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STYLING | 6 out of 10
due to its aged design, it falls short in many other areas, making just about any other small or midsize pickup a better choice
truck desperately needs an update
basic design is more than a decade old and shows it
The folks in charge of the 2009 Ford Ranger know that one of the vehicle's draws is its longevity; this is the oldest vehicle in its class. It debuted in 1990, and despite an update to the powertrain and slight refinements, the vehicle has yet to be completely redesigned. With that in mind, most reviewers don't bother to discuss the Ranger's styling in much (if any) detail.
The 2009 Ford Ranger's basic shape has been around since the 1990s, and reviews read by TheCarConnection.com report only slight updates over the years. 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. ConsumerGuide says the "basic design is more than a decade old and shows it," while MyRide.com opines that this "truck desperately needs an update." At Ford, 2009 gets the Ranger a slight update: 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 2009 Ford Ranger's interior. Edmunds snipes: "The Ranger's interior was last overhauled during the Clinton administration -- and the first term at that." The reviewer goes on to note that "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 2009 Ford Ranger is a classic—but that means it's pretty dated on all fronts.