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The competition just got spicy as the new Chevrolet Colorado outranks the Ford Maverick. This is surprising because the Maverick has been dominating the charts for months! How did the 2023 Chevy Colorado manage to tackle the affordable and efficient champion? 

2023 Chevy Colorado vs. 2023 Ford Maverick 

2023 Chevy Colorado vs. 2023 Ford Maverick
2023 Chevy Colorado | Chevrolet

The numbers are still currently in favor of the 2023 Chevy Colorado instead of the 2023 Ford Maverick. According to U.S.News, the Colorado ranks higher than the Maverick on the list of the Best Compact Pickup Trucks for 2023. 

This might be one of the first places where the Maverick has started to slip. The Colorado is ranked in second place with a score of 8.2 out of 10, and the Maverick is down in fifth place with a score of 7.9. 

Also, the Hyundai Santa Cruz is actually tied with the Colorado and the Jeep Gladiator is also placed ahead of the Maverick. But the top truck is the 2023 Honda Ridgeline, with a score of 8.4 out of 10. 

We know that the Ridgeline ranks highly for its SUV-like handling and comfort. But what does the Colorado have on the Ford Maverick?

U.S.News rankings are based on reviews from respected automotive critics found in newspapers, magazines, and online outlets. The scores reflect average rankings based on comfort, safety, tech, power, cargo space, and value. So, the Colorado could be more well-rounded. 

Why does the 2023 Colorado outrank the 2023 Maverick? 

The 2023 Chevy Colorado ranks highly for its swift acceleration, composed ride/handling, stout towing power, and refreshed infotainment system.

But it has a subpar interior quality and only one cab and bed configuration. However, critics haven’t spoken very highly about the Ford Maverick interior either.

The 2023 Ford Maverick has fuel-efficient powertrain options, composed handling, an attractive interior, and a low starting price. But it lacks an off-roading trim that’s beefier than the Tremor, can’t tow much, and has a small bed. 

With the Colorado, you get a standard turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine with 237 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. You can upgrade to the 2.7 Turbo Plus for 310 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque or the 2.7 High-Output for 430 lb-ft of torque. 

The Colorado can tow up to 7,700 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,610 lbs. It gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and up to 25 mpg on the highway. 

Going for the Maverick Hybrid gets you the 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid system with 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine cranks out 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. 

The Maverick can tow up to 4,000 lbs and carry a payload of up to 1,564 lbs. The gas-powered model gets an EPA-estimated 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The Maverick Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 40 mpg in the city and up to 33 mpg on the highway. 

Does the Colorado or Maverick have more value? 

Is the 2023 Ford Maverick bigger than the Chevy Colorado?
2023 Ford Maverick | Ford

While the 2023 Chevy Colorado has a higher starting price than the 2023 Ford Maverick, it has more standard power, can tow more, and offers more off-roading upgrades. The interior also is a little more attractive with textured materials and patterns. 

The Colorado has a standard 11.3-inch touchscreen, and the Maverick starts with an 8.0-inch unit. Plus, the tech in the Colorado is a bit more intuitive and advanced. The Maverick doesn’t do much aside from connecting phones. 

Also, the Colorado features more standard safety tech, passenger space, and cargo room. Overall, the Maverick is more affordable with a better fuel economy, but the Colorado is better equipped to meet various needs as a work truck and off-roader. 

Getting an EPa-estimated 33 mpg in the city and up to 37 mpg on the highway might be nice in the Maverick Hybrid. However, the hybrid variant can’t be paired with AWD, further limiting its potential. You might also enjoy the extra cabin space in the Colorado.