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2004 Ford Ranger

2004 Ford  Ranger

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America's best-selling compact pickup truck continues to be offered in a wide variety of models, with tantalizing options attending each one. Built Ford tough like all trucks from the manufacturer, the compact Ranger is nice, rugged little pickup.

The 2004 Ford Ranger has a new look that reshapes its front end for a more prominent appearance. That, plus improved ride features and new equipment, highlight the changes for this year.

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. XLT and XLT FX4 models 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.

The XL model is on the lowest end of the price range for a reason. Though it will still handle all the driving, it doesn't have too many interior features. A floor console, cupholders, an AM/FM radio, a digital clock and black vinyl floor covering top the list.

A new item for 2004 is a Pioneer Stereo System. It includes an AM/FM CD/MP3 player that delivers 290 peak watts of power through nine speakers and an integrated power subwoofer.

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.

Across the lower half of the Ranger lineup there are three engine choices. 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 doles 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.

All three engines are available with a five-speed automatic transmission or a heavy-duty, five-speed manual transmission. 2WD and 4WD configurations are both offered as well.

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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