How Small Pickup Trucks Compare

  • Ford has just released the Maverick 2022, its newest and smallest pickup truck.
  • It is cheaper and more compact than its big brother, the Ford Ranger.
  • Both pickups offer a cheaper and smaller alternative to the F-150.
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The recently launched Ford Maverick went on sale this fall as the newest and smallest truck from the Blue Oval.

However, the new model isn’t the only option buyers have if they’re loyal to the Ford name but want something cheaper and more compact than the F-150. There’s also the mid-size Ranger, which was resurrected in 2019 after eight years out of the US market.

Here’s how the smallest and lowest-priced Ford pickups stack up on top of each other:

Size

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Ford Maverick Size

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The Maverick and Ranger aren’t particularly small vehicles, but they’re both much more compact than the full-size trucks, which seem to be getting bigger.

The Ranger is about 211 inches long, 21 inches shorter than the F-150 and roughly the length of some of the biggest SUVs on the road, like the Cadillac Escalade or Lincoln Navigator.

The Maverick is even smaller, just under 200 inches. It’s not particularly small—it’s about the size of an SUV like the Toyota Highlander or Volkswagen Atlas—but it’s by far one of the smallest pickups on the market.

Initial price

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Ford Rangers.

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The Maverick hits dealerships this fall as the cheapest pickup on the market and the cheapest vehicle in Ford’s lineup. It starts at $19,995, while the Ranger has a starting price of $25,070.

Trim

The Maverick comes in three trim packages – base, mid and luxury trim. Here’s how their prices break down:

  • XL: $19,995
  • XLT: $22,280
  • Strap: $25.490

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

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2022 Ford Maverick XLT.

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The Ranger has the same three trims, with the top-tier model offering more comfort features, driver assistance technology and appearance add-ons. Here’s how much it costs:

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

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

Read more: Ford CEO reveals how to beat flashy electric truck rivals to market with the upcoming $40,000 F-150 EV

Outback

Ford Ranger Tremor

Ford Ranger Tremor.

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The Maverick only comes in a four-door, five-seat configuration. Ranger offers a SuperCab option (with half a rear door) as standard and a larger four-door SuperCrew body style for an additional $2,400. The SuperCab offers extra bed space, while the SuperCrew provides more interior space.

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While other trucks have a hybrid powertrain 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 the Honda Civic.

Ford Ranger pickup truck.

Ford Rangers.

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

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

Towing and payload

2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck


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The Maverick is meant more for recreation than hardcore trucking stuff, so it doesn’t have all the towing and hauling power of a larger Ford truck. It can tow 2,000 pounds as standard and 4,000 pounds when equipped with an optional towing package. The payload capacity is 1,500 pounds.

The Ranger can tow 3,500 pounds, but the towing pack raises it to 7,500 pounds. In terms of payload, the Ranger can handle 1,860 pounds. The Ranger sports a six-foot bed, while the Maverick is 4.5 feet.

Decision

The Maverick and Ranger both present solid alternatives to Ford’s larger, more expensive trucks.

With its small footprint and hybrid engine, the Maverick is probably best suited for urbanites who prioritize compactness and price over bed size and overall functionality. The Ranger is better for people who are more serious about hauling heavy loads and towing large trailers, but may not need an all-out work truck.

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