2018 Ford Ranger Endangered? Price and Reviews- The Ranger was once a sales leader in a burgeoning class of small trucks, but in the past 10 years, the compact segment has recently been abandoned and grown in the mid-size pickup-truck segment. The only compact holdout is the Ranger. Pickup pickup trucks don’t get smaller than the Ranger, and the diminutive Ford is both outsized and outclassed by the competition.
Since it is inception in 1983, the Ranger has undergone only one major redesign. The current Ranger design showed up way back in 93 during Pres. Bill Clinton’s first term in office. A freshening that included a beefier frame happened in 1998; since then the Ranger has recently been left behind by ever-larger competition including the Chevrolet Colorado/GMC Canyon, Dodge Dakota, Toyota Tacoma, Nissan Frontier, and Honda Ridgeline. Predictably, the Ranger’s once strong sales have fallen off drastically over the past few years.
Ford offers 3 engines in the Ordonner. The base engine is a fuel-efficient DOHC payment payments on your 3-liter four-cylinder with 143 horse power and 154 pound-feet of torque. The next step up is a pushrod 3. 0-liter V-6 with 148 horsepower and a hundred and eighty pound-feet torque capacity. By the top of the range is a SOHC 4. 0-liter V-6 (shared with the Explorer and Mustang) that makes 207 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque in the Ranger. All engines are available with a five-speed manual or programmed transmission. Four-wheel drive is not available with the bottom four-cylinder engine but is optional with both V-6 engines. Almost all of the Ranger’s competition offers more horsepower from their V-6 engines, and some even have optionally available V-8 power.
Ford offers two cab styles in the Ranger: a regular cab and the much longer SuperCab, which sports recommended small jump seats in the second row. The Ranger has fallen lurking behind the times, as it does not give you a full four-door version–rear-hinged rear entry doors are optional on SuperCab models. Compared with your competitors, the Ranger’s cabin is cramped and dated. Tellingly, the interior design date ranges to the mid-’90s, when the Ranger was first outfitted with dual front side airbags. Towing capacity amounts from 1580 pounds up to 5860 pounds. Mazda sells a rebadged version of the Ranger under the Mazda B-series name.
Click here to study our full review of the Ford Ranger.VerdictThe Ford Ranger is a dated compact pickup pickup truck that is surpassed by their competition in dimensions, capability, and refinement. The Ranger’s low price and expense of ownership are perhaps the only compelling reasons to consider it; there are better choices on the market.What’s New for 2008
A more wind resistant front-bumper design helps improve gas efficiency slightly. Services intervals are extended to 7500 miles. Tire-pressure monitoring is now standard. The FX4 Off-Road Ranger gets a few upgrades, including heavy-duty Rancho shocks, firmer rear springs, skid dishes, and sport bucket seating. One new color named Grabber Orange exists for 2008.