Ford Maverick vs. Toyota Tacoma

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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

The pickup market is hotter than ever, and there’s a new kid on the block: the 2022 Ford Maverick. The Maverick is small and affordable, and it takes aim at established favorites like the Toyota Tacoma.

The Tacoma remains the bestselling midsize pickup in the United States. Does the Maverick have what it takes to make a dent? Here's a comparison of spec and features to help highlight some of the key differences.

See a side-by-side comparison of the Ford Maverick & the Toyota Tacoma »

What the Maverick Gets Right

The Maverick’s biggest selling point is its price tag. In base spec, the Maverick checks in at over $6,000 cheaper than the Tacoma.

That’s a significant chunk, especially when you consider the Maverick’s cabin and features. Despite being over a foot shorter, the Maverick offers more legroom in both rows.

The difference is especially noticeable in the back, where the Maverick offers over 3 inches of extra room over the Tacoma’s crew cab. The Maverick also comes with a generous eight-inch touchscreen, which is larger than the Tacoma’s.

The Maverick's base engine is a hybrid, which is unusual in the pickup world. Ford claims that the hybrid will manage up to 40 mpg, though the EPA has yet to weigh in.

There’s no doubt that the Maverick is substantially lighter than the Tacoma, and the Maverick’s unibody construction should make it easier to live with on the road.

What the Tacoma Gets Right

The Tacoma is a mid-size truck, and it offers more capability than the Maverick. That starts with more bed space — the Tacoma is available with either a 5-foot or 6-foot bed, while the Maverick only comes with a 4.5-foot box. The Tacoma is also available with multiple cab options.

The two trucks produce similar power, but the Tacoma can handle more weight. It can carry a payload of 1,685 pounds or tow up to 6,800 pounds, while the Maverick maxes out at 1,500 and 4,000 respectively.

The Tacoma is built with a traditional body-on-frame construction. That makes it a better off-roader, a claim bolstered by the fearsome TRD trims. With upgraded shocks, hill-descent control, and a locking rear differential, the Tacoma TRD options remain some of the best adventure vehicles around.

Less Is More

There's no doubt that the Maverick offers significant savings over the Tacoma. Given the gap, the question for buyers is: how much do numbers matter?

If you plan to stray from the pavement, the Tacoma is a better bet. Elsewhere, the advantage is less clear. The extra towing capacity is nice, but the Tacoma’s cabin, features, and powertrains fall short of the Maverick’s.

Our Verdict: Ford Maverick

The new kid wins this one. The Tacoma is a classic for a reason, but the Maverick has a better cabin, newer tech, and a much more efficient powertrain — all for a much lower price. It offers many of the advantages of a pickup without as many compromises.

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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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