True fuel efficient small truck

Here's the problem. Most people rarely use their truck as a truck. Although we haul many heavy bulky items we don't always have the bed full/tow a trailer when traveling between sites, even though we put on nearly 50,000 miles per vehicle annually. My company has owned 10 F150's in the past 8 years, but we are going to move to something more fuel efficient this year because we are spending over $25K on fuel annually. Ford needs to consider a smaller, less expensive, more fuel efficient alternative to the F150. If not, we have decided we must move move our fleet to smaller more fuel efficient AWD wagon style cars...probably not a Ford since this option isn't offered. As a Ford guy for life, having to do this would sadden me! With the demise of the Ranger and ever increasing fuel prices, Ford has a real opportunity to continue buyer loyalty by providing an alternative to all the big and small fuel inefficient trucks sold in the U.S. by both Ford and all the other manufacturers. A small Supercrew 4WD diesel that gets 30+ MPG would be perfect. PLEASE Ford, give us an opportunity to remain loyal by providing a vehicle that truly meets our needs!
Kevin G 07/05/2012
Ford definately needs a midsize, fuel efficient truck. The global Ranger is the best they've got at this point, except you can't get your hands on one in the good ol' USA. I do hope that if they come out with a true 4 door version with an actual back seat, that they at least but a long enough bed on it that you can actualy haul something in it. If Ford thinks that the Explorer SportTrac will take the place of the Ranger, they have another thing comming. About the only thing you can haul in the back of a SportTrac is a set of golf clubs and a water hose. I drive one of those at work now and I will never own one, unless I need a car with an oversize trunk. I would like to see a 4 door Ranger-esque truck (similar to the GMC Canyon, Dodge Dakota, etc) with at 6' to 6-1/2' box. I'm not greedy, I'd settle for 25mpg out of a 4.0L 4wd model. Can you say F100 (maybe).
Juston P 07/04/2012
Our fleet has over 400 Ford Rangers... Our F leet manager was invited to Ford Michigan to check out the new transit connect... The problem with Ford so heavily pushing the Transit Connect to companies like ours is the cost to outfit a transit connect ready for the field is $12,000-$15,000 more expensive. We have outfitted one Transit Connect and it is more secure from vehicle theft on the jobs, and in our 27 secure office yards, and it is a better bill board... but it does not get any better fuel economy once it was equiped with our standardized equipment used at every job daily and the power of the new Transit Connect is no better than the four banger in each of our Rangers. Had Ford offered the Transit Connect with the guts of the new Escape we may have had a winner. Eco Boost options for the 1.6 and 2.0 with AWD. The problem with our Transit Connect bought for testing and the 400 Rangers we currently have is they only get good milage when unloaded. But our trucks are always loaded, we carry standardized equipment to every job that is mounted in the bed of each of our trucks. Though the four banger is rated at 27mpg Hwy, we dont even get 17 on the highway company wide... That little engine in the Rangers only needs be replaced by the new 1.6 and 2.0 Eco Boost, and the AWD option for better power, economy, and safety for daily use and in bad weather. Also I have personlly owned 3 Rangers (96, 00, 03) and 3 F150's (98, 05, 07). Honestly I prefer the Ranger. My dream Ranger would have My Ford Touch w/a big Touch Screen, and the 2.0 Eco Boost AWD found in the new Escape and if offered as a Lightning package I would buy it with a 3.5 EcoBoost AWD found in the Taurus SHO... Bring it on Ford... We Love the Brand we just want more intrest in the US Ranger...
Garrett D 05/31/2012
It really seems like a kick in the pants that Ford would deny the American people such a great vehicle. The F150 is too much truck for my family. Fuel prices will climb and I would not want to be behind the wheel of anything larger than the Ranger. I am not happy that Ford ignored the US Ranger, Nissan and Toyota are happy about the end of the US ranger. I wonder how well the ECO boost system in the F150 will work when the truck starts putting on high miles? Ford, bring the global ranger home.
Brian L 05/30/2012
They have a fuel efficient small truck, it's called the diesel Ranger! Just not made in America!
Liam R 05/28/2012
It is quite humorous how the big three are convinced their is no market for small-mid size pickup trucks, as sales have been dropping like a stone. The car companies are releasing small diesel trucks around the world that are getting 30+MPG with more then enough power and capability. Yet the American ranger that they finally killed hadn't changed for a decade. It's quite frustrating really. If someone doesn't smarten up and bring in a small pickup with 30+ MPG quickly, then the inflating prices of fuel will force people out of the pickup market entirely. Forcing us truck enthusiasts to downsize to something completely different.
Please, get ahead of the curb ford before you screw yourselves.
Dennis T 05/21/2012
I did a Bing search on 'electric motors' and Siemens came up. I was educated about the difference between 'Parallel Hybrid' and 'Serial Hybrid'. 'Parallel' uses the combustion engine exclusively to turn a transmission for power to the wheels: it only uses the electric drive motors to get the vehicle moving or sustain a low MPH. 'Serial Hybrid' uses electric motors "exclusively" to drive the vehicle and the combustion engine is used to drive a generator to power the electric motors and re-charge batteries. Diesel-Electric trains do this very well. The "combustion engine" could be a small power plant that uses fuel cell tech, or Natural Gas, or gasoline then engine size does not have to large. The electric motor has a lot of torque so it can handle any load or any application. Siemens has been around and produced electric motors since the late 1800s. Ford and Siemens could combine: Ford engines and vehicles with Siemens electric motors, controllers and other electronics to produce a planet loving vehicle product.