Ford Maverick Research

The Car Connection Ford Maverick Overview

The Ford Maverick is the automaker’s new compact to mid-size pickup truck. Based on the same running gear as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport, the Maverick arrives as a 2022 model late in calendar-year 2021.

With the Maverick, Ford doesn’t stray from the pickup truck style rules as does its newest rival, the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The Maverick’s all about straight lines and regular angles, with flat body sides and a bluff front end with big LED headlights. Inside, the dash is styled like that of the Bronco Sport, only it’s more spartan in trim and color, with industrial-looking gray-speckled plastic on its door panels and cloth seats on the base XL model. 

Maverick XLT and Lariat models will be offered, as will an FX4 package for both of those trims.

Base Mavericks will sport Ford’s 2.5-liter inline-4 hybrid powertrain, a green first for small trucks. With 191 hp net and 155 lb-ft of torque, it will be capable of towing up to 2,000 pounds and will have a payload rated at 1,500 pounds—as well as city fuel economy estimated at 40 mpg, and combined ratings estimated at 37 mpg. The hybrid version will be front-drive only.

A 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 277 lb-ft of torque will be an option. Coupled with an 8-speed automatic and available all-wheel drive, it will be able to tow up to 4,000 lb with an optional tow package. Five different drive modes will range from Normal to Tow/Haul, to Eco, to Slippery, to Sport.

Mavericks will weigh between about 3,500 to 3,700 pounds.

The Maverick sits 199.7 inches long, and rides on a 121.1-inch wheelbase, putting it at the short end of the Ford truck lineup, beneath the Ranger and F-Series pickups. Interior space looks suitable for up to four adults, with better rear-seat recline than in some mid-size trucks. Ford tucks storage space under the rear seat cushions, and carves lots of small-item storage into the cabin, with bins for AirPods and a passenger smartphone most notable.

The 4.5-foot-long pickup bed will have up to 10 integrated tie-downs and dual covered bins in the bed sides, with available aluminum rails, bed lighting, and a 110-volt AC outlet. The adjustable tailgate will be able to hold up to 400 pounds, which means the Maverick will be able to bring home 4x8 sheets of plywood without the need for a bed extender. The bed will hold two mountain bikes with their front wheels angled, too.

All Mavericks will have automatic emergency braking, but a more sophisticated version will come with available adaptive cruise control and active lane control. Blind-spot monitors will also be available.

The Maverick goes on sale with a base price of $21,490. Standard equipment includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, power features, and LED headlights.

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