Ford has a highly successful line of trucks. Along with the F-150, the Ranger is a longtime favorite. However, over the past year, the Maverick has surprisingly outshone them. Potential Ford truck buyers often deliberate between getting the compact Maverick or the midsize Ranger, both of which are excellent trucks. However, the 2023 Ford Maverick has something special that the 2023 Ford Ranger doesn’t: an ultra-efficient hybrid powertrain.
Unlike the 2023 Ford Ranger, the 2023 Ford Maverick has an ultra-efficient hybrid powertrain
The average price of gasoline is not as high as it was in early 2022. However, gasoline is still one of the highest costs of vehicle ownership. With its standard hybrid powertrain, the 2023 Ford Maverick helps ease this financial burden. While trucks have a reputation for being gas guzzlers, the Maverick challenges this perception.
The Maverick’s hybrid powertrain combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor. This allows the Maverick Hybrid to achieve an estimated fuel economy of up to 42 mpg city/33 highway. Excluding electric vehicles, this is the best gas mileage for a pickup truck. Maverick also offers an available 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. While it’s not as efficient as the hybrid model, it gets a respectable estimated fuel economy of up to 23 mpg city/30 highway.
By comparison, all US-spec 2023 Ford Ranger trucks come equipped with a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with no option for a hybrid. The Ranger gets an estimated gas mileage of up to 21 mpg city/26 highway. Compared to the Ranger, the Maverick Hybrid gets 19 more mpg in the city and 7 more mpg on the highway.
In addition to saving money on fuel, another benefit of the Maverick Hybrid’s high fuel economy is comfort. With lower fuel consumption, the Maverick Hybrid has a considerably better driving range than the Ranger. This means that trips to the gas station are less frequent for the Maverick.
The 2023 Maverick is also cheaper than the 2023 Ranger
In addition to its ultra-efficient hybrid powertrain, another advantage of the 2023 Ford Maverick is affordability. Starting at $22,195 MSRP, the 2023 Maverick is the cheapest new pickup truck available in the United States. With inflation, pickup trucks are getting more and more expensive. However, the Maverick is an affordable option. Plus, with its wide range of standard features, it offers excellent value for money.
By comparison, 2023 Ford Ranger has a starting price of $27,400 MSRP. In MSRP terms, it’s more than $5,000 more than the Maverick.
Other benefits of the 2023 Maverick compared to the 2023 Ranger
In addition to its high fuel economy and affordability, the 2023 Maverick has a couple of other benefits over the 2023 Ranger. With its smaller size, tighter turning radius, and lower weight, the Maverick has better maneuverability than the Ranger. Additionally, it features an innovative FLEXBED, giving owners many configuration options and DIY solutions.
The most special thing about the 2023 Ford Maverick compact pickup compared to the 2023 Ford Ranger, however, is its ultra-efficient hybrid powertrain. No other gas-powered truck comes close to matching the Maverick Hybrid’s high fuel economy, including the Ranger.