1997 Ford Ranger Towing Capacityby DarienC
Ford Motor Co. introduced the Ranger compact pickup truck in 1983. The Ranger has kept the same basic body type since then, though the styling was updated in 1993.
1997 Ford Ranger Trims
In 1997, the Ranger came in several two- and four-wheel-drive trims, such as the STX, the XL, the XLT and the Splash, and each trim was available in multiple cab and bed options, such as short bed, regular bed and long bed and regular cab and SuperCab. The towing capacity varied significantly from one trim to another.
Maximum Towing Capacity for 2WD Trims
The Splash Supercab 2WD and the Splash Regular Cab 2WD had maximum towing capacities of 2,000 lbs. The XL SuperCab 2WD had a maximum towing capacity of 3,900 lbs. The XL Regular Cab Short Bed 2WD and the XL Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD came with maximum towing capacities of 4,000 lbs. The XLT SuperCab 2WD boasted 5,800 lbs. of towing capacity, and the XLT Regular Cab Short Bed 2WD and the XLT Regular Cab Long Bed 2WD each maxed out at 6,000 lbs. of towing power.
Maximum Towing Capacity for 4WD trims
The XL SuperCab 4WD came with a 4,200-lb. towing capacity. Both the XL Regular Cab Short Bed 4WD and the XL Regular Cab Long Bed had a maximum towing capacity of 4,400 lbs. The Splash SuperCab 4WD maxed out at 5,500 lbs. of towing capacity. The STX SuperCab 4WD and the XLT SuperCab 4WD shared a 5,600-lb. maximum towing capacity. The XLT Regular Cab Short Bed 4WD, the STX Regular Cab Short Bed 4WD, the XLT Regular Cab Long Bed 4WD, the STX Regular Cab Long Bed 4WD and the Splash Regular Cab 4WD all had maximum towing capacities of 5,800 lbs.