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The 2012 Ford Ranger has been named Total 4x4 Magazine's 2013 Pick-Up of the Year award.
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Ford Ranger begins 2013 with even more honours

Ford Ranger begins 2013 with even more honours

The Ford Ranger has taken its award haul to eight prizes in just 12 months, after the vehicle was delivered high praise by Total 4x4 Magazine.

After undergoing a comprehensive test, the publication awarded the Ranger with its 2013 Pick-Up of the Year accolade.

Total 4x4 Magazine acknowledged that Ford's popular pick-up stood out when its interior quality was analysed, as well as scoring high marks where comfort and practicality were concerned.

In order to give a fair opinion, a number of different judges stepped behind the wheel of the Ford Ranger and took it for a spin along a set road route.

After all of the tests were completed, Alan Kidd, Total 4x4's editor, acknowledged: "It's excellent inside and out, commanding on the road and very capable off it. It's as good as it looks, and it looks great. The pick-up segment has never seen the bar raised so far in one go."

Mark Ovenden, managing director at Ford Britain, stated that seeing the Ranger win yet another award "is a superb way to kick off 2013".

"The vehicle has the best towing capacity, load capacity and wading depth of any other in the segment. Combined with its car-like cabin, the Ford Ranger is proving very popular with customers," he was also keen to point out.

Since its launch last year, motoring critics and members of the public alike have also been taken aback by the Ranger's eye-catching exterior design.

A restyled front end on the 2012 model when compared to its predecessor helps the vehicle to be more aerodynamic – a look which boosts the pick-up's fuel economy and its efficiency rating.

The fact that motorists can choose between a 4x2 driving mode when staying on the straight and narrow, 4x4 (High Range) when encountering poor road surfaces and dirt tracks, and 4x4 (Low Range) when tackling exceptionally challenging terrain, also makes the new Ford Ranger perfect for just about any road trip.

Posted by Louise Clark