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If you’re shopping around for a new pickup truck, your local Ford dealer is a likely destination. They’ve got a wide range of selections, most prominently the 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford Ranger. Each one is a different size and comes with pros and cons. Which one of these Ford pickup trucks is the right choice for you?

2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ford Ranger

new Ford F-150 pickup truck towing a boat.
Ford F-150 | Ford

The best-selling pickup truck in America for over 40 years is the Ford F-150. It’s capable, comfortable, and affordable enough to make it one of the best full-size trucks available. Ford’s compact truck option, the Ford Ranger, competes with other similarly sized trucks like the Toyota Tacoma. Regardless of which size truck you need, Ford has the answer.

F-150 vs. Ranger: size and capability

White 2022 Ford Ranger driving up a rocky hill.
2022 Ford Ranger | Ford

The Ford F-150 is bigger than the Ranger but by how much? The F-150 is wider, taller, and longer than the Ranger on the exterior. The interior space is surprisingly similar between the two, though the larger truck also wins in that category. For more passenger comfort and spaciousness and an overall bigger vehicle, the F-150 is the better option.

As for capability, the 2022 Ford Ranger is plenty capable despite its small stature. According to Car and Driver, its maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds, along with a maximum payload capacity of 1,905 pounds. Comparatively, the 2022 Ford F-150 can tow a maximum of 14,000 pounds when properly equipped. Its payload capacity isn’t too much higher than its little brother’s, coming in at 2,238 pounds.

F-150 vs. Ranger: engines and fuel economy

Gray 2022 Ford F-150, a truck with high gas mileage and fast acceleration, driving on a mountain road
2022 Ford F-150 | Ford

The 2022 Ford F-150 comes with four engine options. Availability depends on the chosen trim level, but the F-150 can have a 3.3-liter V6, 5.0-liter V8, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, or a 3.0-liter diesel V6. No matter which engine you choose, it comes with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is 24 combined MPG.

As for the Ford Ranger, its engine options are a bit more limited. The Ranger is always paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission but comes standard with a 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine. There are rumors of a few different engines entering the lineup, especially with the addition of the Ranger Raptor. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy isn’t available yet, but for the previous model year, it got 23 combined MPG.

F-150 vs. Ranger: Price and Features

The Ford Ranger is much more affordable than the F-150. However, it’s more because of the size and capability than the features. The Ford F-150, especially at its highest trim, is as luxurious a pickup truck as they come. The F-150 comes with an 8.0-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Ford SYNC4 software, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Optionally, F-150 owners can gain other features like navigation, SiriusXM radio, and a B&O stereo system.

As for the 2022 Ford Ranger, the base XL model comes with a USB port, Wi-Fi hotspot, and a four-speaker AM/FM audio system. If buyers choose to upgrade to the XLT or Lariat models, they’ll gain an 8.0-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability, SiriusXM radio, navigation, and a B&O sound system.

Trim2022 Ford F-150 Price2022 Ford Ranger Price
Tremor$51,550$41,000 (Estimated)
King Ranch$57,925N/A
Limited $75,150N/A
Trims and prices are from Car and Driver, after destination and handling fees.

2022 Ford F-150 or 2022 Ford Ranger

The entire lineup of 2022 Ranger models parked in the desert sand
2022 Ford Ranger Lineup | Ford

One of the most popular automakers in America sells two of the best pickup trucks available. The 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford Ranger are excellent options for anyone shopping for a truck. Whether you’re looking for raw towing power or upscale luxuriousness, the F-150 is the choice for you. If you need a smaller, still capable, comfortable everyday driving pickup truck, the Ford Ranger might be the answer.


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