The 2007 Ford Ranger: More Options for Buyers

By: Terry Brown

Ford Motors has been giving the public what can be seen as one of the best compact sized pickup since it released the Ford Ranger. Numerous buyers appreciate the driving capability and the over all performance of the vehicle, not to mention its conservative styling that commands attention from onlookers. The 2007 version of the Ford Ranger is no exception to the continuing excellence exhibited by the company in producing quality vehicles.

The latest installment from the automotive giant is now available either in a 4 cylinder engine or one of the two V6 engines available. The buyer can also choose from either a manual or a five speed automatic transmission. Aside from these choices, buyers are also given the option to choose what they would like to have, from audio systems to skid plates.

The size of the truck is also an option; buyers can choose from three different sizes, with a choice of two cabs and bed lengths. The difference between the models can be seen on their bumpers. The XL models sports a black bumper and a black bar-style grille while the XLT variation has chrome bumpers and a chrome grille surround. Another model available is the Sport which gets a honeycomb grille and body-colored bumpers. This model is aimed at the younger generation and can be equipped with a Tremor MP3 audio and a wheel package, this exudes the assertive look and ride height of the Ranger at a reasonably lower price.

Common to all trim packages of the 2007 model of the Ranger is a tire pressure monitoring system. Also common among most of the models is an audio input jack for all stereo; the only exception is the base AM/FM receiver.

Comfort for the driver and the passenger as well is provided by either a bucket seat or a 60/40- split bench. In the Ford Ranger SuperCab model (an extended cab version of the Ranger) a pair of jump seats can be added, but like most jump seats, it is best left for children.

Engine choices include a 2.3 liter four-cylinder with a maximum output of 143 horsepower; a 3.0 liter V6 with 148 horses; and a 4.0 liter V6 engine capable of producing 207 units of horsepower. Transmissions can either be a five speed manual or a five speed automatic one. The cars can either be a rear wheel drive or an all wheel drive with a dashboard switch that can engage the all wheel drive configuration while the vehicle is running.

All these new models no matter what the trim package is, is a great car to drive, exhibiting steering responsiveness that only precision engineering can bring to life. The suspension is also enough to make any ride comfortable even on off road conditions. But if you are looking to make this an urban vehicle, just exchange the stock coil springs for and increase the stability of your car and make increase its "coolness" factor.

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