We put the Ford Ranger XLS and XLT payload capacity to the test

Need a workhorse? Look no further than these two accessible Ranger variants
by Paulo Rafael Subido | Dec 3, 2019
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We love getting behind the wheel of model variants that don’t sit at the top tier of the range. This is because as cool as the top-of-the-line model is, it is most likely equipped with features that aren’t a necessity. And then there is the price consideration. Not everyone can afford the top-of-the-line model, after all.

This makes the battle among the entry- and mid-level variants interesting, which is why we do stories that compare these variants every so often. We want to answer the question: How much can a manufacturer offer at an accessible price point?

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Fitting, then, that we were invited to check out the Ford Ranger XLS and XLT on a quick out-of-town drive to Pampanga. Both the XLS and XLT are fitted with 2.2-liter turbodiesel engines that generate 160hp and 385Nm. You can choose between a six-speed manual or automatic transmission as well. Oh, and let’s not forget the 800mm water-wading capability. Both the XLS and XLT variants also come with your choice of either a 4x4 or 4x2 drivetrain. Having those options to choose from is pretty impressive.

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We put the XLS’s and XLT’s payload (and towing) capacities to the test. Check out the photos of us hauling sacks of cement to a construction site and rice and corn to a farm. The XLS 4x2 can two 2,500kg, while the XLS 4x4 manual can tow 3,500kg. All variants of the XLT 4x2 can tow 2,500kg. All XLS and XLT variants have a 1,120kg payload capacity. By the way, there’s a promo ongoing, too. Until December 31, 2019, The Ford Ranger 2.2L XLS 4x2 MT starts at P943,000. Whoa. That really opens up your options for a sub-P1 million ride. 

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You still get a host of safety and convenience features, too, like ABS; childproof locks; driver and passenger airbags; and this we love: cruise control. That's almost unheard of at this trim level.

After talking to some owners who swear by their Ford Rangers, the event just reinforces what I’ve believed all along: Every family needs at least one pickup in their garage as the designated workhorse. And a capable one can be had at under P1 million. That’s pretty tempting.

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