Ford Ranger

Like big brother F-150, the Ranger spans a broad price and equipment range, and can be equipped for a wide range of uses. There are three different cab configurations (Regular Cab, and 2- or 4-door Super Cab), two bed lengths (6-foot or 7-foot) and two engines (2.3L 4-cylinder or 4.0L V6). 4-wheel drive is also available.

Two different engines are offered on the Ranger. A 2.3L 4-cylinder engine that makes 143 horsepower and 154 pounds-feet of torque is standard for the base XL and XLT Regular Cab and 2-door Super Cab. A 4.0L V6 engine making 207 horsepower and 238 pounds-feet of torque is also available. Both engines come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission or an optional 5-speed automatic.

The base XL is modestly equipped with manual side mirrors, roll-up windows, black vinyl flooring and air conditioning. The XLT adds a more accommodating interior and improved exterior appearance with sport bucket seats, CD player and a 60/40-split bench seat. The Sport trim further improves the Ranger's appearance with mud flaps and a selection of upgraded wheels as standard. Sport Super Cab trucks offer standard step bars, while the 4-wheel drive Sport Super Cab is equipped with standard skid plates to protect major components on the truck's underbody.

Standard safety features include driver and front passenger airbags, seat-mounted side air bags, seatbelt pre-tensioners, load limiting retractors, driver-seat position sensing and crash severity sensing, side intrusion door beams, tire pressure monitoring system, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, SecuriLock Passive Anti-Theft System (PATS) and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control.

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Editors' First Take

The Ford Ranger midsize pickup is great, but as someone who likes to really get off the beaten path, I've been disappointed by the truck's FX4 off-road trim. Sure, this package adds a rear differential locker and skid plates, but it just can't stand up to trucks like the Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro in terms of off-road geometry.

Enter the Ranger Tremor. Available on the Ranger SuperCrew in XLT or Lariat trims, the Tremor is a $4,290 upgrade -- though Ford makes you add a Sport Appearance package, too, so the real cost is actually $5,960. No, the Ranger Tremor isn't the full-on Ranger Raptor of my dreams, but it comes close.

Roadshow's Chris Paukert put the Ranger Tremor through its full paces as a daily driver. This time around, I'm here to give you the skinny on where the Tremor shines: the dirt. California's Johnson Valley is right in my backyard, and it's full of everything a desert rat like me could ever want. Rocks, silt, sand, whoops -- it's all here. It's a 53,000-acre playground.

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