1996 Ford Ranger

  • 1996 Ford Ranger Base Extended Cab Pickup

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1996 Ford Ranger Review

The best compact truck on the road.

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The 1996 Ford Ranger boasts extremely impressive safety ratings for a compact truck. Without trying to be anything besides a practical pickup truck, the Ranger offers plenty of options to make the interior more luxurious. Several models make it easy to pick a compact truck that suits working needs or city driving needs. Overall, the Ranger provides safety and reliability in a small package.

The Range

Body Styles: pickup
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-6, 2.3-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Ranger XL, Ford Ranger XLT, Ford Ranger Splash, Ford Ranger STX

What's New

The 1996 Ford Ranger receives some important safety updates, which include an optional passenger-side airbag. This comes with a switch that turns the passenger airbag on and off. Styling designs keep the Ranger contemporary enough for 1996. Engines upgrade for more time between tune-ups. Ford removes the Ranger XL Sport from this year's lineup.


The exterior of the 1996 Ford Ranger features classic truck styling in a small package. It comes in more than 15 color options. The XL and XLT come with 14-inch wheels. Alloy wheels remain optional for the XL and XLT. The Splash and STX come standard with 15-inch wheels. All models come with a rear step bumper. Back window tint also provides an option. Other options include power windows and locks.


The interior of the Ranger XL comes standard with vinyl seating. The XLT, Splash, and STX all come with cloth seating. The XL comes standard with very few interior luxuries. Air-conditioning provides an available option for all models of the 1996 Ford Ranger. Other options include cruise control and a compact disc changer.

Performance & Handling

The Ranger offers several engines. The tiny 112-hp, 2.3-liter four-cylinder in the 1996 Ford Ranger Splash and XL doesn't offer much power, but it seems fine for travelling on the road. With the larger three-liter and four-liter V-6 engine options, acceleration feels brisk with little hesitation. Handling feels fluid, and the turning radius looks impressive for a truck.


The 1998 Ford Ranger comes standard with a driver front airbag and rear-wheel anti-lock brakes. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes remain optional along with a passenger-side airbag. In crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Ranger receives four out of five stars for passenger and driver collision tests. Overall, the Ranger provides plenty of safety for a compact truck.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger XL: 18/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger XLT: 24/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger Splash: 18/22 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger STX: 18/22 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Safety ratings
  • Reliability
  • Great control

You Won't Like

  • Bouncy suspension
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Weak engine unless you opt for the upgrade

Sum Up

The best compact truck on the road.

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