Ford Ranger Models and Ranger History

The Ford Ranger was first introduced in 1983 as an entrant in the growing compact pickup truck marketplace in North America. Serving as the basis for the popular Explorer sport utility vehicle, the Ford Ranger entered 1998 as a redesigned truck. The exterior for the 1998 Ford Ranger resembled a mix between the Explorer and the large F-Series pickup trucks.


As well as offering a regular cab and Supercab body style, a Flareside bed option was also available for 1998. The wheelbase was lengthened allowing for greater interior room and rack and pinion steering was added to the 1998 model year Ranger. Engine options presented within the 1998 Ford Ranger line-up consisted of a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as well as a 3-liter and 4-liter V-6 powerplant. The 4.0-liter V-6 engine variant of the Ford Ranger was paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel and four-wheel drivetrains were offered on the Ford Ranger. The Flareside Splash model was discontinued in 1999 while a four-door version of the Ranger was added. After 2000, the larger V-6 engine was replaced by a more potent 4-liter engine for the 2001 model year generating 210 horsepower.


A Duratec four-cylinder engine replaced the previous base powerplant on the Ford Ranger. Cosmetic upgrades were performed to the Ford Ranger in 2004 and 2006 while the mechanicals for the truck were left unchanged through to the 2011 model year. Despite some popularity among businesses and fans of small trucks, the Ford Ranger was discontinued in the United States without a direct replacement.

New and Used Ranger Prices, Ford Ranger Model Years and History

A dependable compact pickup sporting impressive gas mileage, Ford's 2011 Ranger supplies peppy towing and payload handling abilities.
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 4.2
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 4.2
Interior Comfort
 3.2
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 3.5
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.5
Overall Rating
 3.5

The 2010 Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck that blends style and usefulness into one successful and long-running package.
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 5.0
Fuel Economy
 5.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 5.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A small but extremely useful pickup truck, the 2009 Ford Ranger offers functional utility in a smaller package than the larger Ford F-150.
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The 2008 Ford Ranger, a small pickup truck with 3 engine choices, is a carryover from the 2007 model.
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Braking
 4.3
Fuel Economy
 3.3
Interior Comfort
 3.3
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.3
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 3.3
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2007 Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck available with two or four doors and in a variety of trim levels; from the base XL up to the FX4 Off-Road version.
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 3.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.0
Ride Quality
 4.0
Overall Rating
 4.0

The 2006 Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck which has been refreshed for the new year and is available with a 2.3L four-cylinder, 3.0L V6, or 4.0L V6.
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Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 3.0
Acceleration
 3.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 3.0
Ride Quality
 3.0
Overall Rating
 4.5

A compact pickup truck available with a Regular, Extended, or Super cab, the 2005 Ford Ranger gets great gas mileage while retaining all the usefulness of a truck.
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Braking
 4.7
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 3.7
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 3.7
Ride Quality
 3.7
Overall Rating
 4.7

A compact pickup truck available in a versatile array of cab styles, the 2004 Ford Ranger has a new look for the model year and has three engines to choose from.
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Upgrades abound for the popular compact pickup truck, the 2003 Ford Ranger features an interior which has been touched up and enhancements to the brakes.
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The 2002 Ford Ranger is a top-selling compact pickup truck that is offered as a SuperCab or a regular cab, and with RWD or 4WD.
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 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.0
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 5.0

A compact pickup truck, the 2001 Ford Ranger is available in very wide array of configurations and trim levels.
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Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 3.3
Interior Comfort
 3.7
Acceleration
 3.7
Dependability
 4.7
Handling
 3.7
Ride Quality
 3.3
Overall Rating
 4.7

A capable compact pickup truck, the 2000 Ford Ranger is available with a Regular cab or a Supercab as well as a choice between four cylinders or six.
Customer Reviews ( 2 )
Braking
 4.5
Fuel Economy
 4.5
Interior Comfort
 5.0
Acceleration
 4.5
Dependability
 5.0
Handling
 4.5
Ride Quality
 4.5
Overall Rating
 5.0

A best-selling compact pickup truck, the 1999 Ford Ranger is available with a 2.5L four-cylinder or a 3.0L V6 engine.
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Braking
 4.0
Fuel Economy
 4.0
Interior Comfort
 4.5
Acceleration
 4.0
Dependability
 4.5
Handling
 5.0
Ride Quality
 5.0
Overall Rating
 4.0