2008 Ford Ranger

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Key Specs

of the 2008 Ford Ranger. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Driving ease
  • Maneuverability
  • Build quality
  • Fuel economy with four-cylinder

The Bad

  • Performance with four-cylinder
  • Resale value of regular-cab 2WD models
  • Fuel economy with V-6

Notable Features of the 2008 Ford Ranger

  • New, more-aerodynamic front bumper
  • Two cab styles
  • Standard passive anti-theft system
  • Two new 16-inch wheels available
  • Standard audio input jack for most stereos
  • Three engine choices
  • Manual or automatic

2008 Ford Ranger Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Ford's compact Ranger truck enters 2008 with a more-aerodynamic front bumper and few other changes. The Ranger is available with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V-6s, with either a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. While its competitors — like the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota — have grown in dimensions over the years, the Ranger has remained relatively the same size for the past decade.

A tire pressure monitoring system and a passive anti-theft system come standard on all models. An audio input jack is standard for all stereos except the base AM/FM receiver. Two 16-inch aluminum wheels are available, and Sirius Satellite Radio is available on the STX, XLT, Sport and all FX4 models. Single-disc CD audio systems have MP3 compatibility.

Trim levels are XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road.

The regular-cab XLT model features a 7-foot cargo box, and the Ranger Sport can be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and wheel package. Aimed at young buyers, the Ranger Sport conveys the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price.


Exterior
The Ranger's front bumper has been redesigned to cut through the air more efficiently, and Ford says it improves fuel economy. New larger fog lights improve visibility, and a Grabber orange exterior color is available for 2008.

Rangers come in three sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-foot cargo ...
Vehicle Overview
Ford's compact Ranger truck enters 2008 with a more-aerodynamic front bumper and few other changes. The Ranger is available with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V-6s, with either a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. While its competitors — like the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota — have grown in dimensions over the years, the Ranger has remained relatively the same size for the past decade.

A tire pressure monitoring system and a passive anti-theft system come standard on all models. An audio input jack is standard for all stereos except the base AM/FM receiver. Two 16-inch aluminum wheels are available, and Sirius Satellite Radio is available on the STX, XLT, Sport and all FX4 models. Single-disc CD audio systems have MP3 compatibility.

Trim levels are XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road.

The regular-cab XLT model features a 7-foot cargo box, and the Ranger Sport can be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and wheel package. Aimed at young buyers, the Ranger Sport conveys the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price.


Exterior
The Ranger's front bumper has been redesigned to cut through the air more efficiently, and Ford says it improves fuel economy. New larger fog lights improve visibility, and a Grabber orange exterior color is available for 2008.

Rangers come in three sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed. SuperCab (extended-cab) versions are fitted exclusively with a 6-foot bed.

Two rear-hinged rear doors, which are optional on SuperCab models, can be opened only after the front doors are open. XL models have black bumpers and a black bar-style grille, while the XLT gets body-colored bumpers and a chrome grille surround. Sport pickups have a honeycomb grille and body-colored bumpers and grille.

Regular-cab models ride a 111.5- or 117.5-inch wheelbase and measure 189.4 or 201.4 inches long overall. SuperCab Rangers have a 125.7-inch wheelbase and are 203.6 inches long overall. An optional tubular cargo-bed extension can add 2 feet to the 6-foot bed's length.

Options include two 15- and 16-inch wheels and body-colored side moldings.


Interior
Regular-cab Rangers can seat either two or three occupants on either bucket seats or a 60/40-split bench. SuperCab models can be equipped with a pair of rear jump seats. Like all jump seats in compact pickups, the Ranger's rear seats are too small to hold adults comfortably. Leather-trimmed seating surfaces and sport bucket seats are available.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available: a 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder; a 148-hp, 3.0-liter V-6; and a 207-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers 238 pounds-feet of torque. Ford's four-cylinder engine is standard in XL and two-door XLT SuperCab 4x2 models. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and a dashboard switch can engage four-wheel drive while the vehicle is moving. When properly equipped, the Ranger can tow 6,000 pounds.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Dual-stage front airbags are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available.


Latest 2008 Ranger Stories

What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.0)
Comfort
(4.1)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Latest Reviews

(4.0)

Love the Ranger

by Drew79_ca from Fredericton NB, Canada on July 18, 2018

I picked up this gem second hand, and it was the best money ive spent so far on a vehicle. Tough as nails, can go anywhere!. Did have an issue with the 4x4 going, but got it fixed and works great ... Read full review

(5.0)

Reliable, Economical and Simple

by 31Aret on March 21, 2018

The Ranger, in the base 4 cylinder manual transmission variation, is a very economical vehicle that gets unmatched mileage for even a small truck. It easily handles small jobs like hauling furniture, ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2008 Ford Ranger currently has 3 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Ranger received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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