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.
Alerts
There are 6 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit.
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
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Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.
Fuel Economy & Emissions
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Greenhouse Gas Greenhouse Gas The Greenhouse Gas Rating represents the amount of carbon dioxide the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Smog Rating Smog Rating The Smog Rating represents the amount of health-damaging and smog-forming airborne pollutants the vehicle emits compared to other vehicles of the same model year. This score from the EPA ranges from 1 (worst) to 10 (best).
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Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Reliability Trouble Spots
Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Transmission Minor Transmission Minor Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.
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Drive System Drive System Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
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Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
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Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
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Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC and side air bags standard from 2010.
Road Test
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. Stability control and side air bags are standard for 2010. This is the last year for the Ranger.
Seating
3 front, 2 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , Rear
Warranty
Coverage varies among versions of this vehicle

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 2.3-liter 4 (143 hp)
  • 3-liter V6 (148 hp)
  • 4-liter V6 (207 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2007 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"I had to replace both front wheel hub assembly's because the anti lock component failed. The truck had less than 25000 miles on the odometer. That repair cost me $1200. My mechanic said it was due to the salt that they use on the highways"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"When brakes are wet from dew or rain, the brakes on the rear wheels lock upon apllying the brakes"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Calipers

"Bought the truck used and brakes locked up within 100 miles."

Anonymous, HI (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Rusted, probably due to lack of use."

Anonymous, MN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Within a few weeks of buying the vehicle used 1 year ago, the left front break was binding which required caliper replacement. No problems since then"

Anonymous, MD (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Normal routine brake wear

"needed new pas on the front"

Johnny P., TX (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"pulsating braking"

Lee M., FL (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"leaking calipers and worn brake line caused fluid loss and partial brake failure."

Richard C., MA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"worn out old age"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Rotors were worn"

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Squeaking

"Persistent mechanical noise with pulsating brake pedal and some brake grinding when at very low speeds while turning. Every mechanic I have spoken to has indicated there is no problem though."

Nick P., WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"Brake pads needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

"rubber boots cracked"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"wornout with age"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Bushings

"Sway bar bushings need replacement"

John S., IL (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Power steering leaks

"small leak in rack and pinion unit"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"hose broke.Rust"

Alfred C., QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Shocks or struts

"They wore out and I replaced them."

Anonymous, AK (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"started a year ago still have problem"

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Springs or torsion bars

"Replaced one sway bar link Replaced break pads and rotors"

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Tie rods

"Tie rods were worn out and replaced them with new ones."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Noise in left front wheel turned out to be a bad wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"A/C system stopped working. Not sure why. Intend to have it looked at later in the spring"

John S., PE (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Clutch failure"

Randal L., GA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"AC NEVER worked & heater is always on even when just using fan..."

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

"it was due to a small control valve located so it was very difficult to get to"

Anonymous, CT (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Dash temperature control had to be replaced. Also, actuator to air ducts had to be replaced."

R S., LA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Condenser

"Leaked around outside of condenser"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"Refrigerant is low. Not unexpected after 13 years."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"It has a slow leak. Not original equipment"

Anonymous, IN (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Condenser was replaced because of leak"

Anonymous, KY (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had leak and needed additional coolant"

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Ranger)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Over the last 12-18 months, patches of peeling paint have developed on the hood, in two large spots near the leading edge and the hood's trailing edge. It is unsightly, but does not affect the performance of the truck. It also appears to be commonplace on Arizona-based Ford trucks of that era. I have not had the time or money to have the hood repainted at a body shop, although this is not out of the question."

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"paint peels off the rocker panels"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"paint peeling and rust progression of rear left box panel. Body shop repair estimate ~$3500 for repair/replacement. Too much for old truck, so pop rivet/sheet metal repair & can of matching spray paint to cover the deteriorating paint. Suits me fine for an old beater :) good for the woods roads to go fishin'!"

Anonymous, NL (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Paint chipping and peeling on the hood, particularly at the trailing edge; some fading and wear on the roof. The defects on the hood seem to be linked to the composite material used on the hood, as other Rangers I am personally familiar with of about the same age are experiencing the same issues. Wear on the rood appears to be normal oxidation secondary to constant sun exposure."

Anonymous, AZ (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"bed and rear bumper rusting"

Anonymous, MA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"both doors and the tailgate experienced rust /decay- - - we've since heard that Rangers are known for this. It was taken care of by a local shop to our satisfaction"

Anonymous, WI (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Just noticed surface rust on side of vehicle today. We live on the east coast of CA. Salt air is compounded by salting of roads in winter. I'm still disappointed as I try to keep my vehicles clean"

John S., PE (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"First gear is rough to engage"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"Leaking. Replaced Feb 2020"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Rough shifting

"very hard to shift into 1st or reverse when stopped. Better when moving."

Anonymous, ME (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"getting into 1st and reverse very hard to do from a stop when moving much better"

Anonymous, ME (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"Its a 12 year old 4WD vehicle that does not go into 4wd very often but the front transaxel housing developed leaks"

Anonymous, WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Differential

"driveshaft seal oil leak"

Anonymous, MN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Driveshaft or axle

"Purchased a used driveshaft and differential."

Anonymous, AB (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

"Front wheel bearing"

Darrell M., WA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Transfer case

"Have had 2 new Ford Rangers (2002 & 2007) and in both the transfer case failed (bearings) at just over 100000km"

Anonymous, NL (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

"Service engine light has been on for quite some time. Garage mechanic did diagnostic test indicating somewhere within emission control/gas cap venting. Truck runs fine & cost oif detecting & repairing problem could be expenjsive. So just put a $.01 piece of black tape over the service engine light and problem solved :)"

Anonymous, NL (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The check engine light kept coming on. The Ford service place said it was an issue with emissions that didn't affect the function of the truck. Montana law didn't require that I fix it, but I did anyway for environmental reasons"

Anonymous, MT (2007 Ford Ranger None)
Fuel injection system

"a fuel injector failed, causing a misfire. it took quite some troubleshooting, because the fuel injector would not show any symptoms of failure. it ohmed within specification, and within 10% of all other injectors. after eliminating all other variables, it was replaced as a just in case, and the misfire was resolved."

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Fuel pump

"mechanic replace fuel filter for truck first started to use slow down then come to a complete stop. the vehicle never threw out codes so the problem took 2 months to final diagnose this include me bringing the vehicle to 2 Ford dealership to diagnose"

Anonymous, LA (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"Driver door exterior handle broke. It is made of plastic and most likely damaged from sun and use."

Anonymous, NC (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Locks and latches

"the little doors ratel,the door latchs can not be adjusted"

Anonymous, QC (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Tailgate, hatch or trunk

"Tailgate hinges (male side attached to body) rusted and tailgate fell off"

Anonymous, TN (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"Minor problem. Driver's side rear signal light burned out."

Anonymous, NS (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Interior lights

"Dash light for speedometer not working.$370 required to repair."

Anonymous, GA (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)
Tire pressure monitor

"have to put air in the tires 2or 3 times in the winter"

Anonymous, (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"One day I had to get a jump start because the alternator had gone out. Took it to get fixed right away"

Anonymous, CA (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Starter

"Needed a new starter"

Lyle M., ON (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"CD frequently does not eject. This is the second radio/player for this vehicle, both with the same problem. I have had similar radio/cd players in other Ford vehicles I have owned, all with the same issue"

Anonymous, KS (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"The fundamental problem is that the ignition does not detect the key properly. When this happens it goes into lockout. The car cannot be started sometimes for several hours. I have not been able to get this problem fixed at the dealer or anywhere"

Michael D., IL (2007 Ford Ranger None 3.0-L V6)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Other/unsure

"recall on air bag, passenger side ,it took 1 year after recall from ford to finally get the replacement part."

Anonymous, PA (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Pipes

"Y pipe rusted through. Fixed by Ford"

Robert S., ON (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Squeaks or rattles

"Bed squeaks and rattles a lot"

Brad C., KS (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Wind noise

"What more can I say wind noise"

Anonymous, ID (2007 Ford Ranger None)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Transmission failed. Car would not go forward. After leaks, repair to tranny cooler, and 3 days troubleshooting was repaired under extended warranty"

Vera B., NH (2007 Ford Ranger None 2.5-L 4 Cyl)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

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