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The 2022 Ford Maverick debuted last month with a bang. The little pickup truck from Ford is something that many pickup truck buyers have been missing since we lost the last truly tiny pickup, the Chevy S10. While there are many things to be excited about with the 2022 Maverick, one of the biggest is the price point. In fact, the Maverick is more affordable today than the 2011 Ford Ranger was 10 years ago. 

A powder-blue 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT pickup truck paked on a city street outside a colorful building
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT | Ford Motor Company

How much does the 2022 Ford Maverick cost? 

According to Ford Authority, the 2022 Ford Maverick has a starting price of $19,999. While this information is widely available, the realization that the Ford Ranger was actually a little bit more expensive shines a nice light on the Maverick. 

Ford Authority used the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ CPI Calculator to calculate the cost comparison between the 2011 Ford Ranger XL Regular Cab 4X2 2.3-liter inline-four starting price against the 2022 Ford Maverick starting price. FA technically used the pricing for May of 2010 for the 2011 Ford Ranger as a basis for these calculations because they represent the price Ford was actually asking for the Ranger at that time. 

How much did the 2011 Ford Ranger cost compared to the New Maverick? 

The 2022 Ford Maverick family parked near an off-road trail
The 2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

The 2011 Ford Ranger XL Regular Cab 4X2 2.3-liter inline-four MSRP plus destination charge in May of 2010 was $18,655. However, after accounting for inflation, Ford Authority calculated that it equaled $23,230.98 in today’s money. The 2022 Ford Maverick XL SuperCrew FWD 2.5L Hybrid MSRP plus destination charge is $21,490. 

This means that despite the Maverick being a better truck in likely every measurable way, it is just over $1,700 cheaper than the 2011 Ford Ranger after accounting for inflation. Ford Authority mentions that other regional factors could affect this data, like local incentives or specials at the time. Also, the top-trim models can make these numbers go a little haywire, but for simplicity’s sake, the base models prove the claim. 

How does the 2022 Maverick compare to the 2011 Ford Ranger? 

To be fair, these two models are a little tough to compare. Yes, they are the smallest, cheapest Ford pickup trucks of the time, but there are some big differences here. For one, the Maverick is a SuperCrew configuration compared to the Ranger’s regular cab. Secondly, the Maverick is a super-efficient hybrid powertrain, while the Ranger was a regular internal combustion engine. 

To that point, the Maverick is said to pull down 40 mpg in the city. This is a crazy figure that even for a small hybrid pickup truck is really impressive – shocking even. This kind of fuel economy, paired with being the cheapest new pickup truck we have seen in a long time, makes the Maverick a tough act to follow. 

Here’s to hoping the Maverick sells like it should

As most pickup trucks seem to be growing at what feels like an exponential rate, the new Ford Maverick feels like a big step against the grain and in the right direction. An affordable pickup truck that is easy to drive, fuel-efficient, and affordable feels like the secret sauce the pickup truck market has been missing since, well, maybe since the 2011 Ford Ranger.


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