1987 Ford Ranger Specifications

by Nathan Fisher

The Ford Ranger is a pickup truck in the compact to mid-size, half-ton, class. Ford added improvements to the '87 Ranger designed to make it more responsive on the highway and more versatile as an off-road vehicle.


Engine options for the 1987 Ford ranger were a 2.0- or 2.3-liter, four-cylinder and a 2.9-liter V-6, replacing the 2.3 as standard in the Super Cab. The two transmission choices were a five-speed manual or a four speed automatic.

Fuel Economy

While both the two- and four-wheel drive models averaged a combined 22 mpg, the two-wheel drive model with the 2.0-liter engine got 25 miles on the highway and 20 in the city. The four-wheel drive version, with the larger 2.3-liter, achieved 21 around town and 24 on the highway.


The four-wheel drive '87 Ranger had 7 inches of ground clearance, making it more capable off road. The '87 also had 16-inch tires and a stronger, tubular-style grille guard and a shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive engagement system.


Dash accessories for the '87 model year Ranger saw upgrades of clocks and radios with electronic displays. The truck's bed also had an exterior cargo light and a bed-mounted roll bar with driving lights.

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