The Ford Ranger is a compact pickup truck offered in the U.S. from 1983 until 2012. It’s the perfect vehicle for both work and play, with a variety of powertrain options and body configurations.
History of the Ranger
First Generation (1983-1992)
Compact pickup trucks were relatively new to the U.S. when the Ranger was introduced in 1983. The first generation model had a square exterior and sparse interior with few amenities. It was a truck built to get the job done. Either a 4-cylinder or 6-cylinder engine was offered mated to a manual or automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive was standard with four-wheel drive available.
Second Generation (1993-2012)
The second generation Ranger made its debut in 1993. It featured new, more rounded exterior as well as an updated interior. Engine options included a 2.3L 4-cylinder, 3.0L 6-cylinder and 4.0L 6-cylinder. Either a four-speed automatic or 5-speed manual transmission was offered along with standard rear-wheel drive or optional four-wheel drive.
In 1998, the Ranger received a refresh with a slightly different interior and exterior. In 2002, an FX4 off-road version became available. The engine options remained unchanged, but a 5-speed automatic became available later in the design cycle.
The last Ranger rolled off the assembly line in 2011. The final iteration of the small truck was available in either standard or extended cab form. For its farewell party, the Ranger kept the same 2.3L 4-cylinder and 4.0L 6-cylinder engine options, mated to either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic.
Trim levels were XL, XLT and Sport. Standard equipment included trailer hitch, a 60/40 front bench seat, vinyl upholstery, air-conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. Standard safety equipment included four-wheel antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and stability control.
There are rumors of a new Ranger being offered in the next few years. Until then, loyal fans of the little truck will continue to keep their rides rolling down highways and back roads.