The other problem can be that if it was bought used from a dealer lot or used vehicle lot once in its lifetime, there's no telling what a previous owner did to it, from a parts swap point. Maybe someone added a trim part from the salvage yard to change its appearence, so that could through you off.
Myself, I have a 2000 XLT, and dislike the chrome front grill. I plan to replace it with a blacked out one. I think the chrome is a bit too much on the front. If this truck ever makes it to a new owner (no plans for that), it might make them wonder what trim model it is.
You do have a nice, clean Ranger there. Its a beauty!