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How Much Does a Ford Ranger Cost?

Ford Ranger Prices


2011 is the final production year for the Ford Ranger in the United States. Although a brand new Ranger is slated for release in foreign markets Ford won't sell it here. The simplest explanation is that the new Ranger will be closer in build to the F-150, and while this may be an attractive option for overseas drivers, most Americans would probably just assume pass on the Ranger and go straight for its big brother. Also, most Ranger buyers choose the vehicle for its small size and bare-bones value, which newer Fords offer in abundance. Simply said, the Ranger's design is outdated and better-equipped options abound. But for one more year, this Ford stalwart, which has been available in America since 1983, offers value in a rugged little package.

Ford Ranger MSRP

XL 2.3L DOHC 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual $17,935
XLT 2.3L DOCH 4-cylinder, 5-speed manual $19,075
Sport 4.0L SOHC V6, 5-speed manual $22,380

The 2011 Ford Ranger is a compact truck, a rare breed these days. Only three other trucks, the Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, have a regular cab option. The Ranger also has a SuperCab (extended cab) option, but there isn't much room back there, and there's no true four-door model (there are rear-hinged half doors). All three trim levels, the XL, XLT, and Sport, have available four-wheel drive. The XL and XLT come standard with a relatively fuel-efficient 2.3-liter, 143 horsepower engine (21 mpg), and a more powerful 4.0-liter V6 (17 mpg) is optional on the XLT and standard on the Sport version. The V6 SuperCab Ranger can be outfitted with Payload Package #2 that gives the it better rear springs and shocks, while the XL regular cab has an available seven-foot bed.

New features for 2011 Rangers are standard electronic stability control and side air bags, and other standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, 60/40 split bench seats, a tachometer, front cup holders, and AM/FM stereo. A select number of upgrades are also available, such as power windows and locks, cruise control, a six-disc CD changer, keyless entry, remote start, and limited-slip rear differential.

The interior of the base Ranger is minimalist with simple controls and moderately comfortable seats. It is a bit roomier than past generations. While the seats in the optional SuperCab won't make for a very cozy ride, they're ideal for storage. On the outside, the Ranger appears much as it has throughout its history, but a revamped grille and hood plus a variety of color and wheel choices allow for some stylish tweaking. A revised suspension improves the Rangers all-around driving experience.

The 2011 Ford Ranger is a simple machine designed for those who desire basic uses for a truck. This is most true for the stripped-down XL model, but even a fully-loaded Ranger Sport wouldn't meet the needs of most contractors. The Ranger's greatest weaknesses, though, are strengths to some. If you want the benefits of a truck and don't need all the size, power, and refinement of bigger competitors, the 2011 Ford Ranger is an excellent choice.

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