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QUALITY | 7 out of 10
capable, unappreciated small work truck
acceptable unless you're of tall stature
all models we've tested have been solidly built
Editors at TheCarConnection.com find that the 2009 Ford Ranger lags behind rivals in terms of space. Many drivers will be abjectly disappointed.
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. 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. 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 ConsumerGuide says the truck has "good headroom and legroom up front," they also state that "three adults are a tight squeeze" for the front. The basic front seats are in truth not bad: Edmunds finds the front seat to be "acceptable unless you're of tall stature."
All versions of the Ranger sport a six-foot bed that's useful for some weekend and professional needs, but the ubiquitous 4x8 sheet of plywood won't fit.
In the Ranger, Ford installs better materials than are found in many compact trucks. It may not be roomy, but Cars.com lists "build quality" as one of its favorite things about the truck. ConsumerGuide even states, "all models we've tested have been solidly built."
The 2009 Ford Ranger is tight in terms of space—really tight. Build quality, however, is pleasingly respectable.