As we were testing the new 2020 Ford Ranger Level 3, the most off-road-capable version of the mid-size pickup, Ford’s new 2021 Bronco SUV was breaking the Internet. So along with the new 2021 RAM 1500 TRX, which is that brand’s most powerful and off-road-ready pickup ever, off-road trucks are hot right now.
Ranger is Ford’s smallest pickup. It’s built in Michigan and was introduced just last year. This year, Ford Performance has introduced three special off-road packages for buyers interested in hitting the trail. They add off-road capability and a considerable amount of rugged styling. The Level 3 package worn by our Race Red test vehicle is the most serious, and it takes just a few feet of rugged trail to realize the 2020 Ford Ranger Level 3 is a very capable rig. It competes with the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, Jeep Gladiator Mojave and Rubicon, GMC Canyon All Terrain, and Nissan Frontier Pro-4X.