Ford Ranger FX4 MAX 4WD UTE 2021 Review

We drive the Ranger FX4 MAX on a road test review

Ford FX4 Max sits just under the Raptor and is aimed at the recreational 4WD market as well as those that may need to use the Ute for work.

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX front qtr

Ranger FX4 MAX brings greater off-road capability, with unique features including off-road suspension with FOX shocks, 32-inch all-terrain tyres and all-weather interior including a switchbank for accessories and new materials and finishes.

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX dash

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Combined, the 20mm suspension lift and All-Terrain tyres sees FX4 MAX’s ride height 31mm above Ranger XLT, with outright ground clearance to rear differential increased by 19mm to 256mm. In addition, the FX4 MAX delivers greater approach and departure angles than Ranger XLT, to take full advantage of its switchable 4×4 system

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX grill

Similar to the Ranger Raptor, FX4 MAX brings unique stance and exterior treatments, including Conquer Grey paintwork, as well as “F.O.R.D” grille, metal ‘hoop’ sidesteps, unique alloy wheels and full-length sports bar

Ranger FX4 MAX boasts 981kg payload and 3500kg towing and the twin turbo 2 litre diesel engine and 10 speed AT.

Ranger FX4 Max is priced from $66,190 plus the usual costs.

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX 4wd system

As many listeners will know by now that a new Ranger is coming soon, early next year with some major improvements and more engine choices. The current Ranger interior is still functional but starting to feel dated and a refresh is welcome.

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Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX infotainment screen

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What is good?

What is not so good?

  • Big Ute styling
  • Technology user interface easy to use
  • 4WD and towing capability
  • Narrow peak torque band
  • Side steps are annoying and at shin height
  • No electric or heated front seats

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX profile

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Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX engine

Model   

2021 Ford Ranger FX4 MAX Dual Cab 4WD Ute

Model Price $66,190 MLP*
Engine 2.0L 4 Cyl Bi Turbo
Drivetrain Dual Range 4×4 10 speed Auto
Power 157kW at 3,750rpm
Torque 400 Nm @ 1,750-2,000rpm
Safety Five Star ANCAP 2015
CO2 Emissions 210 g/km
Economy ADR 8.0 L/100km
Tow Capacity 3500 Kg
Tow Ball Rating 350 kg
Payload 981 Kg
Servicing 12mths/ 15000km Capped Price
Warranty 5yr/ 150,000 km with 5 Yr. conditional roadside assist

*MLP – Manufacturers List Price includes GST and LCT but excluding statutory charges, dealer costs and dealer delivery. See your dealer for RDAP. Does not include price of any options.

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX rear qtr

Overall Rating    

83/100

Behind the Wheel 7
Comfort 7
Equipment 7
Performance 9
Ride and Handling 8
Practicality 8
Fit for Purpose 9
Towing Ability 10
Off Road Capability 10
Value for Money 8

Ford Ranger 2021 FX4 MAX tub

Dimensions

 
Overall Length 5446mm
Wheelbase 3220mm
Width / Height 1852mm / 1977mm
Unladen ground clearance / wading depth Up to 256mm / 800 mm
Approach / Rampover / Departure angles 31 degrees / 25 degrees / 24 degrees
Fuel Tank  / Turning Circle 80 Litres / 12.7mts KTK
Kerb Weight / Payload / GVM / GCM 2219kg / 981kg / 3200kg / 6000KG
Towing Capacity / Tow Ball rating 3500kg / 350kg

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  • 7/10
    Behind the Wheel - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Comfort - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Equipment - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Performance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Ride and Handling - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Practicality - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fit for Purpose - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Towing Ability - 10/10
  • 10/10
    Off Road Capability - 10/10
  • 8/10
    Value for money - 8/10
8.3/10

Summary

Ford FX4 Max sits just under the Raptor and is aimed at the recreational 4WD market as well as those that may need to use the Ute for work.

Ranger FX4 MAX brings greater off-road capability, with unique features including off-road suspension with FOX shocks, 32-inch all-terrain tyres and all-weather interior including a switchbank for accessories and new materials and finishes.

About Rob Fraser 1803 Articles
Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.