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

"Fast acceleration, but too much road noise regardless or tires and road conditions."

Nannette G., IL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Great mileage and acceleration for a four banger"

Steven B., MI (2005 Ford Ranger)

"It has good power."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Ford Ranger)

"A good reliable truck , I drive it on long trips,it s a gas hog , 4 wheel drive ,automatic and 4.0 engine. The truck has never failed,( knock on wood)."

Glenn S., OH (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Bad mpg should of got 4.0 v6"

Stevie W., CA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Engine start very reliably. 3.0 V6 feels more powerful than expected. Automatic transmission slow to change gears at 40 mph transition. Mileage much worse than expected. Ride harsh, but expected for truck."

David B., MS (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Excellent more power than I really need, I wish I would have gotten the 4 cylinder instead of the 6 as I did not need the extra power and gas mileage would have been better."

Carles K., OR (2005 Ford Ranger)

"satisfactory acceleration, stable handling but not a performer."

Anonymous, IA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"The little four cylinder engine is under powered."

Anonymous, TX (2005 Ford Ranger)

"V6 engine. Handles wonderful"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Acceleration And handling are impressive.."

Willis A., FL (2005 Ford Ranger)


Anonymous, MA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"The clutch sticks on rare occasions that is disconcerting and never corrected by Ford."

CHARLES P., AL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Drives great ,goes like a bat out of hell."

GLENN S., OH (2005 Ford Ranger)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"For a truck, it rides very good."

Anonymous, SC (2005 Ford Ranger)

"For the type vehicle the Ranger is the comfort of the seats and the ride are acceptable...not luxurious :)"

Anonymous, WY (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Good overall. Ride is a bit choppy but that is to be expected."

Steven B., MI (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Always had Ford Ranger. Best small truck ever"

Anonymous, FL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"It is a truck, so no matter how slow and careful, you still feel it when you go over a speed bump, etc."

Debby L., FL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"The seats are are are a perfect match, far better than any of my friends cars or trucks. Every one is impressed by the acceleration of this vehicle, and its reliability. Wish I had. A new one as good as this . Go Ford????????????"

Willis A., FL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"The typical design back rest of the seat contours forward on the let and right side making the upper body feel uncomfortable by pushing the shoulders toward the center line of the body. The noise level is tolerable but a little loud on rough gravel roads. The comfort from the suspension is as expected for this type of truck which is fair."

Eric G., TX (2005 Ford Ranger)

"It's atruck that relies on 1950's & 60's suspension, torsion bsrs and leaf springs. It rides quite stiffly, but there is a little improvement with at least 500# in the box."

Anonymous, WI (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Not too comfortable for long rides. tight fit."

THERESE M., NM (2005 Ford Ranger)

"comfortable seat quiet ride"

JUDSON B., CA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Wind noise."

Anonymous, CT (2005 Ford Ranger)


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

What Owners Say

"Truck isover 12years old and continuesto bevery reliable"

Anonymous, MA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Brand new it was $12000"

Stevie W., CA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Good basic truck."

Anonymous, NH (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Low power and poor fuel mileage are both issues"

CLARENCE P., IN (2005 Ford Ranger)

"I bought the truck on Memorial day weekend 2005. After the sale discount, I got the truck for around $13,500. I've had it for 11 years now. It's starting to have problems but after 11 years, I would expect any vehicle to show signs of wear and tear."

MARILYNN W., CA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"I got a good deal from a buddy and ford ranger is dope."

EDWARD D., AL (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Good little vehicle, takes lots of punishment and keeps working"

JON B., CA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"This vehicle has NEVER given us any problems. We follow the usual maintenance. The value was great."

RITA P., OK (2005 Ford Ranger)

"bought this truck to haul things to the cottage. No expectationsexcept having a truck, but we love it and use it as often as the car - fun to drive. Bare bones - no extras- so a little bit of retro feeling when driving it"

Anonymous, ON (2005 Ford Ranger)

"24-34 mpg with a camper shell, holds all my gear when traveling and cost $10,000 when purchased new in 2005. It will be a problem finding a vehicle to replace it when needed."

KEVIN K., CA (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Good price for a truck. Not as solid feeling as older rangers."

E D., MI (2005 Ford Ranger)

"Great bang for the buck ,little maintenance truck keeps running"

GLENN S., OH (2005 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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