Lower Mainland Drivers: Why is Ground Clearance Important for Your Truck?

May 25,2022

Ground clearance, or ride height, is a critical consideration when purchasing a truck. If you go off-road, drive on bad surfaces, or spend time at unpaved work sites, this specification is vitally important. 

Ground clearance is the distance between a flat, level surface, and the lowest part of the vehicle that isn’t meant to contact the road.  

Cars with low ground clearance, such as sedans, tend to have a balanced centre of gravity, which makes for good handling. However, these vehicles perform poorly on bumpy and rocky terrain, and their undersides are likely to receive damage.  

Vehicles like the Ford Ranger pickup have high ground clearances to perform better off-road. They are also wider and heavier to compensate for the raised centre of gravity.

Another important aspect of ground clearance is the angle of approach and departure. These specifications measure the maximum incline that the vehicle can negotiate when moving forward or backward (without hitting its bumpers). 

To learn about the ground clearance of different Ford vehicles, contact our dealership today. We can also provide information about special financing offers currently available on the Ranger pickup – including the XL, XLT, and Lariat.

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