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FEATURES | 7 out of 10
affordable and competent off-road
Car and Driver
available with a 4-cylinder or choice of two V-6's
Reviewers, for the most part, were impressed with the optional features offered on the 2008 Ford Ranger.
Trim levels include the XL, XLT, Sport, and an FX4 Off-Road model. All sport a six-foot bed that’s useful for some weekend and professional uses, but the ubiquitous 4x8 sheet of plywood won't fit.
Edmunds lists one of the main options as the bed size of the Ranger; Ford offers a six-foot bed “on all cab styles and trims, but a 7-foot bed is optional on the regular-cab XL and XLT." An additional option available is the 60/40 split bench seat in front or bucket seats. The standard material on the seats is cloth, but leather is available. Satellite radio is an option on all 2008 Ford Ranger pickups.
With the Off-Road edition, the 2008 Ford Ranger gets standard Rancho shocks, a Class III trailer package, skid plates and sport bucket seats, and an available Torsen limited-slip differential. In this Ranger, Ford has an entertaining off-road vehicle, if that's the purpose you have in mind.
The 2008 Ford Ranger is priced lower than most competitors. Starting at less than $17,000 for the 2008 Ford Ranger Sport regular cab, it is more affordable than most pickups. When compared to other trucks in the same class, it's no wonder Car and Driver calls it "attractively priced."
While the 2008 Ford Ranger is not a cutting-edge leader, it’s an affordable pickup with some good options.