2022 Ford Maverick is a Compact, Hybrid Truck for a Diverse DIY Market

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat AWD
Larger recreational toys fit into the bed of the truck. Ford Motor Company

Americans love their trucks, buying more of them than any other type of vehicle. More than any other brand, Americans prefer Ford trucks making the F-Series the best-selling pickup for 44 straight years. For the new model year, the Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker is giving Americans another for Ford truck to choose from, the 2022 Ford Maverick.

The new Maverick carries over many of the design attributes that customers have come to expect from Ford trucks including a strong, muscular body style and a sense of traditional truck proportions. The truck's name is stamped into its tailgate, and it has standard LED headlamps, and what it calls a "Flexbed".

Flexbed is a branded name for the Maverick's 4.5-foot bed. What makes this bed unique from other truck beds in the Ford lineup is its attention to detail for the DIY enthusiast. As Toyota did with the Supra, Ford has installed features and equipment to make the truck ready for modifications on Day One. There's also hidden side storage, a maximum of 12 tie-downs, a multi-position tailgate tether, slots for create-your-own dividers, two 12-volt power outlets, and covered electrical ports ready to be wired with lights and accessories.

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Ford will sell the 2022 Maverick in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat. Depending on grade, the truck will ride on 17- or 18-inch wheels in one of six finish options.

At 199.7 inches long and 68.7 inches tall, the 2022 Maverick is just 11 inches shorter at the nose than the Ford Ranger and three inches shorter. The F-150 bests the Maverick by a little under three feet in length and six inches in height.

Its small stature and standard hybrid engine can be directly linked to its fuel efficiency. Every Maverick is a hybrid and comes with the buyer's choice of a standard 2.5-liter four cylinder or available 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine. A continuously variable transmission is linked to the base engine while the smaller power plant gets an eight-speed automatic.

Output is good for both with the 2.5-liter getting 162 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque while the upgraded 2.0-liter achieves 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque.

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Maverick comes standard with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available. Five drive modes are standard: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Tow/Haul. Hill descent control and skid plates are available.

Ford expects the 2.5-liter engine to achieve an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg in the city and get 500 miles of range on a single tank of gas.

Maximum payload with both engines is 1,500 pounds. Owners can tow 2,000 pounds with either engine. Adding the available towing package to the Maverick with the EcoBoost engine ups the towing capacity to 4,000 pounds. That's enough to satisfy the needs of a small camper, ATV, or watercraft.

It was the Ford design team's intent to make the Maverick's interior materials honest about what they are. There's no faux leather but instead speckled pieces of plastic with unique shapes and lines that give life to otherwise dull surfaces.

The truck sports a crisp and uncluttered dashboard and center console layout. Unique features like peninsula-style door armrests, the ability to put a one-liter bottle in all four doors, and an under-seat cargo box in the second row are as practical as they are well-designed.

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Thoughtful innovation continues throughout the cabin. Ford brags that owners can fit a mountain bike, sans one wheel, across the back of the second-row seating area. There's also the ability to add created or purchased holders within the various ports of the Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS). These include a tablet holder or extra cupholder, among the many other options.

Passenger space in the Maverick is about the same as a small SUV. Its first-row space is comparatively good and second-row passengers have about as much legroom in the truck as they do the subcompact Ford EcoSport, but significantly more hip- and shoulder room.

An 8-inch infotainment touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 4.2-inch driver information screen, FordPass Connect, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, keyless entry, and a tilt/telescope steering wheel. Buyers can upgrade to a 6.5-inch driver information screen, four total USB ports, wireless charging, 110-volt cab and bed outlets, a locking tailgate, and bed lighting.

Each Maverick comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 safety and driver assist technology including automatic high beams, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go, evasive steering assist, lane centering, reverse sensing system, blind spot and cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and hill descent control are available.

Full pricing for the 2022 Ford Maverick has yet to be released. Ford has said that it starts at $19,995 before any taxes and delivery fees have been applied. Expect the highest trim level model to have its MSRP near the $30,000 range once all the boxes are checked.

The truck is currently available to be configured and reserved online, and reaches dealership lots this autumn.