Description: Compact Pickup Truck
Base MSRP Range: $14,450 - $26,670
Invoice Price Range: $13,854 - $24,418
Where built: USA
Best-seller compact truck for 18 years now is Ford's Ranger. For 2006, Ranger shows revamped sheetmetal with an aggressive prow and rugged fender flares on flanks. In all, Ranger splits this year into trims of XL, STX, XLT, Sport, FX4 and FX4 Level II, with cab styles of two-door Regular Cab plus two-door or four-door SuperCab. A seven-foot cargo box is available on XL and XLT Regular Cab models.
With four-door SuperCab and deluxe XLT trim, the FX4 Level II adds 4WD equipment like Bilstein off-road shocks, a Torsen limited-slip rear differential, plus undercarriage skid plates, tow hooks and forged aluminum wheels. Three engines work on Ranger in 2006. A 2.3-liter four-pack base plant makes 143 hp. A 3.0-liter V6 rises to 148 hp but the 4.0-liter V6 scores 207 hp.
New paint chips for Ranger in 2006 include Screaming Yellow Clearcoat and Redfire Clearcoat Metallic.