Description: Compact Pickup Truck
Base MSRP Range: $14,100-$25,720
Invoice Price Range: $13,408-$23,186
Ford's compact-class pickup for 2004 sports a power dome bump on the hood of all trim variations. Ranger makes two cab sizes. A Regular Cab installs a bench for three, while SuperCab pushes the rear cabin wall back to carve out an interior storage area. Two side-facing jump seats mount in the bay, as do a pair of rear-hinged doors for easy access. A new seat system works up front with sculpted bolsters and higher seatbacks for improved comfort.
Models include the XL, Edge, XLT, Tremor and FX4. The Edge edition dresses Ranger in a monochromatic color scheme, and a 2WD Edge stands as high as the 4WD Ranger since 4WD suspension elements are in place. Ranger FX4 presents the serious look of a tough off-road truck and supports that image with hardware designed to take trail abuses, with everything packaged in a kit that eliminates the need to add 4WD gear after the sale.
With four-door SuperCab and deluxe XLT trim the FX4 Level II adds 4WD equipment like Bilstein off-road shocks and stiffer springs, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, plus thick undercarriage skid plates to shield engine, transfer case and fuel tank, tow hooks front and rear, and forged aluminum wheels rimmed with all-terrain rubber.
Also, Ranger's Tremor 2WD SuperCab totes a serious audio package. An optional engine crowns Ranger's power chart and boosts the truck's trailer-towing ability. The 4.0-liter V6 musters best-in-class performance of 207 hp. Coupled to the six-pack is a heavy-duty five-speed manual or optional five-speed automatic.