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But for most chores, except corner carving at high speeds, the rugged new Ranger should serve quite well. Then the standard cab was stretched 3 inches, the sheetmetal freshened, the frame stiffened, and the outdated front suspension scrapped. Ford has nailed its top spot again. The course requirements: Maintain the Ranger's iron gauntlet toughness while offering something more like silk-glove treatment for passengers. The news for '98 is that the regular cab's interior volume is up 4.
DoorsFilter selectedDoorsList, null ; doorsFilter. DealRatingFilter selectedRatingList, null ; ratingFilter. Another '98 change that positively influenced the ride and steering quality was the front-suspension's overhaul. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. The new 5R55E five-speed automatic impressed with its silky shifts and the short, lively ratio steps it provides for the gutsy but slightly industrial-sounding V-6.
Designers also lowered the truck's hoodline and increased the rear-window size, which greatly improves outward visibility. And insiders say prices will barely move. But as mentioned, we tested the even roomier SuperCab. The passenger bag was optional in '96. Ford replaced the veteran twin I-beams with a new short- and long-arm arrangement. Note that the Ranger also offers a key-operated, passenger-side airbag deactivation switch. In back, the axle is still live and firmly sprung with leaves.
Its attributes have been anvil-like toughness, crisp industrial design, and penny-wise affordability. Around town that city number seems about right. The Ranger's sheetmetal forward of the A-pillars has been tastefully cleaned up for '98. InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. Also on the safety front, dual airbags are now standard. Although rugged, the former suspension had a deserved rep for a hard ride, poor handling, and excessive tire wear.
WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. But lots of easy, steady-state highway cruising at 65 mph netted us closer to 23 mpg. This innovation enables virtually silent 4x4 engagement on the fly with a flick of the dash switch. And while there was no interior-volume improvement over the '97 SuperCab, it would still be our choice because of the huge measure of convenient storage and people-moving capability lacking in a standard cab. The Ranger comes standard with rear-wheel anti-lock brakes.
We noted the first two, but we expected faster track times with the close-ratio gear steps. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. . For more than a decade, the has been the hottest-selling compact pickup.
The fresh pieces include a new grille, bumper, valance, lighting, and aluminum hood. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter. For '98, built on those strengths and sent the Ranger out for some of the same finishing-school polish the new full-size F-150 received. The old recirculating-ball steering gear has been replaced by a rack-and-pinion unit that provides slightly crisper feel. The program to accomplish this started under the hood with upgrades to the 2. In our truck, two small seats with belts folded out of the right and left rear bulkheads to provide proper places for kids or even adults on short trips.