2001 Ford Ranger Towing Capacity (All Variations)

If you have a 2001 Ford Ranger and need to know your truck’s towing capacity, you have come to the right place.

Here you will find all the GCWRs and max trailer towing weights suggested by Ford. The information is combined with the 2001 Ford Ranger eBrochure and the 2001 Ford Trailer Towing Guide.

The 2001 Ford Ranger has a max trailer towing capacity of 6,070 lbs. This is for properly equipped vehicles with no cargo.

Ford says that the tongue weight for any towing should be 10%-15% of the total loaded trailer weight. So this should be taken into account when setting up your trailer.

Though I tried to make this information as accurate as possible, you should always check your manual or contact your local dealer to determine the appropriate towing capacity of your vehicle and the necessary equipment.

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TRIMS

There are five trims for the 2001 Ranger series.

  • XL
  • Edge
  • XLT

The main differences between these trims are the availability of mechanical features, appearance options, and packages.

All the differences can be seen in the e-brochure.

CAB AND BED SIZES

The cab can either be a Regular Cab or a Super Cab.

The Regular Cab and the Super Cab can support two different rows of passengers.

Bed Sizes

There are two lengths available in the 2001 Ford Ranger. This is the 6-ft bed and the 7-ft bed. Do note that the 7-ft bed is available only for the Regular Cab.

PACKAGES

The 2001 Ford Ranger does not require nor recommend a trailer towing package for this range. Trailer Towing Packages are recommended for all light trucks that will be used for towing to help ensure easy and proper connection of trailer lights.

TOWING CAPACITY BY ENGINE

There are three engines available on the 2001 Ford Ranger. This is the 2.3 L DOHC I-4, the 3.0 OHV V6, and the 4.0L SOHC V6 Engine.

2.3L DOHC I-4

The 2.3 L DOHC I-4 engine is a 5-speed automatic transmission engine with 143 hp @ 5,250 rpm, as well as a torque of 154 @ 3,750 rpm. Its towing capacity ranges from 1,480 – 2,240 lbs.

Axle RatioTowing CapacityGCWR
Regular Cab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
4.102,2955,500
Regular Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
4.101,6904,800
Super Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.73/4.101,3954,800
2001 Ford Ranger 2.3L DOHC I-4 Engine Towing Capacity

2.5L SEFI I4

The 2.5 L SEFI I-4 engine is a 5-speed automatic transmission engine with 119 hp @ 5,000 rpm, as well as a torque of 146 @ 3,000 rpm. Its towing capacity ranges from 1,480 – 2,240 lbs.

Axle RatioTowing CapacityGCWR
Regular Cab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
4.102,1955,500
Regular Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.73/4.101,5904,8004,800
Super Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.73/4.101,3954,800
2001 Ford Ranger 2.5L DOHC I-4 Engine Towing Capacity

3.0L ohv V6

The 3.0L OHV V6 engine is a 5-speed automatic transmission engine with 154 hp @ 5,200 rpm and a 180 @ 3,900 rpm torque. Its towing capacity ranges from 2,230 – 4,145 lbs.

Axle RatioTowing CapacityGCWR
Regular Cab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
3.734,1457,500
Regular Cab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.734,0107,500
Regular Cab
4×4
Automatic Transmission
3.73/4.103,8957,500
Supercab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
3.733,9557,500
Supercab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.733,8257,500
Supercab
4×4
Automatic Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.73/4.103,7007,500
Regular Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.732,6856,000
Regular Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.732,5506,000
Regular Cab
4×4
Manual Transmission
3.73/4.102,4306,000
Supercab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.732,4956,000
Supercab
4×2
Manual Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.732,3656,000
Supercab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.73/4.102,2306,000
2001 Ford Ranger 3.0L OHV V6 Engine Towing Capacity

4.0L SOHC V6 L4

The 4.0 L SOHC V6 is a 5-speed automatic transmission engine with 207 hp @ 5,250 rpm and a torque of 238 @ 3,000 rpm. Its towing capacity ranges from 3,155 – 6,070 lbs.

Axle RatioTowing CapacityGCWR
Regular Cab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
3.556,0709,500
Regular Cab
4×2
Automatic Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.555,9409,500
Regular Cab
4×4
Automatic Transmission
3.73/4.105,8209,500
Supercab
4×2
6-ft bed
Automatic Transmission
3.555,8859,500
Supercab
4×2
6-ft bed
Automatic Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.555,7559,500
Supercab
4×4
6-ft bed
Automatic Transmission
4.105,6209,500
Regular Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.553,6107,000
Regular Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.553,4807,000
Regular Cab
4×4
Manual Transmission
3.73/4.103,3607,000
Super Cab
4×2
Manual Transmission
3.553,4207,000
Super Cab
4×2
6-ft box
Manual Transmission
Ranger Edge
3.553,2857,000
Super Cab
4×4
Manual Transmission
4.103,1557,000
2001 Ford Ranger 4.0L SOHC V6 Towing Capacity

2001 FORD RANGER TOWING CAPACITY CHART

The following chart is from the trailer tow guide from the Ford brochure. The maximum towing capacity for the 2001 Ford Ranger is 6,070 lbs.

2001 FORD RANGER TOWING CAPACITY CHART
2001 FORD RANGER TOWING CAPACITY CHART

PAYLOAD CAPACITY

The best way to check the payload capacity is to find the GVWR listed on the Safety Compliance Certification Label. It’s usually located on the driver’s side and contains the front and rear GAWR alongside the GVWR. It’s also in the e-brochure. The maximum payload capacity of the 2001 Ford Ranger in 1,640 lbs.

Payload Capacity (lbs)
Regular Cab
4×2/4×4
1,640/ 1,540
Super Cab
4×2/4×4
1,580/1,500
2001 Ford Ranger Payload Capacities

REAR STEP BUMPER TOWING VS HITCH RECEIVER TOWING

However, even if you have a hitch receiver, this does not mean you can tow the above capacities. You first need a proper hitch receiver (class III) and a weight-distributing trailer hitch if towing above 5,000 lbs.

You can tow with the 2001 Ford Ranger through a rear step bumper ball hitch. This can hold up to 2,000 lbs (with a weight-carrying trailer).

In either case with a weight-carrying trailer or weight-distributing trailer, the tongue weight should not exceed 10%-15% of the total trailer weight (according to the Trailer Tow Guide).

Weight Carrying Trailer Capacity
(Max Tongue Load)
Weight Distributing Trailer Capacity
(Max Tongue Load)
Rear bumper2,000 lbs
(200 lbs)
Hitch Receiver3,500 lbs
(350 lbs)
6,000 lbs
(600 lbs)
Max Tongue Load and Trailer Capacity for Rear Step Bumper and Hitch Receivers on 2001 Ford Ranger

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CONCLUSION

Ford states that the 2001 Ford Ranger has a max towing capacity of 1,480 to 6,070 lbs.

Though this guide provides good guidance on how much you can tow with your 2001 Ford Ranger, you should always calculate your own towing capacity.

Not sure how? Read: How is Towing Capacity Calculated? Here you will find a helpful calculator as well.

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