The Ford Ranger had, as of 2005, been the top selling compact pickup truck for 17 years in a row, according to Automotive.com. With recent improvements to suspension and brakes, the Ranger added several option packages in 2005, and was available in five different models, with three cab configurations and four-wheel drive available.
2005 Ford Ranger Engine and Performance Specs
The 2005 Ford Ranger was powered by a three-liter V6 engine with 148 horsepower. It had two disc brakes with four-wheel ABS. The Ranger had wishbone independent front suspension and rigid beam rear suspension.
2005 Ford Ranger Exterior Specs
The 2005 Ford Ranger came standard with chrome bumpers, a rear platform step and a straight side truck bed. Driver and passenger side mirrors were manually adjustable. Exterior lights included halogen headlights and front fog lights. Windshields were tinted and heat resistant.
2005 Ford Ranger Interior Specs
The 2005 Ford Ranger had air conditioning, floor mats and a tachometer. Electrical features on the Ranger included a 12-volt outlet in the front, and audio features included a radio and CD player with four speakers. Storage included a dashboard and front console, an open storage box, cup holders, glove compartment, and front door pockets. Warning indicators included a door ajar warning and low fuel indicator. Safety features included driver and smart passenger air bags, and head restraints.
Ford Ranger XLT Model Upgrades
The XLT model of the 2005 Ford Ranger added a chrome trim to the exterior, as well as mud flaps and a sliding rear window. Four-wheel drive versions of the XLT also added step bars and 17-inch aluminium wheels. On the interior, the XLT model added a CD changer and a tilt-steering wheel.
2005 Ford Ranger Edge Model Upgrades
The Edge model of the 2005 Ford Ranger added performance features such as larger wheels and tires, plus upgraded shocks. The Edge also had different levels of audio upgrades, with the standard Edge model coming with either a six-disc CD changer in the dashboard or an MP3 player, and the Tremor package came with both a CD changer and an MP3 player, plus four larger speakers and a subwoofer. The Tremor package available with the Edge model also included a high output alternator and white-faced instrumentation on the dashboard.
2005 Ford Ranger FX4 Model Upgrades
The 2005 Ford Ranger FX4 model was intended as the primary off-road model of the truck, and came standard with skid plates, heavy-duty shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, and a limited slip differential. The FX4 level 2 model upgraded the shocks, skid plates, wheels, tires and axles, and added distinctive wheel lip mouldings. It also came with bucket seats, ebony interior trim, and floor mats with deep grooves to channel mud.
Options Available on the 2005 Ford Ranger
Options available on all models of the 2005 Ford Ranger that did not include them as standard features included automatic transmission, a limited slip rear differential, and an engine block heater. Several levels of upgraded audio options were available, as were power steering, power door locks, and power mirrors. Other options included daytime running lights, cruise control, and a trailer hitch.