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Believe it or not, there was once a time when most pickup trucks were small. In fact, if you compare a modern Ford Ranger to an old F-150, you might be confused about which one is the full-size truck and which one is the mid-size. But, small trucks are having a bit of a renaissance right now. And that is evident with models like the new Ford Maverick. While it may seem like kind of an odd question, should you buy a new Maverick or an old small truck?

2022 Ford Maverick vs. Third Generation Ford Ranger

The third-gen Ford Ranger was on sale in the United States from 1998 to 2011. Over the years, it offered a variety of powertrains. But, the most iconic is probably the 3.0-liter Vulcan V6. Additionally, buyers had the option for a manual transmission or an automatic transmission. 

The Ford Maverick is taking buyers from the Honda Civics and Toyota RAV4s
The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT compact truck | Ford

Now, the power output of the V6 engine did vary over the years, but at its peak, it made 154 horsepower and 180 pound-foot of torque. And for most needs, that power is ample enough. Although, it does seem pretty weak compared to modern trucks. 

Understandably, the 2022 Maverick benefits from modern power. Its base hybrid engine makes 191 hp and offers the perks of efficiency. But, buyers can also opt for a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. And that is significantly more power than what you will find in an old Ford Ranger. 

Which interior is better?

Car interiors have come a long way, even since 2011, when the third-gen Ranger left the States. So, the 2022 Maverick is going to be the better interior. It uses durable materials, has modern infotainment, and it feels more comfortable. 

A third generation Ford Ranger with black paint sits parked in the street.
Ford Ranger | IFCAR

That said, there is something charming about older car design. The Ranger is a simple place to be, and there aren’t a lot of distractions. But because you will be getting a pickup that is over ten years old, it is entirely possible to get a pickup that is in rough shape. 

Which should you buy?

A third-generation Ford Ranger is likely going to be cheaper than a 2022 Ford Maverick. But, a Ranger in pristine condition with low mileage can easily go for around $20,000. That is comparable to the Maverick’s base MSRP, but if you’re familiar with the current market, sellers are marking up the Maverick to nearly $40,000. 

A blue 2022 Ford Maverick is parked.
The 2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

So, the Ranger does offer a solid value proposition. But, that is only the case if you are fine driving an older vehicle. You will not have the benefits of modern safety features or modern reliability. 

But, according to MotorTrend, there is something to be said about an old pickup truck. Back when the third-gen Ranger was being built, it was designed to be more of a tool than a family vehicle. Because of that, it feels fairly rugged to drive and certainly more like a truck than the Maverick does.


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