Ford Ranger Review & Ratings
- 26 February 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Ford Ranger nameplate has been used on three different model lines of Ford pickup trucks, including the Ford F-Series which was sold in North America between the years 1965 and 1981. The Ranger nameplate was eventually repurposed in 1982 for the 1983 model of a compact pickup truck that was sold in North America as well as certain parts of South America. Starting in 1998, Ford has offered a separate version of the Ranger which is sold on an international level in countries all around the world.
Ford is responsible for both designing and engineering the North American version of the Ranger which started production in January of 1982 for the 1983 model. Production of the ranger officially ended in December of 2011. Fort exported the North American 1995 year model of the Ranger to various South American countries to meet the growing demands of consumers who instantly fell in love with this vehicle’s affordability and power. From 1994 to 2010, Mazda badge engineered this model under the North American “B-Series” which replaced the international version of the Mazda B-Series which was retailed in North America previously.
Ford began engineering the Mazda B-Series as the Courier in 1971, changing its name to the Ranger by 1998. The Courier nameplate staid the same in Australasia up until 2006. The Courier was sold in North America before the 1983 model came out. Second generation models of this vehicle which spanned from 2006-2011 were designed by Mazda as well. The third generation models of this vehicle which have been manufactured since 2011 were both designed and engineered by Ford Australia.
The Ford Ranger, otherwise known as the T6 in its last generation, is a mid-size pickup truck which was first introduced to the public in October of 2010 at the Australian International Motor Show in Sydney. The T6 came in to replace both the Mazda BT-50 derived model as well as the North American model which was sold primarily in certain Latin American countries. This vehicle came with a 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 engine which was also on Ford’s F150, as well as the 3.2 liter Duratorq which was adapted for North American consumers as a Power Stroke engine which was used in the 2015 Ford Transit. Production for this vehicle started in the summer of 2011 in Thailand’s Rayong planet as well as in South Africa and Argentina later on.
There are a number of engines that the Ford Ranger used, and it was available with 4×2 and 4×4 engines. The 2.5 Duratec L5-VE petrol engine was mated with a 5-speed manual transmission, and 2.2 liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine had an impressively good gas mileage of 37.2 mpg. There was also the 3.2 liter Duratorq TDCi diesel engine which consumes 33.6 mpg, which is still fairly impressive for a truck with a diesel engine. Some of the more impressive and noteworthy features of this truck include the dual zone climate control, curtain airbags, towing capacity of up to 3500 kg, rear park assist sensors and rear view camera, emergency brake assist, and much more.
The Ford Ranger has proven itself to be a safe, powerful, and efficient pick-up truck over the years, and especially in the last few. This vehicle has certainly undergone its fair share of changes over the years, and is currently packed with an assortment of features which make it a safe, convenient, and smooth ride. While the Ranger may not be one of Ford’s higher end truck models, it still definitely has a lot to offer when it comes to modern features for the everyday driver.