This vehicle makes for an excellent commuter car. MPGs are competitive, Stick shift makes driving fun. This most definitely isn't the family car. Cargo? Sure. Engine's too small for serious jobs, but it'll handle most household needs. Passengers? You only get two, and it's not very comfortable. Performance? Lacking, unless you want to rev high. Fun? Absolutely. You really feel the road in this truck. Between this and the manual trans, my commute is rather interesting these days.
I purchased this vehicle in May of 2010 and couldnt be happier! It has a "beefy" ride for being a compact truck. The handling on it is superb! With a V-6 4.0 Liter engine gives it alot of power and acceleration at a moments notice. The FX4 Off-road package is a dream to have especially during the winter months. The interior comes with rubberized floor boards, IPOD plug-in, and higher backed seats than the previous Rangers. The center console sits higher than most and makes you feel confined to your seat would be my only complaint. I would highly recommend this vehicle to anyone looking for a sporty compact truck with considerable power.
Rangers are very durable and seem to run forever. I purchased this Ranger because I was rear-ended in my previous 06 Ranger, at 40 MPH that totaled it but completely totaled a brand new Mustang GT that hit me. That car could not be driven, my Ranger was able to not only start ('cause impact drove me into the car in front of me) but was driveable onto the tow truck. Rangers are also tough trucks.