2001 Ranger New Car Test Drive
One in three compact-class pickups sold last year was a Ford Ranger. More than 5 million Rangers have been built since the first one rolled out in 1982. A rigid new chassis design in 1998 resulted in agile handling and a smooth ride.
This year, fresh styling, new engines and redesigned components make the 2001 Ranger stronger, more practical, more convenient and more comfortable than last year.
Ford Ranger comes in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models spread through three trim designations, two cab configurations, three wheelbase lengths, six- and seven-foot beds, and flat Styleside or notched Flareside fender shape.
The Ranger XL Regular Cab Styleside with four-cylinder power, manual transmission and two-wheel-drive traction totals to $11,800 as the price-leading base edition. Add in a SuperCab, four-wheel drive and an optional 3.0-liter V6 engine and the XL's tab rises to $20,435.
Pricing for the deluxe Ranger XLT trim extends from $13,950 (Regular Cab Styleside with six-foot box, four-cylinder engine and two-wheel-drive) to $24,070 for the SuperCab Flareside 4x4 stoked by a powerful new 4.0-liter V6.
A sporty new trim called Edge goes further by dressing the Ranger in a monochromatic color scheme that includes the choice of a vivid Chrome Yellow. Ranger's new Edge edition cast in monochrome begins at $14,435 with the 3.0-liter V6 in a Regular Cab Styleside design with two-wheel-drive. It reaches to $23,940 for the SuperCab model motivated by the new 4.0-liter V6 with four-wheel-drive and Flareside six-foot box.
Options include a new five-speed automatic transmission, a limited-slip rear differential, power windows and two extra doors for the SuperCab, which can load the bottom line by as much as $3,000.