The interior of the 2008 Ford Ranger lacks the room and style that larger mid-size or small pickups offer, according to most reviewers.
In the Ranger, Ford has the only true compact truck left on the market, since the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier moved into a larger size class. The compact dimensions of the Ranger show through in reviews noted by TheCarConnection.com.
With the Ranger, Ford offers SuperCab models with two rear-hinged doors, and Regular Cab versions with very little space between the seats and the rear glass. Although ConsumerGuide says that the truck has "good headroom and legroom up front," they also state that "three adults are a tight squeeze." In addition to potential cramped riding up front, there is the issue of the backseat space. ConsumerGuide criticizes the rear seat in SuperCab Rangers as "skimpy, cramped, and thus best used for toddlers or cargo," and adds that "entry and exit borders on awkward." Edmunds concurs, claiming the truck's "inward facing jump seats are a quaint reminder of days gone by, but are terrible as a seating option."
Although there isn't a whole lot of room for many passengers in the Ranger, Ford’s compact pickup is actually a three-passenger truck, since most versions offer a front bench seat with a fold-down center armrest. Those plain seats are in truth, not bad: Edmunds finds the front seat to be "acceptable unless you're of tall stature."
It may not be roomy, but Cars.com listed "build quality" as one of its favorite things about the truck. ConsumerGuide even states, "all models we've tested have been solidly built." TheCarConnection.com also adds that in the Ranger, Ford installs better materials than are found in many compact trucks.