Ford Ranger has a unique transmission, that allows you the option to choose different functionality to help improve its performance.
The electronic 10 speed automatic transmission, can be used like a standard transmission, where you have park, neutral, reverse, drive, etc. It’s as simple as pressing the brake pedal and shifting it to the desired gear.
There’s also a sport mode feature, that enables and improves shift calibration, that provides extended lower gear operation, and additional engine breaking. Enhancing up-hill climbing performance, in hilly regions.
- To engage sport mode, shift into S. Plus, it can be shifted like a manual transmission, using the SelectShift option for a sportier feel.
- While in sport mode, pressing either the plus or minus button on the shifter will enable manual mode, then use the plus and minus buttons on the left side of the shifter, to up shift or down shift.
- To exit this mode, press and hold the plus button for about two seconds.
Progressive Range Selection
There is also a feature that allows you to lock out gears, which can come in handy when driving in slippery conditions on steep slopes. It’s called progressive range selection, or PRS and gives you the ability to lock out gears from the automatic shifting range. Here’s how you use it.
- With the transmission in drive, push the minus button to activate it, available gears will be displayed with the current gear highlighted in the instrument display.
- Next, push the minus button again to lock out gears, which begin with the highest first. For example, push the minus button two times to lock out the 10th, and ninth gears.
- Only the available gears are displayed, and the transmission will automatically shift between the available gears.
- Push the plus button to unlock the gears, allowing the transmission to shift to higher gears. One more thing, progressive range selection will automatically deactivate when the admission is switched off.