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2002 Ford Ranger Truck

4dr Supercab 4.0L Edge 4WD

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2002 Ford Ranger

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Introduction

Ford Ranger is the overwhelming first choice among compact pickups. Prices for basic work trucks start at less than $13,000, while the availability of a powerful V6 engine with a five-speed automatic, along with a slick four-wheel-drive system and a variety of trim levels and body styles make the Ranger appealing to a wide audience.

Last year, fresh styling, new engines and redesigned components made the Ranger stronger, more practical, more convenient and more comfortable than ever. Those strengths have all been carried over to a largely unchanged 2002 model.

Model Lineup

Ranger comes in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models, spread through three trim designations, three cab configurations, and three wheelbase lengths, with six- and seven-foot beds, and flat Styleside or notched Flareside fender shapes.

Three engines are available, two V6 engines and a four-cylinder. The 2.3-liter four-cylinder with dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder is rated at 135 horsepower and 153 foot-pounds of torque. The 3.0-liter V6 is rated at 154 horsepower and 180 pounds-feet of torque. The 4.0-liter V6 develops 207 horsepower and 238 foot-pounds of torque.

Five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions are offered with all three engines.

The price-leading base edition is the XL Regular Cab Styleside ($12,270) with the 2.3-liter engine, manual transmission, and two-wheel-drive. Add an extended SuperCab, four-wheel drive, and a 4.0-liter V6, and the price climbs to $21,250. Opt for a SuperCab Flareside XLT with 4WD, and the tab rises to $22,645.

Options include a new five-speed automatic transmission, a limited-slip rear differential, power windows and auxiliary rear doors for the SuperCab, all of which can load the bottom line by as much as $3,000.

Special models supply a surplus of attitude. The Edge sports monochromatic color schemes that include a vivid Chrome Yellow. Edge comes in 4x2 and 4x4, but either way it rides at 4x4 height. Tow hooks, fog lights, and a 60-watt stereo with CD player all contribute to its attitude. Edge prices start at $17,295 with a 3.0-liter V6, but can climb as high as $23,905 with a 4.0-liter, 4WD, and four-door SuperCab.

New for 2002 is an off-road package called the FX4 ($24,830). Based on a four-door SuperCab XLT, FX4 comes with 4WD, 4.0-liter V6, a 4.10 rear end, skid plates, tow hooks, Bilstein shocks, and other serious off-road equipment; interior trim includes a leather-wrapped steering wheel, cruise control, and a host of power luxuries and conveniences.

Walkaround

Redesigned for 2001, the Ranger sports revamped front styling, a bulging hood and aggressive fender flares. The designers borrowed elements from the larger F-150 trucks and used them to strengthen the Ranger's visual cues and streamline the package.

The Styleside design sweeps a continuous line from tip to tail, but the Flareside version carves a recessed step into each side panel immediately behind the cab. The notch accentuates a rounded rear fender. Indentations in the bed support partitions to segment cargo.

The Edge focuses on a monochromatic treatment, with a power-dome hood bump that hints at a powerhouse beneath. Edge also features protective bed rails and four tie-down hooks. An optional bed extender flips out and rests on the tailgate, like a U-shaped cage of tubular stainless steel. It won't keep much dirt in, but it will sure stop your kayak from sliding out. An optional ($895) hard tonneau lid unfolds in separate front and rear sections, divided by a central vertical partition, with a lock added on the forward bin for security.

Interior Features

The Ranger's cab was revised for 2001. The most noteworthy improvement is a newfound quietness. Previous Rangers consistently set the standard among compact trucks for spacious, comfortable accommodations and convenient features. The latest models build on that foundation with new seat designs clad in new fabrics, a revised instrument panel with tachometer supplied at all trim levels, and a revamped center pod for climate and audio systems with large easy-to-use rotary dials.

The Regular Cab carries a bench seat that can squeeze three aboard. The SuperCab offers an interior storage bay behind the front seat, with a 6-foot (71.8 inch) bed behind that. Two small side-facing jump seats may be added to the cab's rear bay; each folds down from the back wall. Two optional rear-hinged doors allow easy access to the SuperCab's rear quarters.

The Edge adds a textured rubber floor cover for wash-and-wear convenience. The bench splits 60/40, with side bolsters for outboard positions and a center armrest that folds down and contains a pop-top storage bin. Seats in our SuperCab Edge had cloth center sections surrounded by satin vinyl on the bolsters, and they felt luxurious. Deluxe interior components also come with the Edge, including air conditioning and an audio kit with in-dash six-CD swticher. Our SuperCab Edge test vehicle also featured the optional Power Equipment Group ($405), with electric assists for windows, locks and mirrors, plus remote keyless entry.

Driving Impressions

Topping Ranger's power chart is a 4.0-liter single-cam V6 built by Ford in Germany. With this engine, the Ranger leaps off the line and runs quickly to speed. More important it provides strong low-rpm torque for off-road work in four-wheel-drive or pulling trailers or heavy loads.

The V6 teams with either a heavy-duty five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic with adaptive shift logic. Rather than a taller overdrive, the five-way autobox adds a gear between what would be first and second in a four-speed automatic. This produces closer ratios for better throttle response when accelerating, towing a trailer or driving off road. A high-gear lockout switch on the tip of the shift lever enables the driver to kick down a gear with the tap of a finger.

A Ranger SuperCab 4x4 with the 4.0-liter V6 and optional five-speed automatic delivered good performance for passing, even at altitude. It could scamper up mountain grades or effortlessly pass a line of heavy freight haulers.

The Ranger handled bumps and curves with confident dexterity. Its rigid ladder-like chassis, fully boxed in the front section, combines with an independent wishbone front suspension to produce smooth ride sensations.

At the same time, the Ranger offers aggressive performance off the pavement, as we saw on a primitive track laced with lumps and rocks and tire-sucking mud pits. A high ground clearance enables the Ranger 4x4 to clear ruts and bumps easily. And when it doesn't, skid plates shield the transfer case and fuel tank from damage.

A pulse-vacuum hub-lock device engages the front hubs quickly, for push-button shifting into four-wheel-drive, while rolling as fast as 80 mph. A rotary dial on the dashboard provides seamless switching from rear-wheel-drive to four-wheel-drive high, or further down to four-wheel low for serious off-road maneuvers.

Summary

For a growing number of individuals, even young families, a compact pickup is a sensible choice. Base prices compare favorably with those of entry-level sedans, and many folks feel that a truck has more personality. Virtually any power or luxury item you might order for a compact sedan is offered on a truck as well. A truck can be a versatile weekend workhorse and, especially when equipped with an extended cab and auxiliary rear doors, a competent family car the other five days out of the week.

Ford Ranger remains a popular choice. One in three compact pickups sold last year was a Ranger. More than 5 million Rangers have been built since the first one rolled out in 1982.

Fresh exterior styling and innovative add-ons (like a cargo bed extender and the two-flap lockable tonneau lid) make America's best-selling compact truck even more attractive and appealing. In performance, the 207-horsepower V6 propels Ranger to the head of its class.

The Edge adds attitude with a monochromatic exterior and an easy-to-clean interior.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup: XL ($12,270); XLT ($14,405); Edge ($14,855)
Engines: 135-hp 2.3-liter dohc 16-valve inline 4; 154-hp 3.0-liter ohv 12-valve V6; 207-hp 4.0-liter sohc 12-valve V6
Transmissions: 5-speed manual; 5-speed automatic
Safety equipment (standard): dual front airbags, three-point seatbelts with force-limiting pretensioners, child restraint seat anchor brackets, anti-lock brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) standard
Safety equipment (optional): N/A
Basic warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles
Assembled in: Twin Cities, Minnesota; Edison, New Jersey

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP): Edge SuperCab 4x4 ($21,020)
Standard equipment: power dome hood design, monochromatic color scheme, power disc/drum brakes with EBD and ABS, power steering, dual front airbags, 4.0-liter V6 engine, 5-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/6-disc in-dash CD, cloth and vinyl 60/40 split bench seat with fold-down armrest/console, auxiliary rear doors, textured rubber floor, analog instruments with tachometer, two 12-volt power points, sliding rear window, Styleside 6-ft. box, cargo bed rails, four cargo tie-down hooks, mud flaps, rear step bumper, front tow hooks, fog lamps, 16-inch aluminum wheels, P245/75/R16 tires
Options as tested (MSRP): 5-speed automatic transmission ($1000); limited-slip rear axle ($295); SuperCab with vinyl rear jump seats, Power Equipment Group ($405) includes power windows, locks, mirrors, remote keyless entry; step bar ($295)
Destination charge: ($585)
Gas guzzler tax: N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $23,600
Layout: front engine, four-wheel drive
Engine: 4.0-liter sohc 12-valve V6
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 207 @ 5250
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm): 238 @ 3000
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy: 17/25 mpg
Wheelbase: 126 in.
Length/width/height: 201.7/70.3/67.5 in.
Track, f/r: 58.8/58.5 in.
Turning circle: 43.0 ft.
Seating capacity: 5
Head/hip/leg room, f: 39.2/52.7/42.4 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m: N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r: 35.6/19.8/40.3 in.
Trunk volume: N/A
Payload: 1,640 Lbs.
Towing capacity: 5600 Lbs.
Suspension, f: Independent
Suspension, r: live axle
Ground clearance: 7.4 in.
Curb weight: 3584 lbs.
Tires: P245/75R16
Brakes, f/r: disc/drum with ABS and EBD
Fuel capacity: 19.5 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of October 01, 2001.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.

N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 1-800-392-3673 - www.ford.com

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Safety Ratings help

What do the Safety Ratings mean?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) performs independent crash testing of new vehicles and then assigns them a score based on their performance. The overall crash test rating is based on how a vehicle performs in the following tests:

Driver Crash Grade:

Measures the chance of a serious injury to a crash test dummy that is placed in a driver's seat and driven into a fixed barrier at 35 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less chance of injury.

Passenger Crash Grade:

Similar to the driver crash grade, only now the focus is on the passenger.

Rollover Resistance:

Simulates an emergency lane change to measure the likelihood of a vehicle rolling over. A five-star rating means there is 10 percent or less risk of rollover.

Side Impact Crash Test - Front:

Focuses on the front side of a vehicle. It simulates crashes that can occur in intersections by striking a 3,015-pound weight against the side of a vehicle at 38.5 MPH. A five-star rating means there is 5 percent or less chance of injury.

Side Impact Crash Test - Rear:

Similar to the front side impact test only now the focus is on the rear passenger.

Driver Crash Grade n/a
Passenger Crash Grade n/a
Rollover Resistance
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Certified Pre-Owned Warranty
To be eligible for Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) status, vehicles generally must be recent models with relatively low mileage. CPO vehicles must also pass a detailed inspection, outlined by the manufacturer, which is measured by the number of inspected points.
Warranty coverage can vary from one manufacturer to the next. While most certified pre-owned programs transfer and extend the existing new car warranty terms, others offer a warranty that simply represents an additional year and mileage value. Always check with the manufacturer for the specific warranties they offer.
Common features and benefits of Certified Pre-Owned warranties include:
Age/Mileage Eligibility
To even be considered for certification, a car must be a recent model year and have limited mileage. The exact requirements are established by individual manufacturers.
Lease Term Certified
Some manufacturers offer certified pre-owned cars for lease. The length of the lease is often shorter than a new car lease, but it will cost you less.
Point Inspection
These inspections entail a comprehensive vehicle test to ensure that all parts are in excellent working order. The point inspection list is simply a numbered list of exactly what parts of the car are examined. While many inspections range from a 70- to 150-point checklist, most are very similar and are performed using strict guidelines. Ask your local dealer about specific details.
Return/Exchange Program
Some manufacturers offer a very limited return or exchange period. Find out if you will get the sales tax and licensing/registration fees back should you return or exchange the car.
Roadside Assistance
Most certified pre-owned programs offer free roadside service in case your car breaks down while still under warranty.
Special Financing
Reduced-rate loans are available through many certified pre-owned programs. Manufacturer-backed inspections and warranties help eliminate the risks involved with buying pre-owned, so buyers who qualify can take advantage of the great offers.
Transferable Warranty
When a new car warranty transfers with the certification of the car and remains eligible for the next owner, it is known as a transferable warranty. Once the original transferable warranty expires, an extended warranty takes effect.
Warranty Deductible
This is the amount for which you are responsible when repair work is performed under the warranty. Some manufacturers require a deductible while others don't, so always ask.

Manufacturer's 7 years / 100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12-month/12,000-mile Comprehensive Limited Warranty. See dealer for details.. See dealer for details. Rental Reimbursement $30/day.
Age/Mileage Eligibility 6 model years or newer / less than 80,000 miles
Lease Term Certified Yes
Point Inspection 172
Return/Exchange Program No
Roadside Assistance Yes
Special Financing Yes
Transferrable Warranty Yes
Warranty Deductible $100

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