The Ford Ranger falls far short of modern pickup-truck standards. It's ungainly and stiff-riding; has a rough, noisy and inefficient engine; plus a cramped and uncomfortable cabin. The interior is crudely finished too. Compact dimensions and a usefully sized bed are the Ranger's only pluses.
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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

"Could've used the 3.0 V-6 engine."

Andrew B., SC (2009 Ford Ranger)

"weak acceleration and not fun to drive"

Steve F., OH (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Vehicle has governors. Cannot exceed 88 mph without it jerking and losing power. Very inconvenient in the mountains."

Anonymous, NM (2009 Ford Ranger)

"It drives well."

Anonymous, WV (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Very under powered. (145 hp)"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Ranger)

"handles terrible on snow and ice and is not even good in rain....and that is with new all season tires"

Steve F., OH (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Well it drives good, but it is a light truck and no load."

Robert M., OK (2009 Ford Ranger)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"The ride is terrible. I can't imagine how they can get away with producing such a jittery and insecure driving car."

Anonymous, MI (2009 Ford Ranger)

"great comfortable ride, low road noise"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Ford Ranger)

"what can i say...its a pickup"

Steve F., OH (2009 Ford Ranger)

"The seats are not that comfortable but it was a work truck before I bought it. So comfort was not a consideration for workers."

Anonymous, OH (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Rigid suspension, bounces a lot"

Anonymous, TX (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Bench seats are hard/uncomfortable for any long distance driving. Engine and exterior noises are excessive. We use the Ranger for short trips/errands."

Anonymous, NH (2009 Ford Ranger)


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

What Owners Say

"Fully loaded at great price"

Anonymous, VA (2009 Ford Ranger)

"A good reliable vehicle"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Ranger)

"it's a very basic model that was bought for hauling. Excellent value for the price paid."

Anonymous, AB (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Mileage is lower than the larger Ford "F" series trucks"

PETERS J., NH (2009 Ford Ranger)

"beautiful truck, I really love this truck and it has never let me down"

HAROLD C., SC (2009 Ford Ranger)

"The truck is hard riding. Mechanically it is satisfactory, but the suspension is stiff and harsh."

Anonymous, NJ (2009 Ford Ranger)

"This was purchased as a used vehicle to help with our life style, a working truck. We have acreage that has to be maintained; cutting trees, hauling wood, garbage is taken to a local county trash center, hauling purchases such as mulch, seed and building products. This fits our needs, keep it maintained and this also will probably be the last truck we purchase."

Anonymous, NC (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Bought the previous-year model in late august with extremely good rebates."

Anonymous, QC (2009 Ford Ranger)

"It gets good gas mileage. It has caused me no major problems."

Anonymous, WV (2009 Ford Ranger)

"At full price it would not have been a very good deal. How ever it was a 2009 model and I got it in 2010. It was marked way down, and the government a 5000$ to get junk cars off the road. So it really didn't cost much. It had a water leak which I fixed."

Robert M., OK (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Great truck~If they still made it I'd buy another~the only expenses have been maintenance"

Anonymous, ON (2009 Ford Ranger)

"Year end bargain"

Anonymous, QC (2009 Ford Ranger)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Ranger trucks just look good"

Anonymous, GA (2009 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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