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2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab

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2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab Review

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The 2011 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 ongoing improvements, fresh styling and rock-bottom pricing. Alongside the compact Ranger, only the Chevrolet Colorado and the Toyota Tacoma offer a regular-cab configuration, an appealing feature for those looking for a bare-bones truck. The Ranger SuperCab models feature two small rear doors, but no crew-cab model challenges 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 capability.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need a compact pickup that is inexpensive to own and operate, the 2011 Ford Ranger is one of the best. Available in everything from base two-wheel drive to highly capable 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 midsize V8-powered pickup.

What's New for 2011

All 2011 Rangers are equipped with front seat-mounted side airbags, AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC) and a standard Class III trailer hitch.

Driving the Ranger Regular Cab

Driving Impressions The 2011 Ford Ranger's handling and road manners have seen improvement through a series of recent suspension changes that include stiffer bushings, springs and shocks. As a result, the Ranger's...

rear end is far less prone to hopping about when crossing rough terrain and the steering response is direct and 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 6,000-pound tow rating when equipped with the 3.55:1 rear axle and automatic transmission.

Remote Start
This optional feature allows the vehicle to be remotely started, a real advantage in cold climates.

Seven-Foot Bed
Available on the XL Regular Cab, this fleet-only option provides maximum cargo-hauling ability on a small truck.

2011 Ford Ranger Regular Cab Details
Interior

Although it still rides atop the same frame used for last 30 years, the Ranger has gotten a bit roomier than in generations past, with front seats that have deeply sculpted backs and new fabric choices. Legroom is not as generous as in some competitors, but SuperCab 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, including a single CD player that can read MP3-formatted discs and an auxiliary audio input jack. Regrettably, Ford does not offer either the SYNC audio or a navigation option for the Ranger.

Exterior

The familiar Ranger exterior carries over after a recent freshening, touting a bold grille, bright colors and three attractive wheel choices. A raised "power dome" hood and an aggressive front valence help keep the aging design current. The Regular Cab models feature six- and seven-foot beds (fleet-only option on Ranger XL), while the extended SuperCab models come with a longer wheelbase and a six-foot bed. SuperCab 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), electronic stability control, side-impact airbags, 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, XLT and Sport. 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, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, 4.0-liter V6 (SuperCab), limited-slip rear differential, fog lamps, door keypad entry system, remote start and 16-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

The base 2.3-liter engine is fine for those who use their trucks 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 4.0-liter V6 that produces 207 horsepower and 238 pound-feet of torque. If power trumps fuel economy, we highly encourage you to get the 4.0-liter, which will add to the price of most trims.

2.3-liter in-line 4
143 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
154 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/27 (manual), 19/24 (automatic)

4.0-liter V6
207 horsepower @ 5250 rpm
238 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/21 (2WD, manual), 16/21 (2WD, automatic), 15/19 (4WD, manual), 14/18 (4WD, automatic)

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2011 Ford Ranger Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.5
Out of 10

Based on 1307 Ratings for the 2001 - 2011 models.

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

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."

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."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Excellent vehicle

By on Friday, January 08, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 108,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This vehicle has turned out to be a great value, very comfortable, reliable and has performed everything that it was designed to do-very well!"

Made Cheap!

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 185,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "fun to drive when it goes."

Cons: "Transmissions arent built well."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 6

"Everything about this truck is good except for its transmission, Will be selling mine for what ever I can get for it."

13 people out of 20 found this review helpful

great first vehicle

By on Friday, November 20, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 155,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Great truck for the money, pulls big trailers"

Cons: "gas mileage is average,minor cosmectic,not 4X4"

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

"I bought it about 1 year ago from family, and I love it! As a slight down side, a month or so after buying it, it needed $1400 worth of work. My brothers work hard and are very VERY rough on vehicles. since then It's been great! total repairs have been almost non-existent. I went through a time when I couldn't get it to start. But someone came and explained, that it wasn't all the way in park. And it's been great ever since! overall I would keep this vehicle until it dies, because it's dependable. Considering the beating it took from the previous owner, I'd say it is still in amazing condition. I did have to get the brakes worked on once, but then I accidentally drove a little with the emergency brake on. The only thing is.....I don't drive much, and therefore don't really need a truck. I need the gas mileage more than the truck. my situation has changed a bit."

8 people out of 9 found this review helpful

She just keeps going and going...!!!!! Great truck

By on Thursday, November 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 174,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Reliable, fuel effecient, fun to drive......."

Cons: "Tight cab.."

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

"I bought my 2004 Ranger in 2006 with just over 12K on it...it has been a super dependable little truck all these years. I drive about 70 miles per day to work and I continually get almost 30 mpg with the 2.3 4 cyl. No major repairs, couple sets of tires, brakes, did clutch at about 165K, other than that just oil changes etc. I take good care of her and she takes good care of me. It is a bit tight in cab but I don't think I'll ever be able to part with her. Great truck, can haul, run and do whatever I need it to do...Ford needs to bring these back."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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