Ford Ranger vs. F-150

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Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


, Automotive Editor - December 16, 2022
2023 Ford F-150

The Ford Ranger and Ford F-150 are both trucks of traditional designs. A body-on-frame design, front coil and rear leaf-spring rear suspension, and a wide range of configurations bring these two into the conversation when discussing new trucks.

The Ranger may have a worldwide audience but the F-150 is entirely focused on the North American market and retaining its best-selling title - going on 46 consecutive years. Each truck brings its own unique set of traits that may fully fit your needs but for those who aren’t already convinced, taking a look at how they differ can help. Let’s discuss this further.

Ford Ranger vs. F-150 Price

2023 Ford Ranger

The 2022 Ranger is still available on dealer’s lots and Ford is taking orders for 2023 models although there are no significant changes. Ford offers better promotional financing for the newer model but still, there are no cash rebates and the tight supply chain may limit your chances of finding your specifically desired version.

The F-150 is in a similar situation, where limited supply has Ford encouraging customers to place an order for a 2023 model by adding a cash-back rebate and better promotional financing rates.

Don’t expect those incentives to be applied to the Raptor or Lightning models which are especially in high demand.

There isn’t much price overlap between the two trucks with the Ranger ranging from about $29,000 to $37,000 and the F-150 starting at around $36,000 and loading up to $109,145 for the outrageous Raptor R.

Ford Ranger vs. F-150 Towing Capacity

2022 Ford F-150

The Ranger and F-150 can be equipped with their respective towing packages to yield some significant figures. The Ranger is rated for pulling 7,500 pounds while the F-150 can tow up to 14,000 pounds - well beyond what a typical camper weighs. The Ranger can haul about 1,500 pounds in the bed which is less than the least-capable F-150. In its most capable form, the full-size truck can haul over 3,000 pounds.

Ford Ranger vs. F-150 Dimensions

2022 Ford F-150

The Ranger is considered to be a mid-size truck - versus the F-150’s full-size nomenclature - and there are notable differences in their dimensions. Looking at their most popular crew-cab and short-bed configurations, the Ranger is about 21 inches shorter (at 211 inches in length) than the F-150 and its 127-inch wheelbase helps it be slightly more maneuverable around town.

Although the Ranger measures just two fewer inches in width, the cab of the F-150 offers 10 more inches of front shoulder room. Back seat occupants would much rather sacrifice the maneuverability for the nine more inches of legroom (and two inches of headroom) provided by the F-150.

Not all of the F-150’s extra length went into the cab, however, as its 66-inch long bed is about five inches longer than that of the short-bed ranger.

Ford Ranger vs. F-150 Reliability

2022 Ford Ranger

The Ranger and the F-150 may ride on tried and true chassis and suspension designs, but they both incorporate a number of new powertrains, body design, and infotainment technologies that have proven to be less than reliable, as a whole with the F-150 earning just two out of five stars by Consumer Reports.

Conversely, it earned a four out of five-star rating for predicted owner satisfaction. The Ranger does slightly better with three stars for overall reliability but also slightly worse with three stars for satisfaction.

Ford Ranger vs. F-150 Gas Mileage

2022 Ford Ranger Interior

The Ranger’s turbocharged four-cylinder and ten-speed automatic help the smaller truck return an impressive EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon combined when equipped with four-wheel drive (23 mpg with rear-wheel drive only).

That figure is actually matched by the F-150’s smallest V6, which also relies on turbocharging and is nearly matched by Ford’s premier 3.5-liter V6 Ecoboost engine. For those looking for even strong efficiency performance, the F-150 is offered as a full hybrid and returns 25 MPG combined (while providing more power and convenience).

Ford Ranger vs. F-150: Which Is Better?

The Ranger provides a hard-working option for those who need to reduce their physical footprint without sacrificing a significant level of capability. The F-150 is better equipped to fit an individual’s specific needs - as long as one can afford it - with more cab configurations, powertrain options, and creature comforts. The F-150 is incredibly capable in more ways than one and it outperforms the Ranger in most measurable and subjective measures and earns our recommendation.

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, Automotive Editor

After graduating from GMI with a bunch of other car geeks, Matt Pilgrim spent time in many areas of the auto industry - manufacturing, durability testing of prototypes, and collaborating with stylists to engineer exterior components for cars such as the NSX. Turning his attention to journalism, he brings together his engineering background and passion for cars and has written for several automotive publications and sites, including The Car Connection and his own site, Pilgrim Motor Press.


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