1995 Ford Ranger

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1995 Ford Ranger Review

One of the best light duty trucks around.

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Overview

The 1995 Ford Ranger is a light duty pickup truck that emphasizes performance over luxury amenities. It focuses on giving good performance at a good value. Optional features can be taken to make it more comfortable to operate, but performance is always emphasized. It is a pickup truck that is meant to take a beating and still keep going.

The 1995 Ford Ranger is designed for drivers who do not need the added power of a heavy duty pickup and would rather opt for a better overall value. In addition to the lower price tag, it also has much better fuel economy, further reducing the cost to operate it. The engine options give it a decent choice in power, but it is never going to quite compete with more powerful trucks, such as the Ford F-Series or Dodge Ram, in terms of overall power and payload. It is for drivers looking for an inexpensive truck with good performance and a small, easy-to-maneuver body for hauling lighter cargo around.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup truck
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder, 4.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed manual, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Ranger XL, Ford Ranger XLT, Ford Ranger Splash, Ford Ranger STX

What's New

The 1995 Ford Ranger receives a driver side airbag as standard equipment. Four wheel anti-lock brakes are available as an optional feature.

Exterior

The 1995 Ford Ranger is available with either a regular or extended cab for all models. The regular cab is 184.3 inches long, and the extended cab is 198.2 inches long. Overall, it is a very short truck and even some sedans and coupes are consistently longer than the regular cab version.

Interior

The 1995 Ford Ranger does not have much in terms of interiors features, since the main focus is performance. A stock XL has no significant features as standard equipment. Even air-conditioning and an AM/FM radio are considered to be optional equipment. On the other hand, the Splash and STX can be loaded out with air-conditioning, power windows, cruise control, keyless entry, AM/FM radio, and a cassette player as optional equipment.

Performance & Handling

The 1995 Ford Ranger offers good performance overall. The four-cylinder engine is a little underpowered but provides decent enough acceleration for most drivers to get around well enough. The six-cylinder engine options improve the acceleration significantly, which can make them well worth the added expense for many drivers. Turning is very tight to the point it feels like a much smaller vehicle. With a full payload, performance is reduced a bit, but this is a common issue with any pickup truck. Overall, it handles quite well, although it isn’t going to be able to handle the payloads that larger trucks can haul.

Safety

The 1995 Ford Ranger has a driver side airbag and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes as standard equipment on all models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes are available as optional equipment.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger 2.3-liter four-cylinder: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger 3.0-liter six-cylinder: 16/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger 4.0-liter six-cylinder: 15/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Good performance
  • Good handling
  • Lots of options

You Won't Like

  • Not as powerful as the Ford F-Series.

Sum Up

One of the best light duty trucks around.

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