Well my current 2010 Platinum F150 is starting to show it's age, It's got 160,000 miles on it, but has never had issues until now. Albeit relatively minor, it is definitely getting older. Fuel sender is starting to go bad, I have reasons to believe the VVT sensor is going bad, moonroof track broke, the power folding running boards broke long ago and it needs new tires. I thought I might want to start looking around at other vehicles while my truck still has some value and before I have to start putting a substantial amount of money into it. It's also got the dinosaur of an engine with the 5.4L Triton V8 Modular engine. It was the very last year this engine was put into an F150 and something more modern would be nice. The truth of the matter is, this vehicle has never towed a trailer in its life (Purchased from my parents) and I don't forsee needing to do this except once in a blue moon. That being said, I would like something that can tow if necessary, but more importantly having a truck bed is incredibly useful, but my F150 is big and burly and can be a problem around some parts of town. More importantly for me is off-roadability, as that really is something I do on an amateur level. Additionally, the 2010 F150 does not have an option for keeping an open rear-diff when 4High is selected which makes it a pain for highway driving with snow. I generally like to keep speeds below about 50mph with the diff lock on, but sometimes patchy interstates call for more speed than that, but 2 wheel drive doesn't offer the same control as 4 wheel drive. I've been following the development of the Ford Ranger for quite some time and Ford offered a deal while I was at the Chicago auto show to test-drive a vehicle and receive $50, so I thought I might as well check it out. I guess marketing works, because I tried a 2019 Ranger and I absolutely fell in love. If I had to design a truck that perfectly fits my needs... this would be it. The only downside I was able to see was the relatively small fuel tank of 18gal. It drove very nicely, has a setting for 4H as well as an option to lock the diff independently of what wheel drive you're in. I took it on some rougher roads during the drive and the suspension felt advanced and responsive. The engine had plenty of power and gobs of low-end torque with that spritely 4-cyl 2.3L ecoboost. Some of the things I love most about the Ranger are the things it doesn't have. It doesn't have a damped tailgate with a step or a split or anything to make it heavy and expensive. It's a simple tailgate that's been around for 100 years, and I like that, though the tailgate does lock with the rest of the vehicle. It has a bed light, 110V outlets, no moonroof which has given me a lot of headache in my current vehicle. It has good fuel economy, it's nimble on the road. It has a pretty unbelievable "crawl control" mode that is auto-pilot for off-road driving, it allows you up to 20mph and the brain of the computer can get you up some pretty serious terrain. I definitely see a Ford Ranger sometime in my near future. Now most dealerships don't have very many Rangers yet as they're new off the assembly line in the US, and this dealership only had one and it wasn't one I'd be interested in. So there's one I am interested in coming in mid April which is perfect as I'm currently working to switch jobs to a place more local to me and wouldn't want to get a new vehicle before then. I'm not just a "Ford guy" to be a Ford guy, I don't have brand loyalty, but it just so happens that I really do like Fords products best, but if a competitor came out with something better I'd jump ship pretty readily. I'll go into why I'm not such a fan of the competitor's midsize vehicles. Honda Ridgeline: No off-roadability, and well, look at it. Chevy Colorado: This would be my second choice, but it's a heavier vehicle, I don't like Chevy's interiors at all and the package I would want (the Bison) would cost about 15k more. Visibility is also pretty rough. The one thing I love is the option for a Diesel engine, but not quite enough for me to go this direction. Toyota Tacoma: It's just an outdated vehicle, it's still rocking drum brakes in the rear, a birfield joint and an antiquated drive train. The cosmetic hood scoop just kills me too... I hate cosmetic venting and scoops on vehicles. All that being said, they do come in manual which is a very nice feature for me and best in-class articulation for off-road. They also have a crawl-control mode, but it's limited to 5mph and is a bit more dated. While the Tacoma is one hell of a truck, I just have a hard time spending what Toyota wants for a vehicle with such outdated design characteristics. Nissan Frontier: Well, it hasn't been updated since 2004, but for some reason people still buy it. Not a bad truck, just ancient and with terrible fuel economy. They are cheap though, but again lacking too many modern amenities that are just standard now. Jeep Gladiator: Not yet out, probably going to be quite expensive and that Wrangler platform just lacks some of the niceties for the grocery getting that I'll be doing 95% of the time. YMMV, but I sure thought the Ranger was exactly what I was looking for.