Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Review: 2013 Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2

Photos by Ulysses Ang
Everyone should drive a Ford Ranger Wildtrak, preferably the 3.2-liter. There, I said it. As much as I detest lumbering SUVs and pick-up trucks, with the torrential rains hitting Metro Manila every single day, it’s actually great to have a vehicle that can bring you home dry and in one piece. Having driven the Ford Ranger before, specifically the XLT trim, I’m already quite used to this vehicle’s merits such as class-leading 800-mm wading depth, massive 80-liter fuel tank, and advanced features such as voice-command. Still, I find myself on the fence on whether I’d pick the Ranger over say, a compact crossover or SUV for a variety of reasons, the absence of luxury features to name one. However, the arrival of the Wildtrak blows those reservations out the window. This indeed is the new go-anywhere, do-anything vehicle.

Compared to the mid-range XLT, the Wildtrak takes on a very different design direction, emphasizing itself more as a lifestyle-oriented truck as opposed to a workhorse. Outside, it’s differentiated by being sportier thanks to the use of dark trim elements on the grille, bumpers, door handles, and side mirrors. The headlights and tail lights now feature smoked elements for that added oomph complimenting the standard 18-inch alloy wheels. The other exterior improvements include the addition of roof rails, a bed bar, and a bed liner. All in all, it makes the already macho Ranger into a true beefcake. The Wildtrak is a true man’s ride down to the availability of three, yes only three, color choices: Chili Orange, Black Mica, and Cool White.



Inside, the Ranger’s metamorphosis from workhorse to lifestyle pick-up continues with the addition of standard leather seats (complete with the ‘Wildtrak’ lettering and contrasting stitching), dual-zone climate control, power adjustable driver’s seat, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, and even cruise control. The Wildtrak truly feels like a luxury sedan, until you notice that it requires a huge step just to get in or out of the vehicle (the lack of a driver’s side grab handle doesn’t help). Questionable ingress/egress aside though, the Ranger is ergonomically excellent. Despite the lack of a telescopic steering column, the steering wheel falls right in hand. The seats, front or aft, are supportive as well. The Wildtrak, like the XLT, features voice command integration to its full suite of connectivity from Bluetooth to USB to full iPod connectivity. The 6-speaker sound system is crisp and has great bass as well.

Before, the weakest point of the Ranger is the obvious absence of the range-topping engine and drivetrain. Now, those weaknesses are moot thanks to the 3.2-liter inline-5 engine good for an even 200 horsepower and 470 Nm of torque (lesser mortals may opt for the same 2.2-liter 4-cylinder engine though). These figures easily put the Wildtrak 3.2 as best-in-class in terms of overall power and torque. That said, don’t expect the Ranger to pull off the line with smoking rear tires and all. The Wildtrak prefers to deliver all its power in a more linear, more usable power. It provides gobs of torque from as little as 1,500 rpm all the way to redline. It’s also surprisingly quiet and smooth from idle to full throttle, perhaps even more so than its 2.2-liter counterpart. Still, mash the throttle hard enough though, and you can still coax the Wildtrak to chirp its rear tires. Thankfully, the Wildtrak comes with ESP or Electronic Stability Program with Traction Control to quell unnecessary wheel spin.



A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available with the 3.2-liter and it does the job quite well in adopting and adjusting to your driving needs, though it can still get confused in the up/downshifts between second and third gear. The gearbox also offers three shifting modes: Normal, Sport, and Manual—a nifty feature on a pick-up truck. The gearbox is designed to reduce engine revs and extend the driving range, so it’s quite surprising that the Wildtrak 3.2 can manage around 600 kilometers between fill-ups or around 7.57 km/L in pure city driving (the 2.2 XLT does 8.19 km/L).

The Wildtrak’s suspension is unchanged from the XLT’s so it rides on the typical Double Wishbone/Leaf Spring layout. But thanks to the longer wheelbase and excellent tuning, the Ranger exhibits a refined and comfortable ride. Larger road imperfections can still make their way to the cabin, but it soaks it much better than other pick-up trucks. The steering is on the heavy side and requires much more turns lock-to-lock increasing this vehicle’s turning radius, but parking the Wildtrak is made much easier thanks to excellent all-around visibility and standard rear parking sensors with a back-up camera.



The Ford Ranger Wildtrak, especially in the 3.2-liter trim is perhaps the best thing that happened to the pick-up truck genre. In more ways than one, it has managed to re-define the segment on what a pick-up truck can and should be. It manages to marry the best qualities of a pick-up such as uncompromising power, payload, water fording capability to the best merits of a passenger car such as luxury amenities and excellent safety features (it’s got 6 airbags for one). The Wildtrak answers the weaknesses of the Ranger line-up when it first launched, and it answered them with the clearest, boldest statement possible.




59 comments:

  1. Noticeably more expensive than other TOTL pickups though. 1.519M ain't cheap.

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  2. I've been waiting for this the past 2 months and Ford still hasn't delivered. I'm not sure if there really is a "shortage" or 3.2 models coming or they have this practice of bumping off customers to prefer in-house financing ones. So right now I have a reservation with Subaru for the FXT but still having second thoughts.

    I'm after the Ranger for it's 800mm wading depth (fear of Manila floods) and high ride and powerful torque with the occasional putting dogs and bikes in the bed. But the Forester seems to be a more comfortable ride with lots of high tech features but its almost 200k more.

    Having driven both vehicles, which do you personally prefer? Should I wait for the Ranger or get the readily available FXT?

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    1. Go for ranger...Manila's flood's are better with ranger...or why not go with fortuner.hehe suggestion lang.

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    2. no available units for 3.2 sa 2 dealerships na naka reserve ako :( another dealership nga just called me yesterday saying if I can do their in-house financing, I can get the unit way ahead, pero if cash or bank loan, back of the queue ulit ako :/

      just sad lang how they deal with customers..

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    3. hard to compare subaru and ranger. If you want massive car, value ofr money ranger is way to go. subaru cost more to maintain too

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    4. Hi Mr. Anonymous July 15, would you like to consider the 2014 Chevrolet Colorado? it has a 2.8L turbo diesel provide maximum power of 200Hp and 500Nm torque. 800mm wading depth, 8 cross member ladder frame. standard reverse cam with electrochromatic rear view mirror. leather interior....

      RODEL GARCIA
      SALES CONSULTANT
      CHEVROLET GREENHILLS - EDSA
      Direct Line: +63 2 9753839
      Globe : 0917-8078131

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  3. FORTUNER matgas ang suspension parang pampasaherong jeep.
    kaya ang tawag nila sa Fortuner-TORTUNER

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  4. Actually, I can attest to that. Matigas nga ang suspension ng Fortuner pero ung sarap ng pagmaneho sakanya ang pambawi.

    Magaan ang fortuner at mabilis din. Less torque nga lang pero sa hatawan kayang sumabay. Di mo lang ramdam kasi walang growl and diesel engine.

    Pero kung gusto mo talaga ng pambaha GO with the Wildtrak!

    If I have the cash I'd buy one. Maganda din ang suspension ok ang ride comfort.

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  5. does anyone know if the wildtrak will be available in Mexico?

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    1. Yes it will be available, we we're in mexico last month. I've talked to a guy there that he's planning to replace his old ranger(gasoline fed engine) with the new model(diesel fed engine. I saw myself the Ford's brochure, not sure lang where those units will sourced.

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    2. typo error "will be sourced" rather. It will be the same 5 cylinder that is available locally. Cool!

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  6. we have made a reservation of wildtruck 3.2 sa Dearborn Motors sa Alabang last April during the car show. ang problema hanggang ngayon wala pa. almost 5 months na. wala man lang silang tawag o info sa amim when nila madeliver 'yong unit. if magfollow-up naman kami wala pa daw available unit. sana hindi nila pinopromote ang wildtruck na wala naman silang available units. or isauli na lang nila 'yong reservation namin para hindi na kami aasa. hey salespersons ng DEARBORN MOTORS ( ALABANG ) PLS WAKE UP.

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    1. Hi try to consider the 2014 COLORADO with improved engine power and torque (2.8L Turbo Diesel provide max power of 200HP and 500Nm torque) plus the 7" touch screen monitor the Mylink for your multi-media need.

      FOR INQUIRIES OR NEED FURTHER ASSISTANCE YOU MAY REACH ME AT THE BELOW MENTIONED NUMBERS.

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  7. I know the new Ranger XL and XLT are available in Mexico, but does anyone know if the Ranger Wildtrak with the 3.2 diesel will be sold there.

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  8. the 2014 and 2015 model of toyota hilux is coming

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    1. so what if its coming..its out of the league dude...its just another crap...but i'd still pick it over strada which is a piece of shit...its COLORADO vs BT-10 vs RANGER...

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  9. when you go to any ford dealer they will as you what transaction cash or installment if cash no unit available or if cash you have to give incentive to sales ref they insist of financing maybe because of in house financing. look like more money on financing than cash. what kind of trade practice is that.

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    1. I also just had the same marketing crap from Ford Cainta! I think it is completely rubbish and idiotic! As a consumer, it doesn't make sense to buy cash as whatever you save from it, they will need to get as an "incentive". They are more interested in milking the cow than moving stocks!

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  10. watch out 2014 toyota hilux invincible is coming

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    1. invincible?...seriously...its a 3rd world vehicle you moron (all isuzus, fortuner,montero,hilux,strada,avanza,innova,adventure,that old fart x-trail(it has long been remodeled but was not released in our country) ...even everest,captiva,spin,eon,...(and there are so much more..especially cars from mitsubiSHIT)...they're all crap...oh! i went too far...SORRY...my fault...some of these cars should not be in phil market...it should be brought back to india where they're supposed to be not here in our country...niloloko lg tayo ng mga car companies trying to sell us crap na hindi nabenta sa europe and sa pussy aussie...at sobrang mahal naman ng mga maayos na sasakyaan dito sa pinas dahil sa tax na pinapasa din ng car companies sa kanilang costumers...AYOS TALAGA...

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  11. anonymous
    That's what aiso happening to me the sales rep of FORD will ask if cash or financing because if cash no unit available but if financing there is.Not bank finance but 'HOUSE FINANCE'.Talagang mandurugas that's why I shift to MAZDA.My ride is MAZDA BT 50 3.2.For information Mazda is the maker of all FORD engine both diesel and gasoline engine from 1974 up to the present for those model sold to South Africa,Australia,Europe and,Asia.So,why buy Ford?Go for MAZDA because it's the ORIGINAL.

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    1. did the ford management know what their dealer doing. and for financing you have free mating,tint, early warning device, registration, insurance but for cash no free.

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    2. sadly ganun nga sila porke pinipilahan yung sasakyan nila, di na sila nagbibigay ng freebies. kahit manlang keychain wala. i got my 3.2L wildtrak after more than a year of reservation. sulit naman ang pagaantay kahit papaano.

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    3. I agree! mas mura na, May Free 3-Year Periodic Maintenance Service kapa! Kaya nag Mazda narin ako!

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    4. haha 1k lang comm nila pag cash, pag financing, as high as 50k ang comm. My wife works as a Mktg Professional in a car dealership

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  12. Is there no Better Business Bureau or any government agency here in the Philippines to check on this arrogant and gouging attitude.Prospective Ford buyers should let the Head honcho of Ford Asia of this bad practice. We should also boycott all Ford products in the Philippines.Don't know if William Clay Ford or Allan Mullaly the Chairman and President of FOMOCO know about this sad situation.

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  13. im considering getting a pickup..im torn between ford wildtrak or Mazda Bt50. please share your thoughts in terms of ride, power, fuel eco, soft perks (interior / Aircon / dashboard layout / advance tech offers, safety). another big factor is 2nd row comfort which has better leg space.

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  14. Ford say, here in Mindanao, that the waiting period is 6 months for the 2.2L 4x4 wildtrak. We are getting it for full cash payment. Do we expect it to be fulfilled or there is a possibility of an extension? Is the new D-max worth the change of mind?

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  15. which one is better chevy colorado or ford wildtrak please help me

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    1. You can check the site's priceguide: http://www.carguide.ph/2013/09/philippine-car-price-guide-september.html

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    2. ford ranger wildtrak is way better than chevy colorado... :D

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  16. i already ordered ford ranger wildtrak 3.2 in cebu color cool white

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  17. i have a same bad experienced sa Ford Otis,me,my dad and mom went 2 years ago perhaps..my sister is planning to buy a new car and since that she's so busy with her work,pinakiusapan nya aq kung puede aq nlang daw ang mag canvass ng sasakyan.And she's eyeing for the Ford Fiesta,she had already talked to an agent..and siguro i don't know..porket pumunta kmi ng family ko sa casa nila na nka pambahay lang ay walang nag-entertain sa amin na ahente..i even went to the front desk and asking for the brochure of the Fiesta..he just handled me the brochure and then wala na..so napikon ako and umalis kami at nag reklamo sa guard..nung paalis na kami ng casa ay hinabol ako ng guard and nag sorry..siguro if ever na nakita nya kmi na nakasakay sa Fortuner ay baka mag-iba ang pakikitungo nila sa amin..we send e-mail to the management of Ford Otis and my cousin made a blog for our bad experienced sa Ford Otis..nag-sorry naman sila sa akin..but the damaged has been done..so ang next nmin is Vios,City and Mazda 3..we go to Mazda 3.

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  18. want a ranger with a manual transmission. is ford can't afford that in australia they have two choices AT and MT and i prefer MT

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  19. I getting my ford monster in two weeks can't wait

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  20. I have my ford ranger wildtrak 2.2 (chili Orange) since May, we did pay DI of 80K back then, but it is well worth it.

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  21. I can't one year for the wiltrak. I am planning to buy in Thailand.

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  22. I have a bad experience also with ford davao around august and september this year. Asked for the availability of wildtrak 3.2L, its a long wait according to the agent. I was asked whether cash or financing and I replied financing. Agent told me that it should be approved by their account department. Told him that its bank financing. I insist that as a client, its our prerogative to look for a good deal in financing not that they will forced their client for in house financing. The agent told me, that their unit s like hot cakes??? So what? Thanks anyway, I bought mazda bt50 4x4 3.2 AT instead with 3 years all free PMS and bumper to bumper insurance. Ranger 2.2 L engine comes from mazda. Mazda is already history in pick up deisel engine production. Thanks to the ford agent in davao for helping me change my mind.

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    1. kinsa na sales agent c plunging neckline? kanang mazda bt50 nimu naay voice command ug gps? asa ka kuha ug mazda, sa cagayan?

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    2. Mazda is for small every thing the motor in ford ranger doesn't come from mazda who told you that your mistaken besides mazda has nothing on the Wildtrack Ranger have you ever driven one? compared to Ford Wildtrak 3.2L blows the mazda off the road in everything looks styling engineering to say the lease but good luck with your mazda sounds like a plant

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    3. Dude, you're badly misinformed. The Bt-50 & Ranger are the same truck with a different badge & minor cosmetic differences. Read up a little before you post again.

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    4. Lol, essentially the same.

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  23. Guys, in the philippines, you can asked d bank contact or the manager, they have contacts with dealers from metro manila who have reserved units for the car of your choice with much cheaper freight and handling, free lto, free accessories and other freebies plus faster unit availment

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  24. For a very nice pick up they have the worst aftermarket service, no wait, not aftermarket, its service all in all, sales and aftermarket. I hate that they have to force me to get their in house financing. They are trying to maximize profits without considering the consumer, very bad. They treat you like crap. Very far from my experience with Isuzu and Toyota. Mitsubishi and Honda was also bad but I notice they are getting better every visit or they just got fed up with me shouting at their service advisors, hope it isn't the latter. I have never left a Toyota or Isuzu dealership frustrated. No wonder they both have the highest sales in Thailand,(for pickups only, didn't check other type of cars though).

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  25. Same bad experience here. Got a reservation for a 3.2L Ranger Wildtrak in Chili Orange last june at Ford Subic. Only one unit arrived last september, and it was white. So I decided to wait some more with the assurance that more units will arrive soon. We actually put up some effort in negotiating for an autoloan and not their inhouse financing, and yes, it was set. Or so I thought. Now its november, finally an orange unit came in. But now we can only get it with inhouse financing.wtf. They really dont treat their customers well, hungry for profit while disregarding good client relations. But I still want that truck though ugh

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  26. Hi sir, is the ride of the Wildtrak comparable or better than say, a Montero? still torn between getting a pickup or an SUV

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  27. Any news regarding the Ford Ecosport and its price?
    I've been eyeing that compact SUV because I want to downsize into a smaller SUV.

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  28. Chevrolet made improvments for its 2014 model.. I am waiting for Ford ranger improvements for 2014 so I can buy one..

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  29. I have a reservation for almost 7 months now, the dealer want me into their in-house financing otherwise wait at the end of the long queue. i am not surprise for their dealer's incentive its just like utilizing a fixer to get first in the line..

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  30. Sounds very bad for some Ford dealers when it comes to customers buying a New Ford Ranger Wildtrak. Their sales agent always promising for nothing. Hopefully, the management should have a training seminar for their sales agents how to deal
    customers in an honest and goodness manner or you will lose a lot of customers.
    Wake up call for the entire dealers of Ford, be realistic

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  32. i have my ford ranger wildtrak 3.2 coolwhite in cebu for 1 589 000 and my dad bought it in dec 11 2013

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    1. Wow thats great.. enjoy your new ride man.

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    2. Just wondering how much is the cost of maintenance (change oil, replacement of oil filter)

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  33. No more 2.2L 4x4 A/T and M/T Wildtrak according to Ford Philippines. It will be replaced with 4x2 models. The decision left a lot of waiting lists high and dry. Does anybody have an idea why they would phase out a top selling model?

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  34. seems idiotic that this salesman from Chevrolet keeps butting in with his pitch on their vehicles, not only is it unethical but downright irritating. Can the moderator of this forum kick this guy out and ban him from the blog.

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  35. I finally got my 3.2 Wildtrak last February 28. It is a indeed a great truck and definitely worth the long wait. I made a reservation more than 7 months ago.

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  36. Helo ford labas nyona yunit ninyo habang dami p pumila

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