Yea, I'd agree with that. Maybe every background gives 4 skills baseline and a tool proficiency. And the special feature probably can carry a little more weight.
Assuming no multiclassing and no feats as a baseline, and therefore no variant human, maybe backgrounds could even have a feat (non-combat only) or feat-level ability baked in baseline as well.
Basically yeah. Probably a pair of feature, one more mechanical (like the Outlander's foraging skills) and one more ribbon-like (Criminal contact). I'd probably put something like 'Favored Terrain' in a background instead of directly a Ranger class.