You may be surprised to learn that the Ford Maverick and Toyota 4Runner are two of the most popular SUV's on the market. With their rugged looks and capability, these vehicles have been voted top choices among consumers for over a decade. While both offer excellent performance and comfort, let's take a deeper look at these two SUVs and see which is best suited for your needs!

Design & Style

  • Exterior Design

The Ford Maverick is a modern take on the classic muscle car, but it features a more aggressive front end than something from the 1960s. The grille is flanked by LED headlights and sharp-looking fog lights, while the hood adds even more style with its bulging lines and large vents.

The Toyota 4Runner has been around for decades and has seen many changes, but its overall shape is still instantly recognizable as an SUV. You'll notice right away that this is a truck, thanks to its rugged appearance and boxier proportions. A chrome-trimmed grille sits below three headlight bezels (two aimed downward), while two smaller light clusters sit above them. The bumper features an integrated skid plate that protects both ends of your vehicle from debris kicking up from underneath you when you drive off-road (or just hit some gravel).

  • Interior Design

The Ford Maverick's interior is spacious and stylish, with black leather seats and dark-colored accents throughout the cabin. The front seats have a good amount of legroom and seat travel, which makes them comfortable for long drives. The dashboard also has plenty of cubbies and storage spaces for phones, wallets and other small items that you might want to keep handy on your trip.

The Toyota 4Runner's interior has a similar feel to its exterior design: It's rugged but doesn't look too rough around the edges. The seating areas are spacious enough for adults to fit comfortably in both rows with decent headroom as well as legroom; however, since this SUV is more compact than others in its class (such as the Ford Maverick), it can be challenging for larger passengers such as adults over 6 feet tall who sit behind someone over 5 feet 7 inches tall because there isn't much room between their knees when they're sitting down due to space constraints created by the large cargo area behind them (which could get even bigger if you remove some seats).

Technology & Safety

As you might expect from a high-end SUV, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner comes with plenty of technology and safety features to keep you and your passengers safe.

It has a blind spot monitor and a rear cross-traffic alert. The latter feature uses sensors to detect vehicles approaching from behind when you're backing out of a parking spot or some other tight space. In addition to these standard features, there is an optional lane departure warning system that alerts drivers if they drift out of their lane without signaling or braking.

The 2023 Ford Maverick also comes with several advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) available on most trim levels, including adaptive cruise control (ACC), pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist system, and automatic emergency braking (AEB). The ACC provides steady speed control under certain conditions while AEB automatically applies the brakes to avoid an accident if necessary. The Lane Keep Assist System helps maintain proper lane position by gently applying pressure on both sides of the steering wheel when needed. At the same time, the Blind Spot Information System warns drivers when another vehicle is detected in either side mirror's blind spot so they can change lanes safely!


Let's talk about engines. The 2023 Ford Maverick comes with a 2.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that puts out 162 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the 2023 Toyota 4Runner has an approachable 3.5L V6 which pumps out 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft of torque.

The difference between these two vehicles is clear: the Maverick can get you where you need to go relatively quickly. At the same time, the 4Runner will take a bit more time getting up to speed but offers better fuel economy over longer distances.

The Bottom Line

To sum up, the 2023 Ford Ranger is the winner here. It has a better engine and transmission combination overall, as well as the superior interior comfort.

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If you are in the market for a new 2023 Ford Maverick, we welcome you to Whitecourt Ford. We offer an extensive selection of the latest 2022 Ford models for you to choose from. Schedule your appointment today and test drive your favorite cars, SUVs, and trucks.

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