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 3 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.
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.
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.

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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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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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
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
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

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.

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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)

"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

"pulsating braking"

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

"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)

"Brake pads needed to be replaced"

Anonymous, NB (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)

"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)
Condenser

"Leaked around outside of condenser"

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

"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)

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)
Springs or torsion bars

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

Anonymous, NB (2007 Ford Ranger None 4.0-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)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

"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)

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

"driveshaft seal oil leak"

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

"Front wheel bearing"

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

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)

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

"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 Unsure)
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 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 Unsure)

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

Starter

"Needed a new starter"

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

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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

"First gear is rough to engage"

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

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Pipes

"Y pipe rusted through. Fixed by Ford"

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

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Engine Cooling

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

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