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By Mike Magda
November 24, 2008
Vehicle Overview The Ranger is offered in only two cab styles: regular and SuperCab. The regular cab comes with either a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed. The SuperCab comes with only a 6-foot bed. Four trim levels are offered: XL, XLT, Sport and FX4, which is geared toward off-roaders.
New for 2009 Ford didn't add anything for 2009, but the automaker did kill a few features. The 3.0-liter V-6 engine was dropped, as was the 4x4 regular cab. The only other changes are packaging revisions: A Class III trailer hitch is standard on all V-6 models, and Sirius Satellite Radio is standard on FX4 and Sport models.
Exterior The Ranger's outward appearance hasn't changed much since 1998, other than minor hood and bumper updates for 2004. The Ranger remains more of a compact pickup.
Sport Package features monochromatic theme
Sport has horizontal-slat grille
Other models have H-bar grille with nostrils
FX4 models have three skid plates, limited-slip rear axle, 16-inch wheels with all-terrain tires and rugged vinyl floor covering
Interior The Ranger interior is bare-bones basic, with few frills. Leather seating is available whether you get the 60/40-split bench seat or the bucket seats, and there's an available Pioneer sound system with seven speakers (SuperCab only). The FX4 and Sport pay the most attention to style, with eye-catching gauges and a rugged appearance.
Rubber floor covering for Sport, FX4
All sound systems have audio input jack
Leather-wrapped steering wheel for FX4
Under the Hood There are two engine options for the Ranger.
143-horsepower, 2.3-liter inline-four-cylinder engine with aluminum block and cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder and 154 pounds-feet of torque
207-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 with iron block and aluminum cylinder head, single overhead camshaft, two valves per cylinder and 238 pounds-feet of torque
Safety The Ranger offers several safety features, thought side-impact and side curtain airbags are not among them, nor is an electronic stability system.
Four-wheel antilock brakes
Driver and passenger airbags
Seat belts with front pretensioners
Anti-theft engine immobilizer
Of Interest to Truck Owners
SuperCab 4x4 maximum gross vehicle weight rating: 5,280 pounds (4.0-liter V-6 with payload package)
SuperCab maximum payload capacity: 1,660 pounds (V-6 with payload package)
Regular cab maximum towing capacity: 6,000 pounds (V-6 automatic)