The Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup would be the most acceptable automobile you’ll discover in any automaker’s lineup at this time.
The model is all-in on vehicles and SUVs and going huge on electrification, so it makes good sense that its new entry-level mannequin would mix these issues.
At a beginning worth of $21,490, the Mexican-made Maverick isn’t simply the lowest-priced Ford, but additionally the lowest-priced pickup and lowest-priced hybrid at the moment on sale. So consider it as a three-for-one deal.
Not like the body-on-frame Ranger and F-150, it is constructed on a model of the identical unibody platform as Ford’s Bronco Sport and Escape compact SUVs and has a front-wheel-drive, 191 hp four-cylinder hybrid powertrain that’s good for 37 miles per gallon of mixed metropolis and freeway driving. That’s by far the very best of any automobile outfitted with a mattress.
The mattress is barely 4.5-feet lengthy, however its broad sufficient to suit a standard-size pallet between the wheel wells and a 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood on prime of them with the tailgate down. The payload capability for the automobile is 1,500 kilos, however that ought to cowl a whole lot of mulch, even in the event you convey a few mates with you to the backyard retailer.
They shouldn’t thoughts the journey. The cabin is straightforward to step into due to a journey top extra like a crossover’s than a truck’s and is not less than as roomy and accommodating as midsize Ranger’s.
Reflecting the bargain-basement worth level, the inside is nearly completely trimmed in laborious plastics, however with a design and detailing that makes it look purposeful and enjoyable. There are floating door handles with uncovered screws, tall bottle holders within the door pockets, odds and ends bins within the heart console and a storage compartment beneath the flip-up rear seat that is deep sufficient for a basketball.
The dashboard has loads of work or ski glove-friendly knobs for main features and there’s an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Maverick XL and XLT trims have a 4.2-inch digital show within the instrument cluster, whereas the highest of the road Lariat will get a 6.2-inch model between analog gauges.
Automated emergency braking is customary and a $540 CoPilot 360 bundle provides blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping help methods, whereas a loaded Lariat with the non-compulsory luxurious bundle enhances it with adaptive cruise management and an evasive steering help together with a number of creature comforts and devices for $30,865.
Amongst them are a heated steering wheel and entrance seats plus a 110v outlet within the mattress and two 12v connectors to make use of with small instruments, lighting and different equipment pre-wired into the mattress partitions.
Mixed with the boxy styling, which provides a stark distinction to the smooth, edgy, extra carlike look of the same Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup, the Maverick’s total vibe may be very a lot within the Carry on Truckin’ vein.
It does drive extra like a front-wheel-drive automotive with a whole lot of energy steering help dialed in and skilled pickup house owners will want a number of miles to acclimate, however anybody switching from a crossover received’t discover the distinction.
The journey high quality and total refinement is almost nearly as good because the latter’s, and it’s surprisingly quiet inside, highlighting the superb six-speaker B&O audio system that comes with the luxurious bundle. It’s undoubtedly a avenue machine, however in the event you’re fascinated by a compact truck that may go a bit off the crushed path, the Maverick is offered with a non-hybrid 250 hp turbocharged four-cylinder, all-wheel-drive and an FX4 off-road bundle.
On pavement, the hybrid could also be extra gasoline environment friendly that the official figures counsel. I averaged over 37 mpg with my time with and noticed 40 mpg on the freeway, though it is solely purported to ship 33 mpg there.
The place it comes up quick is within the towing division. It’s rated at simply 2,000 kilos, which is the least of any pickup, together with the front-wheel-drive model of the Santa Cruz that may pull 3,500 kilos.
That one-ton towing is about the identical because the Bronco Sport’s and lots of different small SUVs, nonetheless, and the turbo mannequin could be configured to deal with as much as 4,000 kilos in the event you don’t need to step all the best way as much as a midsize truck.
Contemplating a Ford Escape Hybrid with a less-potent version of the Maverick’s powertrain and an identical inside dimension begins at $29,275, this small pickup looks as if an astonishing deal. The one factor about it’s, the Maverick isn’t all that small.
It’s about the identical size as a three-row Ford Explorer, which suggests metropolis people could have bother discovering a spot to park it. Being one in all them, I am sure that they’ll.
What I’m unsure about is what number of financial system automotive buyers will need a pickup as an alternative of a automotive or SUV simply because it’s low-cost and frugal, however Ford stated it islready bought out of Maverick Hybrids for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, though it hasn’t stated precisely what number of it’s going to make.
However, just like the outsized merchandise from warehouse shops that may seemingly be filling their beds, Maverick Hybrids provide a whole lot of worth for the cash.
2022 Ford Maverick hybrid
Base worth: $21,490
Kind: 4-door, 5-passenger, front-wheel-drive pickup
Engine: 2.5-liter 4-cylinder with electrical help
Energy: 191 hp, 155 lb-ft torque
Transmission: CVT computerized
MPG: 42 metropolis/33 hwy