2011 Ford Ranger

The 2011 Ford Ranger is the best option for you if you are after a quality vehicle yet with an ideal price. You should also know that the Ranger’s easy to operate mechanics makes it one of the best cars in the market today. It is comparatively useful for those minimal towing and hauling needs. This is one tough truck which can withstand the test of time. You can either purchase the 2 wheel drive or the equally superb Ranger off-road four by four.

Performance

With its 2.3 liter, 143 horsepower at 5,250 revolutions per minute, the 2011 Ford Ranger engine powertrain is still at the top of its class. This is an impressive off-road truck which has been tried and tested. Its speed and acceleration comes within the standard range at 4 liter V6 under-the-hood. It’s good to know that the Ranger’s cost saving capacity when it comes to fuel consumption is still unparalled up to the present with its 143 hp, 4 cylinder engine.

The Ranger’s performance on the highway is still at its best. This is indeed the type of truck which can withstand almost everything. Some people would say it is too truck-like and the design is relatively old but then others would say while it is true that it is relatively dated, it is an “oldie but a goodie”.

Exterior & Interior

You will definitely love the longer base of the wheel. It also sports a much wider track than that of the older Rangers. The short over-hang and the triplane view compliments the exteriors. The larger headlights will give you a better view of the road at night and the bigger side mirrors is much needed for better driving.

The contemporary design of the interior will let you feel the comfort and convenience of this car. It can easily adapt to any type of interior trims. The heat and air condition were improved to give you and your passengers ease and comfort. The leather interiors makes it easier for you to clean and maintain your car.

Safety & Reliability

The Ford Ranger is well known for its quality and you know that it can never let you down. The safety features consist of the four-wheel antilock brakes. The sensing system was upgraded with its dual stage air-bags to be used in case of emergencies. The system became more sensitive to pressure and it will automatically blow the bag at the front seat during an impact or a collision. The side airbags were also installed for your additional protection.

You should also see the the latest additional to the Ranger which is the tire-pressure monitoring system. The TPMS will allow you to check your tire pressure without necessarily going out of your vehicle.

Competition

The Ranger is a hard-working car which is just suitable for a hard-working individual like you. Other cars are much too expensive but the Ranger offers just the right price. Corollary to this, its cost saving fuel feature is beyond compare. Other cars of the same price and class range consume much fuel. The Toyota Tacoma (MSRP $17,175; 21 city / 25 hwy) and the Chevrolet Colorado (MSRP $17,955; 18 city / 22 hwy) are comparable to the Ranger. However, you might say that the style and design has not been changed for quite a number years but the quality will make up for this.

Pros & Cons

The old spartan type of dated features does not help in selling the product. Some buyers agree that there is very little innovation which was introduced in this car. The interiors lack the much needed space which can make the driver uncomfortable sometimes but the very low maintenance costs will make you buy the 2011 Ford Ranger.

Overall Rating
55 out of 100

What Others say:

“Ranger is behind the times. The rough 4.0-liter V6 isn't particularly powerful or efficient. Handling is reluctant, and when unloaded, the rear of the truck can step out on bumpy corners or washboard roads.”Consumer Reports

“The Ranger is a true compact truck, sized below the mid-size Toyota Tacoma, Dodge Dakota and Nissan Frontier. Only GM's truck twins, the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, still offer the smaller dimensions in the truck class. That's a vice and a virtue: the Ranger still offers good fuel economy and easy parkability, but can't haul the goods like some of the larger trucks.”The Car Connection

“Two engines are offered: a 143-horsepower 2.3-liter 4-cylinder or a 207-horsepower 4.0-liter V6. Both are available with manual or automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 5,980 pounds. Rear-wheel drive is standard."Consumer Guide

“The 2011 Ford Ranger's handling and road manners have seen improvement through a series of recent suspension changes that include stiffer bushings, springs and shocks. As a result, the Ranger's rear end is far less prone to hopping about when crossing rough terrain and the steering response is direct and firm.”KBB

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Pick-up Truck Base Price: $18,160.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17 gallons Miles Per Gallon: 22 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 189.4 in. (481 cm) Width: 69.3 in. (176 cm)
Height: 66.2 in. (168 cm) Curb Weight: 3030 lbs (1374 kg)
Wheel Base: 111.5 in. (283 cm) Ground Clearance: 8.6 in. (22 cm)
Cargo Bed Volume: 37.4 cu ft Maximum Seating: 3
Performance
Engine: 2.3L DOHC Inline 4 Displacement: 2.3L (140 CID)
Horsepower: 143 hp Max RPM: 5250 rpm
Torque: 154 lb-ft @ 3750 rpm Transmission: 5-Speed Manual Overdrive
0-60 mph: NA 1/4 Mile: NA
Available Trims & Engine
Option:XLT Regular Cab*2.3L DOHC Inline 4** MSRP: $19,120; MPG: 16 city / 21 hwy
Option:Sport Regular Cab***4.0L SOHC V6 MSRP: $22,425; MPG: 18 city / 24 hwy

* Available also in 2Door Super Cab & 4Door SuperCab
** Engine Available – 4.0L SOHC V6
*** Available only in 2Door Super Cab & 4Door SuperCab