2003 Ford Ranger Reviews"America's best-selling compact pickup gains a new off-road package and additional power for 2003. Ranger offers regular-cab and extended SuperCab body styles. SuperCabs have two rear fold-down jump seats as standard or optional, depending on model. SuperCabs are available with back-hinged rear doors. Regular cabs use a 6- or 7-ft straight-side cargo bed; SuperCabs get the 6-ft version. A 6-ft flare-fender Flareside bed is optional. The base engine is a 2.3-liter 4 cyl, which gains 8 hp this year, as does the available 3.0-liter V6. Also offered is a 4.0-liter V6. All use manual or 5-speed automatic transmission. Ranger has rear-wheel drive or 4WD that must be disengaged on dry pavement but includes low-range gearing. Four-wheel ABS is standard.
In other '03 changes, Ford says thicker glass and added insulation quiet Ranger's cabin. And the XLT FX4 off-road model gains a Level II version with heavy-duty shock absorbers, Torsen limited-slip axle, and special wheels and tires. Ranger's design is also used by the Mazda Truck, but the two differ slightly in styling and available features. "