Ford Pickups Go Head to Head: Ford Maverick vs Ford Ranger

July 28th, 2022 by

Ford Pickups Go Head to Head: Ford Maverick vs Ford Ranger

The Ford Maverick and the Ford Ranger: Let’s Compare

If you’re looking for a small but powerful pickup truck, the Ford Maverick and the Ford Ranger are likely both on your list.

These trucks have made a name for themselves in performance and durability. The Maverick was released in the 1970s, and the Ranger made its debut in the 1980s. Now, both have made a successful comeback.

Yet, many truck shoppers are stumped when looking at these two trucks. Thankfully, we have a thorough comparison of these two to help any undecided buyers.


The Ford Ranger has only one engine option available. The turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine offers 270 horsepower. The Maverick, on the other hand, has two engine options. A turbocharged 2.0-liter with 250 horsepower and a 2.5-liter hybrid with 191 horsepower.

When it comes to towing, the Ranger is the clear winner. The Ranger can tow up to 7,500 pounds. The Maverick comes in well below that threshold and can only pull 4,000 pounds.

However, with that added power comes lacking comfort in the Ranger. The Ford Ranger is more capable off-road, and the drive reflects that. Some drivers call the ride jarring or even stiff. The body-on-frame is designed for rugged performance, not highway comfort. The Maverick, however, is a comfortable drive with desirable interior features.


The Maverick offers a 4.5-foot truck bed. While this seems small, it’s larger than much of the small truck competition on the market. On the other hand, the Ford Ranger has two different options for the truck’s bed length. Depending on your needs, you can choose between a five-foot or six-foot length.

The Ford Maverick sits on an SUV frame leading to a generally more comfortable ride. The truck frame of the Ranger is perfect for performance but doesn’t offer the best drive.

In the Ford Ranger, you can choose either the SuperCab with a longer bed or the SuperCrew 4-door option with a shorter bed. This option is excellent for drivers who want space for passengers. The Ford Maverick only comes in one size, but the cab is a four-door with comfortable seating for four but seatbelts for five.

The highly intuitive Co-Pilot360 from Ford is available on all Ranger trim levels but is standard on the XLT and Lariat models. In the Maverick, you get an 8-inch touchscreen with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. FordPass Connect also offers a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 different devices.


The Ford Ranger has more power, bringing a higher price tag. The Ranger starts at $25,715 and increases to $39,465. The Maverick is affordably priced between $19,995 and $25,806.

The Ranger is the best option if you’re looking for power. However, if you prefer a hybrid option and a more comfortable drive, then consider the Maverick. Either way, Elliott Team Ford can show you all the ins and out of both of these popular and affordable Ford trucks. Contact our team and start building your favorite today.

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