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Ford Ranger - 2005 Pickup Truck Buyers Guide
2005 Ford Ranger Road Test Review

by Martha Hindes

2005 Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger Interior

From base model to loaded, does Ford have a small-sized pickup truck for you! Do you need it to go just about anywhere? The 2005 Ford Ranger should. A holdover in the compact sized pickup category while some others are going longer and broader, Ford's Ranger for the younger (make that ageless), more budget-minded crowd, comes in an array of choices from somewhat sparse to well-loaded. Outside, size is relative, since exterior lines have a rather bulky (albeit smaller) appearance. A bold rim surrounding the grille connects with the headlamps that sit above inset sport lamps.

Newest iteration for '05 is TREMOR, with a hint of earth-shaking authority implied in the name. It's the kind of neat, freshening package Ford has repeatedly played around with on the Ranger to prevent boredom from setting in and keep it distinctively separate from its Mazda B-Series cousin. Consider the "in dash" Pioneer MP3/6-disc CD player with 510-watt multi-channel amplifier, plus available 16-inch machined aluminum wheels (TREMOR on the EDGE model) and optional four-corner coaxial speakers (EDGE Super Cab), and you see where Ford is going with this.

Feel the earth tremble a little underfoot while you're near one? Ford's explanation: "Hot Wheels and Cool Tunes." The EDGE, one of five Ranger trim levels, also gets the optional skid plates on off-road designated 4X4 versions as do some XLTs.

Other parts of the mix include base XL and upmarket FX4 and FX4 Level II trims. Regular and SuperCab versions, plus an available 7-foot bed on the XLT accommodate individual needs. This pickup retains an available manual trans.

Inside, optional sport bucket seats and leather trim, depending on model, add a touch of class. Under the hood reside three different powerplants, a 2.3-liter inline 4, 3.0-liter V6, and 4.0-liter V6 with a 207 horsepower, 238 lb. ft. of torque rating. So how do we rate the Ranger? A continuing bargain (ranging from $15,045 to $27,085) that camouflage its longevity with an ever-changing feel of customization.

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