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.
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.
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.
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

Worse Better
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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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, 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.

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)
  • 4-liter V6 (207 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2010 Ford Ranger owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Body Integrity

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

What Owners Say

Seals and/or weather-stripping

"front cv axle seals replaced"

Anonymous, SK (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Doors do not seem to seal properly, get wind noise and air leaks"

Anonymous, BC (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Squeaks or rattles

"brakes squeak"

Phyllis E., MT (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Front suspension noises. sway bar bushings replaced"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wind noise

"wind noise requires increasing radio decibels to hear people talking"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Air or water leaks

"Coolant leak around thermostat housing"

T N., AZ (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"When it rains water is leaking into the drivers side floorboard from the back window, I believe"

Anonymous, TN (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

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)

"Paint peeling from left from fender. Dealer repainted"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rust

"bottom of both doors avd back bumper, rust bubbling through"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"A lot of rust on the bottom door and tailgate seam"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on the door and tailgate seam"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"I had rust treatment done at purchase and still have rust on lower door panels and rear bumper"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"extensive rust on rear bumper, step kind ,mainly under bumper cover......also bottom of passenger door is now rusted out on inner skin, outer metal not completely rusted through"

David H., MI (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

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

"There are no grease fittings! Per mechanics this is a major weakness"

Anonymous, GA (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"When driving above 100km the steering wheel and vehicle start to shake"

Terry H., AB (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"Replace rack and pinion assembly due to metal line rusting and leaking"

Russell H., NY (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Wheel bearings

"Worn bearings. Making loud noise and took to ford dealer for repair"

Anonymous, FL (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Both front wheel bearings failed and needed to be replaced at significant cost. Dangerous situation also"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

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)

"The turn signal lights didn't work"

David M., IL (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Headlights

"one headlight was replaced after condensation built up inside the housing. the other side failed after warranty was up so it was not replaced. the side that was replaced also failed again. it has not been replaced"

Martin B., ON (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Keyless entry

"Every time we change the battery in the keyless entry system is refuses to work and we have to pay to replace the entire keyfob. twice now"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Tire pressure monitor

"We have replaced 3 out of 4 tire sensors on this truck already and the 4th needs to be replaced as well but we are refusing the expense at this point"

Anonymous, MI (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

"At routine oil change, I was told I would need back brakes by the next oil change. Went in before that, due to much squeaking; was told then that the front brakes needed rotors and calipers, too; all was done"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Regular brake failure

"Brakes had to be rebuilt"

Anonymous, PA (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Rotors

"A part came loose and scraped on the rotor requiring replacement of both rotors"

Mark S., NV (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"R rear brake spring and action arm destroyed as spring broke"

Anonymous, SK (2010 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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"rust on the door and tailgate seam"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"rust on the tailgate seam"

Anonymous, MN (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Windows

"window regulator has faiked"

Martin B., ON (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Second cat conv on this truck"

Anonymous, MS (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)
Muffler

"Would expect more than 70,000 miles on OEM muffler"

Anonymous, MS (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-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

Transmission leaks

"gasket leak replaced on warranty"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"The gear shifter indicator failed"

Anonymous, CA (2010 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

"had to be replaced left us stranded in the countryside for 3 hours"

Anonymous, TX (2010 Ford Ranger None Unsure)

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

"premature wearing ,replacement of all components"

Anonymous, ON (2010 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"clutch was original and needed replacement"

Michael R., AB (2010 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 player does not eject cd"

Phyllis E., MT (2010 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.

Engine Minor

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

Climate System

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

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.

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