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2022 Ford Maverick: The Hybrid Pickup

A hybrid powertrain headlines the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup, but it also has clever packaging, legit towing ability, and optional EcoBoost power.

The All-New 2022 Ford Maverick

Reviving a Blue Oval nameplate last seen as a 1970s car, the 2022 Ford Maverick is an all-new compact pickup truck that features plenty of pickup capability without the oversized proportions of an F-150 or Ranger. The Maverick leans green with a standard hybrid powertrain that can hit 42 mpg in the city. A turbocharged gas-powered motor is also available along with AWD and the ability to tow up to 4,000 pounds. Ford spent a fair amount of time on ensuring Swiss Army-like versatility for the cargo bed to pull in the active lifestyle crowd. There is a nice level of standard tech on hand while the top-spec models blend utility with style and a dash of luxury.

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Body Style

Starting Price

MSRP $21,490

Drivetrain

Drivetrain

FWD or AWD

Drivetrain

Fuel Economy

42 City / 33 Hwy (MPG)

Number of Seats

Seating

Seats 5

The Breakdown

Hybrid 42 mpg city rating

Available turbo setup for plenty of capability

FLEXBED adapts for nearly any need

Standard Wi-Fi and smartphone mirroring

Base model is very spartan

Winning modern take on the classic truck

2022 Maverick Specs

Trims & Pricing

XL - $21,490
XLT - $23,775
Lariat - $26,985

2022 Ford Maverick Powertrain

2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L I4 - Doug DeMuro on youtube.com
2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L I4 - Doug DeMuro on youtube.com

Ford’s hybrid-first approach to the 2022 Ford Maverick means a combination 2.5L inline-4 and dual AC motors with 1.1 kWh battery pack is the standard powertrain. It uses a CVT to power the front wheels only, making a system total 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. If you want more power and access to AWD, you’ll need the optional 2.0L EcoBoost, a turbocharged affair packing 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque paired with a traditional 8-speed automatic. The EcoBoost tacks on about $1100 with AWD adding an additional $3300 to any trim.

All Mavericks come with the ability to choose between pre-programmed drive modes classified as Normal, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Eco, and Sport. When equipped with the FX4 Off-Road package, a Mud & Ruts as well as Sand mode are included. This package runs $800 and requires the EcoBoost motor and AWD configuration. All-terrain tires wrapping unique 17” wheels, skid plates, tuned shocks and exposed front tow hooks are fitted and Hill Descent Control is on hand all in the name of rough road capability.

Towing & Payload

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2022 Ford Maverick - media.ford.com

An AWD Maverick with the EcoBoost motor can lug up to 4,000 pounds when equipped with the 4K Tow Pack, which brings a transmission oil cooler, higher capacity radiator, additional upgraded components, and a trailer brake controller. Payload tops out at 1,500 pounds and hybrid models can tow as much as 2,000 pounds. The 2022 Ford Maverick 4.5-foot-long cargo bed can handle up to 18 sheets of 4’ x 8’, ¾” plywood without having to load at an angle. However, the multi-position tailgate does just that if needed by locking at roughly 45° angle. Named FLEXBED, the cargo area comes with up to 10 tie-down points, available 12V pre-wired connections, and 110V power as well as configurable cargo divider slots.

2022 Ford Maverick Fuel Economy & MPG

The 2022 Ford Maverick touts a 42-mpg city rating, as it should, this is not typical of any pickup truck and Ford cheerfully points out that this kind of efficiency is better than certain Honda Civics. The figure is based on a hybrid model that can hit 33 mpg on the highway on to a bladder-busting range of 500 miles. The gas-powered EcoBoost does well in its own right at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway for FWD models, subtracting one from each number when setup with AWD.

Interior, Comfort, & Cargo Space

Strictly a full 4-door Crew Cab, the 2022 Ford Maverick features back seats that flip up to reveal storage cubbies. A variety of fabric upholstery is available based on trim with the option for heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Unibody construction minimizes the central hump to maximize legroom and the Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS) offers a host of injection-molded accessories like cupholders, grocery hooks, and phone cord holders. Content like a sunroof, ambient cabin lighting, and power sliding rear glass is found on upper trim levels.

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Entertainment & Technology

2022 Ford Maverick - ford.com
2022 Ford Maverick - ford.com

Across the 2022 Ford Maverick lineup, an 8” touchscreen runs the infotainment system with Apple and Android mirroring software and a Wi-Fi hotspot. XLT trim offers a 400W power inverter with 110V receptacles and remote start as part of a package, but for a digital instrument panel screen you’ll need the Lariat. This top trim also unlocks access to a high-powered B&O audio system, SYNC 3 software, and wireless charging, but it requires the $3340 Luxury package.

Safety Features

All new 2022 Ford Mavericks come with automatic high beams and forward collision warning with AEB, but for systems like blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assistance, prepare to pony up for the $940 Co-Pilot360 package. Six airbags are included, offering protection from frontal, front side, and full-length head impacts and when equipped with SYNC 3, there is a 911 Assist button.

2022 Ford Maverick Trims & Pricing

2022 Ford Maverick XL - ford.com
2022 Ford Maverick XL - ford.com

XL – $21,490

The modern sheet metal on the new 2022 Ford Maverick contrasts with the standard 17” steel wheels of the XL trim to lend a clean, classy look. LED headlamps are a nice entry-level touch and remote keyless entry is included. The cabin is straightforward pickup utility with cloth seats and fixed rear glass. However, the central 8” touchscreen that handles infotainment work is all modern. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto phone integration software are on hand along with FordPass Connect featuring a Wi-Fi hotspot and dual USB ports.

Automatic high beams and pre-collision warning with automated emergency braking are standard, but you’ll need the $940 Co-Pilot360 package for a deeper list of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). It adds blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alerts and a lane keeping system that incorporates a driver attention monitor. The only package available on XL models, it also includes a full-size spare and manual sliding rear glass.

2022 Ford Maverick XLT - media.ford.com
2022 Ford Maverick XLT - media.ford.com

XLT – $23,775

Filling the value slot, XLT Mavericks are dressed in 17” aluminum wheels and have access to an eye-popping Cyber Orange paint job. A power tailgate lock and power-adjustable side mirrors are included and the two-tone interior scheme of Navy Pier and Medium Slate looks smart with orange cabin accents. For $2345, the XLT Luxury package piles on amenities like power-adjustable and heated front seats with a leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel. It also features color-matched, heated exterior mirrors, a spray-in bed liner, and LED cargo box lighting.

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat - media.ford.com
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat - media.ford.com

Lariat – $26,985

Sitting atop the Maverick trim ladder is the Lariat with 18” alloys, signature lighting, and dual cubby bins in the FLEXBED cargo area. ActiveX fabric upholstery features a Desert Brown and black look with amenities like power-adjustable seats, an acoustic windshield, and dual-zone automatic climate control dialing up the cabin comfort. A 6.5” LED screen, that displays vehicle info, is set within the gauge cluster and the First Edition package nets a black painted roof, special tires, and a tonneau cover. For $3340, the Lariat Luxury package pulls out all the stops with adaptive cruise control, an 8-speaker B&O stereo, heated seats, upgraded infotainment software, and more.

Warranties

The standard Ford warranty applies to the 2022 Ford Maverick with a 3-year/36,000-mile period covering the overall vehicle and 5 years or 60,000 miles on the powertrain. An 8-year/100,000-mile warranty on the hybrid system should allay any fears around hybrid repair cost and roadside assistance is available 24/7 for 5 years or 60,000 miles.

What we think

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2022 Ford Maverick – ford.com |  Shop 2022 Ford Maverick on Carsforsale.com

There is a definite dearth of compact pickup trucks in an otherwise crowded automotive market, so the 2022 Ford Maverick looks poised to carve out a place for itself. Hybrid efficiency with the option for gas power blends with handsome styling and legit pickup capability to form what appears to be a solid new truck.

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Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his 1990 Cherokee and 1989 Starion, so it’s not surprising that he would put his mechanical engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire to use in the car world as a vehicle dynamics engineer. Now engineering sentence structures, his writing infuses his auto experience with his time in marketing and his sales experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he focuses on some of the more technical mechanical systems that are found under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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