The compact Ford Ranger has been a convenient go-to vehicle for light-duty towing and hauling for many years. Its small size and good fuel economy make it a perfect choice for buyers who need to haul occasional cargo but don't want a big, bulky pickup truck. The Ranger is known for offering a measure of real-truck capability in a small package, especially when equipped with V-6 power.
V-6 Choices in the 2007 Ranger
In 2007, the Ranger was available with a choice of 3.0-liter or 4.0-liter V-6 engines. Both used an iron block and aluminum heads; the larger and more sophisticated single overhead cam 4.0-liter was introduced as an improvement over the overhead-valve 3.0-liter. The 3.0-liter engine produced 148 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of maximum torque, while the 4.0-liter engine was rated at 207 horsepower and 238 foot-pounds of torque.
The maximum towing capacity for the V-6 Rangers was 2,620 pounds for the 3.0-liter V-6 with a 3.73 rear axle ratio, automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. The more powerful 4.0-liter maxed out at 6,000 pounds, with a 3.55 rear axle ratio, automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive towing capacities were somewhat reduced, at 2,560 and 5,860 pounds, respectively.
Payload capacity for all 2007 Rangers was 1,260 pounds, regardless of engine choice.
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