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Ford Has Been Piling On A Ton Of Content For The Ranger Lately

2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition

Just this past year, the US-market Ford Ranger saw a handful of updates to make it more competitive against the Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, and Toyota Tacoma. The results may have helped it leapfrog Chevy into the No. 2 sales spot, behind the stalwart Tacoma. Rewinding the clock, Ford announced a performance tune in April, a Fox performance accessory update in June, Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Ford Performance Accessory Packages also in June, and then the Ford Ranger Tremor off-road package last week. But the party appears far from over, as the 2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition Package is made official.

For just $995, the 2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition Package adds unique 18-inch black wheels, 8-inch center touch screen, SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, AppLink, dual-zone climate control, silver-painted interior accents, and privacy glass with rear defrost. The 2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition builds off of the existing STX Appearance Package with a starting MSRP of $28,045. The package is available on Ranger XL trim levels in either SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration, and/or 4×2 or 4×4 driveline. The kit can also be bundled with the existing FX2 or FX4 Off-Road Package.

2021 Ford Ranger STX Special Edition

“STX has been a strong seller on the base Ranger, but we’ve heard from some customers who want even more style and more tech in their XL trucks,” said Ranger marketing manager Chad Callander. “STX Special Edition now gives those customers that added style with the added benefits of having a touchscreen with SYNC3 – at an affordable cost.”

The 2021 Ford Ranger Ranger STX Special Edition otherwise joins other available packages including STX Appearance Package, Black Package, Chrome Appearance Package, and Sport Appearance Package.

The current-generation Ford Ranger is expected to exist for just a few more years, before the next-generation T7 Ranger hits the market in 2022.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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