Welcome back to America, Ranger. We all missed you.
Back in the early 1990s, compact pickup trucks were quite popular, mainly thank to the Japanese-built pickups that began to hit the market several years prior. Domestic brands like Ford responded with the Ranger, and by 1993 it was given some fresh sheetmetal. Aside from regular updates, it was this Ranger that remained on sale until 2011. It had a brilliant run, but Ford didn’t immediately replace it. Until now, that is. This Motor Week retro review from 1993 of that then-new Ranger STX could not have come at a better time. Why?
Because Ford just unveiled its reborn US market Ranger at Detroit. It’s about time that happened. Compared to the ’93 Ranger, which could be had with a V6, the new Ranger will be only available, at least initially, with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four. Times change, but things like off-road capability and power have not.
Despite dropping the V6, the new Ranger will be, without question, world’s better than its ’93 model year ancestor. One thing that we immediately noticed: just how small that old Ranger was. It was not considered mid-size, but a compact. Is there such a thing as a compact pickup truck today? Not in the US. In any case, the Ranger has returned to us, and watching this fun retro review will get you pumped to get behind the wheel of the new one.