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.
At a glance, the Hennessey VelociRaptor looks to be the answer to a question many have asked: When will we get a Ford sells a hard-core, off-road version of its midsize pickup in other countries, but has no plans to offer this decidedly badass truck on American soil ( ). Thankfully, what the Blue Oval denies, Hennessey provides. But maybe don't reach for your checkbook just yet.in the US?
Texas-based Hennessey Performance knows a thing or two about tuning Ford trucks. The company builds several go-fast versions of the F-150, as well as the already-bonkers, fullsize F-150-based Raptor. Here, the Ranger's 2.3-liter turbocharged I4 gets a power bump, too, thanks to new engine management software and a high-flow air intake. The result is a healthy 360 horsepower and 440 pound-feet of torque -- gains of 90 and 130, respectively, over the stock pickup. Hennessey says this shaves more than two seconds off the Ranger's acceleration time, with 60 miles per hour arriving in a scant 4.9 seconds. That's as quick as a base Porsche 718 Cayman.
The Ranger's 10-speed automatic gearbox carries over unchanged. I find this transmission to be a nice match for the stock engine, but it seems a bit dimwitted when tasked with delivering the VelociRaptor's extra power. Peak torque arrives at 3,800 rpm, so there's some lag off the line, and the transmission is a bit too eager to upshift as you dig into the heart of the powerband.
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