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The Ford F-150 is America’s favorite pickup truck. The Blue Oval’s 2022 Ford Maverick small pickup is America’s most affordable truck. You can buy this used Ford F-150 instead of a Ford Maverick for roughly the same price.

The 2017 Ford F-150 can be found for under $21K

Buying a used Ford F-150 is a great way to save money on a full-size pickup truck. Used Ford F-150 models are very reliable and should last drivers for at least 200,000 total miles before having major mechanical issues.

According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2017 Ford F-150 has a fair market range between $19,080-$24,105 with under 67,000 miles. It has a fair purchase price of $21,593. The 2022 Ford Maverick starts at $19,995 or $21,490 after destination charges. So, you could purchase a used 2017 Ford F-150 for roughly the same price as a new Maverick. The question is, which Ford truck is the better buy?

The 2017 F-150 was called the second-best full-size pickup truck of 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Edmunds gave the 2017 F-150 a nearly perfect rating and featured it on a top-recommended trucks for 2017 list. CarMax and Carfax also both gave the 2017 F-150 high ratings.

The 2017 Ford F-150 uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 282 horsepower. It gets 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 miles per gallon on the highway. A used 2017 Ford F-150 with under 67,000 miles is a steal at $21,593 or under. Since 2017 models will likely have high mileage, buyers shouldn’t pay much more than Kelley Blue Book’s fair market value for the full-size pickup truck.

The 2022 Ford Maverick provides great value for its price

Fans of the historic Ford F-150 nameplate may quickly assume that a used F-150 within the same price range as a Maverick must be the better buy. Don’t judge a tiny truck by its small bed. The Maverick has plenty to offer for its price.

The 2022 Ford Maverick is the Blue Oval’s first standard hybrid pickup truck. It achieves incredible fuel economy thanks to its hybrid powertrain. The Maverick gets a mind-blowing 42 miles per gallon in the city and 33 miles per gallon on the highway. It’s a city truck if there ever was one.

The Maverick’s base model is pretty barebones, but the final Lariat trim starts at just $25,860. The Blue Oval also offers plenty of add-ons to make the pickup more comfortable and capable.

Which Ford truck is the better buy for the money?

A yellow 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck is parking on a sunny day.
The 2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Comparing Ford’s full-size pickup to its smallest truck is an apples to oranges comparison, but since the used 2017 F-150 and new Maverick are within the same price range, let’s break it down. The biggest difference between the two pickup trucks is size and towing capacity.

The 2017 Ford F-150 is 209 inches long (to 250 depending on the configuration), 80 inches wide, and 75 inches tall. The Maverick is 200 inches long, 73 inches wide, and 69 inches tall. The used Ford F-150 can tow 5,000 to 8,000 pounds. The Maverick has a 2,000-pound towing capacity and a 4K towing package option with its EcoBoost engine.

The 2017 Ford F-150 is the obvious choice for a work truck. If you live in a crowded city and are looking for a new vehicle with a budget of around $22K+, the Maverick is the better choice for you. The Maverick is MotorTrend’s pick for best compact truck. Ford trucks, both used and new, are clearly killin’ the game.

Read about why the 2022 Ford Maverick is so affordable in the next article below.

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