2011 Ranger New Car Test Drive
The Ford Ranger has built a solid reputation as a rugged workhorse of a compact pickup. While many of the entry-level pickups from other manufacturers have moved up in size, roominess, features and refinement, the Ranger maintains its position as a true compact pickup that offers solid value for the money. Though quite dated now, the Ranger remains a good, reliable, proven truck with worthwhile features and attractive pricing.
Two engines are available, a 2.3-liter four-cylinder and a 4.0-liter V6. Each engine is available with a five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder engine with manual transmission and two-wheel drive has EPA fuel economy ratings of 21/26 mpg City/Highway, making it most fuel-efficient pickup on the market. In addition to its excellent fuel economy, it also has a 7,500-mile service interval for routine maintenance, such as oil changes. The 2.3-liter dohc four-cylinder makes 143 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. The 4.0-liter V6 makes 207 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque. Four-wheel drive is available, but only with the V6 engine.
For 2010, there are only a few changes, but they are significant from a safety standpoint. AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with Roll Stability Control (RSC) becomes standard equipment; this system can help prevent skidding and roll-over conditions. And, also as standard equipment, there are new combination side airbags, designed to offer head and torso protection.
The 2010 Ford Ranger comes in three body styles: Regular Cab, SuperCab, SuperCab with four doors. Most versions have a 6-foot cargo bed, but a 7-foot bed is available on the Regular Cab with two-wheel drive. There are three trim levels: XL, up-level XLT, and the sportier-appearing Sport version.
The Ranger XL Regular Cab with two-wheel drive, the four-cylinder engine and manual transmission ($17,740) includes 15-inch steel wheels and a Class III trailer hitch.
Options for the XL level include the 4.0-liter V6 engine ($1,600), automatic transmission ($1,000), AM/FM stereo with clock ($355), bed liner ($275), 60/40 split-bench seat ($220), tilt steering wheel ($385, a full-size spare tire ($110), daytime running lights ($45), and an engine block heater ($90). With the four-wheel-drive XL SuperCab, which includes the V6 engine as standard ($23,395), options include a 4.10:1 axle ratio ($50), and skid plates ($175).
The XLT Regular Cab with two-wheel drive ($18,580) adds an AM/FM/MP3 sound system with an auxiliary jack, interior amenities, body-color bumpers, chrome trim, rear step bumper and other features. Options for the XLT level include an AM/FM with a 6CD changer ($240), privacy glass ($110), rear sliding window ($125), back step bar ($300), 15-inch alloy wheels ($315), remote start ($435), and keyless keypad ($95). Options for the XLT SuperCab with four doors and four-wheel drive ($24,730) include Satellite Radio ($195) and 16-inch alloy wheels ($250).
The Sport SuperCab is well equipped inside and out; with four doors and four-wheel drive ($25,570) the standard equipment includes all the standard features of the previous versions and many of the items that were optional.