The Ford Ranger is the last of a dying breed, the compact pickup. The Ranger gets some of the best fuel economy in a truck you can buy these days (~24 MPG) in addition to being a very capable truck. T...
The Ford Ranger is the last of a dying breed, the compact pickup. The Ranger gets some of the best fuel economy in a truck you can buy these days (~24 MPG) in addition to being a very capable truck. The Ranger functions very well when towing smaller trailers or just throwing lumber in the bed. Just because the truck does not have a V8 doesn’t mean it is a handicapped truck. I have yet to haul anything and be nervous about it. I have just thrown 4x8 sheets of plywood and deck posts in the bed without any problem. Rangers are some of the most reliable trucks on the road, running basically forever. I’ve had this truck for the better part of a year, and it shows no signs of stopping, it’s just a perfectly reliable Ford. The engine is nothing to write home about. It’s not fast by any means, but the fact that it is a light and small pickup means that it’s not exactly slow. For most applications I have encountered, the Ranger is a more than adequate performer.
My Ranger has the XLT trim package which comes with larger, fatter tires, remote start, a Ford bed liner, leather bed cover, Sirius Satellite Radio, and a multi disc CD changer. Everything works as advertised, and frankly everything is a bonus to have, but the XLT package is really only necessary for the bed liner and bed cover. These features are near unheard of on entry level trucks and are all quite nice to have.
The interior is dated, but it’s not a deal breaker on the truck. The climate control knobs are very easy to understand and manipulate without taking too much thought. The cloth seats are actually very comfortable, considering the fact that you’re in a truck, and trucks don’t exactly have the smoothest of rides. The simplicity of the Ranger is part of its beauty. There are not 14 different trim levels to pick, for which I am grateful. The Ranger is just an incredible buy for the money. The comparable import models are all too large to fit the role of the Ranger and way more expensive than is reasonable. The Ranger is just a simple truck that functions incredibly well.