The 2022 Ford Maverick isn’t the F-150 Lightning, but it’s a game-changer in its own right.
Where did all of these Ford game-changers appear out of nowhere? The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup has up to 563 horsepower, 300 miles of range, and 10,000 pounds of towing capability.
Also, it’s affordable ($41,669 to start!) to boot. And now, the new Ford Maverick compact pickup, set to debut in 2022, seems to be shaking up the smaller end of the range.
If the 1,500-pound payload, 4,000-pound maximum towing capacity, and DIY-ready 4.5-footbed aren’t enough to pique your interest, the standard hybrid powertrain with up to 40 mpg and a starting price of $21,490 should. Ford intends to sell the new Maverick to a whole new group of individuals who have never considered a tiny truck before.
Why Should I Be Concerned With the Maverick?
For years, American manufacturers assumed that the public was disinterested in trucks less than a half-ton—that is, trucks like the F-150, Silverado, and Ram 1500—leaving the midsize sector to Nissan’s Frontier and Toyota’s Tacoma. Such vehicles were seen to be too little, too costly to produce and acquire, and insufficiently competent.
The Chevrolet Colorado midsize truck, which was introduced in 2015 and earned our Truck of the Year award, altered that.
After discovering that many people don’t need (let alone desire) a full-size truck, the sector was reinvigorated with more than half a dozen entrants in less than five years. Ford is wagering that even a midsize will be too much vehicle for some with the new Maverick.
That’s great. So, What Are the Specifications of the New Maverick?
The Maverick, like the Hyundai Santa Cruz small pickup from 2022, is a unibody vehicle with a crossover base. It’s less competent than a standard body-on-frame pickup, but it’s also less expensive to manufacture and purchase, as well as more efficient.
The Maverick is based on Ford’s C2 platform and shares most of its underpinnings with the Bronco Sport and Escape, with which it will share a manufacturing line at Ford’s Hermosillo, Mexico, facility.
Both the Escape and Bronco Sport models provide powertrains for the Maverick. The standard engine is a 2.5-liter I-4/electric motor combined with a CVT that powers the front wheels. This engine, which is similar to the Escape Hybrid’s (but with a unique in-house manufactured engine), delivers 191 total horsepower in the Maverick.
Ford claims that the front-wheel-drive-only Maverick Hybrid will get 40/33/37 mpg city/highway/combined EPA-estimated fuel efficiency and can go up to 500 miles on a single tank.
Estimates for fuel efficiency will be released at a later date, but our best guess is that it will be in the mid-twenties. On EcoBoost all-wheel-drive Mavericks, an off-road-oriented FX4 package is available.
All-terrain tires, a redesigned rear suspension, a higher-capacity radiator and enhanced cooling fan, skidplates, exposed front tow hooks, a four-pin connector hitch, off-road driving modes, and hill-descent control are all standard on the Maverick FX4.
Ground clearance is 8.3 inches for front-wheel-drive Mavericks and 8.6 inches for all-wheel-drive Mavericks. Front-drive Mavericks have an approach, break-over, and departure angles of 20.6, 16.6, and 21.9 degrees, respectively; AWD Mavericks have 21.6, 18.1, and 21.2 degrees.
What is the maximum towing and hauling capacity of the Maverick?
The new 2022 Ford Maverick can tow 1,500 pounds in its bed regardless of the engine you choose. According to a Hyundai representative, the competitor Santa Cruz has a payload capacity of over 1,700 pounds on paper, but it can only carry “just over 600 pounds in the bed.”
The towing capability of the Maverick varies depending on whatever powerplant you choose. Ford kindly reminds out that Maverick hybrids and EcoBoosts can pull 2,000 pounds, which is approximately the weight of a pair of jet skis. The optional 4K Tow kit includes a seven-pin hitch, a transmission oil cooler. It also includes an enhanced radiator and cooling fan, a shorter final drive ratio, and a trailer brake controller.
These allow Maverick EcoBoosts to tow up to 4,000 pounds, or the weight of an ordinary 21-foot boat. The only other tiny truck on the market, the Santa Cruz, is capable of towing between 3,500 and 5,000 pounds.
Tell me about Maverick’s Bed now
A 4.5-foot steel bed sits behind the Maverick’s crew cab (the only possible option); it’s 6 inches longer than the Santa Cruz’s composite bed. There are two open slots on the tailgate. Unclip the tailgate’s support cables and hook them onto the latch pins to access the half-open position.
Ford claims that owners may “build segmented storage, raised flooring, bike, and kayak racks, and more” in their Maverick. This is so by using eight conventional tie-downs and cleats (two of which serve as bottle openers), built-in threaded holes, 12-anchor points, and slots stamped into the side of the bed.
The Maverick lacks an in-bed trunk like other unibody pickups. But it does include a space-saver or full-size spare below the bed. On the XLT and Lariat grades, little bedside storage compartments are standard.
What about the interior?
The Maverick’s interior, Ford claims, will be just as functional as its bed. There’s enough space for five people in the four-door, and there’s secret storage throughout the cabin. The “FITS” or “Ford Integrated Tether System” slots in the back-seat region are particularly noticeable. Ford also plans to provide the slot geometry so that users may 3D-print their own FITS attachments. The backbench folds down as well, albeit not completely flat.
The dash topper is off-white and pleasant to the touch, inspired by synthetic surfaces. It complements various accent colors depending on whatever trim you pick. For example, Maverick XLTs have orange highlights, while Maverick Lariats have a nice rose gold finish.
An 8.0-inch center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Ford pass Connect Wi-Fi, are standard. Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 technology, which includes automated emergency braking and high-beam assist, comes standard. Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear cross-traffic warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane centering are among the active-safety features available.
What is the price of the Ford Maverick, and when can I get one?
The Ford Maverick starts at $21,490 for the Maverick XL, which is the base model. Ford hasn’t released pricing for the Maverick XLT, Maverick Lariat, or 2022-only Maverick First Edition pickups. But a fully equipped Lariat or First Edition should cost roughly $35,000.
The Maverick is currently the cheapest Ford on the market, starting at $21,490. It will be available in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat, with a loaded vehicle costing about $37,000. The 2022 Ford Maverick truck is the company’s latest entry-level model. It’s currently the lowest model in the Blue Oval portfolio, with a starting price of $21,490, beating the EcoSport SUV by a few hundred dollars.
The Maverick, a crew-cab truck with a 4.5-foot bed, is also an appealing alternative to small cars. It is an alternative to small cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, thanks to their low starting price.
Cruise control, power-adjustable mirrors, proximity-key entry
The 2.0-liter engine costs $1085, with the all-wheel-drive costing a further $3305. Cruise control, power-adjustable mirrors, proximity-key entry, and alloy wheels are all missing from the XL.
The base XLT trim is $23,775. Cruise control, 17-inch wheels, power-adjustable mirrors, and a keyless entry keypad are among the features. It also includes the XLT Luxury package ($2345, which includes a power driver’s seat, remote start, and more power outlets).
The Lariat is at the top of the list, with a starting price of $26,985. It has equipment such as a power driver’s seat, LED headlights, and a power-sliding rear window as standard. The CoPilot 360, FX4, and towing packages, as well as a Lariat Luxury package ($3340) with adaptive cruise control.
It also includes an improved sound system, heated seats, and steering wheel, and a Sync 3 infotainment system. This is with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.