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Ford Ranger, Americaís best-selling compact pickup truck since 1987, adds new options designed to appeal to a younger marketplace. The new Trailhead Group Option offers the look of a 4x4 truck in a 2-wheel drive package, similar to the Toyota Tacoma Pre-Runner option. The Trailhead Package should help keep the Ranger fresh until a new truck arrives in 2002.

The Details:

In the Trailhead Group a torsion bar suspension gives the 4x2 the tough look of its 4x4 cousin. Ride height and ground clearance are different from that of conventional 4x2s. The Trailhead sits higher on bigger tires, clearly heightening appeal with Ranger buyers who want that 4x4 look, but donít need the off-road capabilities. The Trailhead Group includes: torsion bar front suspension (similar to 4x4), AM/FM stereo with CD, styled manual mirrors, tachometer, 4x4 "Off-Road" front tow hooks, 4x4 "Off-Road" P245/75R 16SL OWL all-terrain tires, five-spoke cast aluminum 16-inch wheels, 4x4-style argent bumpers, and grille Fog Lamps.

The optional four-door SuperCab, available in two- and four-wheel-drive, makes it easy to access the storage compartment from either side of the truck, a big assist when loading cargo and gear. The optional rear doors hinge off the corner pillars of the cab and swing out 90
degrees from the door sill. There are no "B" pillars to obstruct loading. Rear doors are fitted with side-door intrusion beams for extra safety protection. Completing the Ford Ranger pickup line is the standard regular cab, short- and long-wheelbase 4x2 and 4x4 models and the optional Flareside short-wheelbase 4x2 and 4x4 models.

The standard engine on 4x2 models is Fordís 2.5-liter sequential fuel injection (SEFI) I-4 engine. A 3.0-liter FFV SEFI V-6 is standard on 4x4 models, and a 4.0-liter SEFI V-6 is available on all models. Transmission choices are a five-speed manual w/overdrive or four-speed automatic w/overdrive for the 2.5L I-4 and 3.0L V-6 engines. A five-speed electronically-controlled automatic overdrive transmission is optional with the 4.0-liter SEFI V-6.

Rangerís major safety features include second generation dual front air bags, side-impact door beams, standard rear-wheel anti-lock brakes, and optional 4-wheel anti-lock brakes.

Invoice Price Range:

$10,912 - $17,672

Retail Price Range:

$11,485 - $19,690

Trim Options:

  • XL Regular Cab 2 door
  • XL Regular Cab 2 door Four Wheel Drive
  • XL SuperCab 2 door*
  • XL SuperCab 2 door* Four Wheel Drive
  • XLT Regular Cab 2 door
  • XLT Regular Cab 2 door Four Wheel Drive
  • XLT SuperCab 2 door*
  • XLT SuperCab 2 door* Four Wheel Drive

* 2 optional reverse hinging doors are available on SuperCab Models


36 months/36,000 miles


  • 2.5L I-4
  • 3.0L V6
  • 4.0L V6 160-hp

Primary Competitors:

  • 4-Speed Auto w/OD
  • 5-Speed Manual w/OD
  • 5-Speed Auto w/OD
NHTSA Safety Results 2000 Ford Ranger Regular Cab
Frontal Impact Side Impact
Driver Passenger Front Seat Rear Seat

10% or less chance of serious injury =
11% to 20% chance of serious injury =
21% to 35% chance of serious injury =
36% to 45% chance of serious injury =
46% or greater chance of serious injury =