Skip to comments.No More Compact Trucks… For US
Posted on 12/12/2011 8:29:34 AM PST by MulberryDraw
Heres the first known victim of the latest CAFE (government fuel efficiency) increase to 35.5 MPG: The compact pick-up truck. And the American truck buyer.
Ok, thats two victims.
Ive just discovered that Ford has dropped the Ranger Americas last compact-sized truck - for 2012. But not from its lineup. Just from its U.S. model lineup. Not only will the Ranger continue to be sold in export markets, the 2012 model will be a heavily updated model which, among other things, will offer a new diesel engine...
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“They” want to get rid of all affordable vehicles—especially SUV/trucks—as they are a real symbol/means of good ‘ol American individuality/independence!
Miss my Ranger, but my present Ford Escape will haul most of the stuff that Chuck (my truck) used to do. And the Escape is a nice driving little vehicle!
The EPA made it clear to the automakers that they do not want diesel powered passenger cars and light trucks on the US market. The US automakers make and market plenty of highly fuel efficient diesel engine powered vehicles, just not in the US. Why this is so is completely beyond most rational engineers. These engines are not the polluting nasty engine designs from the 70’s and 80’s.
Obama would rather we just tow horsecarts behind our Volts, Leafs, and Priuses.
I really hope Ford takes their Ecoboost V6 and moves it downscale in their product line. Right now you have to buy the top-end F-150s and Flexes to get that engine, which stinks because it’s amazing. I’m as much a big V8 fan as anybody, but a full-size pickup with 365 horsepower that can still squeeze out almost 25 mpg highway is amazing.
Really........o.k., I read the article and its so full of discrepancies its pathetic. One obvious blunder is the statement that the Ford Ranger is the only compact of not-full sized truck made. Toyota Tacoma owners and Nissan Frontier owners would take exception to that as would Chevy Colorado owners and Dodge Durango, (I think) owners.
Ford is discontinuing the Ranger because 1) it’s a Mazda 2000 and 2) Mazda is disconintinuing the line. It hasn’t been updated in 20 years. And, no.......you won’t get 22 MPG city in it, believe me, I’ve got friends suffering 15 MPG city with the gutless 4 cylinder engine.
Ford is killing it because its killing Ford.
This is too bad.
We already have a FS gas truck (GM).
Our other cars are getting older, and although I generally don’t buy new, a diesel compact pickup from a non-government manufacturer would really have been worth looking at.
I’ve never bought a new car, but I actually would willingly endure a visit to the showroom to have seen a small diesel pickup.
Ford is dropping the Ranger because they claim that it is too close to the F-150 and people like to buy F-150’s. I hate the government and EPA, but this is all on Ford’s shoulders. In the 1990’s they ended the T-Bird/Cougar lines because it was too close to the Mustang and Taurus. Unfortunately, you can’t buy a Taurstang that offers a roomy interior with rear-wheel drive, V8-powered performance. But, they wanted to get rid of the car that serves two markets very well and instead make the buyer who wants both move to a more-expensive SUV. This decision is designed to move people away from cheap, light PUs to more expensive SUVs and F-150s.
I can’t speak to the Asian makes, but I believe the Durango and Colorado are considered mid-size, not compact.
The S-10 was a compact, but it was replaced by the mid-size Colorado.
Pretty reliable though. I’m on my second one because the first was totaled (by the other driver). I’ve got about 175000 on it.
Thanks. Good points.
The margins on the more expensive vehicles are way better than on the small strippers. Just another reason we buy small strippers :-)
I think a lot of it was price. Pickups aren't cheap and now cost the same or more than SUV's.
If Obama has his way, we’ll probably end up using those Volts, Leafs, and Priuses as horsecarts.
The Dodge Dakota and GM Colorado and Canyon are toast also. They are not going to make them any more; at least according to what I have read.
Don’t believe all the rumors coming out of these auto rags. Hubby has worked for Ford for 27 years, and the media types never get anything right. SIL is in Turkey working on some new vehicles which will eventually come back over here.
Thank you for responding—yeh, it’s difficult to fully believe anything anymore, even online, and nothing on the gubmint media!
Semper Fidelis and Take Care...
aka: Dick Gaines
I had a ‘94 4x4 with the 4L V6. Great truck drove it ‘til 2006 and had very little trouble with it. My son bought a 2009 in the config and loves it.
I now drive an F150 my wife drives an Expedition and my S-i-L drives a Sportrac.
FWIW, if you go to Ford.com, every vehicle I pulled up lists the 2012 model. Except the Ranger - it’s a 2011.
I don’t know what it means, but it seems if there were going to be a 2012 model, it would be out by mid December of 2011.
Love my ‘08 Frontier. I’ve ridden in Rangers and can see why they dumped it. Worst rated small truck in the industry.
Which doesn’t change the fact that Obama is attempting to strangle America into Socialist submission.
Last I saw, the Ranger had grown to around 4000 pounds - hardly the lightweight that my 1983 was (roughly 3000 pounds and near 30 mpg highway). I’d say that the compact truck has been gone for quite a while.
They won’t stop there. next on the chopping block will be 1/2 ton pickups and SUVs. Eventually our only options will be prius like cars or $80,000 one-ton duallies.
Oh, yes, reliable and long lived they are.
The Colorado is coming back as an updated model, but I think you are correct about the Dakota.
That’s because the full size trucks got bigger. Compare a modern chevy colorado to a 1970 chevy C-10. They are about the same size. Or a new ford ranger to a 1970 ford F-100.
I wonder if it will have a stickshift option
20 years...THANK YOU SIR! I owe you a debt I cannot pay.
One other item I want to comment on. I own a 1991 Toyota 4x4 pickup truck. What is a shame, I cannot buy an equivalent truck new today ! A simple 4x4 truck of a smaller size with either a 4 cyl or V-6 with a simple manual transmission. Only thing available is the Tundra or Tacoma which are basically full size trucks ! TO buy those new, you have to fork out much more money as well !
Everybody in the world gets a diesel but us. Why? Start with thanking Kalifornia and their emission rules then the EPA. Diesel light trucks would sell like hotcakes.
The CAFE rules will kill just about any vehicle bigger than a go cart eventually. This country will look like Cuba with old cars lovingly maintained.
The various diesel utility trucks and SUVs sold all around the world are absolutely fantastic vehicles... and we can’t have one. The diesel Subaru Outback is phenomenal as is the diesel Pajero, Volvo, Toyota trucks and Land Cruiser, even the Ford Ranger where I have seen them...
To hell with the EPA, save for the military to hell with the rest of the government while we are at it. Politicians from both sides of the aisle and bureaucrats are just about all the same thieves, power mongers and controllers, usurpers of liberty the whole lot of them. Out with all of them.
most people buy the 4x4 with the big fat tires and an automatic transmission. THat’s why they get the crappy mileage.
These are outstanding trucks with a diesel engine. All but unstoppable buy the terrain. A direct hit though makes them pretty much just toast.
You can get a re-built to brand new V-6 engine for a Chevy S-10 for up to 2.5K... labor to get it installed and running about 600. If one keeps up with the body/paint, replaces a manual clutch when worn out, keeps up with synthetic lube and cleaning of rwd differential— well the S-10 would run an easy 500K plus miles.
Friend has one and is doing just this. He got 200K on the first block, has replaced the clutch and cleaned,repacked the differential with syn lube.
Tires- about 400. So, all in all one can manage through all of this marketing and govt. idiocy, if you know people who are sharp.
“Worst rated small truck in the industry.”
Rated by who? By you? Opinions are like a**holes. Everybody has at least one.
Dear Lord, this is heartbreaking. I’ve owned two Rangers - one a grey 1985 and my current - a 99 3.0 v6. The CAFE standards are going to make trucks unaffordable to manufacture. I would LOVE to get my hands on a diesel Ranger. I guess I can always find an old chassis of one thing or another and put an engine in myself. Probably come out cheaper that way, too.
Ford seems to be trying to really limit the number of different platforms it is building.
They discontinued the ancient Panther platform, and are phasing out the excellent RWD Australian Falcon platform. They dumped DEW, which was so much better than what they are using for the MKZ.
I’m glad they’re still in business, but it’s hard to get very excited about most of their vehicles, which are really more like appliances these days.
yeah, me too. my current one is 4 liter, 4x4 off road 4 door model and it gets 18/22. I used to commute 180 miles/day when I had the 4 cyl model and needed the mileage it had
Well I am going to keep my Hardbody going as long as possible.
20 years...THANK YOU SIR! I owe you a debt I cannot pay.
It's been a while since I drove an F-100, but I know that it had a very roomy interior and you could fit a 4-foot wide piece of plywood in back between the wheel wells. Not so with the Ranger. It's always had a narrower bed.
Well, that is what the majority of those that voted on November 4, 2008 voted for.
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