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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]
 

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I wanted to remind people its still there, and its getting upgrades, like new airbags, sirus radio, for the most part, its dirt cheap and very very relaible workhorse, perfect new car for a teenager.. going off to college. You can pick up one of these for less than you pay for a fiesta
So what is the big deal on this old dinosaur?
 

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if you get an XLT with a manual you get a pretty sweet looking shifter... love this truck hope they bring the new one here to the US
 

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This is the last real truck, probably only next to the canyon/colorado, last honest to God working cheap truck. I love it.No technology, no uneccesary comforts, just you and your shifter and a work bed.
So what is the big deal on this old dinosaur?
Cheap plastics, information on a need to know basis, no oil temparature gauges, etc, just what you need
 

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This is the last real truck, bar non, I did not know Ford has made upgrades to it. now it Just needs a V8 and a small diesel..
 

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V8 is NOT needed for this truck at all

the 3.7 would be overkill for it... but should be the biggest engine it offers
 

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If you want more power, move up to an F150.... the Ranger is more for economy... I do not think I would trust a Ranger with a V8 to tow something really big... the frame is old, I would feel much safer is an F-150
 

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The whole vehicle seems to be very impressive. If you put up some good branded parts like what bully and other brands would give to you, I'm sure that things would have been so much better. I hope that all is well by reading this.
 

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Very impressive review. Even if people call it old dinosaur, I still love Ford Ranger. This truck is well equipped and engineered. Based form the review it is equipped with stylish standard ford ranger rims and wheels which I like most.
 
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