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.
This truck gets incredible mileage. There's no way around it. Commuting is stop-and-go for me with 8 miles of stoplights each way. I easily get 25 mpg. Though I don't love the slower acceleration, it's worth it to get that kind of mileage. Plus, the cab is very comfortable for being a smaller vehicle. I'm 6'1" and have plenty of space! If you need to haul medium-sized items, this is definitely a winner. Its lower clearance makes loading heavy items a breeze. If you're looking for a powerful truck that makes you feel important and lets you look down on other people, this isn't the right one for you. But if you're looking for a small, reliable hauler that's easy to maintain, you just might fall in love.
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.