Last few years Ford Ranger was delivered with small changes, almost nothing new was delivered and as a result we have a vehicle that really would need to see at least slight refreshment. There are reports saying that 2014 Ford Ranger will be the vehicle that will offer refreshment and changes.
We’ve all heard the fondly talked cliche about something being “a gift but an oldie.” However often an oldie is, well, simply old, with little “good” to suggest it. A prime example would be the 2011 Ford Ranger.
Ford’s compact pickup truck has gone more than a decade without a significant redesign, which makes this truck favorably geriatric when it concerns the vehicle world as well as dated by truck standards. While there have been updates to this fourth-generation model? the 2010 Ranger (lastly) got electronic stability control and side-impact airbags, for instance– the Ranger doesn’t measure up to the competitors in several vital areas.
2014 Ford Ranger Specs
The biggest downside could be the 2014 Ford Ranger dated design. The Ranger is one of just a handful of Ford automobiles that still do not have the company’s new technological features like the Sync hands-free system or the contractor-friendly Work Solutions.
While we’re waiting for Ford to introduce the next-generation 2014 Ford Ranger, we recommend shoppers looking for a compact pickup check out the larger and more refined Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. Commercial users may also want to consider the new Ford Transit Connect van, which offers better fuel economy than V6-powered Ranger models and significantly better cargo capacity.
Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options
The 2014 Ford Ranger is a compact pickup available in regular-cab and extended-cab (SuperCab) body styles. Both are available in XL, XLT and Sport trim levels. A 6-foot bed is standard on all cab styles and trims (though a 7-foot bed is optional for fleet buyers on the XL regular cab model).
The XL is sparsely geared up with 15-inch steel wheels, a trailer hitch, a 60/40 front bench seat, vinyl (fabric on the SuperCab) upholstery, air-conditioning and an AM/FM stereo. The 2014 Ford Ranger Sport gets upgraded wheels (16-inch alloys on 4×4 models), a full-size extra tire, heavy-duty gas shocks (SuperCab), skid plates (SuperCab 4×4 models just), avoid bars, pail seats and a center console.
The optional Payload Package # 2 (V6 SuperCabs only) adds increased rear spring rates and heavy-duty shocks. A bedliner, rear tinted glass and a rear sliding window are also optional on the XLT and Sport.
Powertrains and Performance
The 2011 Ford Ranger comes standard with a 2.3-liter inline-4 that produces 143 horse power and 154 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed handbook transmission is standard and a five-speed automatic is optional.
The available 4.0-liter V6 (an option on XLT and conventional on Sport) yields 207 hp and 238 lb-ft of torque. Rear-wheel drive and a five-speed manual are conventional, with four-wheel drive and a five-speed automatic offered independently. Fuel economy varies from 15/21/17 with rear drive and the handbook to 14/18/15 on the 4X4 with the automatic.
The 2011 Ford Ranger comes standard with four-wheel antilock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags and stability control. Side drape airbags are not readily available.
In government crash screening, the Ranger earned a top five-star rating for driver protection in frontal effects and four stars for front traveler security. Side-impact protection for the front travelers likewise got five stars.
In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset crash tests, the Ranger made an “Acceptable” rating (the second highest on a scale of four) and a top “Good” rating for side effect on SuperCab models geared up with side-impact airbags. The IIHS likewise kept in mind that the SuperCab’s inward-facing rear jump seats are “not suggested for safe transportation.”
Interior Design and Special Features.
The Ranger’s interior hasn’t had a substantial makeover in more than a decade. What it does not have in style it makes up for with simple ergonomics, including easy user-friendly controls. The front seats are comfortable enough for most folks, though taller motorists will feel a little cramped.
SuperCab models can be had with a pair of rear-seat access doors and small, inward-facing rear jump seats. While these fold-down perches will accommodate a couple of kids or even a flexible adult for short jaunts, they’re no place to put anyone whose convenience or safety you care about.
The 2014 Ford Ranger offers acceptable acceleration with the 4.0-liter V6 under the hood, though its giddy-up pales in contrast to its competitors. Opt for the 143-hp four-cylinder engine and you’ll get relatively good fuel economy but relatively pokey performance.
Ride and handling seem sufficient up until you drive the Ranger back to back with even more current models from Dodge, GM, Nissan and Toyota, at which point the truck’s choppy trip and subpar handling and braking ended up being conveniently noticeable.