by Michael G. Sanchez
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The Ranger, Ford’s compact pickup truck, received its first major overhaul for the 1989 model year. While it remained virtually unchanged below the surface, the truck received a complete exterior makeover, which included a hood, grille, and front fenders. more aerodynamic, as well as composite headlights and wraparound parking lights. The interior of the truck also received a complete update. The previous inline four-cylinder base engine was replaced by a new fuel-injected version. Rear wheel ABS was also first offered in 1989.
A pint-sized F-150?
The 1989 Ranger was available in Regular Cab and SuperCab body styles. SuperCab models featured a pair of center-facing folding seats mounted behind the first row. Regular cabin buyers can choose between a 6-foot or 7-foot bed. The SuperCab truck came with only the 6-foot bed.
The Regular Cab Short Bed Pickup is 176.5 inches long, 66.8 inches wide, and 63.8 inches high. Its wheelbase was 107.9 inches. With the long bed, the length increased to 188.5 inches and the truck’s wheelbase increased by 6 inches, for a total of 113.9. The SuperCab was 193.6 inches long, 66.8 inches wide, and 64.3 inches high, with a 125-inch wheelbase. The short bed, regular cab model had a curb weight of 3,128 pounds. The longer bed slightly increased the weight of the regular cab to 3,168 pounds. The SuperCab Ranger weighed 3,464 pounds.
Four or six cylinders?
The Ranger’s entry-level engine was a 2.3-liter fuel-injected in-line four-cylinder engine that produced 100 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 133 pound-feet of torque at 2,600 rpm. The Ranger’s optional upgraded engine was a 2.9-liter V-6. However, it was only offered on the SuperCab models. The fuel-injected V-6 produced 140 horsepower at 4,600 rpm and 170 pound-feet of torque at 2,600 rpm. Both engines were available with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The Ranger was offered in rear-wheel drive and part-time, all-wheel drive configurations.
Thirsty for fuel?
The Ranger only moderately consumed fuel. Unsurprisingly, the group’s mileage leader was the four-wheel model with two-wheel drive and manual transmission. It had an EPA rating of 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The automatic dropped those numbers a bit to 18/22. Upgrading to the V-6 but sticking with manual and rear wheel drive provided 16/22 fuel mileage. The rear-wheel drive V-6 with automatic transmission was rated 15/20. The most fuel efficient four-wheel drive model was the inline four-wheel manual truck. It received a rating of 18/22. The four-wheel drive truck was not offered with the four-cylinder and automatic transmission. The V-6-equipped Ranger with four-wheel drive was rated 16/20 with the manual transmission and 15/19 with the automatic.