They’re both Ford’s smallest trucks, but aside from different sizes, what exactly differentiates the Maverick compact and Ranger midsize pickups?
We know the Maverick is smaller, about 80 horsepower less, but it also comes with a standard 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain. And the top-of-the-line Maverick Lariat is a surprisingly well-equipped small truck with premium features and interior. But it’s hard to beat the Ford Ranger’s more impressive towing and off-road capabilities.
Maverick vs Ranger size difference
In terms of size, the Maverick is the smallest truck Ford currently produces. It measures 199.7 inches in length, 68.7 inches in height and 72.6 inches in width. By comparison, the Ranger is about 11.1 inches longer, 2.8 inches taller and 13.2 inches wider than the Maverick. See below,
|5.0 / 6.0 ft
Ford Maverick vs. Ranger vs. F-150 vs. F-250:
Engine and transmission differences with additional upgrades
The new Maverick comes with a choice of two engines: a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid and a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost. The standard hybrid powerplant generates 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft, while the turbocharged unit makes 250 hp. and 277 lb.-ft. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional and you can get it for $3,300.
Surprisingly, the Ranger only comes with one engine. It’s powered by a 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces a modest 270 hp. and 310 lb.-ft. The Ranger would be a better option with other powertrains, as we get the F-150’s likes of the 3.3-liter V6 or the 2.7-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6s.
|2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid
|Four-cylinder turbo engine 2.0 l
|Four-cylinder turbo engine 2.3 l
Ford has finally made the Ranger Raptor the real deal, set to hit North American shores in 2023. A compact pickup with a capacity of almost 400 hp. built to dominate the desert, dominate the mountains, and dominate everything in between.
But before the Raptor came along, there was ROUSH’s updated Ranger XLT, or this Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger, which boosted power from 270 to 350 hp. at 6,000 rpm and 310 to 385 lb-ft of torque. @ 3800 rpm more than the standard model.
Nothing like that for Maverick (yet). And there probably won’t be anything for this mini-hybrid pickup (but we could be wrong about what happens).
Price difference between Ford small trucks
The pint-sized Maverick has another advantage over its big brother. At the time of writing, it costs $19,995 (not including destination charge), while the entry-level Ranger starts at $24,820. The premium Maverick Lariat is a better model with a higher price tag.
Almost identical to the Ranger, the Maverick is available in three grades: XL, XLT and Lariat, with the optional FX4 rugged package. When paying for the FX4, Ford installs all-terrain tires, a tuned suspension, in addition to off-road-focused driving modes and a decent hill-climb control system.
In our Ford Ranger vs. Ford Maverick lineup comparison, we find only one difference. The Ranger also offers a track-oriented Tremor package that costs $4,300.
So, which of these two trucks is better? Well, both are solid (smaller) replacements for larger, more expensive Ford pickups like the truck-dominant F-150 full-size pickup. With its small size and hybrid powertrain, the Maverick is perhaps more suited to city dwellers who prefer compactness and price over bed size and overall practicality.
In addition, the Ranger is suitable for motorists who need more heavy-duty hauling and RV towing, but don’t need a full-duty pickup truck.
Here’s a look at all the midsize trucks on the market today.