It is a truck, not a car
By bob on
1998 Ford Ranger XL 2dr Regular Cab 4WD LB
If you want a reasonably decent small truck for hauling stuff around, the Ranger is a good choice. If you want a passenger car, buy one of those instead of a truck. BTW, the 3 liter engine is plenty powerful enough.
Off road package, gas mileage, long bed, 3.0 makes plenty of power.
Gas mileage could be better, it would be nice if a 4x8 foot sheet of plywood would lie flat in the bed.