Ford Performance 2020 Ranger Level 3 Performance Package

Ford Performance 2020 Ranger Level 3 Performance Package

You down with FPP?

The options will be offered in three levels, with each escalating tier encompassing the accessories from lower-end packages, except where new features overwrite those offered on the previous tiers. Ford is referring to them as Ford Performance Packages 1, 2 and 3 respectively.

Who Does Level 2 Work For?

Sadly, my time with the Ranger Performance Pack Level 2 came during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and off-road opportunities were limited, but given that the truck is likely to spend the vast majority of its time on-road anyway, this is what we’ll talk about. I can definitely say that on roads both paved and dirt, the suspension and engine tune upgrades absolutely shine. This is no slapped-together effort that you might get from a tuner shop; this is a kit designed and tested by the company to make sure it does good things for the Ranger, and I assure you, it does. Let’s start with the ride and handling, which are excellent. Steering feel doesn’t seem to suffer much with the big BFG tires, but you will get a little bit more drone in the cabin from the tires’ aggressive tread pattern. The more-level-yet-still-lifted stance of the adjusted Ranger doesn’t affect its braking ability either, and while the Fox 2.0 shocks and different springs may be more softly tuned for off-road use, the truck doesn’t feel bouncy or floaty in the slightest. Even if you opt for just the leveling kit, that is worth the $1,500 on its own. It boosts the Ranger’s civility and capability in one go.

The extra grunt from the recalibrated engine computer doesn’t hurt either. The standard Ranger engine puts out 270 hp and 310 pounds-feet of torque, and while a 45-hp jump isn’t likely to be felt in the seat-of-the-pants-meter, an increase of 60 pounds-feet of torque in a turbocharged engine certainly is. The Ranger steps off the line smartly and with even greater alacrity than before, and it was by no means a slouch in its original tune. The turbocharged EcoBoost engine mated to the standard 10-speed automatic transmission makes the powertrain the most impressive feature of the newest Ranger, and this boost to its performance only makes it more of a good thing. I’d like to eventually hear one with the Level 3 sport exhaust to see how tolerable it is in daily driving, but that extra $4,500 for that, a winch-ready bumper and a light bar seems a bit steep. I think I’d be perfectly happy with the still rorty-and-snorty sound of the standard exhaust and use that extra scratch for a brush guard or onboard ARB air compressor. 

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Turbo Boost Engaged

The $4,995 Ford Performance Level 2 package brings you the contents of the Level 1 setup, unique off-road tires, blue tow hooks, a stainless steel license plate frame, a different set of fog lights from Rigid, and a performance tune for the vehicle’s 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder motor. Looking at that list, we can easily do without a set of redundant fogs (we already snagged them as part of the STX Appearance package), and the truck’s already riding on a decent set of rubber.

That leaves the Ford Performance engine calibration as something we’d love to have to wake up the EcoBoost under the hood. Leaving behind all of the other gear we don’t really want and picking up an extra 45 horsepower and 60 lb-ft of torque will cost us only $825 through the same Ford Performance catalog.

This brings our factory Ranger off-road project to a healthy 315 horsepower and 370 lb-ft of torque, and a total cost of $34,315.

Ford Performance Package 2

This is where things really start to get interesting. In addition to the bits you get with Package 1, FPP 2 adds an engine performance upgrade good for 45 horsepower and 60 pound-feet of torque, bumping the totals up to 315 hp and 370 lb-ft. That’s nothing to sneeze at. This package also includes an off-road fog light kit from Rigid, BFGoodrich KO2 tires at all four corners, some Ford-blue tow hooks and a fancy license plate frame, because why not? Level 2 will run you $4,495 before installation. 

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