Ford Maverick

The Maverick is powered by a 2L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft of torque, which is sent to the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. A hybrid version is also available on the front-wheel drive Maverick with a 2.5L 4-cylinder that makes 162 horsepower mated to a CVT transmission, with the electric motor the horsepower increases to 192.

The Maverick is available in front-wheel and AWD as a SuperCrew with a 4.5-foot box, three trims are available XL, XLT and Lariat.

The basic XL trim comes with automatic LED headlights, 17-inch steel wheels, wi-fi hotspot, manual locking tailgate, power door locks, 2 USB ports, Ford's SYNC infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity, rearview camera, pedestrian detection alert, and forward collision mitigation. While the bigger SuperCrew cab obviously has larger and more comfortable rear seats, it's worth noting that even Ford has ditched the sideways facing rear seats of compact pickup truck lore, with all-four seats facing the correct direction and featuring reasonable leg room. All Maverick's have seating for five to fit comfortably.

The XLT trim adds both luxury and style over the XL with 17-inch aluminum wheels, bumpers painted in body color, auto high beam, power mirrors, Bluetooth, 6-speaker system, 8-inch radio touchscreen, power locking tailgate, and cruise control.

At the top of the Maverick lineup sits the Lariat, with leatherette seats, ambient lighting, and proximity keyless entry with push button start. The Lariat also comes standard with 18-inch machine finished alloy wheels, driver and passenger partial power driver seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a leather steering wheel.

Safety features include 7 airbags, including driver knee protection, stability and traction control, a rear view camera, low pressure warning system for the tires and a restricted driving mode. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go feature, a lane centering system, BLIS Blind Spot Info System w/Cross-Traffic Alert, a Lane-Keeping System and an Evasive Steering Assist.

Editors' Review

There's nothing more American than buying way more vehicle than you need. But car and gas prices are reaching the stratosphere, while ever-embiggening trucks swallow up entire lanes and feel like office buildings on wheels. Given all that, there's no better time for the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid to come out, packing capability and frugality in equal doses, wrapped up in a shell that feels like anything but a bargain-basement punishment.

Even in its midtier XLT trim, the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid's design speaks to the point of the truck: simplicity. This no-nonsense aesthetic is devoid of overwrought styling, but it's still a standout with my tester's $495 Cyber Orange Metallic paint job. Gray plastic adorns the bed, grille, door handles, mirror caps and lower part of the body, giving the truck a bit of a two-tone vibe. It's also supremely easy to wash, unlike most modern trucks, which require a step ladder to reach the windshield.

The Maverick's bed measures 4.5 feet long, which is half a foot more than its closest competitor, the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The tailgate can be locked into a halfway-open position, allowing 8-foot-long sheets to fit inside, and the whole bed is positioned low enough that it's dummy easy to reach inside and shuffle things around. Two tie-downs and four D-rings are standard, but threaded holes and a variety of built-in slots make it easy to fab up a bike rack or bed dividers with simple construction materials. Box lighting is available, but if you want to stick with the DIY vibe, there are two standard 12-volt prewired connections, so the sky's the limit for creative types.

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The Good ~ Fun, functional styling ~ Impressive fuel economy ~ Plenty capable for its size

The Bad ~ So-so infotainment ~ Limited options for Hybrid model

The Bottom Line Why waste time and money on a big truck, when a little one will get the job done?

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 9
  • Features 7.5
  • Design 8
  • Media 7.5

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