The 2008 Ford workhorse trucks--the full-size F-Series and compact Ranger--came in a variety of models and trim levels. The F-Series featured the half-ton F-150, the three-quarter ton F-250, one-ton F-350 and 1-½-ton F-450. The Ranger offered regular cab and extended cab versions. In 2008, Ford also offered a range of truck-based sport utility vehicles (SUVs).
F-Series Trim Levels
The F-Series featured numerous trim levels and special editions: the base XL, the mid-range XLT, the upper-level sport-oriented STX and the off-road FX4. Buyers could order the XLT with the luxury Lariat package, along with the even more luxury-oriented Lariat Limited. Themed editions included the King Ranch and Harley-Davidson versions. The Harley-Davidson was a cooperative marketing effort by the Ford Motor Company and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. It featured a black and silver paint scheme and Harley-Davidson exterior and interior badging with numerous extras, including leather seats.
Truck-based Ford SUVs
In 2008, Ford produced the Escape, Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac and Expedition sport utility vehicles, and the Transit Connect and E-Series vans. The Edge is a crossover SUV built on a Ford automobile frame. The Escape sits on a short 103.1-inch wheelbase. Its most significant feature is its optional hybrid engine utilizing technology, similar to the Toyota Prius, which gives it a range of 34 mpg. The Explorer and Expedition are conventional SUVs built on truck frames. The Explorer carries five to seven people and can tow up to 7,115 lbs. The Expedition carries five to eight people and can tow up to 9,200 lbs. The Explorer Sport Trac features a CrewCab, sits on a massive 130.5-inch wheelbase and can tow 6,990 lbs. The Edge features a modest truck-like appearance, but with passenger car comfort. It earns 17 mpg in city driving and 27 on the highway. The Transit Connect is a small passenger/utility vehicle designed for light-duty work. The E-Series vans have all the qualities of the F-Series trucks, but can carry up to 15 people and haul as much as 10,000 lbs.
The 2008 Ford Ranger offered no four-door CrewCab, although all its competitors in the compact truck market did. Cab choices were limited to the regular cab and extended cab, or SuperCab. A sporty four-wheel-drive Ranger FX4 version was available with raised suspension, big off-road tires, skid plates and a "flareside" cargo box, which was reminiscent of the old-style "stepside" beds with a step behind the cab. The standard Ranger sat on a 111.5-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 188.5 inches, compared to the standard F-150, which had a 126-inch wheelbase and a total length of 211.2 inches.
The 2008 Ranger models were equipped with the 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine or the 3-liter V6. The F-Series engine choices included a 4.2-liter V6, 4.6-liter V-8 and the 5.4-liter V-8. The Harley-Davidson got a 450-horsepower supercharged V8. The 2008 Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac and Expedition were equipped with the 5.4-liter V8. A 2.3-liter in-line four-cylinder or 3-liter V6 powered the non-hybrid version of the Escape.