The Maverick is one of the lesser bought and lesser-known Ford pickup trucks. Yes, we admit that the F-150 eats up all the sales of Ford pickup trucks, but they also have the Ranger and Maverick in the line-up. Granted they are lesser-known and the Maverick is a brand-new line of pickup trucks that Ford is launching in 2021 as the 2022 model year. Ford Maverick was used for a compact car back in the 1970s but Ford is bringing it back to a brand-new pickup truck. Also, one that is affordable. Being on sale at a starting price tag of $21,490; it comes both as a regular gasoline-powered version and as a hybrid version. We think that the hybrid version is the one that is the most interesting.
The base powertrain of the Maverick is hybrid. The engine is a 2.5L inline-4 that works in conjunction with an electric motor for a combined power output of 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a CVT and can only come with FWD. However, if you want to go with the non-hybrid version, that will swap it out with a more powerful 2.0L inline-4 engine with 250 horses. Although the hybrid powertrain is not breaking any records for being the fastest truck in the world, it still gets the job done. The non-hybrid engine is definitely quicker, but it also lacks efficiency, where the Maverick absolutely shines.
Even though the power might seem low for a pickup truck, you must also remember the price tag before judging. Also, the hybrid powertrain is perfect for those who do not want to chase performance and only want to go from point A to point B without much fuss. The ride is not the most comfortable as you can feel the bumps and imperfections as you go over them. However, for regular city driving, it won’t pose a problem to anyone.
Now, coming to the most impressive part about the Maverick hybrid is its efficiency. Ford previously had assumed that their newest hybrid truck would be able to get an impressive 40 MPG in the city. However, they seemed to have outdone themselves. EPA recently announced the tried and tested ratings of the 2022 Maverick and they are more impressive than Ford actually put them out to be.
The truck gets an efficiency of 42 MPG for city driving, 33 MPG for highway driving, and 37 MPG for combined driving. That is really impressive coming from a truck at this price point. The non-hybrid variants get a fuel economy of 22 MPG for the city, 29 MPG for highway driving, and 25 MPG for combined driving. It can’t really hold a candle to the efficiency of the hybrid.
Now that is what actually matters for the people who are going to buy the hybrid. See, you can go with the non-hybrid variant if you desire more power but the hybrid variant can tow up to 2,000 lbs. People who are looking for trucks at this price range are not people who can afford to spend thousands of dollars annually on fuel prices. Electric pickup trucks are also a far cry for them.
So, the Maverick tries to bridge that gap and it does so perfectly. Being able to run for over 40 miles on a single gallon is a huge benefit for anyone who is looking for cheap methods of getting their work done. Sure, the gasoline version is quicker and can easily manage 4,000 lbs, and can hit 60 MPH in under 6 seconds from standstill, it still will eventually cost you more if you are looking for a cheap truck with good fuel economy. The hybrid version opens up that avenue.
The direct competition will be coming from another new vehicle from a known manufacturer. The Hyundai Santa Cruz, as you might have heard, will be Hyundai’s first-ever pickup truck. Other than looking pretty slick, it will also come with a hybrid and PHEV powertrain. Information has not yet been revealed about the efficiency and fuel economy figures of the Santa Cruz. That’s why it will be interesting to see what Hyundai has to offer and how it can bring up the game to Ford.
The interior of the Maverick is also kept modern and far from being boring. Despite being an affordable pickup truck, the interior can be specced with beautiful materials and beautiful contrasting colors. With each Mav being a Crew Cab, you can seat 5 people quite easily. Crew Cabs always have a spacious rear row and this one will too. A practical cabin throughout, there are quite a few storage cubbies and clever ideas for storing stuff. As you move up the trims, more features and higher quality materials unlock themselves.
Remote keyless entry, heated seats, and lumbar support will also be available in the higher trims. Infotainment duties will be handled by an 8” touchscreen in the center of the dashboard, neatly sticking out. Features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Wi-Fi hotspot are standard across all the trims. Optionally, you can also add a SiriusXM radio, wireless charging, and Bang & Olufsen sound system. That is a pretty impressive interior for the price if you ask us. The tech section is also pretty commendable.
The standard safety features will include AdvanceTrac RSC and ESC, 911 emergency SOS, automatic emergency braking, front collision mitigation, MyKey, Safety Canopy system, back-up camera, and dual-stage airbags.
The Maverick will be made available in three distinct trims – XL, XLT, and Lariat. The XL will start off at $21,490. The XLT will kick off at $23,775 and finally, the Lariat will be priced at $26,985. For those already being impressed by the stats and who want to order one right away, you can book it online right now. Ford estimates that the pre-orders and bookings will be sold out by early November and the truck will be delivered at the doorsteps of the customers by early 2022. For those who missed booking their slot, they can wait till the next summer for another chance to buy. What do you think? Is the truck good enough for you?