2022 Ford Maverick Review | A smaller truck can be a smarter truck

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Sometimes smaller is better. Sometimes smaller is cheaper and sometimes smaller is smarter. That's the 2022 Ford Maverick, a compact pickup truck that shares the same unibody platform as the Ford Escape and the Bronco Sport. Yes it's small but this is great if you want something with a bed but don't have the need or the extra money for a medium or large truck. Instead, the Maverick is an easy-to-drive, efficient pickup that doesn't break the bank and needs to use the available space intelligently.
The Maverick is incomparable with its small stature and a standard hybrid powertrain. The next competitor is the also new Hyundai Santa Cruz. This Hyundai eschews the pickup vibe and retains its crossover aesthetic. The Maverick relies on the fact that it is a pickup truck and was built by a company that has sold countless pickups for many, many decades. And the Maverick totally manages to be just enough truck for a lot of people. We have no doubt that it will be popular - and for good reason. We just wonder if Ford can keep up with demand.
Interior & technology | Passenger and cargo space | Performance & fuel consumption
How to drive | Prices & Features | Crash ratings and safety features
What's new for 2022?
The Maverick is a brand new model, with 2022 being its first model year.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
What does the interior and vehicle technology of the Maverick look like?
The inside of the Maverick is an interesting place. Cost-saving measures require the use of many hard plastics, but you can see and feel interesting shapes, textures, and colors. The plastic over the top of the dashboard has a grain that is reminiscent of canvas. Interesting colors are created by the inclusion of ground carbon fiber by-products in other hard plastics. The door panels are shaped to accommodate a variety of water bottles of various shapes and sizes. The door armrest is cut out, leaving a cantilevered gripping point with exposed fasteners for a sturdy, functional look. There are storage compartments under the center console, next to the infotainment screen and on top of the dashboard behind the screen.
An 8-inch infotainment touchscreen is standard across the range of products running Ford's Sync 3-Tech interface. It's not as technically advanced as the Sync 4 system in the F-150 and Bronco, but the last generation is still perfectly functional and feature-rich. There are two USB ports at the front (one of which is in USB-C format), and two more can be found in the back of the center console in the Lariat. A sound system with six speakers is standard (like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), but can be upgraded to a B&O sound system with eight speakers with a subwoofer and HD radio. The SirusXM satellite radio is also available, as are 110-volt sockets in the rear and in the bed. You can also opt for a wireless charging pad for your phone.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
How big is the Maverick?
It's pretty small. It's a compact pickup, a step below the 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 many cutouts in the door panels to accommodate bottles of different sizes. The storage compartment under the back seat is generous and a great place to store tools.
Although the bed is 7 inches shorter than that of the Ranger SuperCrew, it is still much longer than the bed of even the largest compact SUV. In addition, the loading area is small for a pickup truck, but still large enough to hold a shipping pallet or full 4x8 plywood panels in a flat, level position with the tailgate open in its central position when closed. Up to 10 bed lashing straps and a cargo management system enable you to secure your cargo. A pair of tailgate lashing straps also serve as a bottle opener. There are two pre-wired 12 volt sockets for wiring your own accessories, and an available 120 volt socket allows tools or equipment to be plugged in. Compartments on the side of the bed provide additional storage space, and a shelf in these compartments can be removed to accommodate about a two-liter bottle. So, yeah, it's not the biggest bed, but it's one of the smartest. (The Hyundai Santa Cruz also has its own unique bed features)
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
What is the Maverick's fuel consumption and performance data?
The Maverick offers two different powertrains. The hybrid is standard and combines a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electronic continuously variable transmission with integrated electric motors and a small battery pack. In total, the system puts out 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. The Maverick Hybrid is only offered with front-wheel drive. It has impressive fuel economy figures: 42 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg combined.
The other powerplant available is the 2.0-liter in-line four-cylinder "EcoBoost" with 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It is optionally available with front or all-wheel drive. The front-wheel drive EcoBoost is rated at 23 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 26 combined. All-wheel drive hampers that only marginally, with an EPA rating of 22/29/25 mpg. These are basically 3 mpg combined better than what the turbo-charged Hyundai Santa Cruz gets.
The EcoBoost can also pull up to 4,000 pounds while the hybrid is maxed out at 2,000 pounds. The Turbo Santa Cruz is good for £ 5,000.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
How does the Maverick drive?
As the size of the Maverick suggests, it's an easy vehicle to drive whether you're navigating downtown traffic and parking lots, driving scenic freeways, or wandering rural gravel roads. The hybrid's instantaneous torque makes it ready to drive, and its 191 horsepower is enough to carry the speed uphill. With half a ton of mulch in bed and tow / haul mode, the hybrid-powered Maverick (pictured above) still drives just as easily, if not as efficiently. The only problem you had to find with the hybrid was the brake feel - a bit sensitive at first, but a little sticky as you step deeper on the pedal. It was easy to get used to and forget about it, however.
Driving the EcoBoost with all-wheel drive provides a more familiar, if slightly louder, driving experience for most drivers. Overtaking maneuvers are definitely faster and more sure-footed in curves and on loose surfaces. Plus, it's the maverick to get when towing is on the menu, given its £ 4,000 max. Its eight-speed automatic transmission will be more palatable to certain buyers, although the hybrid's CVT performs admirably. In any case, there is no way to switch yourself.
Equipped with the FX4 package, the Monotube suspension dissipates heat better for more uniform viscosity and a ride that can withstand more activity. The underbody protection does its job, distracting some of those larger stones from the mechanics under the vehicle. The FX4's Mud / Rut and Sand modes add confidence, while Hill Descent Control makes descending those steep inclines much less strenuous. It seemed fine for most types of driving that one might need to get to a campsite, across a farm, or to a hunting curtain.
What other Ford Maverick reviews can I read?
2022 Ford Maverick First Drive Review | Small truck is a big deal
Our first drive of the Ford Maverick where we test both the Hybrid and EcoBoost versions, both front and all-wheel drive versions as well as the FX4 off-road package. In summary, we are very impressed.
2022 Ford Maverick vs Ranger and F-150 Size Comparison: How Big Is It?
How small is the Maverick? This is how it compares to its bigger siblings.
We're talking Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz, and we've bought suburbans! | Autoblog podcast # 703
Listen to our editors compare the Ford Maverick to its only close competitor, the Hyundai Santa Cruz.
2022 Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz
What is the 2022 Maverick Prize and what features are available?
Regardless of the drive train, the Maverick is available in one of three equipment variants: XL, XLT or Lariat. Base XL starts at $ 21,490 (including $ 1,495 in target fees) for the Hybrid. The EcoBoost adds $ 1,085 on all trim levels, while the all-wheel drive adds an additional $ 3,305. For those who want to venture further off the beaten track, the all-wheel drive Maverick XLT and Lariat fairings offer the FX4 package ($ 800) with all-terrain tires, custom-tuned suspension, additional underbody protection, mud / Rut and sand driving modes as well as hill descent control. A fully loaded Lariat with EcoBoost, all-wheel drive, FX4 package, tow package, Ford Co-Pilot360 and the Lariat Luxury package costs $ 35,715.
The above-mentioned basic XL equipment includes steel wheels, automatic LED headlights, automatic high beam, lashing hooks and rails for pick-up boxes, front collision warning with automatic emergency braking, manual air conditioning, fabric seats, a height-adjustable driver's seat, tiltable / telescopic steering wheel, rear storage compartments under the seats, 12-volt sockets front and rear, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, 4.2-inch instrument panel display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and FordPass Connect with 4G LTE Wi-Fi.
XLT adds painted 17-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, FlexBed drawer, electric tailgate lock, keyless entry keypad, electrically adjustable exterior mirrors with integrated spotter mirrors, D-Link bed connections, storage space in the loading area, wipe-activated headlights, unique fabric bucket seats and a folding rear center armrest with two cup holders.
Lariat adds door and tailgate handles in body color, mirrors in body color, proximity switch and start at the push of a button, electrically sliding rear window, two-zone automatic air conditioning, an electrically adjustable driver's seat with eight directions, ActiveX vinyl upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel, ambient lighting, two USB ports rear and a 6.5-inch instrument panel display.
Also available in packages are features such as adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and lane centering, LED load compartment lighting, drop-in or spray-in bed canopy, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, heated exterior mirrors, remote start, SiriusXM radio and a wireless phone charger.
The price breakdown based on equipment and powertrain is as follows:
Maverick hybrid
XL: $ 21,490
XLT: $ 23,775
Lariat: $ 26,985
Maverick EcoBoost (FWD / AWD)
XL: $ 22,575 / $ 25,880
XLT: $ 24,860 / $ 28,165
Lariat: $ 28,070 / $ 31,375
What safety ratings and driver assistance functions does the Maverick have?
As of this writing, the Ford Maverick has not yet been crash tested by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Standard safety equipment includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, braking after a collision, a warning system after a collision and an automatic high beam. Also available are rear blind spot and cross traffic warning, lane departure warning with lane departure warning, lane alignment assistant, avoidance assistant and rear parking sensors.
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