Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007

Ford Ranger emphasizes safety

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PRICING: The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2007 Ford Ranger regular cab pickup starts from $13,970 for the base model up to $20,435 for the XLT V6 4WD. Destination charges add $690.

SAFETY FEATURES: Dual front airbags, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and tire pressure monitor. STX adds fog lights. Sport 4WD adds front tow hooks. Optional safety features include limited slip rear axle and skid plates (4WD).

The compact Ford Ranger pickup's high-quality, high value formula continues to succeed against an onslaught of competition.

For 2007 the emphasis is on safety with Ford’s Personal Safety System, tire pressure monitoring system and SecuriLock passive anti-theft system, all included as standard equipment for all Ranger models.

Available with a choice of Styleside six-foot or optional seven-foot cargo beds, the Ranger is also offered in two- or four-wheel drive configurations. Consumers have a choice of three powerplants for the compact Ford pickup – 2.3L four-cylinder, 3.0L V6 and the 4.0L V6. Gearbox options include the standard five-speed manual or an optional five-speed automatic.

On the road, the Ranger’s standard drivetrain configuration is impressively responsive with equally able handling and acceleration. The Ranger's traditional body-on-frame construction serves as the foundation for the suspension hardware. The front suspension features independent unequal length control arms, coil springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bar. The rear suspension also includes torsion bars to its suspension configuration. Enhancements include better bushings, improved spring rates, new front-end geometry, stronger stabilizer bars, retuned shocks and larger wheels and tires.

Inside the cabin, the driver has a good outward view, with well-placed displays and controls. The cab seats and floor are vinyl covered as opposed to carpet – making the cab easy to maintain.

Standard equipment includes power steering, power brakes, AM⁄FM stereo radio with digital clock, variable intermittent wipers and two dashboard mounted power points. Driver instrumentation includes speedometer, odometer, trip odometer, oil pressure, volts, tachometer, water temp and fuel gauge. There is even a bit of room behind the seats that fold forward for some secure storage. Handles in the “A“ pillars facilitate entry and exit.

-Motor News Media