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2010 Ford Ranger Review

While its cabin isn’t as refined or spacious as rivals’, praiseworthy powertrain choices mean the 2010 Ford Ranger should not be overlooked.

Pros & Cons

  • Strong available V6 engine
  • Outdated interior design
  • Some cheap interior materials




Critics' Rating: 6.1
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 8.5
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2010 Ford Ranger Overview

Reviewers said the 2010 Ford Ranger is a competent-handling truck with a generally comfortable ride on paved roads. However, some remarked that the ride with the available FX4 Off-Road package feels a bit jarring. Most critics preferred the Ranger’s available V6 engine for its added power and torque over the base four-cylinder engine, especially for towing and hauling. Still, most said that the base engine is fine for day-to-day driving, and it is also the more fuel-efficient engine. A rear-wheel drive Ranger achieves 19/24 mpg city/highway with the four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission, which is comparable to a similarly-equipped Chevrolet Colorado or Toyota Tacoma. A manual transmission comes standard with both engines, and four-wheel drive was optional when the Ranger was new. The Ranger can tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is similar to what rivals like the Colorado can tow.

The 2010 Ranger seats up to three with the regular cab body style and a bench seat or up to five with two additional jump seats in extended cab models. Reviewers found the front seats comfortable and supportive, but also wrote that the rear jump seats offer inadequate space for nearly everyone. Most critics noted that the Ranger’s dash and overall interior design feature lots of hard plastics. However, the bulk of test drivers appreciated that the design and control layout is simple and straightforward. The base Ranger XL comes with few creature comforts, including crank windows, air conditioning and a basic stereo. Available features include power accessories, keyless entry, cloth seats, an upgraded stereo with satellite radio and an auxiliary input jack and front bucket seats.

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Other Trucks to Consider

The 2010 Nissan Frontier was well-liked by reviewers for its comfortable interior and smooth, potent V6 engine. The Frontier is also available as a crew cab, so it may be a better choice if you’re looking for a more passenger-friendly truck.

Reviewers said the 2010 Toyota Tacoma is a strong all-around truck, with a quality interior and refined engine choices. The Tacoma Double Cab was billed as one of the more spacious crew cabs available, so it may be a better choice if you want more passenger space.

Compare the Ranger to the Frontier and Tacoma »

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