2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ford Ranger Comparison

Erin Riches-Wong | May 01, 2022

If there's a Ford pickup truck in your future, you probably have the full-size Ford F-150 on your shopping list. The automaker's large light-duty pickup is the most popular model in the famed F-Series line. But depending on your needs, the Ford Ranger might also make sense.

You'll find that the Ford Ranger can't tow or haul as much. Nor is it available with all the Ford F-150's comforts and high-end features. But Ford's midsize truck costs less. And because it's smaller, the Ranger is more likely to fit in your garage. It's also less work to park and more nimble on two-track trails.

This 2022 Ford F-150 vs. 2022 Ford Ranger comparison will help you weigh the pros and cons of full-size and midsize Ford truck ownership.

Price and Value

2022 Ford F-150 Limited Front Quarter View Action

2022 Ford F-150 Limited

Since the 2022 Ford F-150 is Ford's best-selling model, the company offers it in an extensive range of cab styles, cargo-bed lengths, and trim levels. You can have a Ford F-150 in a throwback regular-cab body style with one row of seats. There's also a modern extended cab (also known as the F-150 SuperCab) with a back seat and two conventional rear doors, plus a family-friendly crew cab that's better known as the SuperCrew.

Cargo-box lengths on this large, light-duty pickup range from 5.5 feet on the short-bed 2022 Ford F-150 SuperCrew to 8 feet on long-bed regular cabs. Trim levels on the 2022 F-150 include XL, XLT, Lariat, Tremor, King Ranch, Platinum, Raptor, and Limited.

Pricing on the 2022 Ford F-150 ranges from $30,495 to $76,595, not including the $1,795 destination charge. The all-electric 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is priced from $52,974 to $90,874, not including the $1,795 destination charge or state and federal tax credits. Keep in mind, though, that most F-150 Lightning buyers will not be able to order their trucks until the 2023 model year. The Lightning comes in XLT, Lariat, and Platinum trim levels (Pro trim is for commercial customers).

Most 2022 F-150s come in both 2-wheel drive (2WD) and 4-wheel drive (4WD) configurations. You'll find standard 4WD (or 4x4) on the specialized F-150 Raptor and Tremor off-road trucks, as well as the Lightning.

Ford offers many engines on the F-150, but if you're looking for the best compromise of performance and value, the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8 are tough to beat. You might consider the 2022 F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid if lifetime fuel efficiency is a priority. As a bonus, the truck's hybrid battery pack can serve as a mobile generator via Ford's Pro Power Onboard option. For 2022, there's no diesel engine on the F-150's option sheet.

Ford offers limited connected services on the 2022 F-150. You can use the FordPass app to remotely lock the doors and start the engine. You'll also get automatic collision notification if you enable 911 Assist in your truck's Sync infotainment interface. All of the above services are free. There's a 3-month trial period for the F-150's Wi-Fi hotspot. Complimentary scheduled maintenance is not available on any Ford model.

It's a quicker task to configure a midsize 2022 Ford Ranger. There are only two cab/bed configurations: You can have a Ranger SuperCab (extended cab) with a 6-foot cargo bed or a Ranger SuperCrew (crew cab) with a 5-foot bed. The Ford Ranger SuperCab has two rear bucket seats accessed via small, reverse-hinged rear doors. They'll work in a pinch, but if you need a functional back seat, get the Ranger SuperCrew.

Trim levels on the 2022 Ford Ranger include XL, XLT, and Lariat. Select the Tremor package for the XLT or Lariat for an elite off-road truck. If you just need a little extra capability in the dirt, Ford also offers a less expensive FX4 off-road package. Pricing on the 2022 Ranger ranges from $25,715 to $33,805, not including the $1,495 destination charge.

All Ranger trims are available with 2WD or 4WD. The Tremor and FX4 packages require 4WD, but Ford sells an FX2 package for buyers who want all-terrain tires on a 4x2 truck. There are no optional engines since every 2022 Ford Ranger comes with a capable, turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline engine.

The 2022 Ranger offers the same connected services as the F-150, along with a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Advantage: Ford Ranger

Reliability and Quality

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat Red Front Quarter View

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat

The Ford F-150 ranks third among Large Light Duty Pickups in the J.D. Power 2022 Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). It is not among the top light-duty trucks in the J.D. Power 2021 Initial Quality Study (IQS). The 2022 Ford F-150 comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Hybrid system & EV component warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles
  • Hybrid battery warranty: 8 years or 100,000 miles (10 years or 150,000 miles in California emissions states)
  • Roadside assistance: 5 years or 60,000 miles

The Ford Ranger ranks second in the Midsize Pickup segment of both the 2022 VDS and 2021 IQS. The 2022 Ford Ranger comes with the following warranty and roadside assistance coverage:

  • Standard warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Roadside assistance: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Advantage: Ford Ranger

Performance and Efficiency

2022 Ford F-150 King Ranch Interior Front Seats

2022 Ford F-150 King Ranch

There's a long list of engines to consider for the 2022 Ford F-150, including three V6s (two are turbocharged), the PowerBoost Hybrid V6 (a twin-turbo V6 supplemented by an electric motor), and one V8. Ford will likely add a second, more potent V8 in the forthcoming Raptor R. For now, the most powerful 2022 F-150 is the battery-electric Lightning, which uses front and rear electric motors.

The 2022 F-150's V6 and V8 engines make anywhere from 290 to 430 horsepower and 265 to 570 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard. The Ford F-150 PowerBoost Hybrid has an electric motor built into its transmission. Ford F-150s with 4WD have Deep Snow/Sand and Mud/Rut drive modes. The FX4 off-road package adds a Rock Crawl mode. Selecting the F-150 Tremor and Raptor nets additional terrain modes, Ford Trail Control, hill-descent control, and headliner-mounted upfitter switches if you want to hook up a winch or air compressor.

The Ford F-150 Lightning makes 426 hp with its standard battery pack and 563 hp with the extended-range version. Torque rates 775 pound-feet across the board.

The PowerBoost Hybrid V6 returns the highest fuel economy among the gas engines. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates hybrid Ford F-150s at 23-25 mpg in combined city and highway driving. Other F-150s rate 15-22 mpg combined. Remember that the EPA bases its ratings on trucks with the standard rear axle ratio for each powertrain. Trucks set up for towing or off-roading often have an optional axle ratio that improves low-end grunt at the expense of fuel efficiency. With their raised off-road suspensions and all-terrain tires, the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor and Tremor have the lowest EPA fuel-economy ratings.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is EPA-certified for 230 to 320 miles of range, depending on the trim level and battery pack. Ford's all-electric pickup truck has three available onboard chargers. Plan on 8 to 14 hours of charging time at a Level 2 home station (or less at a DC fast charger).

Every 2022 Ford Ranger comes with a turbocharged, 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 270 hp and 310 pound-feet of torque. This might not seem like enough engine for a midsize truck, but it ranks among the best in its class for performance and is an especially good choice for consumers who live at higher elevations. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard.

Ford Rangers with the FX4 or Tremor package have selectable terrain modes, Ford Trail Control, and a locking rear differential. The Tremor also has a raised suspension and dash-mounted upfitter switches.

Fuel-economy ratings on the 2022 Ford Ranger range from 21-23 mpg in combined driving. Rangers with the Tremor package rate just 19 mpg—no surprise given their modified suspension and off-road tires. The EPA does not publish separate ratings for FX2/FX4-package Ford Rangers, but you should also expect slightly lower mileage on these trucks.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Tow Ratings and Trailering Equipment

The best engines for towing with the 2022 Ford F-150 are the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and 5.0-liter V8. Properly equipped Ford F-150 SuperCrews with these engines can tow up to 14,000 pounds and 13,000 pounds, respectively. Payload ratings start at 2,100 and 2,900 pounds—excellent numbers for a full-size pickup.

If you select a Ford F-150 SuperCrew with the PowerBoost Hybrid V6, it will have a 12,700-pound tow rating and can shoulder payloads of about 2,000 pounds. A Ford F-150 Lightning with the extended-range battery pack has a 10,000-pound tow rating and a 1,800-pound payload rating.

When properly equipped, the 2022 Ford Ranger has a 7,500-pound tow rating. Two-wheel-drive Ranger SuperCrews can handle 1,770-pound payloads. That limit drops to 1,560 pounds on 4WD Rangers and 1,430 pounds with the Tremor package.

Buyers can equip the 2022 Ford F-150 with an integrated trailer brake controller from the factory. It includes a smart trailer tow connector that keeps you apprised of any problems with the trailer (such as malfunctioning lights). Ford sells an integrated trailer brake controller as an accessory on the 2022 Ranger.

Both trucks have a rearview camera, but only the F-150 offers Pro Trailer Backup Assist, which provides trailer-specific camera angles and an autonomous steering function to simplify the task of backing up with a trailer. Additional towing technology on Ford's full-size truck includes an onboard scales feature that calculates how much weight you're carrying in your vehicle and a smart hitch feature that measures tongue weight.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Safety and Driving Assistance

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat Interior Dashboard

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat

Consumers will find that the 2022 Ford F-150 comes with the Ford Co-Pilot 360 package of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) that includes forward-collision warning (FCW) with automatic emergency braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection.

Optional aids include lane-departure warning (LDW), lane-keeping assistance (LKA), and a blind-spot warning (BSW) system with rear cross-traffic warning and trailer coverage. The BSW system can detect any trailer connected via the conventional hitch, but it doesn't work with fifth-wheel trailers.

The 2022 F-150 is also available with Level 2 semi-autonomous driving assistance in the form of a traffic jam assistance (TJA) system. It includes adaptive cruise control (ACC) with stop-and-go capability, lane-centering assistance, emergency steering assistance (ESA), and intersection turn assistance (ITA). One relatively new feature is Ford's BlueCruise, which provides Level 2+ hands-free ACC on a network of divided highways.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rated the 2022 Ford F-150 a maximum of 5 stars for overall safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2022 Ford F-150 a Top Safety Pick.

Every 2022 Ford Ranger comes with FCW with AEB and pedestrian detection. You can get LDW, LKA, and BSW with rear cross-traffic warning and trailer coverage as an optional upgrade on the XL; these items are standard on the XLT and Lariat. Adaptive cruise control is optional on the XLT and Lariat.

The Ranger has a 4-star overall NHTSA safety rating. The IIHS has not published ratings for the 2022 Ford Ranger; however, the structurally similar 2021 Ranger SuperCrew has Good ratings in all crash-test categories, except small-overlap frontal-offset crashes affecting the passenger side of the truck.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Infotainment and Technology

2022 Ford F-150 Rear Quarter View Action

2022 Ford F-150

Consumers will find that the 2022 Ford F-150 has Ford's newest Sync 4 infotainment interface. It offers wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and over-the-air updates. Lower-trim F-150s come with an 8-inch touchscreen display. The higher trims have a 12-inch touchscreen display that looks like a tablet computer in portrait orientation, along with factory navigation. A wireless phone charging pad is available on select trim levels.

If you want a modern infotainment interface in your 2022 Ford Ranger, skip the base XL, which has a basic 4.2-inch audio display and Bluetooth. The Sync 3 infotainment platform is standard on the XLT, which has an 8-inch touchscreen display and wired Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration. Overall, it's a user-friendly interface, but it's slow to process inputs. Factory navigation is optional.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Comfort and Utility

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat Red Rear Quarter View Action Muddy Trail

2022 Ford Ranger Tremor Lariat

If you're looking for comfort and space, the full-size 2022 Ford F-150 has a significant edge. It ranks second in the Mass Market Truck/Van category of the J.D. Power 2021 U.S. Seat Quality and Satisfaction Study. Although the 2022 Ford Ranger has comfortable front seats, the lack of knee room under the steering wheel might put off six-footers.

The Ranger SuperCrew offers more back-seat space than most other midsize trucks. Based on Ford's published specs, the crew-cab Ranger has 34.5 inches of rear legroom—still a far cry from the 43.5 inches in the F-150 SuperCrew. Moreover, it's fairly easy to fit three car seats across in the crew-cab F-150, with 62.6 inches of rear hip room. You're unlikely to fit more than two child seats safely in the Ranger SuperCrew, which has 53.5 inches of hip room.

If you're comparing cargo-box space, you'll find that the short-bed Ford F-150 SuperCrew 250 has 52.8 cubic feet of capacity, while the long-bed version has 62.3 cubic feet. The Ranger SuperCrew comes in a single bed length, so you're limited to 43.3 cubic feet of cargo-box capacity unless, of course, you want to consider the Ranger SuperCab (51.8 cubic feet).

The 2022 Ford Ranger offers remote locking convenience for its tailgate, but the 2022 Ford F-150 goes one better with its available power-operated tailgate.

Advantage: Ford F-150

Learn More About the Ford F-150 and Ford Ranger

If you'd like to learn more about these Ford pickups, be sure to read our expert reviews of the 2022 Ford F-150 and 2022 Ford Ranger. To find out how people like you rate models in this segment, check out our ratings from verified vehicle owners.

Also, please keep in mind that while the information in this article was accurate and valid on April 28, 2022, it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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