Ford is consistently putting out vehicles that the people can’t seem to get enough of, literally. The Ford Bronco, Bronco Sport, Ranger, and Maverick all hit the market with plenty of buzz, and the people showed up in droves. One of the more interesting pairs of new Ford pickup trucks is the 2022 Ford Maverick and the 2022 Ford Ranger. In a strange turn of events, the Ford Maverick crushed the 2022 Ford Ranger on Consumer Reports.
Which small Ford pickup truck is better, the 2022 Ford Maverick or the 2022 Ford Ranger?
The 2022 Ford Maverick and the Ford Ranger might be cousins, but they don’t have much in common except for the Blue Oval.
The Ford Ranger comes with only one engine option, a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder making 270 hp. The Maverick has two engines, a turbocharged 2.0-liter (250 hp) and a 2.5-liter hybrid (191 hp). These two small ford pickup trucks also use different transmissions, have different bed lengths, towing capacity, body shapes, and the list goes on.
These trucks’ differences make them more fun to compare. Consumer Reports also noted the major differences, and the scores reflect those differences.
Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Ford Ranger a 62/100. This isn’t a terrible score for a pickup truck on CR. Since it’s below a 65/100 CR cannot recommend it. Meanwhile, CR gave the 2022 Ford Maverick an impressive score 74/100 making it one of the highest-rated pickup trucks on Consumer Reports.
The Maverick is weird, but it’s working
Despite some newly surfacing issues in the first run of Mavericks, the model has been met with plenty of love and enthusiasm. It seems that buyers are not only hyped about smaller pickup trucks but the hybrid powertrain and strange, almost ute styling add a bit of flair to the small Ford pickup truck.
For all the practical aspects like predicted reliability, customer satisfaction, and safety, the Maverick hits all the right marks. It’s the weirdness that makes the Maverick special. For starters, it has a 4.5-ft long bed. While that is still pretty small, it’s longer than the even more utey Hyundai Santa Cruz at just 4 ft.
The 2022 Ford Maverick isn’t for your “normal” truck customer, but that doesn’t mean the old heads can’t still do truck activities with it. It has a lower bed making loading easier, integrated sliding tie-downs in the bed, an angled tailgate that allows you to carry a 4×8 sheet of plywood, and the DIY modifications.
Ultimately, what Consumer Reports liked about the Ford Maverick is the friendly and practical nature of the small ford pickup truck. Like the Ford Ranger, the Maverick also has a less than fancy interior and a firm ride. However, unlike the Ranger, the Ford Maverick has a low floor, making getting in and out easy. This slightly easier and more comfortable theme continues throughout the rest of the truck. As some may know, this is what CR is all about.
What’s wrong with the 2022 Ford Ranger?
There is nothing wrong with the new Ford Ranger. The Ranger follows in the rough boot prints from its larger full-size pickup trucks, unlike the Maverick. Its body-on-frame build makes it more capable off-road but less refined and comfortable. CR says the ride is stiff and jarring, along with a spartan interior; the Ranger is not set up to impress CR testers. In fact, one of the testers likened driving the 2022 Ford Ranger to jumping on a pogo stick.
The Ranger is a far better towing truck than the Maverick. The Ranger can tow up to 7,500 lbs, while the Maverick can only pull 4,000 lbs. This is the biggest benefit of buying a Ranger.
For the same reason, the Maverick won out on CR; the Ranger struggled. It is just less refined, less comfortable, and more expensive. The Ford Ranger prices range from $25,715 to $39,465, while the Ford Maverick starts at $19,995 and tops out at $25,806.