The Ford Ranger is Ford's smallest pickup, yet it is one of the more popular mid-size trucks in the market. Thanks to its respectable fuel economy, tenacity, and modest towing capacity, the Ranger is better-suited for day-to-day use than other trucks.
The Ranger has soldiered on as an important addition to the Ford lineup as a slightly smaller truck. Perhaps the most significant change was the switch in its fourth and current generation to a more powerful V6 engine.
Although the Ranger is nimble on- and off-road due to its compact side and rugged exterior, even the latest version seems outdated. While larger vehicles are roomier, the Ranger makes due with an extended cabin and engine options that ensure that the vehicle is powerful enough to compete.
The Ranger has soldiered on as an important addition to the Ford lineup, balancing out the massively popular trucks as a slightly smaller option. Though typically overshadowed by the other trucks in the lineup, the Ranger fills a specific niche for any customer seeking a more fuel efficient truck and doesn't require all the towing power that the F-150 typically brings to the table. Rightfully, the Ranger can be called a bit outdated, but Ford has updated the vehicle meaningfully in more recent years with a more powerful base model.
The Ford Ranger is a workhorse with a set of features that help it position well as a true compact pickup. The engine selection consists of a 2.3L four-cylinder engine, a 3.0L V6 engine (until 2009) and a 4.0L V6 engine. If you value fuel efficiency, look to a less powerful engine in your Ford Ranger. If acceleration and towing power are more important, than look to one of the V6 engines.