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The 2009 Ford Ranger is an economical—if not modern and refined—choice for those who just want a truck and don't have higher expectations. Read more »
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due to its aged design, it falls short in many other areas, making just about any other small or midsize pickup a better choice

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truck desperately needs an update

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basic design is more than a decade old and shows it

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Pricing and Specifications by Style
$16,395 $25,805
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL
Gas Mileage 21 mpg City/26 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas I4, 2.3L
EPA Class No Data
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 3
Passenger Doors 2
Body Style Regular Cab Pickup - Short Bed
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6.2 out of 10
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The Basics:

Experts at TheCarConnection.com have searched far and wide to bring you the information in this review about the 2009 Ford Ranger. The editors have driven the Ranger to offer you expert input, then looked for further insight from other reviewers. This inclusive review thus gathers the best and most thorough information about the 2009 Ford Ranger available so that you can make a smart buying decision.

The 2009 Ford Ranger is the oldest vehicle in its class—by a long shot. It got its last full redesign in 1990, and despite a powertrain update and a few other refinements, the style has mostly carried over in recent years.

Nearly identical to the Mazda B-Series, the 2009 Ranger is still available in four- and six-cylinder forms, in rear- or four-wheel drive, and two-door Regular Cab and four-door SuperCab configurations are offered. The latter version has two small access doors for cargo stowage; no true four-door model is on the list.

Periodic updates have kept the Ranger's front end looking fresh even if the profile is familiar, and it's actually aged better than some compact trucks. Another plus is that the Ranger's interior has better materials than many compact trucks. Seating is, however, a step behind most compact-pickup rivals.

The Ford Ranger can be an entertaining off-road vehicle, if that's the purpose you have in mind. Its six-foot bed is useful for some weekend and professional uses, but the ubiquitous 4x8 sheet of plywood won't fit.

Safety will be an issue for some shoppers; the 2009 Ford Ranger just doesn't have a competitive features list. Side airbags aren't available; neither is electronic stability control, on a vehicle with a three-star rollover rating.

Trim levels of the 2009 Ford Ranger include the XL, XLT, Sport, and an FX4 Off-Road model, which gets standard Rancho shocks, a Class III trailer package, skid plates, sport bucket seats, and an available Torsen limited-slip differential.


  • True compact size
  • Four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Off-road model


  • No V-8 option
  • No full four-door body style
  • Short six-foot bed
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