2008 Ford Ranger

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What Changed for 2008:
  • New front bumper design

  • Model lineup simplified to XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road

  • Limited run of trucks painted Grabber Orange

  • New wheel designs

  • Larger-diameter fog lamps
The Ford Ranger was originally introduced into the compact pickup truck market in 1983. Although the Ranger has undergone some substantial changes over the years, it has never been completely redesigned. The Ranger comes in two cab styles: regular cab and extended SuperCab. The SuperCab is available with 2 or 4 doors, including two rear-hinged rear access doors. SuperCabs come with a 6-foot cargo bed, while regular cabs also offer a longer 7-foot bed. Regular cabs have seating for 3, while SuperCabs can seat 5 with two fold-down rear jump seats. One 4-cylinder and two V-6 engines are offered, and the Ranger is available with rear-wheel drive (2WD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). The Ranger shares its platform with the Mazda B-Series.

Model Lineup
Trim levels on the 2008 Ford Ranger include XL, XLT, Sport and FX4 Off-Road. The XL model's standard equipment includes an anti-theft system; AM/FM stereo with clock; vinyl flooring; vinyl 60/40 split front bench seat; and P225/70R15 all-season tires on steel wheels. SuperCab XLs have cloth upholstery, and 4WD XL models have all-terrain tires. XLT models add air conditioning; cloth upholstery; AM/FM/CD stereo; carpeting; and floor mats. 4WD XLTs also have fog lamps, heavy-duty gas shocks, and, for the SuperCab, tow hooks and rear jump seats. Sport models come with fog lamps, vinyl flooring, heavy-duty gas shocks, tow hooks, and alloy wheels. SuperCab Sports also have side step bars and a Class III trailer hitch receiver. 4WD Sport models add tow hooks, skid plates, and for the 4-door SuperCab, P255/70R16 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels. The FX4 Off-Road model is only offered with 4WD. To the base Sport model, it adds a limited-slip rear axle; Rancho shocks; skid plates; bed-rail- and tailgate-lip protectors; tilt leather-wrapped steering wheel; cruise control; power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; bucket seats with driver's side manual lumbar adjustment; center floor console; vinyl flooring with front slush mats; and P255/70R16 all-terrain tires on aluminum wheels. Available options include leather upholstery, a bed extender, Sirius satellite radio, and a 290-watt Pioneer sound system with 6-disc CD changer and auxiliary input jack.

The 2008 Ford Ranger offers a choice of three engines: an inline 4-cylinder and two V-6s. The base 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine is a dual-overhead-cam design that produces 143 hp at 5250 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 3750 rpm. It is only available for 2WD models. Also offered is an overhead-valve 3.0-liter V-6 engine that delivers 148 hp at 4900 rpm and 180 lb.-ft. of torque at 3950 rpm. Available only for 4WD models is a 4.0-liter, single-overhead-cam V-6 engine that produces 207 hp at 5250 rpm and 238 lb.-ft. of torque at 3000 rpm. All three engines come standard with a 5-speed manual transmission, and a 5-speed automatic is available. V-6-equipped Rangers also offer a dashboard-activated part-time 4WD system that should not be left engaged on dry pavement and includes low-range gearing. EPA fuel economy ratings range from 21 mpg city/26 mpg highway for a 2WD 4-cylinder model with the manual transmission to 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway for a 2WD with the 3.0-liter V-6 engine and manual transmission to 14 mpg city/17 mpg highway for a 4WD model with the 4.0-liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission. Properly equipped, the Ranger has a maximum towing capacity of 6000 pounds.

Standard safety features on the 2008 Ford Ranger include dual-stage front air bags with a front-passenger sensor, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, and a tire-pressure monitor. No other air bags are offered, and neither is traction control or electronic stability control. The Ford Ranger has earned 4-star ratings for the driver and front passenger in front-impact tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Regular cab models have also received 5 stars for driver's side-impact tests, while extended cab models received 4 stars. In rollover resistance tests, 2WD models earned a 3-star rating, while 4WD models received only a 2-star rating.

Sirius satellite radio offers 130 channels of streamed digital radio, including commercial-free music, as well as sports, news and talk. The signals are beamed from studios to satellites in orbit over the United States. Those signals are transmitted to the ground, where your vehicle's receiver picks them up. The signals are also picked up by ground repeaters to increase coverage in cities, but satellite radio signal can be lost in cities with tall buildings. Like an AM signal, a satellite radio signal can also be lost under bridges.

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