Buyer's Guide / Ford / 2008 Ford Ranger

 
 

Overview

Ford's compact Ranger truck enters 2008 with a more-aerodynamic front bumper and few other changes. The Ranger is available with a four-cylinder or a choice of two V-6s, with either a manual transmission or a five-speed automatic. While its competitors — like the Chevrolet Colorado, Nissan Frontier and Dodge Dakota — have grown in dimensions over the years, the Ranger has remained relatively the same size for the past decade.

A tire pressure monitoring system and a passive anti-theft system come standard on all models. An audio input jack is standard for all stereos except the base AM/FM receiver. Two 16-inch aluminum wheels are available, and Sirius Satellite Radio is available on the STX, XLT, Sport and all FX4 models. Single-disc CD audio systems have MP3 compatibility.

Trim levels are XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road.

The regular-cab XLT model features a 7-foot cargo box, and the Ranger Sport can be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and wheel package. Aimed at young buyers, the Ranger Sport conveys the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price.

Exterior
The Ranger's front bumper has been redesigned to cut through the air more efficiently, and Ford says it improves fuel economy. New larger fog lights improve visibility, and a Grabber orange exterior color is available for 2008.

Rangers come in three sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. Regular-cab pickups are available with a 6- or 7-foot cargo bed. SuperCab (extended-cab) versions are fitted exclusively with a 6-foot bed.

Two rear-hinged rear doors, which are optional on SuperCab models, can be opened only after the front doors are open. XL models have black bumpers and a black bar-style grille, while the XLT gets body-colored bumpers and a chrome grille surround. Sport pickups have a honeycomb grille and body-colored bumpers and grille.

Regular-cab models ride a 111.5- or 117.5-inch wheelbase and measure 189.4 or 201.4 inches long overall. SuperCab Rangers have a 125.7-inch wheelbase and are 203.6 inches long overall. An optional tubular cargo-bed extension can add 2 feet to the 6-foot bed's length.

Options include two 15- and 16-inch wheels and body-colored side moldings.

Interior
Regular-cab Rangers can seat either two or three occupants on either bucket seats or a 60/40-split bench. SuperCab models can be equipped with a pair of rear jump seats. Like all jump seats in compact pickups, the Ranger's rear seats are too small to hold adults comfortably. Leather-trimmed seating surfaces and sport bucket seats are available.

Under the Hood
Three engines are available: a 143-horsepower, 2.3-liter four-cylinder; a 148-hp, 3.0-liter V-6; and a 207-hp, 4.0-liter V-6 that delivers 238 pounds-feet of torque. Ford's four-cylinder engine is standard in XL and two-door XLT SuperCab 4x2 models. A five-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a five-speed automatic is optional. Rear- and four-wheel-drive models are offered, and a dashboard switch can engage four-wheel drive while the vehicle is moving. When properly equipped, the Ranger can tow 6,000 pounds.

Safety
Four-wheel antilock brakes are standard. Dual-stage front airbags are standard, but side-impact airbags are not available.

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Specifications

Retail Price:
$14,490 - $24,350

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
- Driver Front: 5/5 Stars

Rollover Crash Test
- Rollover: 3/5 Stars

IIHS Safey Ratings:
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