2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick

Pros: Standard hybrid powertrain; compact-car fuel economy; versatile cargo configuration; attractive pricing

Cons: Short bed can’t fit long cargo with tailgate up; hybrid drivetrain isn’t available with all-wheel drive

CG Says: Ford introduces an all-new pickup truck for 2022 that’s significantly smaller than other “compact” pickups like Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, and Toyota Tacoma. Compared to other Ford trucks, the Maverick is roughly 10 inches shorter overall than the Ranger, and 32 inches shorter overall than the F-150. Unlike those and other traditional pickup trucks, Maverick is a unibody design that doesn’t have a separate bed and cab; the Maverick’s 5-passenger, four-door crew-cab body is integrated seamlessly with the bed. The standard drivetrain is a hybrid setup that combines a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gas engine with an electric motor. Together they produce 191 horsepower, which is channeled through a CVT automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Also available is a non-hybrid 250-horsepower “EcoBoost” 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with an 8-speed automatic transmission; this combination is offered with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. An optional FX4 package for AWD models adds off-road-focused gear such as all-terrain tires, unique suspension tuning, additional underbody protection, and hill descent control.

The Maverick is available in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. An inaugural-year First Edition package for the Lariat includes unique paint and graphics, a soft tonneau cover for the bed, and special wheels and tires. Payload capacity on all models is 1500 pounds, with a 2000-pound tow rating. An optional 4K Tow Package for EcoBoost-powered models raises the tow rating to 4000 pounds. The pickup bed is 4.5 feet long and features Ford’s FLEXBED system, which is designed to allow users to easily customize their load-carrying setup. Standard infotainment features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, with available FordPass Connect Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices. Available safety features include the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The Maverick’s only real rival for now is the new-for-2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, which also has unibody construction, a four-door crew-cab body, and front-wheel drive. Besides the Maverick’s uniqueness, its low base prices, frugal hybrid powertrain, and innovative cargo solutions should make it an appealing choice for buyers who seek a versatile hauler in a trim, economical package.

The Facts
Class Compact pickup truck
Body Style(s) Crew cab
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Ford
Nation of Manufacture Mexico
Base Prices XL: $19,995
XLT: $22,280
Lariat: $25,490

Base Engine
2.5-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor
Horsepower
191
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Optional Engine
2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder
Horsepower
250
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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