Is the 2022 Ford Ranger Roush Worth the Extra Cash?

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The Good And The Bad

For better or worse, the Roush Ranger feels more like a small truck with some knobby tires than a real rival to the off-road-focused factory pickups mentioned above. A ZR2 Bison or TRD Taco make compromises on the road to improve capability in the dirt, and that fact permeates the driving experience of those trucks. On the road, though, the Roush barely modifies the standard Ranger’s character.

The ride is softer, owing to the Fox shocks, and the body moves a bit more. The most dramatic change, though, comes from the Grabber ATX tires, which produce more noise and lead to a marginal reduction in cornering ability. The steering, notably, feels unchanged from the standard Ranger despite the meatier rubber. But if you’re climbing into the modified Ford expecting a Ranger Raptor alternative, think again.

The Roush Ranger’s strongest argument, then, is an aesthetic one.

The addition of a cat-back exhaust allows the Ranger’s 2.3-liter four-cylinder to sing a little more clearly – it gives the truck more attitude, with a bassier note and more volume. It’s a nice change that I’d recommend whole-heartedly. That the exhaust pack gives the Ranger a tasteful set of chromed dual pipes doesn’t hurt either. I’m not going to harp on this truck’s broader lack of powertrain changes, although it’s a bit silly Roush demands such a hefty premium for the package and then asks more for separate engine mods. Including the Performance Pack would make the Roush Ranger’s package price much easier to swallow.

The Roush Ranger’s strongest argument, then, is an aesthetic one. While I personally don’t love the company’s treatment on the Mustang or F-150, the rather dowdy Ranger looks wonderful after a visit to Roush Performance. The level ride height, knobby tires, and upgraded wheels play well with the flared Magnetic Gray fenders, red tow hooks, and Roush-spec grille (which hides neat running lights). This is a far more purposeful-looking truck, even if it isn’t much more capable. Changes to the cabin are less successful, though, with Roush’s leather treatment not really feeling any more premium than what comes on the Ranger Lariat.

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What comes with the 2022 Ranger Roush?

According to Roush, the 2022 Ford Ranger Roush comes with a signature ROUSH grille to let people know that this Ranger isn’t your average truck. The grille also features built-in dual LED light bars, Magnetic Gray fender flairs with integrated accent lights, and functional vent badging. 

Each Roush model is built from a 2022 Ford Ranger 301A or 302A XLT trim, and there are nine colors to choose from, including a hot new shade of Pepper Red Metallic. 

The 2022 Roush Ranger rides on a ROUSH Performance Suspension system that improves off-road handling and levels the truck for a more aggressive stance. It includes custom 18-inch satin black ROUSH wheels that are wrapped in 32-inch General Tire A/TX tires. 

Plus, the package includes a ROUSH Performance cat-back exhaust system to produce an aggressive exhaust roar. The dual stainless-steel tips include ROUSH etchings. 

The look of the truck is complete with red tow hooks, ROUSH trailer hitch cover, fender heat extractors, locking lug nuts, ROUSH graphics, and a ROUSH tailgate badge. 

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