2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2021 Ford Ranger Comparison

The 2022 Ford Maverick vs. the 2021 Ford Ranger 

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT | Ford Motor Company
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT | Ford Motor Company

First, let’s look at prices. You can get started in the 2022 Ford Maverick for $19,995. The 2021 Ford Ranger begins at about $24,820. You can save almost $5,000 with the Maverick, but the Ranger may come with more standard features. 

But let’s talk about space. The Ranger is about 11 inches longer than the Maverick and about three inches taller. However, the Maverick provides more space in the backseat. The Maverick has 110.3 cubic feet of passenger volume compared to 97.6 cubes with the Ranger SuperCrew. 

The Ford Ranger has a bed that’s 61 inches long with a height of 20.8 inches. The Maverick’s bed is 54 inches long and 16.5 inches tall. But with the optional tubular bed extender, the Maverick’s bed can reach six feet. 

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Performance Capability

When it comes to acceleration and on-road performance the two pickups are fairly well matched. The Ranger’s larger 2.3L engine makes more power and torque, but also has more truck to move around.

With a smaller engine and lighter overall weight, the Maverick gets the win in fuel economy with an average around five miles per gallon better than a 4×4 equipped Ranger.

The body-on-frame Ranger makes up for this with greater available tow rating (7,500 lbs vs 4,500 lbs). It also comes with a “real” 4×4 system with a two-speed transfer case and an optional locking rear differential. 

Power & Fuel Consumption

There’s a clear difference in power and fuel consumption between the two trucks. 

With the 2.0L EcoBoost, 250 horsepower engine, Maverick achieves 23 MPG in the city and hits 30 MPG on the highway. The 191 horsepower 2.5L hybrid is yet to be tested, but Ford claims it can do 40 MPG in the city, which is more than you’d ever expected out of a pickup truck.

Ranger has just one engine option – a 2.3L EcoBoost petrol engine that can do 21 miles to the gallon in the city, or 26 MPG on the highway. The larger engine delivers 270 horsepower, but when we take into account the 500-pound weight difference between the two trucks, Ranger has the upper hand.

Trims

The Maverick comes in three trim packages — a base model, medium, and a fancy trim. Here’s how their prices break down: 

  • XL: $19,995
  • XLT: $22,280
  • Lariat: $25,490

The XLT adds 17-inch aluminum wheels, a power-locking tailgate, and cruise control, among other features. The Lariat steps things up with a more premium interior, push-button start, and bigger wheels. All-wheel drive can be added to any model for around $3,300.

2022 Ford Maverick XLT.
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The Ranger has the same three trims, with the upper-tier models offering more in the way of comfort features, driver-assistance tech, and appearance add-ons. Here’s how much they cost:

  • XL: $25,070
  • XLT: $29,120
  • Lariat: $33,160

There’s also an off-road-focused Tremor model, which costs an extra $4,300. Like on the Maverick, four-wheel drive is an option. 

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Powertrains setting the Ranger and Maverick apart

The new Maverick comes with two engine choices: a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid and a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The standard hybrid powertrain generates 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet, whereas the turbocharged mill is rated at 250 hp and 277 lb-ft. Both the engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional, and you can have it for $3,300.

Ford Ranger Lariat. Photo: Amee Reehal
Ford Ranger Lariat. Photo: Amee Reehal

Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT. Photo: Ford

Surprisingly, the Ranger comes with only one engine option. It carries a turbocharged 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder pumping out a modest 270 hp and 310 lb-ft. The Ranger would have been a better option with other powertrain choices, as we get in the F-150 like the 3.3-liter V6 or the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6.

Standard EngineOptional Engine(s)
Maverick2.5L Four-Cylinder HybridTurbo 2.0L Four-Cylinder
RangerTurbo 2.3L Four-CylinderN/A

Of course, if your Ranger needs more power and capabilities, level up to the ROUSH’s upgraded Ranger XLT, or this Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger ramping up horsepower from 270 to 350 bhp @ 6,000 rpm and torque from 310 to 385 lb.ft. @ 3,800 rpm over the stock model.

Nothing like this out for the Maverick (yet). And likely nothing will for this hybrid-powered, mini pickup (but we could be wrong, which does happen).

2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2021 Ford Ranger Technology

Whether you choose the 2021 Ranger or 2022 Maverick, you can stay connected to everything that matters to you. In their top trims, both trucks include an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, FordPass Connect™ with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot., and an available B&O™ sound system by Bang & Olufsen. The Maverick is available with a wireless charging pad, while the Tremor Package-equipped Ranger has Trail Control™ and a Terrain Management System™.

Engines

Although other trucks have hybrid powertrains as an option, the Maverick is the first pickup to come with one standard. Ford claims the base Maverick can get 40 mpg in the city — better than a Honda Civic. 

Ford Ranger.
Ford

Buyers also have the option of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder good for 250 horsepower. 

All Rangers, meanwhile, get their power from a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that puts out 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, according to Ford. 

TECHNOLOGY

Stay in touch with a standard eight-inch Bluetooth® touchscreen, as well as standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto compatibility. Work from anywhere with a personal 4G LTE in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot powered by FordPass Connect and AT&T, then blast your playlist everywhere with the available eight-speaker B&O® 660-watt sound system.

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Ford Maverick vs Ford Ranger: Verdict

Ford has done a great job adding the Maverick to its pickup lineup while keeping a fair amount of distance from the Ranger. But with that said, a buyer who considers both trucks certainly isn’t abnormal.

To put it simply, the Maverick is cheaper to buy and run, but won’t be good as good at doing “real” truck stuff like towing or off-roading. Which you choose will depend on both your budget and needs. 

It’s also important to note that the current 2022 Ranger is actually at the end of its life cycle and the next-generation model (already unveiled for overseas markets) should begin hitting dealer lots sometime in the next 12 months or so. If you are set on the Ranger you might want to wait around for the new model.

Additionally, given the hype, long wait times and dealer markup associated with the Maverick, it’s likely that the less hyped Ranger might actually be easier to find and that some of Maverick’s value will be erased by dealer markup. 

Above all though, it’s great that Ford now has not one, but two very competitive pickup offerings both aimed at different types of buyers who don’t have the need for a full-size half-ton pickup.

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Which truck is better? It depends what you need

MORE: Ordered a Ford Maverick? FWD Won't Be AvailableWhether you choose a 2022 Ford Maverick, or a more traditional pickup truck like the Ranger, really depends on personal preference and how you intend to use the truck.If you’re planning on putting your new truck to work then the Ranger is the right choice. It has a 7,500-pound maximum towing capacity, significantly more than the Maverick’s 2,000-pound limit. Its bed and cargo box are bigger too.On the other hand, if you live in an urban area and are looking for an everyday car to use with the family, the Maverick is an excellent choice. It offers a car-like ride, a nicer cabin, and more comfort for backseat passengers.Truthfully, the Maverick is more of a crossover than an actual pickup. It can’t replicate the toughness of larger trucks, but it is a very capable vehicle, and should have more mass appeal than the Ranger.

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