2007 Ford Ranger

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2007 Ford Ranger Review

A compact pickup that falls short in comparison to competitors.

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Overview

The 2007 Ford Ranger classifies as a compact pickup that comes with either a regular cab or an extended cab. There are four trim lines for the regular cab and six available for the extended cab version. In 2006, the Ford Ranger underwent a minor refresh, and these changes carry over to the 2007 models. Except for having more standard features and equipment, the 2007 Ford Ranger remains unchanged when compared to the 2006 model.

The Range

Body Styles: two-door compact pickup, 2+2-door extended compact pickup
Engines: 2.3-liter four-cylinder, 3.0-liter V-6, 4.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed manual, five speed automatic
Models: Ford Ranger XL, Ford Ranger STX, Ford Ranger XLT, Ford Ranger SPORT, Ford Ranger FX4 Off-Road, Ford Ranger FX4 Level II

What's New

Except for the fact that the 2007 Ford Ranger contains more standard features than in previous years, it remains the same. All models gain a tire pressure monitoring system, an anti-theft system, dual-stage front airbags, and MP3-compatible CD players. All except the base models add auxiliary input jacks to their audio systems, and the option of Sirius satellite radio. The STX models switch to the standard 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine from the three-liter V-6.

Exterior

Although the Ford Ranger has gone through some relatively major refreshes in its lifetime, it still looks similar to the pickup that launched in 1983. In 2006, parts of the exterior design got updated, including the grille, headlights, taillights, and size of the logo. These changes carry forward for the 2007 model. Several different trim lines differentiate the two body styles. Regular cab models come fitted with two doors and a six- or seven-foot bed. The extended cab models, called the SuperCab models, have only a six-foot bed, but offer two reverse-opening doors for the rear of the cab. Rear drive remains standard, but all-wheel drive provides an option for models equipped with V-6 engines.

Interior

As with the exterior, the interior of the 2007 Ford Ranger shows little change over the years. The instruments and controls lay out in a clear and functional manner. Expandable cup holders and additional power outlets enhance the wide center console. The front seat feels comfortable for most, although taller drivers and passengers find it slightly cramped. Based on the trim level of the SuperCab model, fold-down jump seats can come standard or as options. The jump seats face the side, and entry and exit goes through reverse-opening doors. The space remains very minimal, so most adults feel uncomfortable on longer trips.

Performance & Handling

Ford provides three different engines for the 2007 Ford Ranger. The base 2.3-liter, four-cylinder engine provides 143 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. The three-liter V-6 has a power output of 148 horsepower and 180 lb-ft torque, and the four-liter V-6 produces 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque. All models use a standard five-speed manual transmission, while a five-speed automatic remains optional.

Most find the power and acceleration lacking in models not equipped with the four-liter V-6. The quality of the ride seems adequate for a pickup truck. On-road handling also feels adequate, but offroad the 2007 Ford Ranger excels. The shorter wheelbase, off-road packages, and smaller size make this one of the better pickups in its class when it comes to trail adventures.

Safety

Anti-lock brakes, a tire pressure monitoring system, and dual-stage front airbags provide standard safety equipment for all models of the 2007 Ford Ranger. There are no side airbags available for any models. In government crash tests, the 2007 Ford Ranger receives very good scores for front impacts, while the regular cab models earn perfect scores for side impacts, and SuperCabs receive four out of five stars.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger rear drive: 21/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger 3.0-liter all-wheel drive: 21/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger f4.0-liter all-wheel drive: 16/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Acceleration of four-liter V-6
  • Good offroad capabilities

You Won't Like

  • Cramped rear seat and entry/exit in extended cab
  • Subpar ride and handling compared to competitors

Sum Up

A compact pickup that falls short in comparison to competitors.

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