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2009 Ford Ranger Truck

2WD Reg Cab 112' Sport

Starting at | Starting at 21 MPG City - 26 MPG Highway

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  • $17,990 original MSRP
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Benefits of Driving a 2009 Ford Ranger Truck

The 2009 Ford Ranger continues to be one of the most affordable compact pickups on the market. Staying true to its reputation, the Ranger continues to be a top choice in its category with an array of possible cab and bed size configurations. An EPA rating of up to 26 mpg on the highway gives this pickup an advantage over its competitors.

What's new for 2009?

Continuing on unchanged from 2008, the 2009 Ranger is available in four different trim levels, including the XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road. The 3.0-liter V6 has been dropped, leaving buyers the choice of a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder and the 4.0-liter V6. A Class III trailer hitch is now standard on all models.

Model Strengths

  • Affordability
  • wide range of models and equipment
  • fuel economy
  • safety & security.

Model Review

Like its much larger stablemate, the F-150, the 2009 Ford Ranger pickup spans a broad price and equipment range and can be equipped to suit a wide range of uses. There are 3 different cab configurations (regular cab, and 2- or 4-door SuperCab), 2 different bed lengths (6- or 7-foot, 6-foot only on SuperCab models), 2 engines with rear- or 4-wheel drive, and a diverse array of trims, many of which are available in multiple combinations.

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Source: The Car Connection

Experts at TheCarConnection.com have searched far and wide to bring you the information in this review about the 2009 Ford Ranger. The editors have driven the Ranger to offer you expert input, then looked for further insight from other reviewers. This inclusive review thus gathers the best and most thorough information about the 2009 Ford Ranger available so that you can make a smart buying decision.

The 2009 Ford Ranger is the oldest vehicle in its class--by a long shot. It got its last full redesign in 1990, and despite a powertrain update and a few other refinements, the style has mostly carried over in recent years.

Nearly identical to the Mazda B-Series, the 2009 Ranger is still available in four- and six-cylinder forms, in rear- or four-wheel drive, and two-door Regular Cab and four-door SuperCab configurations are offered. The latter version has two small access doors for cargo stowage; no true four-door model is on the list.

Periodic updates have kept the Ranger's front end looking fresh even if the profile is familiar, and it's actually aged better than some compact trucks. Another plus is that the Ranger's interior has better materials than many compact trucks. Seating is, however, a step behind most compact-pickup rivals.

The Ford Ranger can be an entertaining off-road vehicle, if that's the purpose you have in mind. Its six-foot bed is useful for some weekend and professional uses, but the ubiquitous 4x8 sheet of plywood won't fit.

Safety will be an issue for some shoppers; the 2009 Ford Ranger just doesn't have a competitive features list. Side airbags aren't available; neither is electronic stability control, on a vehicle with a three-star rollover rating.

Trim levels of the 2009 Ford Ranger include the XL, XLT, Sport, and an FX4 Off-Road model, which gets standard Rancho shocks, a Class III trailer package, skid plates, sport bucket seats, and an available Torsen limited-slip differential.


The Bottom Line:

The 2009 Ford Ranger is an economical--if not modern and refined--choice for those who just want a truck and don't have higher expectations.

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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.

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Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction

4-Wheel ABS Std
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Std

Passenger Restraint

Driver Air Bag Std
Passenger Air Bag Std

Road Visibility

Daytime Running Lights Opt
Fog Lamps Std
Intermittent Wipers Std
Variable Inter. Wipers Std

Security

Anti-theft System Std
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Ford Certified Pre-Owned Warranty  help
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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