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Friday, October 26th 2012. | Ford Ranger, Reviews

The Ford Ranger went into production in January 1982 and soldiered on for nearly 30 years till Ford ceased its production in America altogether on December 22nd 2011. Although the Ranger had good sales figures till the 90s, in more recent times the considerable improvement in larger trucks such as the Ranger’s own big brother, the F-150, meant that people could buy more powerful, more spacious and just as fuel efficient trucks as the smaller trucks. Thus Ford stopped production in America and chose to sell the Ranger elsewhere in many other parts of the world where smaller pickup trucks are still in demand.

The 2011 Ford Ranger had had three versions that consumers could choose from: XL, XLT and the Sport version, the XLT and the Sport models were better equipped than the XL model. There were two engine options as well, there was the 2.3 liter 4 cylinder engine and the 4.0 liter V6 that came as standard in the Sport version but was an option in the other two models. The standard transmission was a 5 speed manual gearbox; however a 5 speed automatic was available as a $1000 option. 4 wheel drive came as standard on the Sport version but as an option in the XLT version, the XL had to make do with only 2 wheel drive. The 4 cylinder engine did as much as 22 miles in a gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway and the 6 cylinder engine option did around 16 miles to the gallon in the city and around 21 miles to the gallon on the highway. The XLT and Sport version had nice audio systems and power windows etc. as standard. The 2011 Ranger came with several safety and stability features as well such as ABS, traction control, airbags and so on.

So all in all, the Ranger was a reliable and an efficient vehicle that had great value for money. Being a best seller since the start of its production till the late nineties, the Ranger is rightfully thought of as an American icon. Initially Ford thought of introducing a smaller F series truck called the F-100 but that idea did not stick; Ford realized that consumers were looking for bigger trucks. Thankfully, however, the Ranger is being sold in hundreds of countries around the world and is better than ever and has received a lot more improvements. This is perhaps the solace that Ford still has; the Ranger is still thriving around the world.

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