Which truck is more your style, the 2022 Ford Ranger or the Ford Maverick? Choosing between the midsize Ranger and compact Maverick might come down to each truck’s tow ratings. Or you might be interested in the Maverick’s thrifty price tag and handsomely equipped cabin. Before you jump the gun, though, let’s take a closer look at each one of these Ford trucks.
The 2022 Ford Ranger is a midsize truck that costs a little bit more than the new compact Ford Maverick. The Ranger’s MSRP range starts at $27,685 and goes up to $39,250 for the most expensive trim model.
With the Maverick, you’ll end up spending much less. This small truck starts at $19,995. Its most expensive trim model, the Lariat, starts at $25,490.
Power & Performance
The midsize Ranger comes standard with the most power. It also gives you a traditional truck performance, with standard rear-wheel drive and optional four-wheel drive. The latter will enhance off-road performance. The Ranger also offers lots of off-road options, from all-terrain tires to off-road-specific Fox shock absorbers.
- Turbocharged 2.3L four-cylinder engine (270 horsepower, 310 lb-ft of torque)
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- Standard rear-wheel drive
- Optional four-wheel drive
On the other hand, it’s the compact Maverick that offers the most efficient performance. Its standard hybrid powertrain helps you earn up to 37 mpg combined (42 city/33 highway). The Maverick’s car-like, unibody design makes it easier to handle in a tight spot. It’s not quite as rugged, but optional all-wheel drive should help you move around most campsites and light trails without getting stuck.
- 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid powertrain (191 hp, 155 lb-ft) + continuously variable transmission
- Turbo 2.0L four-cylinder (250 hp, 277 lb-ft) + eight-speed automatic transmission
- Standard front-wheel drive
- Optional all-wheel drive
Towing & Hauling Capabilities
The midsize 2022 Ford Ranger is the more capable truck. Depending on body style and equipment, this Ford truck can tow max loads of 7,500 pounds. The Ranger can also haul lots of gear, with a max payload capacity of 1,560 pounds.
Although the smaller Maverick can’t tow quite as big a boat, it’s still pretty capable. With the standard hybrid powertrain, this compact truck can tow up to 2,000 pounds. Upgrade to the turbocharged four-cylinder engine for a 4,000-pound towing capacity. However, this little truck is a very sturdy hauler. No matter which powertrain you choose, the Maverick can haul max payloads of 1,500 pounds.
Trim Levels & Features
Both Ford trucks are available as three trim models, the base XL, mid-range XLT, and top-of-the-line Lariat. Whether you choose the Range for the Maverick, these trim models are similarly equipped. However, the Maverick gives you a longer list of standard infotainment features.
Both trucks’ base XL models are nicely equipped with the basics, including air conditioning and automatic emergency braking. The Maverick also comes standard with LED headlights.
- Steel wheels (16-inch for the Ranger and 17-inch for the Maverick)
- Manual air conditioning
- Forward collision mitigation
- SYNC 3 infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (optional for the Ranger and standard for the Maverick)
When you upgrade to the XLT, you’ll enjoy more style, with aluminum wheels and upgraded cloth seating. The Ranger XLT comes standard with the SYNC 3 infotainment system. The Maverick XLT also adds a power-locking tailgate.
- Aluminum alloy wheels
- Upgraded cloth upholstery
With the top-of-the-line Lariat, drivers enjoy a longer list of luxury features. Inside the Ranger Lariat, you’ll find genuine leather upholstery. The Maverick Lariat sticks to faux leather.
- LED headlights (Ranger)
- Leather upholstery (Ranger)
- Faux leather upholstery (Maverick)
- Optional heated front seats
Choose Your Ford Truck
The Ford truck you select really depends on you, how much you want to spend, and how much weight you need to move.
The 2022 Ford Ranger is a great option for truck drivers who want a strong performance without the bigger footprint of a larger truck. And the 2022 Ford Maverick is an excellent option for fuel-efficient cruising and rugged-but-not-too-rugged adventures.