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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
The 2010 Ford Ranger clearly lags behind rivals in terms of space and comfort, but it’s not as far behind its rivals in refinement as you might think.
With the Chevrolet Colorado, Toyota Tacoma, and Nissan Frontier moved into a larger size class, Ford arguably retains the only true compact pickup. 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."
In front, the space story is a bit better. ConsumerGuide says the truck has "good headroom and legroom up front," but "three adults are a tight squeeze" for the front. The basic front seats are, in truth, not bad; Edmunds finds them to be "acceptable unless you're of tall stature."
Ford installs better materials into the Ranger 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."
A tight, jarring ride is pretty much expected in a pickup, but the Ranger isn’t so bad in this respect. ConsumerGuide indicates that the ride quality is "decent for trucks," reporting that Rangers "jiggle on rough roads but absorb big bumps pretty well."
The 2010 Ford Ranger isn’t very comfortable, spacious, or impressive inside, but it’s solid and well built.