PUTC Buyer's Guide: 2002 Ford Ranger

 



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Price:
$12,270* (4x2 XL Regular Cab Short Bed)
$13,195*
(4x2 XL Regular Cab Long Bed)
$15,940*
(4x2 XL SuperCab Short Bed)
$19,090* (4x4 Edge Regular Cab Short Bed)
$20,165* (4x4 XLT SuperCab Cab Short Bed)
Add $585 destination charge.
*Prices are base prices.

Engines:
Three engines are available for the Ford Ranger

2.3L DOHC I-4 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
135hp @ 5050 rpm
153ft-lbs. @ 3750 rpm

3.0L OHV V-6 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
154hp @ 5200 rpm
180hp @ 3500 rpm

4.0L SOHC V-6 with sequential multi-port electronic fuel injection
207hp @ 5250 rpm
238hp @ 3000 rpm

Transmissions:
Two transmission choices exist for the Ranger Lineup:

- Five-speed manual with overdrive

- Five-speed automatic with overdrive

Fuel Economy: (City/Highway)
2.3-liter: (21/25) auto 4x2
2.3-liter: (24/28) manual 4x2
3.0-liter: (17/22) auto 4x2
3.0-liter: (19/22) manual 4x2
4.0-liter: (17/21) auto 4x2

3.0-liter: (16/19) auto 4x4
3.0-liter: (18/21) manual 4x4
4.0-liter: (15/18) auto 4x4
4.0-liter: (16/19) manual 4x4

Competitors:
Chevrolet S-10
Dodge Dakota
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
GMC Sonoma
Mazda Truck
Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma

 

 

 

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Overview:
Like its archrival the Chevrolet S-10, the Ford Ranger is also getting a little long in the tooth but Ford has some tricks up its sleeve for the best selling compact pickup.

Customers in the compact truck segment love to "customize" their truck, often buying a base-model and adding accessories to taste. To aid in their ability to customize, Ranger offers a choice of regular or SuperCab, wheelbase choices, a traditional styleside or a more distinct flareside box and a number of payload capabilities to fit individual needs. The SuperCab version is most popular with buyers, accounting for about 60 percent of sales.

All new for 2002 is the FX4 off-road package, built on the four-door SuperCab chassis, brings rugged off-road functionality to the Ford Ranger, without requiring the owner to purchase a lot of aftermarket parts.

Ford also continues sales of its Ranger Edge model, introduced to the Ranger lineup in 2001. The Edge offers aggressive styling and high stance aimed at your, active-lifestyle customers who want a vehicle with a distinctive appearance, at an affordable price. This package is positioned between the XL and XLT models and offers cosmetic and performance features.

Finally, look for SLP Engineering to offer an aftermarket peformance version of the Ford Ranger that can be ordered by buyers at dealerships. SLP has traditionally worked its horsepower and body magic on GM's F-body cars, the Pontiac Firebird Firehawk and GM Camaro SS.

Exterior Design:
There are no significant exterior changes for the Ranger in 2002.

Design elements borrowed from F-series pickups give a visual cue to the Ranger's heritage.

On some models, the hood is raised, to hint at the added power beneath. Alternative grille treatments include high-tech argent mesh or tow-bar design cures for a strong family resemblance.

Interior Design:
The 2002 Ranger has a dramatically quieter cab through quality improvements to isolate noise, vibration and harshness.

Powertrain:
New under the hood for 2002, is refined 3.0L V-6 engine producing 154 horsepower and 180 lb.ft. of torque. The torque profile of the 3.0L has been modified to provide better driveability, improved fuel economy and towing capability.

The 2.3L I-4 inline four cylinder engine (first available in 2001 models) offers more refinement and power than previous four cylinder powerplants. An optional 4.0L SOHC V-6, produces 207 horsepower.

All three Ranger models offer an available five-speed automatic transmission with adaptive shift strategy for consistent performance over the long term, or a heavy-duty, five-speed manual transmission.