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in 2011 Compact Pickup Trucks

Avg. Price Paid: $12,620 - $19,135
Original MSRP: $18,160 - $26,070
MPG: 22 City / 27 Hwy
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2011 Ford Ranger Performance

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In order to appreciate the 2011 Ford Ranger's performance, you have to take it for what it is: a capable and simple off-road and work truck.  If you're looking for daily-driving comfort and refinement, you should check out the Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier, class leaders among compact and midsize trucks.

  • "Ride and handling seem good enough until you drive the Ranger back to back with more up-to-date models from Dodge, GM, Nissan and Toyota, at which point the truck's choppy ride and subpar handling and braking become readily apparent." -- Edmunds
  • "With no V8 option under the hood, the Ranger also falls behind the class leaders in horsepower and towing capability." -- Kelley Blue Book

Acceleration and Power

Under the hood, the Ranger provides two engine choices: a 2.3-liter, 143-horsepower four-cylinder engine or a 4.0-liter, 207-horsepower V6.  

While some critics report that the V6 has good power, most reviewers generally have more criticism than praise for the engines, which they feel are underpowered. Standard with each engine is five-speed manual overdrive transmission; a five-speed automatic with overdrive is about $1,000 more.  Reviewers were disappointed in the lack of a V8 option, which puts the Ranger behind its V8 competitors the GMC Canyon, Chevrolet Colorado, and Dodge Dakota.

The EPA gives the four-cylinder two-wheel-drive manual transmission engine 22 mpg city/highway, and the automatic transmission with the same setup earns 19/24 mpg city/highway. The four-wheel-drive V6 model with the manual transmission earns an EPA rating of 15/19 city/highway, and the same engine with an automatic transmission earns 14/18 mpg city/highway.

  • "Rangers with the 4.0 V6 have good power, especially at low speeds. This engine works nicely with the 5-speed automatic transmission." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "This engine exhibits good acceleration so long as the Ranger is not weighted down with a heavy load." -- Kelley Blue Book

Handling and Braking

Reviewers generally feel the Ranger rides adequately for a truck, though it can't measure up to competitors like the Toyota Tacoma or Nissan Frontier when it comes to comfort and refinement.

  • "The 2011 Ford Ranger's handling and road manners have seen improvement through a series of recent suspension changes that include stiffer bushings, springs and shocks. As a result, the Ranger's rear end is far less prone to hopping about when crossing rough terrain and the steering response is direct and firm." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ride and handling seem good enough until you drive the Ranger back to back with more up-to-date models from Dodge, GM, Nissan and Toyota, at which point the truck's choppy ride and subpar handling and braking become readily apparent." -- Edmunds
  • "Ranger jiggles on rough roads but absorbs big bumps surprisingly well." -- Consumer Guide

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