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2011 Ford Ranger Super Cab

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2011 Ford Ranger Super 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 Super 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 Super 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 1318 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

It was love at first sight.

By on Wednesday, June 1, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,262

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
8/10
Comfort
10/10

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

"custom paint / metallic gray 4/4 (never used) 4 doors / jump seats Bed extender Tinted windows: extended cab area and back slider AM/FM 6 Disc CD w/ MP3 cap (great sound) Trailer tow, Class 111"

2001 Ford Ranger GREAT CONDITION

By on Thursday, May 5, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 222,073

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Valuable, well taken care of- Great Price!"

Cons: "Center console arms rest needs bolt to be attached"

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

"2001 Ford Ranger XLT V6 4 liter, 4x4, 4 door, flare sides, power-steering, power windows, rear sliding door, fold down bench seats, new alternator, new brakes, new brake lines, K&N custom air filter, chrome step-ups, CD player & AM FM radio, tilt steering, tinted windows"

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

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."

8 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Good A to B vehicle

By on Wednesday, April 6, 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."

10 people out of 14 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."

6 people out of 16 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."

11 people out of 17 found this review helpful

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