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2010 Ford Ranger: Almost A Classic, Now With Side Airbags

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This week, TheCarConnection.com updated its full review of the Ford Ranger for 2010, and even though we haven't driven the 2010 yet we've driven countless earlier models and can speak from experience. The Ranger is built on a design that’s absolutely ancient—we’ll get to that shortly—but Ford has finally fit side airbags to the 2010 Ranger.

The 2010 Ranger now has a very respectable safety package, including those side bags, electronic stability control with Roll Stability Control, and anti-lock brakes. About the only top safety feature it lacks—and one that’s not always on the safety list for newer designs—is side curtain bags.

That is about the only thing that’s changed on the Ranger for 2010. It’s one of the few vehicles in the Ford lineup to not yet offer Sync, for hands-free calling and easy audio interfacing, and its lineup is quite limited, with the six-foot bed you end up with in most cabs and trims (a seven-footer is offered for fleets only) just barely large enough for weekend-hauling tasks but not large enough for a 4x8 sheet of plywood.

But we don’t mind those minor downsides. Despite the rather low Overall Rating of 6.2 for its MetaReview, the Ranger remains a longtime favorite of several of us here at TheCarConnection.com because it’s one of the few pickups that keeps it simple. With the base four-cylinder engine and manual transmission, the Ranger is very fuel-efficient and just peppy enough, provided you don’t plan to tow, with low operating costs all around. The seats are disappointing (no indication from Ford that they've been improved for 2010), but the interior is simple and sturdy. It’s quite a deal at about $18k, destination included, and it hits the mark for compact shoppers while other trucks from Chevrolet, GMC, Toyota, and Nissan have become a half-step larger. For now—perhaps until the Mahindra pickup arrives next year—it’s the only true compact.

2010 Ford Ranger

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And as for the design, we think it’s already becoming a classic. The Ford Ranger is one of the few vehicles on the market that dates back to the early- or mid-1990s, when TheCarConnection.com hadn’t even signed on yet. And our country was more innocent. We hadn’t yet heard about Monica Lewinsky, right?

There aren’t even a handful of models that date farther back without any major redesigns—the Mercedes-Benz G-Class (Gelaendewagen, or G-wagen), the Ford Econoline vans.

Have we missed any? Let us know.

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  1. Let me start with one comment: Just because something has been around forever doesn't make "classic"--it just makes it old. On the flip side, any vehicle model that has lasted through the past few years has to be at least a little bit special. The Ranger IS a nifty little vehicle. Good alternative to the massive F150.
     
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  2. I'm takin' the bait and runnin' with it--rant on! While I haven't seen the new version, I beg to differ, especially if this version is basically unchanged from the 2008 (which TCC rated 6.6). Ford may think that producing 40,000 units of anything is good. Unfortunately, the Tacoma and Sierra both have double that figure. $18K may sound like a bargain, but when Kia and the Indians decide they want somma that share, game's up. The reason why the BMW 3 series is still desirable, even though the model is 30 years old, is because the Germans improved it over time (a concept completely lost on Detroit). More performance, more features, attractive design, higher price. This is Business 101 and Mark Fields is saying, "that's a tough question", and "it's a challenge":
    http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/marty-blog/1034719_five-questions-ford-evp-mark-fields
    This guy is a talking head and I'm offended. What I'm hearing is, "You idiot Americans will buy anything with a blue oval on it, even if it's total crap". Having owned lots of Ford products over the years (including a Ranger), and their stock, I'm glad Ford is rebounding from these trying times. But the days when you could find happy owners for vehicles like the Explorer, Windstar, Aspire, Contour, Probe, Town Car, Mercury anything, and stay in business, are over. Their lineup is still 6 sedans, 10 trucks and 2 "other". It's been 7 years since the MINI launched- where's their competitor? The only thing that could make things worse is if Ford hired Chris Bangle. OK, I'm done, I'll climb back down.
     
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  3. Dates back to the mid-NINETIES? Feh! Not even close!
    No American vehicle even comes close in terms of "oldest doors in the business," though the old Dodge Van dated back to 1971 before it was replaced by the Sprinter.
    The three top contenders I can think of are:
    - Morgan 4/4 (UK): doors date back to mid-1930s
    - Hindustan Ambassador (India): mid-1950s Morris Oxford
    - VW CityGolf (S Africa): 1975 Mk I VW Golf (1975)
    Anyone got older candidates?
     
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  4. Dated?
    Just placed my order for one! Only mini truck available, and it's AMERICAN.
    Hope more jump on this great little pickup.
     
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  5. Why no improved gas mileage? The truck market needs a compact truck with 4x4 that gets good gas mileage.
     
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