The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough and noisy, inefficient engine; and a cramped, uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses. Even if you took thousands off its list price, the Ranger still would not be a bargain.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"I've driven manual transmissions for 42 years and these past 16 were in the Ford Ranger. It has been the worst shifting in two regards: smoothness & gear ratios. And at 80,000 miles last year, the transmission needed to be repaired."

D R., CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The Ranger is very stable and handles well in all circumstances, except snow and/or ice."

G M., KS (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Accelerates very will with good ground clearance. Practical truck. Parts are easy to come by. Gas mileage for a small truck not so good."

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The handling around corners is not great=probably due to the higher ride due to the 4x4 feature The power is excellent on the highway."

Anonymous, WI (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Minimum use on highway, handling OK."

Anonymous, VA (2001 Ford Ranger)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Wind noise a problem at time when talking to passenger."

GERALD F., FL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The interior noise is a little loud."

Anonymous, NE (2001 Ford Ranger)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"To this day, my Ranger has performed well in all seasons. It has been dependable and low maintenance. We own 30 acres of land with our home and the truck is an excellent vehicle for both home maintenance use as well as a personal vehicle, though it is a bit noisy on the road due to the fact we have tires that assure we can get around in the most severe weather conditions, including snow and mud on country roads. The cost was well worth the utility, versatility and dependability."

Anonymous, OH (2001 Ford Ranger)

"I really don't have any negative things to say about this rig. It is the right size for my needs and other than being too low geared, it is exactly what I was looking for."

FRANK T., OR (2001 Ford Ranger)

"FYI - I bought this Ranger second hand so got a good price."

Anonymous, MN (2001 Ford Ranger)

"This vehicle had 296,000 miles on it when I bought it. 31/2 yrs later, it has 332,500 miles and is still going strong. I paid $1800 for it. It is rusting out but the mechanical repairs I have made to it would all be considered expected because of its age and miles."

Anonymous, IL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"It was reasonably priced. It has lasted for 15 years as a work horse.I had rural property so was often hauling stuff in the bed or by trailer hitch."

Anonymous, CA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"i know it is an old vehicle, but it is very very well taken care of. it only has 70000 miles on it and it seems that every 3 months or so something else fails on vehicle that cost another $500. i am about ready to cut my loses and get rid of it. over $3000 in repairs the last 2 years."

BOB S., OH (2001 Ford Ranger)

"The vehicle is 15 years old and has performed very reliably over the first decade. It does not owe me anything."

RONALD K., PA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Economy model but serves its purpose and has an attractive appearance."

KARL B., FL (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Buy used opposed to new"

BILL P., WA (2001 Ford Ranger)

"Basic truck that's afforda ble, easy to maintain, attractive. Engine is strong and trouble free."

Anonymous, MI (2001 Ford Ranger)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"The truck is 15 yrs old and many times I have been told that it does not look that old. It has not been repainted but still holds a good shine."

P B., SC (2001 Ford Ranger)

"My Ranger is the XLT style. My fathers was not, and I like the body style of my Ranger better than his."

MELISSA S., KS (2001 Ford Ranger)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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