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2007 Ford Ranger Regular Cab

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2007 Ford Ranger Regular Cab Review

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The Ford Ranger finds itself surrounded by a number of newer and larger competitors, making it necessary for Ford to keep its compact truck competitive by offering numerous upgrades, fresh styling and rock-bottom pricing. In terms of size, only the Chevrolet Colorado (and its sibling twins, the Isuzu i-Series and GMC Canyon) and the Toyota Tacoma offer a Regular Cab configuration, an appealing feature for those looking for a bare-bones truck. The Ranger Super Cab models feature two small rear doors, but there is no Crew Cab model to challenge similar vehicles from Dodge, Nissan and Toyota. With no V8 option under the hood, the Ranger also falls behind the class leaders in horsepower and towing.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a compact pickup that is inexpensive to own and operate, the Ranger is one of the best. Available in everything from base two-wheel drive to full-blown off-roader, the Ranger is one tough truck.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you need a pickup to haul heavy loads or transport four people on a regular basis, you may want to look at a mid-sized V8-powered pickup.

What's New for 2007

The Ranger now features Ford's Personal Safety System, which includes front airbags, a tire pressure monitor and SecuriLock passive anti-theft system. An auxiliary input jack is now standard on all Ranger radios.

Driving the Ranger Regular Cab
Driving Impressions

The Ranger's handling and road manners have seen improvement through a series of suspension changes that include stiffer bushings, springs and shocks. As a result, the Ranger's rear end does...

... not bounce around as much as it used to, and the steering response remains firm. To keep the base truck affordable, Ford equips it with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission. This engine exhibits good acceleration so long as the Ranger is not weighted down with a heavy load.

For those not so concerned with fuel economy, the 4.0-liter V6 is the engine of choice. Although not the most powerful in its class, the 4.0-liter engine provides the Ranger with brisk acceleration and a 6000-pound tow rating when equipped with the 3.55:1 rear axle and automatic transmission.

Pioneer Sound System
The 510-watt Pioneer sound system blows away all other stock systems.

Updated Interior
The Ranger's updated interior and steering wheel give an upscale look to the compact pickup.

2007 Ford Ranger Regular Cab Details
2007 Ford Ranger Regular Cab photo Interior

The Ranger has gotten a bit roomier than in generations past, with new front seats that have deeply sculpted backs and new fabric choices. Legroom is not as generous as in some competitors, but Super Cab models do provide plenty of space behind the seats for luggage or groceries. As for backseat passenger room, the flip-down jump seats make for cramped accommodations and are best used for shorter trips. The Ranger features a number of audio upgrades this year, including a single CD player that can read MP3-formatted discs.

Exterior
2007 Ford Ranger Regular Cab photo

The familiar Ranger exterior receives a slight freshening, with a bold grille, three bright new colors and two attractive new wheel choices. Last year's extensive exterior reworking carries over for 2007 and includes a raised "power dome" hood and an aggressive front valence. The Regular Cab models feature six- and seven-foot beds, while the extended Super Cab models come with a longer wheelbase and a six-foot bed. Super Cab models also offer rear-hinged half doors, which allow easier access to the cab area.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The Ranger is equipped with a 2.3-liter engine, a five-speed manual transmission, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a tire pressure monitoring system, two front cup holders, dual side mirrors, AM/FM stereo, 60/40 vinyl split-bench seat, power steering, tachometer and 15-inch steel wheels.

Optional Equipment

Trim levels for the Ranger include XL, STX, XLT, Sport and FX4. You can order your Ranger with shift-on-the-fly electronic four-wheel drive, five-speed automatic transmission, power windows, power locks, sliding rear window, cruise control, 510-watt Pioneer audio system (part of the Tremor Package), 3.0-liter V6 engine (Regular Cab), 4.0-liter V6 (Super Cab), limited-slip rear differential, fog lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels and leather seats. The FX4 Level II Package adds Bilstein gas shocks, front and rear skid plates, 31-inch-by-10.5-inch BF Goodrich all terrain tires, chrome shift knob and sport bucket seats.

Under the Hood

The base 2.3-liter engine is fine for those who use their truck to get around town and pull light-duty chores. For those who do serious off-roading, towing or just like the feel of a V6, Ford offers a choice of two. The first is a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 148 horsepower. Though this engine offers only five more horses than the 2.3-liter, you'll find it provides a significant boost in torque. The real meat and potatoes for the Ranger are provided by the 4.0-liter V6 that produces 207 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque. If you are going with a V6, we highly encourage you to get the 4.0-liter, which will add about $700 to the price of most V6 trims.

2.3-liter in-line 4
143 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/29 (manual), 22/26 (automatic)

3.0-liter V6
148 horsepower @ 4900 rpm
180 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3950 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/23 (2WD, manual), 17/21 (4WD, manual), 17/22 (2WD, automatic), 16/20 (4WD, automatic)

4.0-liter V6
207 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
238 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/22 (2WD, manual), 17/21 (2WD, automatic), 17/20 (4WD, manual), 15/19 (4WD, automatic)

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2007 Ford Ranger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 1314 Ratings for the 2001 - 2011 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.8/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

I love my truck

By on Monday, April 25, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Low maintenace and insurance, decent MPG."

Cons: "Two seater...3 if you are close friends."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"It's right outside.........this little guy will do everything a full size can do and still drives nicely. The interior is still like a car, not a cockpit and you have room to breath. I've never had a problem in 45k miles and it looks respectable. It's holding it's value and has the desirable insurance rates for safety. I get a respectable 22 MPG for this 6 cylinder."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Good A to B vehicle

By on Wednesday, April 06, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 128,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "MPGs, fits in small places, can still haul things"

Cons: "Horsepower, accelereation"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I paid $8k last June for this truck. It had 112,000 miles and I now have 128,000 and I've been to NH 3 times and to the western mass a couple times. It has never broken down. I drive it to work 5 days a week which is about 30 miles both ways. All I've done is change the oil every 3,000 and put all new rotors on, pads, front wheel bearings which you have to replace on these trucks if you get new front rotors, one caliper and air filter. The only problem is these 2.3L engines only have 143 hp so getting up to highway speeds takes about 1 mile and hills are hard to climb, but these engines can go up to 300,000 to 400,000 miles and they have a timing chain, not a belt like the older Rangers."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Rust

By on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 114,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "Nice color"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"The undercarriage and frame is rusting away. It passed inspection this time, however, I was told that it may not pass the following year because of the rust to the frame."

2 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Best for the money I ever spent.

By on Thursday, March 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 201,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Never a problem with normal maintence."

Cons: "No cons. Perfect for what I paid for."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Bought new. Best value for the dollar ever spent on transportation. Still excellent. New tires, no rattles or wind noise. Drives perfect. Been maintained perfectly from the day it was purchased."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Nice small-sized truck

By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Useful, good on gas, perfect for light duty"

Cons: "Bad in snow, lightweight, small"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I've owned my 06 Ranger XLT for a while now and never had any problems with it. Just new brake pads, and a wire for the horn that maybe disconnected over time, very easy fix, however. This truck is a perfect truck for small duty/daily driving. Interior is a little compact but thats with any single cab pickup. RWD is obviously bad in snow, also as with any RWD truck (provided you don't get the 4WD variant.) I would recommend this truck to anyone looking for a decent small-duty pickup with good gas mileage. Same mileage as my previous car, which was an 02 Sebring."

9 people out of 20 found this review helpful

A Great Truck to Have

By on Sunday, January 17, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 111,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, easy to care for"

Cons: "No outlet in bed for water to drain out"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I have had this vehicle since 2004 and it was used. The next owner is getting a bargain from me. Where I prefer a truck to a car, I don't haul as much around as I once did. I think with the mechanical work on this vehicle the people buying it will get much use out of it. Ford Rangers are still best in class."

3 people out of 11 found this review helpful

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