Ford Maverick vs. Ford Ranger

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Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


, Automotive Editor - July 29, 2021

In the wake of their resolution to stop making sedans in 2018, Ford promised to focus their lineup on trucks and SUVs. They’ve made good on that promise, and the latest model to enter the ring is the 2022 Ford Maverick. Slotting underneath the Ford Ranger, the Maverick is one of the smallest pickup trucks available in North America.

The big question: would anyone buy a Maverick over a Ranger? Here’s a comparison of specs and features to help you understand some of the key differences between these two trucks.

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What the Maverick Gets Right

To start, the Maverick is substantially cheaper than the Ranger. With a starting price of around $21,500 (after destination fees), the Maverick undercuts a base Ranger by nearly $5,000.

Even at that price, the Maverick comes with a solid set of base features. All Mavericks use an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen, while a base Ranger is stuck with a 4.2-inch non-touch display.

One of the biggest differences between the two models is the construction. Where the Ranger is a traditional body-on-frame pickup, the Maverick uses a unibody construction.

The Ranger’s build may give it the edge away from pavement, but the Maverick’s car-like construction should provide superior handling. The Maverick is also much lighter — at just over 3,500 pounds, the Maverick is nimble by pickup standards.

Unlike the Ranger, the Maverick starts with a hybrid powertrain (a 2.0-liter turbo is optional). Official numbers haven’t yet been released, but Ford claims the Maverick will do up to 40 mpg.

In a few other key areas, the Maverick keeps up well. Despite the Maverick’s smaller dimensions, four adults still fit comfortably. The Maverick’s bed is shorter, but it can still carry 4x8 sheets of plywood with the tailgate at the right angle.

What the Ranger Gets Right

The Ranger’s main asset is its capability. It comes with a 2.3-liter turbo engine making 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet, which is more than either of the powertrains available in the Maverick. As a result, the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds. The Maverick maxes out at 4,000.

To maintain a livable cabin, the Maverick compromises with a 54-inch bed. The Ranger can be equipped with either a 60- or 72-inch bed for more cargo space. The Maverick sticks with one cab option as well, while the Ranger gets two.

In the 4x4 configuration, the Ranger has slightly more clearance than the Maverick. The Ranger is available with a trail-focused Tremor package, which adds Fox shocks and more suspension lift.

What’s a Pickup For?

Despite their proximity in Ford’s lineup, these are trucks for different buyers. Pickup traditionalists who want towing capability and a body-on-frame construction should stick to the Ranger.

For lighter use, the Maverick offers a livable package with better features and a much lower price. For many pickup buyers, that’s a solid proposition.

Our Verdict: Ford Maverick (For Now)

We have yet to get behind the wheel of the Ford Maverick, so this comparison is based in part on inference. But we’re optimistic about Ford’s newest truck — it bundles many of the advantages of a pickup in a compact, useful package. Larger trucks like the F-150 will never go out of style, but we suspect that the Maverick will find plenty of buyers.

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, Automotive Editor

Willis is a freelance writer based out of Philadelphia. Born and raised in Colorado, he graduated from Williams College. When he's not writing about cars or the outdoors, he spends his time rock climbing or reading with his two cats.


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