What Is the Towing Capacity of a 2007 V-6 Ford Ranger?by Christopher Jackson
The compact Ford Ranger has been a convenient go-to vehicle for light-duty towing and hauling for many years. Its small size and good fuel economy make it a perfect choice for buyers who need to haul occasional cargo but don't want a big, bulky pickup truck. The Ranger is known for offering a measure of real-truck capability in a small package, especially when equipped with V-6 power.
V-6 Choices in the 2007 Ranger
In 2007, the Ranger was available with a choice of 3.0-liter or 4.0-liter V-6 engines. Both used an iron block and aluminum heads; the larger and more sophisticated single overhead cam 4.0-liter was introduced as an improvement over the overhead-valve 3.0-liter. The 3.0-liter engine produced 148 horsepower and 180 foot-pounds of maximum torque, while the 4.0-liter engine was rated at 207 horsepower and 238 foot-pounds of torque.
The maximum towing capacity for the V-6 Rangers was 2,620 pounds for the 3.0-liter V-6 with a 3.73 rear axle ratio, automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. The more powerful 4.0-liter maxed out at 6,000 pounds, with a 3.55 rear axle ratio, automatic transmission and two-wheel drive. Four-wheel drive towing capacities were somewhat reduced, at 2,560 and 5,860 pounds, respectively.
Payload capacity for all 2007 Rangers was 1,260 pounds, regardless of engine choice.
Christopher "Emmy" Jackson has been an automotive writer since 1999. His self-syndicated auto column appears weekly in print and online, and his work has appeared in "Grassroots Motorsports," "AutoWeek" and "African-Americans on Wheels." He is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with degrees in English and creative writing, and spends most of his free time reviewing new cars and working on new automotive projects.