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STYLING | 6 out of 10
dated interior design
truck desperately needs an update
basic design is more than a decade old and shows it
The 2008 Ford Ranger has made a virtue out of being the oldest vehicle in its class. It's been refined since it was introduced on its current chassis in the early 1990s, and its powertrain has been updated, but it has not been completely redesigned—and reviewers from around the Web have hardly bothered to review it, much less comment on its style.
The 2008 Ford Ranger’s basic shape has been around since the 1990s. ConsumerGuide says the "basic design is more than a decade old and shows it," while MyRide opines that this "truck desperately needs an update." At Ford, 2008 gets the Ranger a slight update: Cars.com notes that "the Ranger's front bumper has been redesigned to cut through the air more efficiently," and "new larger fog lights improve visibility." Automedia says the look is “a tad tougher and bolder.” And in certain trim levels, the Ranger does a good job of faking tougher credentials. As Cars.com says, "The Ranger Sport conveys the assertive look and ride height of a four-wheel-drive Ranger at a lower price."
There are even fewer compliments for the 2008 Ford Ranger’s interior. Edmunds snipes: “The Ranger's interior was last overhauled during the Clinton administration -- and the first term at that. At least the Ranger's ergonomics are quite straightforward, with easy-to-use controls.” They conclude, "due to its aged design, it falls short in many other areas, making just about any other small or midsize pickup a better choice."
The 2008 Ford Ranger has a dated style, inside and out.