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2000 Ford Ranger Review

Good competitor in the compact truck market.

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Overview

The 2000 Ford Ranger still holds up as a well-designed, nicely-priced compact truck, although it doesn’t blow away the competition. Both the two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive models can handle off-roading with ease, and there is a model and an option package for just about any taste.

The Range

Body Styles: regular cab, extended cab
Engines: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 4.0-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Ford Ranger XL, Ford Ranger XLT

What's New

The 2000 Ford Ranger's two-wheel-drive models offer a Trailhead Suspension package with larger tires and wheels, so it looks and feels more like the four-wheel-drive models. All models have redesigned wheels and the XLT four-wheel drive has a new stainless steel front suspension skid pad.

Exterior

The 2000 Ford Ranger is available in three sizes. The regular cab version comes with a six- or a seven-foot bed, and the extended cab version is only available with a six-foot bed. The extended cab comes with optional rear-hinged doors making it easier to enter and exit the rear, but the front door must be opened before the rear doors can be opened. The wheelbase for the regular cab, six-foot bed truck is 111 feet, while the seven-foot bed model has 117.5 feet, and the extended cab base is 125.7. The total length extends from 187.5 feet to 202.9 feet providing plenty of storage room even if the rear seat cannot fit an adult. The front end styling is a bit too rounded to fit with the truck’s overall styling.

Interior

The 2000 Ford Ranger's seats are fairly comfortable with a three person front bench seat standard. However, the rear seats in the extended cab are not nearly large enough to carry adults. The regular cab XL model comes with vinyl seating, while the other models have cloth seats. The cloth seats are very plush and comfortable, and the controls are ergonomic and attractive. There is no ashtray, but it offers an ash cup that can sit in one of the cup holders.

Performance & Handling

The 2000 Ford Ranger's two-wheel-drive model comes standard with a 2.5-liter engine puts out 119 horsepower and 146 lb-ft at 3000 rpm. The flex-fuel V-6 brings an impressive 150 horsepower and 190 lb-ft of torque at 3650 rpm and is optional for both the two- and four-wheel-drive models. Finally, the four-liter V-6 provides 160 horsepower and 225 lb-ft of torque at 2750 rpm, which comes standard on the four-wheel-drive model and is an option for the two-wheel drive. All three engines are available with either a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual transmission. The four-wheel drive comes with a patented Pulse Vacuum Hublock four-wheel-drive system that allows shifting into four-wheel drive at any normally-traveled speed.

The 2000 Ford Ranger is solid with good cornering and stability on the curves. The ride can be a bit bumpy around town, but it really shines off-road. Even without the four-wheel drive engaged, it takes bumps, twists, and turns like a champ.

Safety

The 2000 Ford Ranger come equipped with dual airbags including passenger side deactivation capability. There are also side impact door beams and rear anti-lock brakes standard.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, automatic transmission: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine, manual transmission: 20/24 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, four-liter V-6 engine, automatic transmission: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, four-liter V-6 engine, manual transmission: 14/19 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, automatic transmission gas: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, automatic transmission E85: 11/15 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, manual transmission gas: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger two wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, manual transmission E85: 12/16 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-wheel drive, four-liter V-6 engine, automatic transmission: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-wheel drive, four-liter V-6 engine, manual transmission: 15/19 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, automatic transmission, gas: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine automatic transmission E85: 11/15 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, manual transmission, gas: 16/21 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-wheel drive, three-liter V-6 flex-fuel engine, manual transmission, E85: 12/16 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Ergonomic, well-designed interior
  • Four-door entry on the extended cab models

You Won't Like

  • Second seat in the extended cab will not fit adults
  • Front end styling

Sum Up

Good competitor in the compact truck market.

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