Ford Maverick Vs Ranger: Size and Engine Differences

They’re both Ford’s smallest trucks, but other than their different dimensions, what exactly sets the Maverick and mid-size Ranger compact pickups apart?

We know the Maverick is smaller at around 80 horsepower less, but it also comes standard with a fuel-efficient 2.5L hybrid powertrain. And the top-spec Maverick Lariat is surprisingly a well-equipped little hauler with premium features and interior. But it’s hard to beat the Ford Ranger’s most impressive capabilities, towing capabilities and off-road chops.

Maverick vs Ranger size difference

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Photo: Amee Reehal
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat
2019 Ford Ranger Lariat. Photo: Amee Reehal

In terms of size, the Maverick is the smallest of any truck Ford currently produces. It measures 199.7 inches long, 68.7 inches high, and 72.6 inches wide. By comparison, the Ranger is about 11.1 inches longer, 2.8 inches longer, and 13.2 inches longer than the Maverick. See below,

Length Lenght Height Bed
maverick 199.7 inches 72.6 inches 68.7 inches 4.5 feet
Tidy 210.8 inches 85.8 inches 71.5 inches 5.0 / 6.0 feet

Ford Maverick vs. Ranger vs. F-150 vs. F-250:

Graphic: Ford

Engine and powertrain differences with optional upgrades

The new Maverick comes with two engine choices: a standard 2.5L hybrid four-cylinder and a 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost. The standard hybrid powertrain generates 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft, while the turbocharged engine is rated at 250 hp and 277 lb-ft. Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional and you can have it for $3,300.

2023 Ford Raptor Ranger front in the desert
2023 Raptor Ranger. Photo: Ford
Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT.  Photo: Ford
Maverick Hybrid XLT. Photo: Ford

Surprisingly, the Ranger comes with only one engine option. It features a turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces a modest 270 hp and 310 lb-ft. The Ranger would have been a better option with other powertrain choices, such as in the F-150 like the 3.3L V6 or the 2.7L and 3.5L EcoBoost V6.

standard engine Optional engine(s)
maverick 2.5L four-cylinder hybrid 2.0L four-cylinder turbo engine
Tidy 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine N / A

Ford has finally made the Ranger Raptor a real bargain, set to arrive on North American shores in 2023. The nearly 400-hp compact pickup is built to dominate the desert, master the mountains and reign everywhere in between. .

But before the Raptor appeared, there was ROUSH’s upgraded Ranger XLT, or this Hennessey VelociRaptor Ranger increasing horsepower from 270 to 350 hp at 6,000 rpm and torque from 310 to 385 lb.ft. @ 3,800 rpm vs. stock model.

Not so for the Maverick (yet). And probably nothing will be for this hybrid-powered mini-pickup (but we could be wrong, which happens).

Price Differences Between Ford’s Small Trucks

The pint-sized Maverick has another advantage over its bigger sibling. At the time of writing, it costs $19,995 (excluding destination charges), while the entry-level Ranger starts at $24,820. The more premium Maverick Lariat is the premium model, with a higher price tag.

Almost similar to the Ranger, the Maverick is available in three versions: XL, XLT and Lariat, with an optional heavy-duty FX4 package. Paying for the FX4, Ford installs off-road tires, tuned suspension, in addition to off-road-focused drive modes and a hill-friendly control system.

Interior cabin in the front of the 2019 Ford Ranger Lariat
Ford Ranger Lariat. Photo: Amee Reehal
Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT
Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT. Photo: Ford

In our comparison of the Ford Ranger vs Ford Maverick lineup, we find only one difference. The Ranger also offers a trail-focused Tremor package, which costs $4,300.


So which of these two trucks is better? Well, both are reliable (smaller) substitutes for Ford’s larger, more expensive pickups, like the reigning truck champion F-150 full-size pickup. Due to its small size and hybrid powertrain, the Maverick is perhaps more suitable for city dwellers who prioritize compactness and price over bed size and general practicality.

Alternatively, the Ranger is suitable for motorists who have more of a need to haul heavy objects and tow RVs, but don’t require a full work pickup.

Here’s an overview of all the midsize trucks on the market today.

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