The 2022 Ford Maverick Costs Less Than The Old Ranger

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In 2011 the starting price for a Ford Ranger was $18,160 before destination. That's not far from the Maverick's $19,995 base price, and that doesn't account for 10 years worth of inflation. If the 2011 Ranger was sold today, that price would be approximately $22,600 – considerably more than Maverick.

The 2011 Ranger with destination charges included was $18,655 according to Ford Authority, equaling a $495 upcharge. The Maverick's destination fee is a full $1,000 higher – $1,495 to be specific – which reduces the inflation-adjusted gap between the Ranger and Maverick to around $1,700. Still, the price advantage goes to the Maverick by a wide impressive margin.

Here's where it gets more impressive. The Maverick XL is a quad-cab truck with room for five, using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid powertrain making 191 horsepower (142 kilowatts) sent to the front wheels automatically through a CVT. The basic 2011 Ranger XL was a single-cab truck that technically had room for three, though the middle passenger wouldn't be happy with the driver shifting the manual transmission. It was also two-wheel drive, but its 143-hp (107-kW) 2.3-liter four-cylinder sent power to the rear wheels. Of course, the Ranger didn't have an infotainment system, but it did at least have air conditioning and an AM/FM stereo.

It's certainly an interesting comparison from a price perspective, suggesting the Maverick is quite an exceptional deal. However, we know warm-blooded truck enthusiasts will remind us the old Ranger was a body-on-frame vehicle with a six-foot bed. For many, this is the true definition of a proper pickup truck, whereas the Maverick's unibody construction with a much smaller bed is more car-like. Will the Maverick prove to be as rugged as the old Ranger was? That remains to be seen, but Ford bills the Maverick as a pickup truck and that makes it the OG Ranger's spiritual successor, like it or not.

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Resource: https://www.motor1.com/news/522862/ford-maverick-old-ranger-price/
 
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It is interesting for sure. I got my 2011 XLT, 4X4 Supercab for about $23,000 in 2011 and thought that was a pretty darn good price.

It may be that the unibody construction is cheaper than body on frame. I’m sure the FWD vs the 4X4 powertrain makes a difference too. But there is the hybrid powerplant and the Supercrew in the Maverick. You would think that would even the field a bit.
 
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