Ford Maverick vs Ranger: Contesting Trims, Size & Features

Are you trying to decide between the new Ford Maverick and the Ford Ranger? Our customers in Calgary are sometimes torn between two great options for lighter-duty Ford trucks. Time to showcase a great comparison of Ford trucks, in a Maverick vs Ranger contest.

We'll see how these excellent trucks measure up to each other in performance, size, features, and overall driving experience. Whether you prioritize fuel efficiency, power, or versatility, it helps to determine which truck has the specs that fit your lifestyle best.

A Quick Look at the Maverick vs Ranger Highlights

  • The Ranger's towing capacity is up to 7,500 lb with the towing package; the Maverick’s limit of 4,000 pounds comes only with the towing package.
  • Fuel efficiency is close in 4x4 drivetrains with Ford Ranger 4WD getting combined 11.8 L/100km while the Ford Maverick Tremor AWD gets 11.2 L/100km.
  • The Maverick is lighter duty, with a 2.0L four-cylinder engine while the Ranger sports a EcoBoost 2.7L V6 generating 315 horsepower.
  • The Maverick is compact and maneuverable, ideal for city driving, while the Ranger is larger, providing more cargo space and a commanding road presence.
  • Both trucks come with robust customization options and trim levels, but the Maverick’s starting price of around $42,000 makes it a very budget-friendly option.

Ford Maverick vs Ranger: Engine Options & Performance

The Ford Maverick and a strong alternative, the new Ford Ranger showcase two distinct philosophies regarding what’s under the hood. Ford trucks have long represented strength and reliability, and the new Ford Maverick continues this tradition with a great feature—the availability of a hybrid engine.

This powertrain is a nod to those who prioritize fuel economy and environmental consciousness in their drive. Moreover, the Maverick’s turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder has become the standard powertrain—striking balance between efficiency and responsive acceleration while catering to daily commutes and weekend getaways.

Larger Ranger Engines

Powerful Ranger Raptor's 2.7L EcoBoost engine. The Ford Ranger offers impressive engine options including an engine normally reserved for larger trucks. Experience the power of the 2.7L turbo for yourself at Universal Ford! It's our sales advisors' favourite part of the day.

On the other hand, the Ford Ranger offers an exciting new option with the EcoBoost 2.7L V6 engine, serious power for horsepower turbo V6 engine, for considerable, and more importantly, available power. Designed for those who demand more power, the Ranger handles well and delivers performance for even the most power-thirsty drivers.

The Ranger's power translates into a significant towing capacity of up to 7,500 lb with the right configuration, dwarfing the Maverick’s respectable limit of 4,000 pounds when fully equipped. The Ranger emerges victorious in terms of sheer strength while the Maverick offers other benefits and a towing limit of 2,000 lb without the Tow Package.

Despite the difference in towing limits, they're both good trucks; differences arise with the Maverick being a compact truck and the Ranger a mid-size. The towing and hauling capacities of both models depend on multiple factors like vehicle configuration and cargo, guaranteeing sufficient power regardless of whether you choose the Maverick or Ranger.

Dimensions & Size Comparison

Transitioning from sheer muscle to physical stature, let’s compare the bed size and overall dimensions. The new Ford Maverick isn't much different from an SUV in size, making it a compact and maneuverable choice for city dwellers.

Its smaller size doesn’t mean it’s cramped, though. The Maverick is 5,073 mm, and about a foot shorter than the Ranger, offering a little more room to breathe inside the cabin. As a midsize, the Ford Ranger stands taller and longer, providing commanding road presence and more space for gear.

To put it in perspective, although the Ford Ranger is larger overall, the Maverick’s compact dimensions present an advantage in cramped spaces and city settings. You can think of the Maverick as the agile halfback compared to the Ranger’s linebacker stance; each has its role to play on the automotive field.

Cargo Space & Bed Features

The Ford Ranger offers a larger bed, ready to bear equipment for the job site or gear for a weekend escape. The SuperCrew Ranger’s cargo box stores an impressive 1,232.6 L; this larger bed size is ideal for carrying more payload, whether it’s for work or play.

The Ranger’s capacity to carry lives up to the reputation of Ford trucks. But don’t underestimate the new Ford Maverick. It may have a smaller size truck bed, but it compensates with unique features like the innovative FLEXBED system; the Maverick’s bed accommodates 940 L without this system.

Both trucks showcase Ford’s innovative designs, capable of meeting the demands of work and leisure irrespective of their size. Whether it’s the day-to-day or the rugged off-road, the Maverick and Ranger offer the necessary capabilities to get the job done.

Trim Levels & Packages

In terms of customization options, both the Maverick and Ranger offer a variety of trim levels and packages. The new Ford Maverick comes in 3 main models—XL, XLT, and Lariat. The XLT model adds with the option of the new Tremor Off-Road package, perfect for those who aim to tread the path less traveled.

The Lariat, for those who value their creature comforts, offers premium features and a polished interior; it's a compact truck that doesn’t compromise on style.

Ranger Trims

Ford Ranger in Raptor trim off-roading in Albertan foothills with Rocky mountains in distance. The Ford Ranger comes in an exclusive trim unavailable on the Raptor. The Raptor is performance taken to the next level. Ask our sales advisors for advice on whether you need these features to get the most out of this midsize.

The Ranger, too, is no slouch when it comes to options. It matches the Maverick’s trim levels and raises the stakes with specialized packages like the FX4 and Tremor Off-Road Packages, the rugged Raptor trim, and various Appearance Packages, including the chrome appearance package, that add sporty or elegant touches to the truck.

Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge, both trucks offer a suite of trims you'll love including:

  • XL
  • XLT
  • Lariat
  • Raptor

Such diversity in the model and trim offerings illustrates the versatility and personalization available to our prospective buyers in Calgary.

Whether you’re looking for the utilitarian charm of the XL or the refined touch of the Lariat, there’s a version of these trucks to match your desires. Ask a sales advisor which Ranger trim or package suits your unique lifestyle and the demands of your work!

Interior Comfort & Technology

Moving to the interiors, both the Ford Maverick and Ford Ranger can comfortably accommodate up to 5 passengers, making them perfect for family outings or carpooling to work. The Maverick surprises with more rear legroom than the Ranger, ensuring your crew or family rides in comfort during long hauls.

While the Ranger offers leather upholstery for a touch of luxury, the Maverick isn’t far behind with its ActiveX seating material —balancing durability with ease of cleaning.

In the arena of technology, both trucks are well-equipped. An 8-inch touchscreen comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity as a given in the Maverick. A 12-inch Centre Stack infotainment screen is available in the Ranger's Lariat trim.

The Maverick takes things a step further into the future with a wireless charging pad and 400-watt outlets, perfect for powering up tools or gadgets on the go—a feature the Ranger provides in Lariat trim. The Ranger's size allows it to offer more behind-the-seat storage, ideal for stashing tools or safety kits.

It’s not just about the journey but the friends and gear we bring along. The Maverick offers different storage dynamics compared to the Ranger, compensating for its compact truck size's limited storage.

Off-Road Capabilities

Ford Maverick Tremor kicking up dirt in dusty off-road section of the Canadian badlands in high morning. The Maverick makes great use of the Tremor off road package, and our customers in Calgary often opt for this type of extra assurance off the beaten path. Ask us about availability of our trucks with the Tremor package!

When it comes to off-roading capabilities, both the Maverick and Ranger offer robust packages. However, the question remains - which one will dominate the trail? The FX4 and Tremor Off-Road Packages, available for both models, equip these trucks with the necessary gear to tackle the rough and tumble of the great outdoors.

These packages include must-haves like heavy-duty skid plates, all-terrain tires, and selectable drive modes to tailor your ride to the terrain. The Tremor Off-Road Package includes:

  • Upgraded shocks
  • Tuned suspension
  • Added ground clearance
  • All-terrain tires
  • Steel skid plates

Whether you’re hauling gear to a remote campsite or towing a trailer over rocky paths, these packages ensure both trucks are more than capable of the adventure at hand. With the Maverick’s unique features and the Ranger’s towing and hauling capacity, you’re well-prepared for whatever challenges lie ahead. Keep an eye out for news on the Ford Ranger Tremor!

Fuel Economy & Efficiency

Combined mileages for select trims and drivetrains show impressive stats. If you're getting into a Ranger, it's likely you're putting it into its paces with AWD. But if you opt for the lighter Maverick, FWD makes more sense. In that contest, the newer Ford Maverick wins out with just 9.4 L/100km combined.

Despite this, the Ranger still maintains a competitive edge in the market with its balance of power and reasonable fuel economy for a truck of its capability, with the 4x4 Raptor capping out at only 13.8 L/100km.

The comparison between two engines - one prioritizing power and the other efficiency - underscores the contrasting philosophies of the Maverick and Ranger. It’s a consideration that might weigh heavily on your decision, depending on whether your priority lies with the long hauls and heavy towing or the daily grind and fuel savings.

Safety Features

Ford Co-Pilot360 infographic by Ford media. Ford's Co-Pilot360 has come a long way over the years, with a suite of reassuring new features that life in Alberta and the rest of the Rockies demands. Ask our sales advisors for the latest updates, core features that last and how to get it going on your Maverick or Ranger.

Regardless of whether you’re navigating city streets or rugged terrain, safety remains a top priority. Both the Maverick and Ranger come adequately equipped to safeguard their precious cargo. Ford Co-Pilot360 technology provides a suite of safety features standard in both models, including pre-collision assist and a rearview camera to keep you aware of your surroundings.

The Ranger takes it up a notch with BLIS® (blind spot information system) and a lane-keeping system as standard from the XLT trim, while these features are available across all Maverick trims.

Pricing & Value

The Ford Maverick enters the market with an attractive starting price of around $42,000, positioning it as one of the most budget-friendly trucks available. The Maverick typically does more with less making it a compelling option for those looking to get the most bang for their buck.

In contrast, the Ranger, while not the priciest in its class, does command a higher starting price due to its larger size and beefier powertrain. It’s a trade-off between the Maverick’s affordability and the Ranger’s additional capabilities. Ultimately, value is measured not just in price but in how well the truck fits into your lifestyle and meets your needs.

If you're looking to buy a used model, you can always get great features, reliable years of the make, and pricing that reflects its status, as with the used Ford Maverick.

Test Drive & Availability

Can’t wait to get behind the wheel? Scheduling a test drive for either the Ford Maverick or Ranger is easy through our website or by strolling into our dealership in Calgary. With the convenience of online scheduling tools, setting up a test drive at a time that suits you is part of our sales' advisors' process.

Whether you’re eager to experience the Maverick’s nimble city handling or the Ranger’s robust towing capacity, a test drive is your ticket to making an informed decision. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how the technology, comfort, and performance of these trucks measure up to your expectations and driving habits.

But remember, it's all about timing. Our inventory changes based on shipments and how fast specific trims and packages sell out. Whether you know what you want, or you need time to explore your preference for trims and packages, there's something here for you!

Visit Universal Ford to Get Into a Ford Maverick or Ranger

Woman getting into Ford Maverick confidently opening powered moonroof. The Ford Maverick is amazing value for a compact truck that punches well above its weight. It's also got the comfort features like an optional moonroof that give comfort SUVs a run for their money. Ask a sales advisor if the Maverick is the right choice for you!

It's one thing to read about the ins and outs of the Ford Maverick and the Ford Ranger, comparing their engines, dimensions, bed features, trims, interior tech, fuel efficiency, off-road prowess, safety, and value. It's another to choose them over great SUVs of similar power like the Ford Edge or Escape.

Whether you lean towards the Maverick’s affordability and efficiency or the Ranger’s strength and capacity, each truck stands tall in its own right. The road beckons, and the choice is yours—whichever path you choose, you’re in for a ride that’s tailored to your life’s adventures.

Contact us to speak with a sales advisor, to learn more about trims of both models in our inventory, and the available timeslots to test these vehicles! The Maverick especially is in high demand, so it's best to schedule ahead.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the towing capacity of the Ford Maverick compared to the Ford Ranger?

The Ford Ranger has a towing capacity of up to 7,500 lb with a towing package, surpassing the Ford Maverick's capacity of 4,000 lb when properly equipped. It's helpful to note, however, that most of the Maverick options available, whether 4x4 or 2WD, include a limit of 2,000 lb: if towing capacity is a key factor for you, the Ranger would be the better choice!

Does the Ford Maverick come with a hybrid engine option?

Yes, the Ford Maverick does come with a hybrid engine option, balancing performance and fuel economy. In the city, the FWD Ford Maverick of recent years comes to a staggering 7.8 L/100km on the highway. In the city it's still better than average with only 10.2 L/100km. If you're all about fuel efficiency, this option might be best for you!

Can I get a Ford Maverick with off-road capability?

Yes, you can get a Ford Maverick with off-road capability by opting for the Tremor Off-Road Package, which provide features like heavy-duty skid plates and all-terrain tires to handle tough terrain.

When it comes to factory off-roading, the Ranger has enjoyed all that the Maverick has in a Tremor package and more, with Fox dampers.

Are the Ford Maverick or Ranger the best Ford trucks?

The best Ford trucks can rotate, but customers seem to love the F-150. Out of these two trucks the Ranger gives the F-150 a real run for its money! Having said that, some forum users are more vocal about the Maverick for its ability to sell itself.

How do I schedule a test drive for the Ford Maverick or Ranger?

You can schedule a test drive for the Ford Maverick or Ranger by visiting our Calgary dealership. Keep in mind that there might be waiting lists for the Maverick because of its popularity.

Its hybrid powertrain is really starting to get eco-friendly attention for this model, as our sales advisors can attest! If you need to sell your vehicle to get into either of these new models, there are great reasons why you should sell it to us.


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