Most people purchase a Ford Ranger because of its low price, and compact size, and then proceed to criticize them for all the limitations. However, while those critics may be partially correct, they are applying it to the wrong vehicle. Most of the complaints about Ford Rangers are based on when directly compared to other larger trucks on the market, and that is a disservice to the Ranger. I have owned two Rangers now, a 2000 and now a 2010, both of which are extended cab XLT models. I used my truck for casual cargo hauling for various sports, camping and the occasional weekend yard work. The Ranger is perfect for this application, where it is not a monstrous over sized truck, yet it still performs well enough to suit my casual hauling needs. Most complain that the Ranger is underpowered and well, yes, but what would you expect from one of the smallest pickup trucks on the market? I say small, yet the Ranger's cab is roomy enough to seat two quite comfortably on long trips. The extended cab does come with two jump seats, but those are only ideal for short trips, as they offer very little extended comfort. The Ranger gets outstanding mileage when you consider that it is still a pickup truck, my 2000 was still getting 23-25 mpg, and the 2010 is sitting at about 26-27. Having experience with most of the other small pickups, choosing a Ranger again was a no brainer. The Ranger is a great truck with outstanding value in all aspects. It is NOT a family vehicle (but really a truck should not be). The Ranger is not a primary workhorse for heavy hauling but rather a supplement to it and is the best option for the casual truck user.
Second Pick-up I have owned-really like it but its a little too small in cab for a 6' 2" person-no storage at all in regular cab-wished I had the extended cab but I like the 7' bed. With 4.0 V6, barely gets 20 mpg, but it has power. With an eight year old in middle -it is too cramped! Ford should have made armrest into an add'l storage for CDs,etc. Rough ride-it was made for a Brinks Security truck with big tool chest on back-without the weight it bounces too much. But I still like it for carrying furniture and stuff!
If you want a small truck, it's the perfect size. It's not too high off the ground, it gets OK mileage, it's got good pickup and cruises nicely on the highway. Great truck if you're not doing heavy hauling.