Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger

If you need a work truck that can haul light loads and handle mud, snow, and steep hills, you may be interested in the value and quality offered by the compact pickup that was one of America’s bestsellers from 1983 to 2011, the Ford Ranger. Available as a regular cab or a 4x4 SuperCab, used Rangers come in three trim levels: XL, XLT and Sport. Although it has been phased out, the Ford Ranger is still widely available as a pre-owned vehicle.

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Over the decades, the Ford Ranger went through very few redesigns, keeping the focus on capability and basic strength. If you want to look at early year Rangers that are still on the road, you will find—for example in the 1995 version—a 20-gallon fuel tank with multi-injection electronic fuel system and 140 horsepower. With that vehicle you will see 19 mpg on the city streets and 24 mpg on the highway. In 1990 Ford introduced an optional 4.0-liter V6 engine with 160 hp.

A late nineties-era Ranger comes standard with a rear window and step and chrome front and rear bumpers. Interior elements from that era include power steering, three seats with cloth seat upholstery, and a plastic steering wheel. A trailer hitch, rear jump seats, and a five-speed manual transmission came standard with the vehicle through 2011. This truck gets its power and performance from a 2.3-liter four cylinder engine providing 143 hp or a 4-liter V6 engine providing 207 hp.

The last version of the Ranger came in 2011 and the overall sentiment was that it was a decent basic compact pickup truck whose main appeal was its affordable pricing. You can tow up to 5,800 pounds with the V6 engine. Significant upgrades with this model include a safety protective system--AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Roll Stability Control was included as standard componenst--to help keep the truck from skidding in roll-over conditions. Also standard by this point are side airbags to protect head and torso.The Ranger can seat up to three people in the regular cab model though the extended model can include two more in a rear jump seat.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2011 Ranger a "good" rating for rear crash protection. The 2011 the Ranger received an Acceptable rating for moderate front overlap in crash tests.