The Ranger is a compact truck that is produced by the Ford Motor Company. Ford originally used the Ranger name in 1958 on its Edsel line of trucks. From 1965 to 1981, the Ranger name was a trim level for Ford’s F-Series. The name was finally attached to its own pickup-truck model in 1983. This is the lineage that the 2011 Ranger hails from.
The Ford Ranger has long been the best-selling compact truck in America. This pickup is known for its rugged build and reliability. It makes a great light-duty work truck or daily driver. The available 4X4 option makes the Ranger a great off-road vehicle as well.
What’s New This Year?
The 2011 Ford Ranger remains largely unchanged from the 2010 models. The exterior and interior styles haven’t been updated in a long time. This is a point of criticism from some consumers. Many Ford Ranger fans hold to the saying, “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.”
Models and Trim Levels
Rangers are available with Regular or SuperCab body styles. The Regular Cab has no backseats at all. The SuperCab offers fold-out jump seats. These rear seats are small and only suitable for children or skinny adults for brief periods of time. SuperCabs get an extra pair of reverse-hinged doors.
The Ranger comes in three trim levels: XL, XLT and Sport.
XL – This is the bare-bones model of the Ranger. It comes with vinyl upholstery, a tow hitch and 15″ wheels. Ford includes a basic AM/FM radio in the XL.
XLT – The XLT adds a CD player, upgraded sound system and keyless entry. Cloth upholstery is standard for this trim level. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and towing hooks are included as well.
Sport – The Sport model of the Ranger gets a few performance upgrades. It is outfitted with heavy-duty shocks and a tuned suspension system. It also includes sidestep bars and 16″ alloy wheels.
Performance and Fuel Economy
A stock 2011 Ford Ranger comes equipped with a 2.3 L, DOHC, I-4 engine. This engine produces 143 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. It offers a combined fuel-economy rating of 24 mpg. These Rangers come with a 5-speed manual or automatic transmission.
The Ranger is also available with a more powerful V-6. The 4.0 L, V-6 engine produces 207 hp and 238 lb-ft of torque. This engine has a fuel-economy rating of 19 mpg. A manual 5-speed transmission is standard with this engine, but an automatic transmission is available as an option.
The Ranger is a compact pickup, but it can still do some serious work. The I-4 can haul up to 1,550 lbs. and tow up to 2,460 lbs. The V-6 Rangers have a maximum towing capacity of 3,100 lbs. when properly equipped.
The I-4 engine offers excellent fuel economy for this class of truck. Unfortunately, its acceleration is a bit sluggish with this engine. The V-6 provides plenty of extra power and enough torque for some serious work.
The interior of the 2011 Ford ranger won’t win any awards for luxury. The truck has a very basic interior build. Still, the materials are solid and the build quality is good enough. The center-console layout is well designed.
The Ranger can be a stiff ride but offers decent handling. Steering is tight and accurate. The braking power is more than adequate for this light truck. The 2011 Ranger really shines when it comes to off-road driving. There’s a reason why so many Rangers have been lifted and optimized for off-road fun.
The 2011 Ford Ranger is a versatile compact truck. This pickup is tough and dependable. It’s a reliable workhorse as long as you don’t need an extreme amount of towing capacity. If you’re looking for an off-road truck, very few vehicles can compete with the Ranger.