The Ford Ranger is Ford’s least expensive truck series, and as of 2012 has been in production for 29 years. It was introduced in 1983 and currently the Ranger has three distinct models in the lineup. The most basic Ranger, the Ford Ranger XL, has an MSRP of $18,160, features a 2.3L DOHC Straight-4 engine capable of 143 hp and 154 ft-lbs of torque. The second in the lineup, the XLT, features two different engines: a 2.3L DOHC Straight-4 and a 4.0L SOHC V6, a more powerful option featuring more horsepower and more torque for the same mileage (the XL and XLT have 22/27 mpg [city/highway], high numbers for pickup trucks; the Sport, the most expensive Ranger option, gets 16/21 mpg). The Sport features a 4.0L SOHC V6 engine, which has the most torque and horsepower but also the worst gas mileage.
The Ranger is designed to be a lightweight pickup truck capable of handling anywhere from 1,340 lbs to 5,960 lbs of towing and provide maximum mileage for drivers on a budget as well as maximum efficiency. The Ford Ranger series is also meant to be driven daily, hence the good gas mileage for a pickup truck. The fact that it’s smaller also means that customers who are looking for auto transportation for their Ranger shouldn’t run into any major problems. Unlike the Ford Super Duty lineup of trucks, the Ranger lineup is smaller, meaning it should be able to fit on an auto transportation truck – so long as it isn’t lifted too high or have special alterations to the cab. Typically the Ranger is small enough to fit, but it’s always best to have the exact dimensions of your Ranger determined and ready to give your auto transportation company, should they need them.
Most auto transportation companies have special factors that go into pricing a pickup truck. Since the Ranger is smaller and weighs less, chances are you won’t be nailed with an oversized vehicle fee or a larger fuel surcharge from the auto transportation company, as it weighs only 1,960 lbs – small compared to most pickup trucks. But it’s designed that way.
The Ford Ranger is an excellent vehicle, and if you’re looking for auto transportation for your personal Ranger, you need look no further than American Auto Shipping. Simply fill out our free online auto transportation quote request form or call our toll-free number and you’ll get an instant price immediately right on your screen.