighter handling the Ranger has rack and pinion steering, like Formula race cars, instead of the recirculating-ball type steering of the Wrangler.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Ranger SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 30 inches longer than on the Wrangler 2-door (126.8 inches vs. 96.8 inches). The Ranger SuperCrew’s wheelbase is 8.4 inches longer than on the Wrangler 4-door (126.8 feet vs. 118.4 inches).
For excellent aerodynamics, the Ranger has standard flush composite headlights. The Wrangler has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.
The Ranger SuperCab has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, 1 inch more front shoulder room and 10.3 inches more rear hip room than the Wrangler 2-door.
The Ranger SuperCrew has 1.9 inches more front legroom, 1.9 inches more front hip room, .9 inches more front shoulder room and 1 inch more rear shoulder room than the Wrangler 4-door.
The Ranger SuperCrew has a much larger cargo volume than the Wrangler with its rear seat up (43.3 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).
The Ranger SuperCab has a much larger cargo volume than the Wrangler with its rear seat up (51.8 vs. 31.7 cubic feet).
The Ranger’s cargo area is larger than the Wrangler’s in every dimension:
Length to seat (2nd/1st)
The Ranger has a much higher maximum payload capacity than the Wrangler (1860 vs. 1000 lbs.).
The Ranger’s standard power windows allow the driver or passenger to lower and raise the windows without leaning over or being distracted. Power windows are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.
The Ranger’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.
The Ranger’s standard power window controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Wrangler’s available power window controls are spread out on the center console where they can’t be seen without the driver completely removing his eyes from the road.
The Ranger’s standard power locks allow the driver or passenger to lock or unlock all the doors at a touch without leaning over, or reaching to the back seat. Power locks are only available on the Wrangler Sport S/Sahara/Rubicon.
In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Ranger’s available exterior PIN entry system. The Wrangler doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost SOS Call can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
The Ranger Lariat’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Wrangler’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.
The Ranger has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Wrangler has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Sahara/Rubicon.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Ranger detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Wrangler doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
The Ranger is available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Wrangler doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
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