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Old 07-03-2011, 09:58 PM
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By Wayne Scraba / autoMedia.com
The very first Ford Ranger was a 1950 Ford Panel Delivery Truck converted to four-wheel drive by the Marmon-Harrington Company. Marmon-Harrington's stock-in-trade was conversions of this sort for North American manufacturers (at the time, Detroit's Big Three didn't build 4x4 models inhouse).

Those first Rangers were constructed from 1950-1952 and were based on the Ford F1 Panel Delivery. Less than 50 total were built, but you can think of them as pioneers. The name was revived for the base Edsel passenger car (1958-1960) then retired once again. In 1965, the top-of-the-line pickup truck for Ford was dubbed Ranger. It was a premium model and, for the times, perhaps one of the most loved pickup trucks available. The reason was because it offered great capability and proved upscale in comparison to other trucks in the marketplace. It also represented value. The Ranger nameplate was used on F-Series pickups until the end of the 1981 model year.

Ford began development of the standalone Ranger series in 1976. Keeping in mind that the U.S. had just gone through a major energy crisis, the focus was on fuel economy coupled with quality. Basically the mandate was to build a smaller, less costly pickup truck that would work hard, handin-hand with the full-size F-Series. When it made its debut in 1983, the compact Ranger had styling similar to the full-size Ford pickups, used a similar body-on-frame layout, and was offered with a buyer's choice of two- or four-wheel drive. Other manufacturers were quick to release parallel models, but over time one thing became very clear: Only the Ranger remains completely true to its compact pickup roots. The competition has grown so much in physical size that it's sometimes difficult to chart the differences between them and full-size trucks. The lines are blurred, but the truth is, Ford stuck to an established formula. And it works.

Take a walk around the new 2011 Ford Ranger and you'll find that the truck looks much like earlier models. Available in Regular Cab and Super Cab versions, the Super Cabs come standard with a 6-foot box length while Regular Cab boxes are either 6-feet long or 7-feet long (fleet only). Three different trim levels are available: XL, XLT and Sport. Each of the trim levels is offered with a comprehensive range of options and accessories designed so the consumer can tailor the truck to his or her specific needs (something that many manufacturers are moving away from). Our test Ranger was a well equipped 4x4 Super Cab with the XLT package. That meant the outside of the truck was trimmed with body-colored front and rear bumpers, a blacked out lower front valance, chrome H-bar grille, fog lamps, front tow hooks (4x4), and black door handles along with power mirrors (black in color). Rolling stock consisted of optional P255/70R16 All Terrain tires (with outlined white letters) wrapped around y spoke cast aluminum wheels. Painted in a Vista Blue metallic color, the handsome Ranger XLT definitely stood out in our parking lot.

Once the driver's door swung open, we were met with a 60/40 split bench seat arrangement. In the back, our test truck was equipped with a pair of jump seats. For tunes, the XLT included a tuner with an in-dash CD player along with (standard) SIRIUS Satellite Radio as well as an MP3 audio input jack. Layout of the center stack is such that the sound system controls are perched over the climate system controls. Everything is easy to reach, logical and, at least in our opinion, simple. When it comes to controls, simple is definitely good.

The instrument panel includes a large tachometer along with an identically sized speedometer directly in front of the steering wheel. Between them is analog fuel level and water temperature gauges and directly over the steering column (beneath the fuel and water gauges) is a comprehensive electronic information display system. The gauges are black faced (on Sport models, the instruments are white faced). The steering wheel on XLT models is leather-wrapped with a tilt feature with cruise control switchgear. Pop open a back door on the Super Cab and you'll find the previously mentioned folding jump seats along with considerable storage space. Windows, door locks and side view mirrors were electrically controlled. Our test Ranger was also equipped with a remote keyless entry feature (standard on XLT and Sport models).

Included in the mix is a comprehensive safety package. The exclusive AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control from Ford is standard. The system goes a step beyond stability control systems found on competitive models with a gyroscopic roll sensor that determines both the vehicle's body roll angle and roll rate. AdvanceTrac with RSC is a brake-based electronic stability control system that utilizes a roll rate sensor monitoring the vehicle's roll motion at least 100 times per second. It automatically works with the ABS, traction control and yaw control to help keep all four wheels grounded.

There's more too. The Ranger includes standard driver and front passenger seat airbags, seatmounted side airbags, and side-intrusion door beams. The Ranger also incorporates a tire pressure monitoring system, four-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a passive anti-theft system, along with other safety measures.

Two engines are available in the Ranger: A 2.3-liter dual-overhead-cam inline four as well as a 4.0-liter single-overhead-cam V-6. The base 4-cylinder produces 143 horsepower, along with 154 lb.-ft. of torque. It also manages a Best-in-Class 22 mpg city and 27 mpg highway when coupled with the 2.3L I-4 standard 5-speed manual transmission. When fitted with the 4.0-liter V6, the power jumps to 207 hp and 238 foot pounds of torque. Fuel economy with the V6 ranges from 16 city/21 highway for 4x2 models fitted with the 5-speed manual to 14 city/18 highway mpg for 4x4 models equipped with an automatic transmission.

Depending upon the model and the equipment, payload ratings for the Ranger stretch from 1,130 pounds to 1,560 pounds. That's a bunch for a compact truck. Additionally, every Ranger model comes equipped with a standard trailer tow hitch receiver, providing Class I capability (up to 2160 lbs.) with the 2.3L I-4 engine and Class III capability (as much as 5800 lbs.) with the available 4.0L V6.

There's no denying the Ranger nameplate is a storied one. The Ranger has seen its share of incarnations, but one thing is clear: The current example is steeped in history and over the years, like its F-Series namesake has grown to be well loved in the world of truck enthusiasts. It's not hard to tell why either: It has great capability, it has a huge list of standard safety and security features and everything is supplemented with outstanding affordability and class-leading fuel economy. The basic reality is it's an outstanding value in the compact pickup segment. And that says it all.
Also the Ranger is up 18% for sales in June 2011
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Old 07-04-2011, 03:10 AM
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well at least the facts seem all there
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:01 AM
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well at least the facts seem all there
I would hope so. Ford posted that on their website.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:33 AM
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Old 07-04-2011, 11:40 AM
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Great tid-bit !
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Old 03-28-2012, 10:27 PM
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I just bought a brand new 2011 XLT Supercab 4x4 Monday, and so far I love it! There is one thing I'm curious about though...I have a nearly new set of 31 10.50 15 Toyos that cost me over $800 that are on my old truck (blown motor), which would sure look better on my new XLT than the stockers. Can I put these tires on my new Ranger without causing problems with clearance, the computer, etc?

I tried searching, but wasn't able to find anything specific to the 2011 model year trucks. I read that this final year of the Ranger has more complicated stability controls, and God knows what else, and thought reviving this old thread might be better than starting a new one.

I would appreciate any words of wisdom from the experts on this great forum.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:37 PM
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Only thang in that review disagreeable is the fuel economy claims.
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Old 04-03-2012, 07:42 AM
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Only thang in that review disagreeable is the fuel economy claims.
Really because with 33s I can get 19mpg HWY in my 4.0 4x4 Auto

The fuel economy is right on with the epa figures and real life figures
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Old 04-03-2012, 12:29 PM
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I just bought a brand new 2011 XLT Supercab 4x4 Monday, and so far I love it! There is one thing I'm curious about though...I have a nearly new set of 31 10.50 15 Toyos that cost me over $800 that are on my old truck (blown motor), which would sure look better on my new XLT than the stockers. Can I put these tires on my new Ranger without causing problems with clearance, the computer, etc?

I tried searching, but wasn't able to find anything specific to the 2011 model year trucks. I read that this final year of the Ranger has more complicated stability controls, and God knows what else, and thought reviving this old thread might be better than starting a new one.

I would appreciate any words of wisdom from the experts on this great forum.
You shouldn't have any Problems just as Long as you don't change the wheels if you do change the wheels you would have to get the tire pressure sensor off the wheels that came on the truck.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:53 PM
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You shouldn't have any Problems just as Long as you don't change the wheels if you do change the wheels you would have to get the tire pressure sensor off the wheels that came on the truck.
Thanks for the info! I'm going to leave the wheels stock, at least for now, so it should work out OK.

Thanks again!
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Old 04-06-2012, 08:51 PM
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Well I have a 4.0 6 cyl and I get 12 city and i drive like a grandma so they are wrong
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