2009 Ford Ranger Review: Mileage, Powertrain, and Features

When it comes to the 2009 Ford Ranger, it has unsurpassed fuel economy for a truck. The 2009 Ford Ranger starts with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $16,395. It is a cheap truck, but can provide power, fuel economy all at the same time, which only a few other trucks can do, like the Toyota Tacoma. Here are some important specifications of the Ford Ranger, as well as some extra features.

Fuel Economy

The Ford Ranger has EPA fuel economy ratings of 26 miles per gallon on the highway, and 21 miles per gallon in the city. However, if you choose the V6 engine, you will be reduced to 21 miles per gallon on the highway, and 16 miles per gallon in the city. The fuel tank size depending if you get the regular cab or super extended cab. The regular cab has a six foot bed, and only can hold 17 gallons of gas. The extended is a seven foot bed, which can hold 20 gallons of gas.

Powertrain

There are two engine options available. The more fuel efficient engine is the 2.3 liter I4 cylinder engine that can produce 143 horsepower at 5250 RPM and 154 foot pounds of torque at 3750 RPM. The other is a more powerful 4.0 liter V6 engine with 207 horsepower at 5250 RPM and 238 foot pounds of torque at 3000 RPM. Both come as a standard five speed manual with overdrive, but automatic transmissions are available as an option.

Extra Features

Some of the features of the Ranger truly make it a great option. One of these is a "shift on the fly" four wheel drive. You can turn a knob and switch between 4×2 and 4×4 without even having to brake. The truck comes with tow hooks standard, and there are 57 inch rear springs for more control. It can tow up to about 6000 pounds. The standard size bed on the truck is six feet, but there is an extended version for an extra foot. You can also get an extender which makes it even longer. A hard cover can also be included. 16 Y spoke aluminum wheels are standard, perfect for off road driving, and also has heavy duty shocks. You can also get a quality sound system, with MP3 capability, as well as an XM satellite radio subscription.

Overall, the Ford Ranger provides a truck that gives a great mix of power, while being easy on the fuel.

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