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2005 Ford Ranger Review

A superb pickup truck with options to fit everyone.

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Overview

The 2005 Ford Ranger offers pickup truck buyers with lots of different options. It is offered in Fleet, STX, SLT, and Edge models, each with its own appeal. There is a package available to suit everyone. Consumers have the option of either four-door or two-door body styles. It is also offered in either two-wheel or four-wheel drive to suit the buyer. A rugged appearance is combined with protective features to ensure supreme quality and safety. The Tremor package attracts the younger generation with 16-inch aluminum wheels and a powerful sound system. It is available with either a four-cylinder engine or two different six-cylinder engines and a choice of a manual or automatic transmission. All Rangers have adequate cab space, offering at least six feet for storage.

The Range

Body styles: Regular Cab, SuperCab
Engine: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five-speed automatic
Models: Ranger XL Fleet, Ranger STX, Ranger SLT, Ranger Edge

What's New

The 2005 Ford Ranger now offers the choice of three different engines. There are also two cab styles available. There is a wider variety of models to choose from with different packages. In particular, the stereo systems on some models are far more advanced and extra powerful. The Edge model comes with a 510-watt MP3 audio system. Also, there are upgrades and additions to the wheel and tire options offered. The suspension was overhauled in 2004, creating a smoother ride.

Exterior

The 2005 Ford Ranger is available in three different sizes. In addition, the buyer has the choice of two bed lengths and cabs. Pickups with a regular cab can be bought with either a six-foot or seven-foot cargo bed. Extended cab versions have a six-foot cargo bed. A handy bed extender allows for another two feet of length. Regular cab models measure about 188 to 200 inches in length, while the SuperCab models are about 202 inches long. The rear door design is a bit awkward. The design forces back-seat passengers to wait until the front door is open before they can exit or enter. Notable design elements are its power dome hood and nostril grille, which are similar to other Ford trucks. XL models have 15-nch steel wheels. XLT models add a chrome grille surround and styled side mirrors. Edge models have tow hooks and a cloth split-bench seat.

Interior

The various models of the 2005 Ford Ranger have slightly different interiors. The things it has in common are: black vinyl floor covering, a similar dashboard setup, AM/FM stereo with digital clock, cup holders, and a dome light. There is also interior carpeting and floor mats on all models. Optional features include sport bucket seats, leather seating, and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. It comfortably seats two or three passengers. SuperCab models have a pair of rear jump seats installed. However, these jump seats are not suitable for adults.

Performance & Handling

The 2005 Ford Ranger's all-new 4.0-liter six-cylinder pumps out 207 horsepower, which is an improvement from the six-cylinder found under the prior year’s hood. This gives it quick acceleration. The other smaller engines also provide a nice kick. The other available six-cylinder is a 3.0-liter producing 150 horsepower. Lastly, the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine has 119 horsepower. It is capable of handling any road conditions with finesse and a ride quality that measures up or exceeds that of the competition. The four-wheel-drive model comes with a torsion bar front suspension, which it has used since 1988. This setup enables it to handles curves and bumps with sufficient dexterity.

Safety

Standard safety features on the 2005 Ford Ranger include anti-lock brakes on all four wheels, air bags on both the driver and passenger side front, and seat belts installed with pretensioners to increase protection in the event of an accident. Side intrusion door beams are installed. There is an energy management feature. Child seat lower anchorage is installed with LATCH child seat mounts. NHTSA’s crash tests and rollover ratings are good to excellent. Twenty-four hour roadside assistance is available on all models.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger four-cylinder: 21/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger six-cylinder: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Many options available
  • Good Acceleration
  • Smooth ride
  • Nice appearance
  • Good fuel economy in four-cylinder model

You Won't Like

  • Poor fuel economy in six-cylinder model
  • Rear seat comfort
  • Rear seat entry/exit

Sum Up

A superb pickup truck with options to fit everyone.

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