Buyer's Guide / Ford / 2007 Ford Ranger

 
 

Overview

For 2007, the Ford Ranger offers genuine “Built Ford Tough” heritage in a high-quality, high-value package. Attractive pricing, an abundance of series, a variety of 4x2 and 4x4 drivetrains, a trio of cab configurations and a wealth of options mean there’s a customized Ranger for every buyer.

Ranger emphasizes safety and security for the 2007 model year, with Ford’s Personal Safety System, tire pressure monitoring system and SecuriLock passive anti-theft system all as included as standard equipment. The Personal Safety System includes a front-passenger sensing system and dual-stage driver and front-passenger air bags. The tire pressure monitoring system uses sensors mounted on each of the wheels except the spare to monitor air pressure.

The 2007 Ranger is available in XL, STX, XLT, SPORT, FX4 Off-Road and FX4 Level II trims, in regular-cab and in two- and four-door SuperCab configurations. A 7-foot box option is available on XL and XLT regular-cab models. Two new 16-inch aluminum wheels are available across most of the 2007 Ranger lineup.

Three striking new colors help draw attention to key exterior design elements that include aggressive lower valance and power-dome hood structures and a nostril grille: Pueblo Gold Clearcoat, Vista Blue Clearcoat Metallic and the reintroduction of Screaming Yellow.

Comprehensive packages allow customers to order a Ranger that fits their needs — from the FX4 Level II Package with skid plates, bold aluminum wheels and Bilstein shocks to an earth-shaking, 510-watt audio system with the TREMOR Package.

XL: 15-inch steel wheels, black front and rear bumpers, black nostril bar-style grille; black manual side mirrors, interval wipers, rally gauge cluster, AM/FM audio system with clock, black vinyl flooring and 60/40 vinyl split-bench seat (cloth on SuperCab).

STX adds: 15-inch, machined, split-spoke alloy wheels; body-color front and rear bumpers;
body-color lower valance and horizontal grille with integrated fog lights; body-color grille surround and unique STX black horizontal grille insert; body-color mirrors and door latch handles; tri-color taillights; STX carbon-fiber-finish center stack; unique rally gauges; cloth sport bucket seats; textured black vinyl floor covering; and rear jump seats in the four-door SuperCab.

XLT adds: air conditioning, cloth 60/40-split bench seat, AM/FM audio system/MP3-capable
CD player, color-coordinated carpet and floor mats, black side mirrors and black door latch handles. Also:

  • 4x2: black front and rear bumpers; black bar grille; 15-inch, seven-spoke silver steel wheels
  • 4x4: body-color front and rear bumpers, chrome nostril bar grille, fog lamps
  • 4x4 regular cab : 15-inch, seven-spoke, chrome-clad steel wheels
  • 4x4 SuperCab: 16-inch, cast-alloy wheels, all-terrain tires and step bars

Sport adds: body-color front and rear bumpers, grille bar, wheel lip moldings, mirrors and door latch handles, fog lamps and textured vinyl flooring. Also:

  • 4x2 SuperCab: 15-inch, seven-spoke steel wheels
  • 4x4: tow hooks
  • 4x4 regular cab: 15-inch, seven-spoke, chrome steel wheels
  • 4x4 SuperCab: 16-inch, cast-alloy wheels

FX4 Off-Road adds: limited-slip rear axle; tow hooks; heavy-duty, gas-charged shocks; mid and aft skid plates; black door handles; two-tone paint styling; Dark Shadow Grey or black wheel-lip moldings and bumpers; 16-inch alloy wheels; all-terrain tires; tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed control; power windows, mirrors and locks with remote keyless entry; and vinyl flooring with front slush mats.

FX4 Level II adds: Torsen limited-slip rear axle; stainless steel front tow hooks; rear black tow hook; 15-inch forged Alcoa aluminum wheels with 31-inch-by-10.5-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO T/A tires; skid plates front, mid and aft; Bilstein shocks; sport bucket seats; center console; chrome shifter (manual); and rear sliding window with privacy glass.

Interior
The sporty and functional interior features seats with sculpted bolsters and seat backs for comfort and support. Also available are sport bucket seats, leather-trimmed seating surfaces and a leather-trimmed steering wheel.

Shortly after the 2007 model-year launch, all audio systems except the base AM/FM receiver will be equipped with an auxiliary audio input jack as standard. In addition, MP3 compatibility is added to the single-disc CD audio system. SIRIUS Satellite Radio is available on STX, XLT, Sport and all FX4 models.

Options include: TREMOR Package (includes a 510-watt Pioneer AM/FM audio system and six-disc CD changer with MP3 capability), Class III towing, payload package, limited-slip axle, bright trim package, power equipment group, privacy glass, automatic transmission, leather-trimmed seats, four-wheel drive, regular or SuperCab configurations, 6- or 7-foot cargo box, bed extender, bed liner and sliding rear window.

Power
Ranger offers three engine choices: a 2.3-liter, inline four-cylinder (I-4) and two V-6 engines.

The 2.3-liter, dual-overhead-cam I-4 produces 143 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 154 pound-feet of torque at 3,750 rpm. This engine offers the highest fuel economy of any pickup in the market, delivering 24 miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. It’s now the standard engine for STX 4x2 regular cab and STX 4x2 two-door SuperCab, in addition to XL and XLT two-door SuperCab 4x2 versions.

Ranger’s 3.0-liter, overhead-valve V-6 engine produces 148 horsepower at 4,900 rpm and 180 pound-feet of torque at 3,950 rpm. The larger, 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6 produces 207 horsepower at 5,250 rpm and 238 pound-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. All three engines are equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and are available with a five-speed automatic transmission.

Four-wheel drive and comprehensive chassis upgrades are available for off-road use.

 

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Specifications

Retail Price:
XL 4x2
$13,860 (Regular Cab)
$15,130 (Regular Cab Long Box)
$15,335 (SuperCab)

STX 4x2
$14,975 (Regular Cab)
$16,370 (SuperCab)
$17,955 (SuperCab 4 Door)

XLT 4x2
$15,500 (Regular Cab)
$16,625 (Regular Cab Long Box)
$16,900 (SuperCab)
$18,355 (SuperCab 4 Door)

Sport 4x2
$16,140 (Regular Cab)
$17,535 (SuperCab)
$18,790 (SuperCab 4 Door)

XL 4x4
$17,730 (Regular Cab)
$18,835 (Regular Cab Long Box)
$19,240 (SuperCab)

XLT 4x4
$19,200 (Regular Cab)
$20,325 (Regular Cab Long Box)
$20,200 (SuperCab)
$21,455 (SuperCab 4 Door)

Sport 4x4
$19,640 (Regular Cab)
$20,635 (SuperCab)
$21,890 (SuperCab 4 Door)

FX4 Off-Road 4x4
$21,985 (SuperCab)
$23,240 (SuperCab 4 Door)

FX4 Level II 4x4
$24,315 (SuperCab)

Add $635 destination charge

Engines:

2.3-liter I4
143 hp
154 lb-ft
@5250 rpm
@3750 rpm
 
3.0-liter V6
148 hp
180 lb-ft
@4900 rpm
@3950 rpm
 
4.0-liter V6
207 hp
238 lb-ft
@5250 rpm
@3000 rpm
 

Transmissions:
- Five-speed automatic
- Five -speed manual

Fuel Economy:

2.3-liter I4 4x2 Automatic
21 mpg
26 mpg
City
Highway
 
2.3-liter I4 4x2 Manual
24 mpg
29 mpg
City
Highway
 
3.0-liter V6 4x2 Automatic
17 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
3.0-liter V6 4x2 Manual
18 mpg
23 mpg
City
Highway
 
4.0-liter V6 4x2 Automatic
17 mpg
22 mpg
City
Highway
 
4.0-liter V6 4x2 Manual
17 mpg
22 mpg
City
Highway
 
3.0-liter V6 4x4 Automatic
16 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 
3.0-liter V6 4x4 Manual
17 mpg
21 mpg
City
Highway
 
4.0-liter V6 4x4 Automatic
15 mpg
19 mpg
City
Highway
 
4.0-liter V6 4x4 Manual
17 mpg
20 mpg
City
Highway
 

NHTSA Safey Ratings:
Side Crash Test
4x2 Regular Cab
- Driver Front: 5/5 Stars

Rollover Crash Test
4x2 Regular Cab
- Rollover: 3/5 Stars

IIHS Safey Ratings:
1998 Ford Ranger XLT Regular Cab Tested
- Overall: Acceptable
- Structure / Safety Cage: Marginal
- Head/Neck: Good
- Chest: Good
- Leg/Foot Left, Right: Good,Marginal
- Restraints: Acceptable

2005 Ford Ranger XLT Extended Cab Tested
- Overall: Acceptable
- Structure / Safety Cage: Acceptable
- Head/Neck: Good
- Chest: Good
- Leg/Foot Left, Right: Acceptable, Marginal
- Restraints: Marginal

 
 

Competitors:

Compact:
Mazda B-Series

Midsize:
Chevrolet Colorado
Dodge Dakota
Ford Explorer Sport Trac
GMC Canyon
Nissan Frontier
Toyota Tacoma