While Toyota , Chevrolet and Nissan have fielded newer, larger compact and mid-size trucks in recent years, Ford has stayed true to the Ranger in the same form, essentially, it's taken since 1998.
For 2007, the evergreen Ford Ranger compact pickup received some cosmetic tweaks, a standard tire pressure monitoring system, and an iPod jack. Now, for 2008, the Ranger lineup returns with four trim levels, two body styles, three engines, two transmissions, and even more optional equipment.
The Ranger offers a full range of model choices, in rear- or four-wheel drive. Two-door Regular Cab and in two- and four-door SuperCab configurations are offered. All versions get a redesigned front bumper valance said to improve fuel economy.
Trim levels include the XL, XLT, Sport and an FX4 Off-Road model, which gets standard Rancho shocks, a Class III trailer package, skid plates and sport bucket seats, and an available Torsen limited-slip differential.
The Ranger is available with a base 143-horsepower 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, or a choice of two V-6s, including a 148-horsepower 3.0-liter version and a 4.0-liter model that generates 207 horses. Each can be fitted to either a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed-automatic transmission. Properly equipped, a Ranger can tow up to 6000 pounds.
Anti-lock brakes and dual airbags are standard on all versions. Options include an off-road package with skid plates, aluminum wheels, and Bilstein shocks, as well as a 510-watt audio system and Sirius satellite radio.
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