Re: Just bought NEW Ranger, high MPG!
I'd never pull more than a ton with a 4cyl, but I like to stay legal.... It's not worth the argument with the DOT. Perhaps on flat roads it will pull OK in 3rd gear at 50/55mph. After a year it won't be so 'tight' anymore if you regularly go beyond it's built limitations. The 4cyl/4 speed auto I had as a rental was nothing to write home about and was hard to keep in a straight line on poor roads, I couldn't imagine it towing it's own base weight let alone 1-2K lbs.
The Ranger options in Canada are horrid. I'm glad to see it GONE. The 3.73 is the only rear end with the 5 speed manual and the auto comes with the 4.10 gears. The auto is rated to tow more as the 5 speed manual is more light duty. I hate how manufacturers are throwing millions into their automatics when they're so inefficient even today, over a manual transmission. Ford should have thrown in the new 3.7L V6 into the Ranger with the 6 speed manual transmission. The downside is that the chassis probably wouldn't last very long without some major overhauling of its own.
At least the new Euro Ranger doesn't have CVT transmissions! GM is bringing back the Colorado to this continent with a DIESEL so the next year or so will be interesting if Ford chooses to get back into the compact/midsize truck segment.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!