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 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.
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, 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 2011 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

"replaced due to normal wear and tear"

Margaret L., ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Clattering or clunking sound when going over light, fairly sharp bumps. It rattled all the time in town. It turned out to be the caliper pins or hanging mechanism to the brake caliper attachment to the chassis"

Anonymous, KS (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace all four calipers after only 13.5k miles"

Stephen B., OH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Parking brake

"Locked up. Had to have it towed"

Robert R., PA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Brakes, were replaced due to normal wear and tear"

Margaret L., ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"It had to be rebuilt. this required removing the axels which made it expensive"

Anonymous, NB (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"In the last 12 months, the parking brake came off twice; there was a line to one tire that wasn't attached. It seems best to keep the parking brake well adjusted"

Anonymous, NS (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Premature brake wear

"The calipers rusted and froze on the mounts. Caused the pads to wear out as they could not retract normally and the rotors were burned and scored. Not covered by new car warranty or premium extended 7 yr Ford warranty. The dealer and Ford said rust is not covered. I indicated that their is no mention of preventive or regular interval maintenance for brake calipers. End result, I had to pay full cost for repairs"

Anonymous, MA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Had to replace rotors after only 13.5k miles"

Stephen B., OH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Regular brake failure

"I think this was the first brake job on the vehicle. It seemed to be reasonable time, 88k"

Anonymous, NS (2011 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

"No cold air, replaced under warranty, happened again but warranty has run out. Not fixed"

Anonymous, NS (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"The ac dryer unit was replaced, the the cooling grill in front of the radiator was leaking and replaced. With over 100,000 miles on it, i have no complaint"

William C., MD (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Small leak, needed a recharge. No leak repair performed"

Bernie E., NH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Radiator"

Anonymous, OH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Door controls do not work - stuck on defrost"

M W., IN (2011 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

Driveshaft or axle

"Intermittent vibration and clunking lead us to a major problem in the rear end for the second time since I purchased this vehicle in 2014. The dealer wasn't happy to see me again after only 10 months since it was originally repaired and informed me that if I hadn't had a warranty package on it that they wouldn't even look at it this time as Ford only warranties their repairs for 90 days! What bull!"

Tom S., ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Replaced seals, both sides"

David F., MI (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
4WD/AWD components

"Front wheel bearings"

Robert R., PA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Differential

"The seal for the differential leaked and we had to replace the differential when it seized up"

Anonymous, IL (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Axle bearings in the differential were failing (determined by NOISE) and fixed by an independent mechanic (NOT a dealership service center)"

Catherine F., WA (2011 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

"needed replacing"

Anonymous, MB (2011 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"Premature failure, at less than 60,000 miles, of front left wheel bearing"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Right front wheel bearings failed, requiring replacement of both front wheel bearings"

Anonymous, MI (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Was advised this was a weakness in the vehicle when i bought it. Not really a surprise. Unfortunately one part causes another to fail. Large repair bill"

Anonymous, ON (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

"Driver's Catalytic Converter side failed at 50,000 miles and passenger side failed at 58,000 miles"

Anonymous, NY (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"The catalytic converter failed and the Check Engine light came on in Feb. 2017. Replaced by dealer at no charge under warranty"

Anonymous, NH (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"Rattling sound coming from Cc. Was replaced by Ford under 80,000 mi warranty"

Anonymous, VA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Exhaust leaks

"The exhaust leak sounds like it's in the engine compartment is noticeable at lower speeds"

Anonymous, WA (2011 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

Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Have begun getting error messages regarding the O2 sensors. Have not yet had any work done"

Michael W., IN (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

"had to replace O2 sensor"

Dennis B., MO (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Fuel cap

"Check engine light kept coming on because of fuel cap"

Anonymous, CA (2011 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)

"Signal lights did not work. Needed new motor"

Anonymous, NL (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Clock

"cannot adjust time,,,,present setting is wrong and cannot be adjusted to correct time"

Paul A., MA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)
Headlights

"High beams just stopped working. Ford does some interesting wiring on the Rangers. the High beams have a separate fuse. Each low beam has its own fuse. Never had a problem like this with any vehicle i drove"

Anonymous, ON (2011 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

"rattle in dashboard"

Steven H., GA (2011 Ford Ranger None 2.3-L 4 Cyl)

"It is a "FORD" ranger and it will always have a squeak or rattle. "Nuff said"

Harold B., FL (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"thermostat stuck open. Check engine light came on"

Anonymous, FL (2011 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

Spark plugs or wires failure

"Cylinder #1 Sparkplug became defective causing the engine to stammer under mild acceleration"

Mervyn B., GA (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"Leaking seals at transmission. Repaired as warrenty item"

Anonymous, AZ (2011 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

Rust

"Rust on the rear bumper and the bottom of the doors is excessive for a 5 year old vehicle"

Anonymous, WI (2011 Ford Ranger None 4.0-L V6)

Engine Minor

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

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.

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.

Engine Major

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

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