Introduction

The 2022 Ford Maverick and 2022 Ford Ranger are two trucks built for the modern age. In a market littered with a diversity of options to pick from, the best trucks are still those that offer the right set of capabilities for the asking price. The latest Maverick and Ranger from Ford tick the boxes for their users, but still, a choice has to be made. Which truck offers the best value for money? Let’s find out.

Exterior

The Ford Maverick boasts an exterior design that is both practical and attractive across its three trims – XL, XLT, and Lariat. It has an adjustable tailgate, allowing you to put it in different positions as you deem fit, thanks to the adjustable retention cords. It also comes with factory-fitted LED box lighting, but only on the XLT and Lariat models.

The 2022 Ford Ranger across all models, comes in the Euro body pallet. It has a rear box step which is toughly designed and integrated with the rest of the vehicle to ease access to the cargo area. The Ranger also has a more muscular and athletic design thanks to its fender flares and large wheel arches, giving it that sculpted look.

Interior

The Maverick can comfortably seat five passengers with adequate legroom for all, even in the middle seat. This is achieved by reducing the hump for front and rear passengers. It also has adequate room for storage, not just in the rear, but specially designed under-seat storage bins where you can keep snacks, equipment, and other types of stuff.

The interior of the Ranger is a world different from that of the Maverick. It has an SYNC4 infotainment system and a 10 -12 touchscreen. The gear lever, drive mode selector, and electric handbrake, are also redesigned for a comfy, modern look.

Cabin and Cargo space

The Maverick can take 1,500 pounds of cargo in its 4-6 inch bed. This is a relatively small bed, but it is complemented by the LED lighting earlier mentioned power outlets, and an inbuilt toolbox. It can also tow up to 2,000 pounds in weight.

The Ranger has a larger bed that comes in 5 foot or 6-foot options, and as such can carry up to 1,860 pounds of cargo. It can also tow up to 7,500 pounds in weight, making it the superior pickup truck.

Performance

The Maverick needs 7 seconds to get to 60 mph from a standstill. It’s a standard 4WD, although AWD is optional. It comes with 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. It also has great engine-transmission synchrony to ensure that whether or not there’s cargo, the driving experience remains the same.

The Ranger runs on a 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that delivers 270 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. The standard here is a 10-speed automatic transmission and 2WD, but 4WD is optional. It also goes from zero to 60 mph in seven seconds from a standstill.

Fuel Economy

When tested by the EPA, the Maverick scored a combined fuel economy rating of 37 mpg. But in practice, owners of the 2022 Maverick on social media forums like Reddit have said that it can go up to 600 miles on a full tank.

EPA testing reveals that the Ranger has a combined fuel economy rating of 23 mpg, running on 4.3 gallons for every 100 miles. The annual fuel cost for this vehicle is also placed at $2,150.

Cost

The price of a Maverick differs depending on the model. The XL starts from $21,490, the XLT goes for $23,775, while the Lariat goes for $26,985. If you wish to upgrade its turbocharged engine on any model, that would cost $1,085.

Just like the Maverick, the Ranger has different price ranges for its trims. The XL goes for $25,285. The XLT is higher at $29,335, while the Lariat is at the top with a price tag of $33,375.

Warranty

The Maverick comes with a three-year/36,000 miles limited warranty, a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, and an eight-year/100,000 miles hybrid component warranty. So far, there has been no safety recalls issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in respect of this vehicle.

The Ranger offers just a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty. The NHTSA also gave this truck an overall four out of five-star rating. For its side crash, it received five stars, four stars in the frontal crash, and three stars in rollover.

Verdict

When it comes to exterior design and safety, the Ford Ranger wins. If you’re more concerned about space, then you should go for the Maverick, but if the style is a bigger factor, then the Ranger fits the bill. The Maverick might offer better additional features, but when push comes to shove, the Ranger has more carrying capacity. In terms of performance, the Ranger is the superior ride.

The Maverick is the more pocket-friendly ride in terms of fuel economy. The Maverick is also more pocket-friendly at the purchase point. The Maverick comes with superior warranty options, but the Ranger has a better testing record.

At the end of the day, the Maverick has a lot going for it, but the Ranger is the better choice if you have to choose between either of these trucks.

 

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