2011 Ford Ranger Reviewed
The 2011 Ford Ranger combines Ford’s tough-truck heritage with fuel efficiency, affordability and flexibility in a small pickup that’s big on value.
Ranger offers EPA-estimated fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 27 on the highway for the 2.3-liter I-4 engine, based on 2010 ratings, yet can also be configured with a maximum towing capacity of 5,940 pounds to suit customers’ work and play needs. For added entertainment on the road, XLT and Sport models also offer available SIRIUS® satellite radio featuring a complimentary six-month subscription.
Three trim levels – XL, XLT and Sport – and an impressive array of optional equipment enables compact truck customers to combine their needs and wants to build the perfect Ford Ranger.
Well equipped, well engineered
Ranger is available in regular cab and in two- and four-door SuperCab configurations. The segment’s only 7-foot box is available as a fleet option on the XL regular cab model. XL and XLT 4x2 and 4x4 series are equipped with stylish standard wheels and tires; a Class III trailer hitch is standard across the line.
The lower front-bumper valance has an integrated 1-inch air deflector to help reduce drag and improve fuel economy. Large fog lamps provide excellent visibility and a tougher appearance.
XLT models feature body-color front and rear step bumpers and a chrome H-bar grille that is standard on 4x2 setups for a bolder look.
Sport SuperCab trucks offer standard step bars, while the Sport SuperCab 4x4 is equipped with standard skid plates to protect major components at the front, middle and rear of the truck’s underbody.
XLT and Sport (available on XL) models are equipped with an AM/FM stereo with an auxiliary audio input jack, and are MP3 capable.
Efficient engine and transmission options
Ranger offers two engine choices: a 2.3-liter double-overhead-cam (DOHC) I-4 and a 4.0-liter single-overhead-cam (SOHC) V-6.
The DOHC 2.3-liter engine produces 143 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 154 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,750 rpm, and offers outstanding fuel economy. It’s the standard engine for XL and XLT 4x2 Regular Cab and two-door SuperCab.
The larger SOHC 4.0-liter V-6 produces 207 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 238 ft.-lb. of torque at 3,000 rpm. It’s the standard engine for XL 4x4, XLT 4x2 four-door SuperCab and 4x4, and all Ranger Sport models.
Both engines come standard with a five-speed manual transmission and are available with a smooth, durable five-speed automatic transmission.
Safety and security
Ranger provides high levels of safety and security via the Ford Personal Safety System™, AdvanceTrac with RSC, seat-mounted side airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System and SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system, all included as standard equipment on all models.
AdvanceTrac with RSC delivers a level of performance that competitive stability control systems can’t match. Unlike competitors’ systems, AdvanceTrac with RSC utilizes a second gyroscopic roll rate sensor to determine the vehicle’s body roll angle and roll rate.
If the unique roll rate sensor detects a significant roll angle, the system applies additional countermeasures – such as applying brakes to one or more wheels or reducing engine power – to enhance vehicle rollover resistance.
Also standard is a four-wheel Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS), along with driver and front passenger airbags, seat belts with front pretensioners for outboard seating positions and side-intrusion door beams. The Ford front-passenger sensing system helps ensure airbags are not deployed on the passenger side when small children are detected.
Ranger safety technologies
Standard and available 2011 Ford Ranger safety features include:
- Airbags, driver and front passenger seats
- Seat-mounted side airbags
- Personal Safety System, a suite of safety technologies, including dual-stage front airbags for the driver and front seat passenger, seat belt pretensioners, load-limiting retractors, seat position sensing and crash severity sensing
- Side-intrusion door beams
- AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control)
- Seat belts with pretensioners, front outboard seating positions
- SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- Four-wheel ABS brakes
- Ranger is built at Ford’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul, Minn.
[Article By Ford Media]