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2003 Ford Ranger

2003 Ford Ranger
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With all of its changes, it's almost difficult to recognize the new Ford Ranger. 2003 sees the compact pickup round in with a laundry list of upgrades, as everything from performance, cab comfort, safety and style have been improved upon. Further beefing up the varied lineup is the introduction of a number of new packages, which address hard-core enthusiasts and hard-core music listeners as well. However, in this review, only the heart of lineup (XL, Edge and Tremor) will be covered.

Available Models
The 2003 Ford Ranger is offered in regular and extended Super Cab body sizes. Edge extended Super Cab and Tremor extended Super Cab offer four-doors, while other models have two. Only Edge models offer a four-wheel drive configuration. The base XL is given both a short 6-ft and long 7-ft bed; other models have the short bed only.

Interior Features
Extended Super Cab models can seat five, while regular cabs handle three. The 2003 Ford Ranger cabin was redesigned to reduce road noise by adding thicker glass, new door and B-pillar seals and a new drive shaft tunnel insulator shield. The XL SuperCab receives a new cloth 60/40 split bench seat. Edge and SuperCab Edge also receive a similar cloth bench, while offering additional cloth sport front bucket seats with black twill bolsters as an option.

While the 2003 Ford Ranger XL is a no-nonsense vehicle, the Edge and Tremor add a bit of refinement. Some of the options that are sprinkled between the two models include a Pioneer Audiophile sound system with 6-disc CD changer, power mirrors, windows and locks, remote keyless entry, cruise control, leather-wrapped steering-wheel, a Class-3 trailer hitch and alloy wheels.

Exterior Features
Sonic Blue and Arizona Beige are two new exterior colors. The 2003 Ford Ranger displays its close ties with the Ford F-series line, as a part of its design incorporates some of the same features. In terms of cargo beds, customers can change their straight-side cargo bed with a flare-fender Flareside bed.

There are three different engines offered with 2003 Ford Rangers. The Base XL comes with either a 2.3-liter 4-cyl engine with 143 horsepower at 5250 rpm and 154 lb-ft of torque at 3750 rpm, or an upgrade to a 3.0-liter V6 that produces 154 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 180 lb-ft of torque at 3900 rpm.

Edge models offer an available 4.0-liter V6 engine, which has 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque at 3000 rpm. All three engines are available with a five-speed automatic transmission or a heavy-duty, five-speed manual transmission.

Safety and Security
New for 2003 is the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system for installation of child safety seats. Also offered are dual front airbags, antilock brakes, safety belts with outboard pretensioners, side intrusion door beams and the theft-deterrent SecuriLockTM system.

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MSRP from
2.3L DOHC I-4
3.0L OHV V-6
4.0L SOHC V-6
143 @ 5250
154 @ 5200
207 @ 5250
5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
MPG: City/Hwy
not available

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