Most drivers looking for a basic compact pickup won’t be disappointed with the feature set in the 2010 Ford Ranger.
One reason is its very appealing price. Air conditioning is standard across the model line. And when comparing it to other trucks in the same class, it's no wonder Car and Driver calls it "attractively priced." The 2009 Ford Ranger costs less than most competitors.
From a functionality standpoint, there might be a few disappointments related to its size. 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.
Trim levels include the XL, XLT, Sport, and an FX4 Off-Road model. In the Off-Road edition, Ford has an entertaining vehicle, if that's the purpose you have in mind. The 2009 Off-Road Edition Ford Ranger gets standard Rancho shocks, a Class III trailer package, skid plates, sport bucket seats, and an available Torsen limited-slip differential. Edmunds calls the vehicle "competent off-road."
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 seven-foot bed is optional on the regular-cab XL and XLT." The standard material on the seats for most trims is cloth, but vinyl is standard on the base XL and leather is available at the top of the range. Satellite radio is available on all 2009 Ford Ranger pickups.