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2004 Ford Ranger XLT, FX4

2004 Ford  Ranger

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For sixteen years the Ford Ranger has topped the best-selling list in the compact pickup truck segment, using what some would call and outdated design. It just goes to show that there's an old adage that still holds true today: "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

At the top end of the Ranger family for 2004 are the XLT and XLT FX4 models. The former has added class, while the latter can be had with two off-road packages, both of which are pure toughness. In addition, the XLT FX4/Level II is fitted with retuned Bilstein shocks that improve control, handling and performance both on and off the road.

Rangers come in regular-cab and extended SuperCab body styles. SuperCabs are available with back-hinged rear doors. Regular cabs use a 6 or 7-ft straightside cargo bed; SuperCabs get a 6-ft version.

Available Models
The 2004 Ford Ranger is offered in seven trims: XL, Edge/Edge Plus, Tremor/Tremor Plus, XLT and XLT FX4. XL, Edge/Edge Plus and Tremor/Tremor Plus are covered in a separate review.

Interior Features
Regular cab Ranger models have a front bench seat and can sit up to three. With the extended cab, a rear seat compliments the rear doors, pushing the seating up to five.
Leather seating is newly optional this year, and a new Ford-style steering also debuts. The 2004 Ranger uses an all-new seat system with sculpted bolsters and higher seatbacks for improved comfort.

Exterior Features
The front end of the 2004 Ford Ranger features a standard raised power dome hood and a new nostril grille. The grille is offered with a horizontal look or a honeycomb design.

The XLT model can be had with a bright appearance packages that spices things up a little. It includes shiny chromed bedrails, step bars and exhaust tip.

XLT models are offered with three separate engines. The base model is a 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder engine with 143 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque.

The next engine is a 3.0-liter V6. It pushes out 154 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there's a 4.0-liter V6 with 207 horsepower and 238 lb-ft of torque.

XLT FX4 Rangers use the 4.0-liter V6. They come only as four-wheel drive vehicles, and use a performance package that is geared towards heavy off-road use.

Safety and Security
Antilock brakes are standard. In addition, all 2004 Rangers have second-generation airbags and safety belts with outboard pretensioners, side intrusion door beams and a theft-deterrent system.

Ford Ranger - New for 2004

Raised power dome hood standard on all trim levels
Nostril grille: horizontal bars on 4x2, honeycomb on 4x4
New bumper valance
Rally gauge cluster
New Ford-style steering wheel
Upgraded cloth seating surfaces
Optional leather seating surfaces (late availability)
Pioneer® Sound Package: 290-watt, seven-speaker system with in-dash, six-disc MP3 player
510-watt Tremor now available with MP3 capability and on 4x4 models (late availability)
New exterior colors: Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic, Dark Green Satin Clearcoat Metallic, Silver Clearcoat Metallic

Fast Stats
Reg. Cab - 2/3
SuperCab - 4/5
MSRP from
2.3L I4
3.0L V6
4.0L V6
143 @ 5250
148 @ 5000
207 @ 5250
5-speed manual
5-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
2.3L - 24 / 29
3.0L - 17 / 22
4.0L - 17 / 22

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