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2009 Ford Ranger Review

Good value with great features and solid performance.

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The 2009 Ford Ranger is a pickup truck manufactured by the Ford Motor Company and introduced in the North American Market in 1983. Ford introduced the Ranger as a replacement to its aging Ford Courier. The Ranger achieved the distinction of being the best-selling pickup truck in the U.S. from 1987 to 2004. The series was specifically developed to achieve quality and fuel-efficiency, which is an essential characteristic of these kinds of vehicles. The Ford Ranger was designed to easily transport standard sheets of plywood. The design itself was seemingly inspired by the full-size F-Series trucks manufactured by Ford.

The Range

Body Style: two-door regular cab, two door supercab.
Engine: 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine in regular cab models, and a four-liter V-6 engine in Sport and FX4 off-road trim in supercab models.
Transmission: five-speed manual transmission without overdrive, optional five-speed automatic transmission
Models: regular cab: XL, XLT, Sport; supercab models: XL, XLT, Sport, FX4 Off-Road

What's New

The replacement of the three-liter V-6 engine with the fuel-efficient 2.3 four-cylinder engine and a four-liter V-6 engine for the Sport and FX4 off-road variant in the supercab trim. No further changes to the Ford Ranger were introduced in 2009.


The basic shape of the Ford Ranger remained unchanged over the years, and the 2009 Ford Ranger inherits all design characteristics of its predecessors. However, Ford made certain design enhancements to improve aerodynamic performance of the vehicle. A redesigned bumper to cut air efficiently and bigger foglights are some of the exterior enhancements in the 2009 Ford Ranger. An optional seven-foot bed is the maximum box size available in the 2009 Ford Ranger.


The interior of the 2009 Ford Ranger is overhauled to make it more comfortable. The interior design is quite simple and the controls are easy to use. The front seat is comfortable for a person of average height, but can become a bit uncomfortable for a taller individual. The supercab models of the 2009 Ford Ranger can be equipped with a pair of an additional door and inward-facing jump seats. These jump seats are of a smaller size and are ideal only for children.

Performance & Handling

The four-liter V-6 engine offers solid acceleration, but consumers may be disheartened since it still lacks the power they may expect from a four-cylinder engine. However, the FX4 model renders a superb off-road performance. The handling and ride quality of the 2009 Ford Ranger are acceptable but lower compared to competitors. A 2009 Ford Ranger equipped with a four-liter V-6 engine can easily pull 6000 pounds.


Ford equipped the 2009 Ford Ranger with only some essential standard safety features in the regular and supercab models, such as four-wheel anti-lock brakes, passenger airbag occupant-sensing deactivation, ventilated front disc and rear drum brakes, front seatbelt pretensioners, and an engine immobilizer. Safety features, such as side-curtain airbags and stability control, are not available even as options.

EPA Fuel Economy

Ford Ranger 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine: 21/26 mpg city/highway
Ford Ranger four-liter V-6 engine: 15/21 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Compact size
  • Fuel economy
  • Powerful V-6 engine

You Won't Like

  • Not available in a V-8
  • Only available in a two-door style
  • The standard six-foot bed is insufficient to haul big items

Sum Up

Good value with great features and solid performance.

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