Sometimes smaller is better. Sometimes smaller is cheaper, and sometimes smaller is smarter. That is 2022 Ford Maverick, a compact pickup truck that shares the same unibody platform with Ford Escape and Bronco Sport. Yes, it’s small, but that’s great if you want something with a bed, but don’t have the need or extra money for a mid- or full-size van. Instead, Maverick is an easy-to-drive, efficient pickup that doesn’t break the bank and must make smart use of the space it has.
The Maverick is unrivaled, with its diminutive stature and a standard hybrid powertrain. The closest competitor is also a new competitor Hyundai Santa Cruz. That Hyundai away from the feeling of receiving, maintaining intersection aesthetics. Maverick focuses on the fact that it’s a pickup truck and is built by a company that has sold countless pickups over the decades. And Maverick completely succeeds in becoming a truck that is just enough for many people. We’re sure it’s going to be popular – and for good reason. We just wonder if Ford can keep up with the demand.
What’s new for 2022?
The Maverick is a brand new model, with 2022 being its first model year.
Maverick Interiors is an interesting place. Cost-saving measures claim to include a lot of hard plastics, but people can see and feel shapes, textures and colour. The plastic part on top of the dash has a grain reminiscent of canvas. There are interesting colors from the inclusion of the ground carbon fiber by-products in other hard plastics. The door panels are molded to provide storage for a multitude of water bottles of various shapes and sizes. The door rails are removed, leaving a cantilever point complete with contact pins for a sturdy and functional look. There are storage compartments below the center stack, next to the infotainment screen, and on top of the dash behind the display.
An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard across the lineup Ford’s Sync 3 technology interface. Technically, it’s not as advanced as the 4-in-1 Sync system F-150 and Bronco, but the last generation still works flawlessly and is rich in features. There are two USB ports at the front (one of which is USB-C format) and two more are possible on the rear of the center console in the L Cozy. A six-speaker audio system is standard (as is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), but can be upgraded to an eight-speaker B&O audio system with subwoofer and HD Radio. SirusXM satellite radio is also available, as well as 110 volt sockets in the rear and in the bed. You can also choose a wireless charging pad for your phone.
It is quite small. It’s a compact pickup truck, one step lower than Ford Ranger. Each Maverick is a SuperCrew configuration with four side doors and a 4.5-foot bed. Despite its small stature, it makes excellent use of the available space. There are lots of cuts on the doorways to accommodate bottles of different sizes. The storage compartment under the bench is spacious and a great place to store tools.
Even though the bed is 7 inches shorter than my bed, forest ranger SuperCrew, it’s still much longer than the cargo area of even the largest compact SUVs. Plus, while small for a pickup, the bed is large enough to hold a shipping pallet when closed or a full range of 4×8 plywood sheets in a flat, flat position with the rear door open in the middle position. Up to 10 bed rails and a cargo management system allow you to secure your load. A pair of double rear-end lanyards as bottle openers. There are two pre-wired 12-volt receptacles for wiring in your own accessories, and one 120-volt receptacle available allowing you to plug in tools or equipment. Cups at the bedside allow for extra storage, and a faux floor in those cups can be removed to accommodate something like a two-liter bottle. So yes, it’s not the biggest bed, but it’s one of the smartest. (NS Hyundai Santa Cruz owns a unique bedding set also)
Maverick offers two different powertrains. A hybrid version is standard, combining a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electronically variable transmission with an integrated electric motor and a small motor. the battery pack. In total, the system makes a total of 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. The Maverick Hybrid is offered with front-wheel drive only. It has Impressive fuel economy figures: 42 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway and 37 mpg combined.
The other power plant is a 2.0-liter “EcoBoost” turbocharged engine producing 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It can be used with front- or all-wheel drive. The front-wheel-drive EcoBoost is rated at 23 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 26 combined. All-wheel drive only hinders that slightly, with a EPA rated 22/29/25 mpg. This is basically what 3-mpg is better put together Supercharged Hyundai Santa Cruz Okay.
As the Maverick’s dimensions suggest, it’s an easy car to drive, whether navigating downtown traffic and parking, navigating the scenic highways or waddling through the cobbled streets of the city. countryside. The hybrid’s instantaneous torque makes it eager to proceed and ample 191 horsepower to help it accelerate. With half a ton of mantle on the bed and using the Tow/Haul mode, the hybrid-powered Maverick (pictured above) still drives easily, though not as efficiently. What can be determined with hybridization is brake feel – a little touchy at first, but a bit supple as you dig deeper into the pedals. However, it is easy to get used to and forget.
Driving an EcoBoost with all-wheel drive provides a more familiar, if slightly noisier, driving experience. It’s definitely quicker to do overtaking and a little more solid in corners and on loose surfaces. Plus, it’s Maverick if scissors are on the menu with its 4,000-pound max. Its eight-speed automatic transmission will be more tolerable for certain buyers, though the hybrid’s CVT performs admirably. Either way, there’s no option to change it yourself.
When fitted with the FX4 package, the single-tube suspension is, we say, better at dissipating heat for more stable viscosity and a ride that holds more action. The underbody guard does its job, deflecting some of the larger rocks from the mechanics underneath the car. The FX4’s Mud/Rut and Sand modes help deliver confidence, while downhill control makes going down those steep levels a lot less stressful. It seems fine for most types of driving where one might need to get to a campsite, across a farm or to a blind man hunting.
What other Ford Maverick reviews can I read?
Our first drive back Ford Maverick, in which we test both Hybrid and EcoBoost versions, both front- and all-wheel drive, as well as the FX4 all-terrain package. In short, we are very impressed.
How small is Maverick? Here’s how it compares to its older siblings.
Hear our editors compare the Ford Maverick to its only close competitor, Hyundai Santa Cruz.
Regardless of powertrain, the Maverick can be had in one of three trim levels: XL, XLT or Laries. The base XL version starts at $21,490 (including the $1,495 destination fee) for the hybrid. EcoBoost adds $1,085 to trim levels, while all-wheel drive adds $3,305. Finally, for those who want to venture even further on the beaten path, the Maverick XLT and all-wheel drive offers the FX4 ($800) package with all-terrain tires, a tuned suspension and adjustable suspension. in particular, additional underbody protection, Mud/Rut and Sand driving modes, as well as downhill control. A fully equipped L Cozy with EcoBoost, four-wheel drive, FX4 package, tow package, Ford Co-Pilot360 and L Cozy Luxury package costs $35,715.
The aforementioned base XL version includes standard equipment such as steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, automatic high beams, pickup box hook and rail, forward collision warning with emergency braking. automatic, manual air conditioning, cloth seats, height-adjustable driver’s seat. , tilt/telescopic steering wheel, rear underseat storage bins, front and rear 12-volt power outlets, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, 4.2-inch dashboard display , Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi 4G LTE – Fi.
XLT adds 17-inch painted aluminum wheels, cruise control, FlexBed storage box, electric rear door lock, keyless entry keypad, electric rearview mirror with integrated rearview mirror, D-bed connector link, bed storage, wiper-activated headlights, unique canvas seats and a fold-down rear center armrest with two cup holders.
L Cozy adds body-color door and tailgate handles, body-color rearview mirrors, push-button start and push-button start, electric rear windows, dual-zone automatic climate control , eight-way power driver’s seat, Vinyl ActiveX upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, dual rear USB ports and a 6.5-inch dashboard display.
Also available in the packages are features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane-centering capabilities, LED cargo-box lighting, parking or spraying bed covers, heated front seats. , heated steering wheel, heated rearview mirror, remote start, Radio SiriusXM and wireless phone charger.
The price breakdown based on version and powertrain is as follows:
- XL: $21,490
- XLT: $23,775
- Private jet: $26,985
Maverick EcoBoost (FWD / AWD .))
- XL: $22,575 / $25,880
- XLT: $24,860/$28.165
- Private jet: $28,070/$31,375
At the time of this writing, the Ford Maverick has not yet been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, a post-collision warning system and automatic high beams. There’s also blind-spot warning and rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist, lane-centering assist, evasive steering assist, and rear parking sensors.