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2005 Ford Ranger XLT and FX4

2005 Ford Ranger
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America's best-selling compact pickup truck, the 2005 Ford Ranger has a lot to keep up with. Naturally, the designers are careful not to change the recipe but instead, have focussed on the elements that make the Ranger so popular. With the upscale Rangers described here, the luxurious 2005 Ford Ranger XLT and the offroad twins FX4 and FX4 Level II, that is certainly true.

The offroad-designed FX4 now has an even more capable big brother. Ranger has taken it up a notch with the appropriately described FX4 Level II. Their theory seems to have been that if it was available as an option for any other year as an offroad enhancement, then put it on the 2005 Ranger FX4 Level II as standard equipment. Read below to see the result.

Available Models
The 2005 Ranger is available in XL, EDGE, XLT, FX4 and FX4 Level II trims, in Regular Cab and two- and four-door SuperCab. As with all the Ford pick-ups, the Ranger has an incredible diversity of trim styles and configurations. This year that has been added to with an XLT 4x2 and 4x4 Regular Cab with a 7-foot box and an EDGE 4x4 two-door SuperCab.

Interior Features
Regular cab Ranger models have a front bench seat and can sit up to three. With the SuperCab, a rear seat compliments the rear doors, pushing the seating up to five with jump seats. Standard interior features include, for the XLT, air conditioning, a leather-wrapped steering wheel (SuperCab 4 door), cloth upholstery and an AM/FM/CD player. while the XLT FX4 Offroad adds cruise control, power windows and door locks and remote keyless entry.

The real story is ion the new FX4 Level II. It adds unique two-tone bucket seats are accompanied by a center console, chrome shifter (manual) and AM/FM stereo with MP3/CD player and cassette.

Leather seating is available this year for the XLT and FX4, along with front bucket seats and a host of other options.

Exterior Features
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. The Level II is all about exterior style and performance upgrades. Standard features include Torsen limited-slip rear axle, a body-color grille surround, bright front tow hooks, rear tow hook and 15-inch forged Alcoa aluminum wheels with 31-inch by 10.5-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain "KO" T/A tires. Skid plates front, mid and aft and Bilstein shocks top off the offroad-ready Level II.

XLT and FX4 models are offered with two engine choices. A 3.0-liter V6 pushes out 154 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque while the uplevel 4.0-liter V6 has 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.

Safety and Security
Antilock brakes are standard, along with second-generation airbags and safety belts with outboard pretensioners, side intrusion door beams, a theft-deterrent system and the LATCH child-seat restraint system.

2005 Ford Ranger - Vehicle Highlights

Vehicle configurations added to lineup - XLT 4x2 and 4x4 Regular Cab with 7-foot box, EDGE 4x4 two-door SuperCab
"Hot Wheels and Cool Tunes" - TREMOR MP3 audio & wheel package for Ranger EDGE
Skid plates available on 4x4 EDGE and XLT, standard on FX4
16-inch, five-spoke cast aluminum wheels available on 4x2 EDGE and 4x4 XLT
15-inch, seven-spoke chrome clad wheels standard on all 4x4 EDGE and XLT Regular Cab models

Fast Stats
2 / 3 / 4 / 5
MSRP from
2.3L I4
3.0L V6
4.0L V6
143 @ 5250
148 @ 4900
207 @ 5250
5-speed manual
5-speed auto
MPG: City/Hwy
2.3L 34 / 29
3.0L 17 / 22
4.0L 17 / 22

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