The 2001 Ford Ranger brings about a fresh look for Ford’s best-selling compact pick-up. Having been a workhorse for the Ford brand for years, the Ranger also gets plenty of updates underneath the new body. The Ranger is not the best looking truck on the market or the best performing, but it is one of the most reliable pick-ups over the last decade. It is simple, with a number of different models that are available. This provides options for almost any pick-up truck buyer.
Body Styles: compact pickup
Engines: 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Ford Ranger XL, Ford Ranger XLT, Ford Ranger XLT Appearance, Ford Ranger Edge, Ford Ranger Edge Plus, Ford Ranger XLT Off-Road
The 2001 Ford Ranger gets a brand new front end that gives it a more rounded appearance, which brings the modeling in line with that of the Explorer. It also receives two new engine options for the new year: a 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder that is now the base engine and a four-liter V-6 that is the top-of-the-line engine choice. It also gets anti-lock brakes as standard equipment across all models, and the cargo-bed extender adds an extra two feet of length.
The 2001 Ford Ranger's restyled front end gives a sleeker, sportier look. The grille is bigger and the bumpers are more rounded with the redesign. Small flares around the wheels are on all models, and the Edge models receive larger flares.
The 2001 Ford Ranger is well laid out yet sparse, especially on the lower models. The base XL model merely has an AM/FM stereo as a convenience, but there is decent leg room up front, although headroom is slightly limited. Jump seats are available in the SuperCab, but it's too small for an average adult to fit in comfortably. The ride is okay but can be bumpy with an empty cargo bed, and visibility for the driver is good.
Performance & Handling
the 2001 Ford Ranger performs better with the 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder that's standard on all two-wheel-drive models. The 2.3-liter puts out 21 more horsepower than its predecessor, the 2.5-liter engine. The largest available engine, the four-liter V-6, also received a horsepower upgrade, getting 47 more to push it up to 207 horsepower. All three engines that are available are capable of handling the half-ton capacity rating. The 2.3-liter is not very useful for towing or heavier-duty worksite work, but it is great for light duties as well as commuting or vacationing. The two-wheel drive handles well, although the rear end has a tendency to push out on turning when empty. The four-wheel drive also handles well, but the turning radius suffers. The suspension is average, providing better ride and handling with some weight in the bed than when empty.
The 2001 Ford Ranger come equipped standard with four-wheel anti-lock brakes on all models. It also comes standard with electronic brake force distribution to allow everything to come to a stop smoothly and easily. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave an ?acceptable? overall rating and receives ?good? ratings for head, neck, chest, and left leg protection. It receives ?acceptable? for restraints, but only ?marginal? for right leg, structure, safety cage, and head restraint.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Ranger, 2.3-liter, five-speed automatic, two-wheel drive: 18/23 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 2.3-liter, five-speed manual, two-wheel drive: 21/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 3.0-liter, five-speed automatic, two-wheel drive: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 3.0-liter, five-speed automatic, four-wheel drive: 14/18 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 3.0-liter, five-speed manual, two-wheel drive: 15/21 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 3.0-liter, five-speed manual, four-wheel drive: 15/29 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 4.0-liter, five-speed automatic, two-wheel drive: 15/20 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 4.0-liter, five-speed automatic, four-wheel drive: 14/17 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 4.0-liter, five-speed manual, two-wheel drive: 16/20 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger, 4.0-liter, five-speed manual, four-wheel drive: 14/18 mpg city/highway
- Engine choices
- Safety features and ratings
- Softer exterior
You Won't Like
- Fuel economy is lower than previous year
- Lack of bed liner
- Ride is a bit bumpy
One of the best compact pickups on the road.
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