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America’s first standard full hybrid pickup has better gasoline consumption than a Honda Civic – and costs less, too. Get to know the Ford Maverick.
The usefulness and versatility of pickups should pique the interest of most car buyers. It is no coincidence that annual truck sales have been one of the most reliable guiding stars of the American economy for decades.
But three main drawbacks keep most people – especially those who live in or near cities – from joining the ranks of truck owners: fuel economy, size, and price. Step into the Maverick, Ford’s answer to the holy trinity of car buyers’ needs.
“The Maverick… is like nothing else out there. It’s a great looking four-door truck with room for five adults, a standard full hybrid engine with city fuel economy that beats a Honda Civic, lots of towing and hauling for weekend getaways or do-it-yourself projects, and it goes going under $ 20,000, “said Todd Eckert, Marketing Manager for Ford Truck Group, in a press release. “Maverick questions the status quo and the stereotypes of what a pickup can be. We believe that it will be interesting for a lot of people who have never thought of a truck. “
Here’s what you need to know about this category-shaking pickup truck available this fall.
Ford Maverick pickup truck
An impressive and powerful powertrain with options
While auto trucks of yore – think El Camino, Ford Eldorado, and most recently Subaru Baja – have seen a lackluster reception in the past, Ford hopes the unibody, pickup-forward aesthetic will succeed.
The Maverick’s main selling points are its fuel economy (40 mpg estimated in town), compact, easy-to-parallel park size, and most importantly, its base price below $ 20,000. For $ 19,995, buyers can get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid electric drive with an Atkinson cycle.
This base model puts out 191 horsepower (combined with the electric motor) and 155 pound-feet of torque. This model is front wheel drive only via a CVT. However, Ford does offer a 2.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine that can accommodate four-wheel drive via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
According to Ford’s specifications, the hybrid powertrain will offer 500 miles of range on a single tank, handle a payload of 1,500 pounds, and carry a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. But up to the EcoBoost and you’ve got 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. And you can add a tow package to double the capacity to 4,000 pounds.
To put that in perspective, Ford says the Maverick will pull an ATV into the 4.5-foot bed (6-foot with the tailgate down), and the base model can make a “big pop-up camper trailer.” pull. The EcoBoost, meanwhile, will pull a 21-foot boat.
Affordable and variable equipment options
The standard Maverick – the XL – is the baby in the family. But the XLT and Lariat models offer more luxury and features. They also open the door to Ford’s FX4 off-road adventure package – including tow hooks, off-road drive options, hill descent assistance, underrun protection and more.
The XLT starts at $ 22,280 and the Lariat starts at $ 25,480 – all three models offer the Hybrid and EcoBoost powertrains. You can compare and customize the Maverick models Here.
The versatile and adaptable FLEXBED system
Ford is also promoting the versatility of the box that the FLEXBED system calls. The Maverick’s bed length is 4.5 feet on all models, but this usable space expands to 6 feet with the tailgate down.
In addition, the multi-position tailgate can be locked in half a position. It also supports up to 500 pounds and has mounting brackets that double as a bottle opener.
But the bed itself strikes an interesting compromise between a blank board for DIY hacks and a versatile, upgradeable, all-in-one solution. For example, after Ford watched people use and modify their existing truck beds, Ford added stamped segment slots to the FLEXBED. This allows home owners and DIY enthusiasts to slide in 2 × 4 or 2 × 6 lumber to create bed sections for safer storage.
Ford also offers a pre-built, bolt-on “cargo management system” for buyers who prefer a plug-and-play solution that does the same.
“The whole bed is a home improvement paradise,” says Keith Daugherty, an engineering specialist who helped develop the truck box for Maverick. “You can buy the bolt-on Ford load management system and we’d be happy to sell it to you, but if you’re a little more creative you can just go to the hardware store and get the C-channel and screw to bed to find your own solutions.”
The bed also caters to campers and contractors with a variety of energy options in mind. And it’s designed to prevent dangers that some users may not be aware of.
“People have always hacked into their wiring harness to power things like lights, air pumps, and other useful accessories,” said Mavericks electrical engineer Gaby Grajales. “This is a better solution – we meet customer needs while protecting the tail light wiring and creating a fused circuit to avoid disrupting the entire electrical system. This gives you the option of choosing the box lighting available from the factory or installing your own lighting setup or even inventing a completely new use for the 12-volt access points. “
Two lashing straps, four D-rings and incorporated threaded holes on the sides complete the FLEXBED features. And for more ideas on how you can make full use of the FLEXBED, the Maverick has a QR code with information.
Interior, technology that may make your current rig look antiquated
The Maverick comes standard with an 8-inch center touchscreen that is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. FordPass Connect allows owners to find the truck, check the fuel level, lock and unlock the doors, and start or turn off the vehicle using their phone. It also has an embedded modem and Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices.
When it comes to cabin comfort, Ford says the Maverick customer wants “simple but not easy”.
“Maverick is all about thoughtful details that are well executed,” said Barb Whalen, who led the team in the selection of materials and colors. “We want this to have a straightforward, durable, honest, and well-built feel to it.”
According to Whalen, the interior contains both functional design hits and strategic material choices for “purpose and ease of cleaning”.
“We use unique textures and materials like regrind carbon fiber for strength and visual interest,” said Whalen. “The dashboard has a stone-like finish, like an extremely hard-wearing synthetic worktop. We have strategically placed splashes of color to ensure functionality – to create an energetic space in which you want to be. “
The Ford Maverick 2022 will go on sale in the fall. The construction and pricing website is live. Build and reserve your Maverick here.
For a full rundown of the Maverick’s features and specifications, check out our coverage on AutoWise.