The options for a less-than-full-size Ford pickup have only doubled. Thanks to the new Ford Maverick 2022 and Ford Ranger 2022, you now have two options for getting the job done. This is how they compare.
2022 Ford Maverick
Ford Maverick 2022 Pricing Starting: $19,995 | Your price or See listings near you
Above average: standard hybrid powertrain; excellent mileage; all-wheel drive available; towing a maximum of 4,000 pounds; 1,500 pound payload.
Below average: Hybrid models are not available with AWD; some optional advanced safety features, 4-door crew cab only; even on the upper trim levels.
Consensus: An old name now adorns a new compact pickup truck. The Maverick rides on an SUV-style unibody platform it shares with its Bronco Sport and Escape siblings. It’s standard with a hybrid powertrain, has real truck capabilities, and can actually go off-road. Best of all, it has an entry price of around $20,000.
Ford Rangers 2022
Prices starting at the 2022 Ford Ranger: $25,285 | Your price or See listings near you
Above average: Powerful standard engine; can withdraw 7,500 pounds; carries a 1,905 pound payload; standard forward collision warning; good fuel economy; SuperCab and SuperCrew Cab body styles.
Below average: One choice of engine and transmission; the ride is a bit stiff; due for updates in 2023.
Consensus: The Ranger has high-tech infotainment and safety features in addition to a good tow rating and best-in-class payload. New for 2022, the Splash trim package joins the Off-Road Tremor package as an available option.
Maverick vs. Ranger: Big Things in a Smaller Package
The all-new Ford Maverick for 2022 marks the Blue Oval’s return to the true compact pickup segment. It features an easy-to-wallet entry price of $19,995, a unibody platform for SUV-like travel, and a standard hybrid powerplant under the hood. It competes with the slightly smaller Hyundai Santa Cruz.
The Maverick is powered by a 2.5 liter Atkinson-cycle 4 cylinder front-wheel drive engine with an electric motor generator. Delivering a combined 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, it achieves an EPA city rating of 42 mpg.
For those who want more power, consider the EcoBoost inline-4 turbocharged 250-horsepower 2.0-liter engine with all-wheel drive or standard available. Paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, it is capable of reaching 23 mpg city/30 highway. AWD can reduce that by an estimated 22 mpg city/29 highway.
Trim levels range from XL, XLT, and top-line Lariat models with standard hybrid powertrains. We recommend the requisite 2.0-liter turbo EcoBoost engine if you plan to tow, which adds $1,085 to the price. The all-wheel drive adds another $3,305, along with other options.
Inside there is plenty of storage space for water bottles and other items that are part of your daily kit. The rear seat folds down to reveal two storage areas. (The hybrid only has one because the battery needs the other.) An 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, as is FordPass Connect with an embedded modem and Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices. A 660 watt Bang & Olufsen sound system is also available.
The Maverick Flexbed truck box is 4.5 feet long and wide enough for 4×8 sheets of plywood with an adjustable tailgate. The low lifting height makes loading easy, and the bed can be supplied with 12 volts of power. Two 110 volt outlets are optional.
The Ford Ranger continues for 2022 in the mid-truck segment as a highly capable and adaptable midsize truck that makes everyone forget the Ranger before it. It is powered by a 2.3 liter turbocharged inline 4 cylinder engine that produces 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque.
Using a 10-speed automatic transmission, the Ranger moves with authority regardless of whether it is equipped with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. By the way, all-wheel drive will set you back around $4,000, which seems a bit steep.
The 2022 Ranger offers a choice of the larger 4-door SuperCab or SuperCrew with two different bed lengths. If you carry passengers on a regular basis, we recommend the SuperCrew over the fitted SuperCab. If you’re pulling, Crane’s Optimized Blind Spot Monitoring System, which expands his vision to include whatever’s being pulled behind, is a good bet.
Ford’s Co-Pilot360 safety range is available on all models, but you’ll pay for it on the XL. This is standard on the XLT and Lariat trim levels.
For 2022, Ranger is getting a new Splash edition, available with exclusive orange and black side graphics and 18-inch black wheels. Inside is orange accent stitching, steering wheel, shifter knob and parking brake boot. It’s a throwback to the 1990s when the Splash edition Ranger last appeared.
Both are competent pickup trucks from the Ford Motor Company. The choice for buyers is to decide how many trucks they actually need.
Advantages of Ford Maverick 2022
Standard hybrid power; turbo-4 and AWD available; lower entry prices; Travel like an SUV.
Advantages of Ford Ranger 2022
More power; almost class-leading towing and payload; comfortable crew cabin.
Which is Right for Me?
The new Ford Maverick 2022 offers compact dimensions in an affordable, fuel-efficient package. It even has some off-road cuts that will take you off the beaten track in SUV-like comfort, thanks to its unibody construction.
The 2022 Ford Ranger may be showing its age but offers almost class-leading capabilities, not to mention the comfortable SuperCrew cabin. Both are equally good on-road and off-road.
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|2022 Ford Maverick||Ford Rangers 2022|
|Machine||2.5 liter I4 Hybrid||2.3 liter turbo I4|
|Horsepower||191 hp @ 5,600 rpm||270 hp @ 5,500 rpm|
|torque||155 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm||310 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm|
|Transmission||automatic CVT||10 speed auto|
|Fuel Economy||37 mpg (42 city/33 hwy)||23 mpg (21 city/26 hwy)|
|Also available||2.0 liter turbo I4; 8-spd automatic; AWD||AWD|
|Guarantee||3 years/36,000 miles|
|Powertrain Warranty||5 years/60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Safety Rating||there isn’t any||4 stars|
|Max Seating Capacity||5||5|
|Wheelbase||121.1 inch||126.8 inches|
|Overall length||199.7 inches||210.8 inch|
|Wide||72.6 inches||77.8 inches|
|Tall||68.7 inches||71.1 inches|
|Swivel diameter||40.0 feet||42.0 feet|
|Headroom, Front||40.3 inches||41.0 inch|
|Headroom, Rear||39.6 inches||38.3 inches|
|Legroom, Front||42.8 inches||43.1 inches|
|Legroom, Back||35.9 inches||34.5 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Front||57.3 inches||56.7 inches|
|Shoulder Room, Back||55.6 inch||56.3 inches|
|EPA Passenger Volume||100.3 cubic feet||97.6 cubic feet|
|Maximum Payload||1,500 pounds||1,905 pounds|