• (4.2) 30 reviews
  • MSRP: $1,664–$8,820
  • Body Style: Truck
  • Combined MPG: 19-42
  • Engine: 119-hp, 2.5-liter I-4 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x2
  • Towing Capacity: 6,060 lbs.
2000 Ford Ranger

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Vehicle Overview
A Trailhead option package that dresses two-wheel-drive Rangers to look like 4x4s is the main addition for 2000 to the best-selling compact pickup.

The Trailhead Group, available only on 2WD Rangers, includes 16-inch all-terrain tires, five-spoke alloy wheels, higher ground clearance, fog lamps, and a grille, bumpers, front tow hooks and torsion-bar front suspension like those on 4WD Rangers. The package is aimed at buyers who covet the rugged look of off-road models but can't afford the higher prices on 4x4s.

Bigger changes are due next fall on 2001 models. A sporty model called Edge will debut with new styling, and Ford will offer a tubular cargo bed extender that adds two feet to the rear. A two-piece hard tonneau cover with a lockable front compartment will be a new option.

Ford also will introduce a new four-cylinder engine during the 2001 model year, though it has not announced specifications, and horsepower on the current 4.0-liter V-6 will jump from 160 to 205.

Mazda sells versions of the Ranger as the B-Series pickups with minor styling and equipment differences. Ford owns a controlling interest in Mazda.

Exterior
Ranger comes in three sizes: A regular cab is available with 6- or 7-foot cargo beds, and the SuperCab extended-cab version comes with the 6-foot bed. Short-bed models are available with optional flared rear fenders, which Ford calls Flareside.

Two rear-hinged rear doors are optional on SuperCab models and require that the front doors be opened first. Rivals at Chevrolet, GMC, Nissan and Toyota already offer, or will by next year, crew-cab compact pickups with four conventional front-hinged doors. Ford, however, says it has no plans for a crew-cab Ranger. Instead, Ford says the Explorer Sport Trac, a sport utility vehicle with four doors and an open cargo bed, fills that role.

Interior
A three-place bench seat is standard on all Rangers, and front buckets are optional on XLT models. SuperCabs add a pair of rear jump seats. Unlike General Motors' compact pickups, ordering the rear doors does not eliminate either jump seat. However, like the rear seats in all compact pickups, the ones in the Ranger are too small for adults to be comfortable.

Under the Hood
The standard engine for two-wheel-drive models is a 119-horsepower 2.5 liter four-cylinder, which will be replaced during 2001. A 3.0-liter V-6 with 150 horsepower is standard on 4WD models and optional on 2WDs. A 160-horsepower, 4.0-liter V-6 is optional on 2WD and 4WD models. All three engines are available with manual or automatic transmissions, and with the 4.0-liter engine the automatic is a five-speed instead of a four-speed.

The 3.0-liter V-6 can burn 100 percent gasoline or a gas/ethanol mixture up to 85 percent ethanol. The 4WD system can be engaged on the fly through a dashboard switch.

Ranger also is available as a battery-powered electric vehicle, though few retail buyers opt for this zero-emission vehicle.

Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard on XLT models. On the XL, a rear antilock system is standard and the four-wheel system is optional.

Performance
Ranger doesn't blow away the competition in looks, performance or features but offers a well-designed, attractively priced lineup that attracts more buyers than any other compact pickup.

 

Reported by Rick Popely  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2000 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

4.2

Average based on 30 reviews

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Decent value truck

by CJW06 from on September 16, 2017

Overall this was a good value little truck. Deserves a 4-5 star grade. Unfortunately we had the flexfuel model, which caused some headaches and extra money spent. I would have given 4 stars at minimu... Read Full Review

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Bumper-to-Bumper

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

Powertrain

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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