2022 Ford Maverick

Release Date: Fall 2021
Estimated Price: Starting at $21,000-$35,000 (estimated)
  • All-new compact pickup truck from Ford
  • Small, city-friendly dimensions and a lower price than the midsize Ranger
  • Built on the same platform as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport
  • 2022 model will kick off the first generation of the Maverick pickup truck
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2022 Ford Maverick Review
New compact pickup truck might just change the game
What is the Ford Maverick?

Ford has resurrected a moniker from its largely forgotten 1970s compact car for its newest pickup truck: the 2022 Maverick. Based on the Ford Escape small SUV (which additionally supplies the architecture for the Bronco Sport), the Maverick is a small pickup truck that slots below the Ranger and the F-150 in Ford's lineup.

Its unibody construction differs from the Ranger's and F-150's classic body-on-frame construction, but the Ford Maverick pickup still delivers some impressive tow ratings. It will also likely have a more comfortable ride than its larger siblings. This could make the Maverick a solid choice for buyers who want the versatility of a pickup but don't need an old-school truck's absurdly high capabilities (and potentially high pricing). We expect the Maverick to go on sale in the fall of 2021 and have a starting price of about $21,000.

What's under the Maverick's hood?

So, check this out: The Ford Maverick can be a hybrid. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. This combo sends its power to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). If you're looking for more power, there's an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (it's a regular engine, not a hybrid) that produces 250 hp and 277 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter engine uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and can be paired with front- or all-wheel drive. Both of these powertrain choices are very similar to what Ford uses in the Escape.

How's the Ford Maverick's interior?

The interior is pretty cool. Ford constructed the interior with seemingly inexpensive materials without making the entire vibe feel cheap. Sure, there are hard plastics in a few places, but there are no piano black surfaces trying to make things seem luxurious when they aren't. There are robust, tough-looking surfaces that feel like they'll hold up to abuse over time, especially the materials placed in high-traffic areas. Then, there's hard, hollow plastic where it should be — holding water bottles in place helping to keep the Maverick's price in a respectable range.

There's only one Maverick body style — a crew cab — and it's pretty spacious. Up front, there's plenty of room for small items in the center console and plenty of room for two average-size adults. At least two average-size adults should fit well in the back seat and three children should be able to squeeze into the back seat relatively nicely. Most drivers and passengers will need to duck to get inside the Maverick because of the low roof height. But once inside, there's plenty of headroom.

How's the Maverick's tech?

All Maverick trim levels come standard with a number of tech features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, an 8-inch center screen, two USB ports (one USB-A and one USB-C), 4G LTE Wi-Fi capability and a six-speaker stereo. That's an impressive suite of tech when you consider the Maverick's low starting price. The list of standard driver aids is shorter, but you do get forward collision mitigation (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios) regardless of trim level.

There's also an available 8-inch touchscreen that provides Ford's Sync 3 system — which we've got lots of experience with. Ford's Sync system isn't our favorite when it comes to the layout of the controls or the screen resolution, but it does provide excellent voice controls for simple tasks like changing the radio station. An integrated navigation system isn't available at all on the Maverick, but we see that as a sign of the times. As more shoppers rely on smartphones for navigation, many less expensive vehicles will eliminate the option altogether.

Optional driver aids for the Maverick are extensive and they include:

  • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Ford and the car in front)
  • Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot during a lane change or while in reverse)
  • Evasive steering assist (enhances the forward collision mitigation system with steering-based collision avoidance)
  • Lane departure warning (alerts you if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Maverick back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Lane centering (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane)
  • Rear parking sensors (alert you to obstacles that may not be visible behind the vehicle when parking)

How's the Maverick's storage? And what about towing and hauling?

Ford has done some really interesting things to accommodate buyers here. For starters, there's a 1,500-pound payload across the lineup regardless of engine. That's respectable even by midsize-pickup-truck standards. Then there's the bed-organizational system (which Ford calls Flexbed) that allows for multiple levels of storage. You can combine the wheelwells in the bed with a multi-height tailgate to create storage shelves for long, thin items, or you can organize storage in many configurations using wood. The Maverick also has D-rings and movable in-bed rails to help you strap stuff down, plus a small cubby for tools.

Tow ratings are impressive too, at least when you consider the Maverick's small size. Ford says it can pull up to 2,000 pounds with the hybrid powertrain and as much as 4,000 pounds with the turbo 2.0-liter engine and the optional towing package. The towing package includes extras such as an oil cooler, an upgraded radiator, a trailer brake controller, and a seven-pin prewired trailer connection. That's excellent for the Maverick's admittedly small class.

Inside, the Maverick has lots of neat storage options. A number of in-door cup-and-bottle holders for passengers, a large glovebox, a decent-size center console, and a big underseat storage compartment in the back seat. The hybrid battery takes about half of the storage space under the rear seats, but otherwise there's plenty of room for storage.

If you want some sort of strange customized storage compartment that Ford doesn't offer, you can do that too. FITS is a new system (short for Ford Integrated Tether System) developed for the Maverick with slots located in the cabin that will accommodate dealer-offered storage solutions such as extra cupholders or a trash bin. Ford is also planning on releasing the physical dimensions of the slots publicly so that owners can design and 3D-print their own custom storage solutions.

How economical is the Maverick?

We don't have official EPA estimates for the Maverick yet. Ford's initial press release touts 40 mpg in the city with the base hybrid powertrain. We also noticed in the fine print of an early Maverick brochure that Ford is aiming for 37 mpg combined with the base powertrain (41 city/33 highway), which is a seriously high set of ratings for anything with a cargo bed. If the powertrains under the hood of the Ford Escape and the Bronco Sport are any indication, that'll probably be the high point, however. We guess the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine will come in below 30 mpg combined.

What are the Maverick's trim levels?

At launch, the 2022 Ford Maverick will be available in three main trim levels: XL, XLT and Lariat. The XL won't have much equipment, but it will be eligible for most of the upper trim levels' options. For instance, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and the 4K towing package (trailer brake controller, trailer hitch receiver with seven-pin wiring harness, transmission oil cooler, higher-capacity radiator) are available in any trim level.

This base trim will include features such as:

  • LED headlights
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Power windows
  • Air conditioning
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Manually adjustable tilt-and-telescoping steering column
  • Underseat storage compartments
  • Six-speaker stereo
  • Six tie-down points in the bed

On top of the standard equipment, the midgrade XLT will get:

  • Alloy wheels
  • Upgraded upholstery
  • Black exterior accents (grille, door handles, side mirrors)
  • Rear center armrest with cupholders
  • Power-locking tailgate
  • Cruise control

This top-of-the-line trim adds to the XLT's equipment with:

  • Upgraded driver information display
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Simulated leather upholstery
  • Power-adjustable front seats
  • Power-sliding rear window
  • Rear-seat map pockets
  • Two rear-seat USB ports

Options for the Maverick include the previously mentioned 4K tow package, an FX4 Off-Road package (all-terrain tires, exposed front tow hooks, hill descent control, skid plates), and Luxury packages for the XLT and Lariat trims that include a spray-in bedliner, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging and an upgraded eight-speaker stereo.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The Ford Maverick is a game changer. Sure, the Hyundai Santa Cruz debuted a few weeks ahead of the Maverick, and it's got a lot going for it, but Hyundai isn't even calling it a truck. If the preliminary towing, hauling and fuel economy numbers hold up for the Maverick, it will dominate a class that it had a large hand in resurrecting.

With the Maverick, Ford is offering an option for every buyer who thinks "I don't need all the capability that a midsize truck is offering" or "Midsize trucks have gotten too big and too expensive." Ford is also offering an entirely new option to people who never considered a truck in the first place — buyers concerned with fuel economy, but those who have no need to tow or traverse the toughest of local off-road trails. Few vehicles have such broad appeal, and we can't wait to get behind the wheel to test this one out. Check back in the coming months for additional coverage and information on the new 2022 Ford Maverick.

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[ROCK MUSIC] TRAVIS LANGNESS: Stop me if you heard this before, but this is the all-new, never-before-seen, not-your-father's Maverick. [ROCK MUSIC] [PLAYING XYLOPHONE] [ROCK MUSIC] Look! It is the brand-new Ford Maverick. It's so brand new, they had to bring back a name from coupes and sedans in the '70s. Whatever. It's cool. It's a compact truck. It's a ute. It's the Maverick. [FANFARE] Ford has been flying a flurry of new products at us lately, stuff like the F-150 Lightning, the Bronco, the Bronco Sport, and the Mach-E, and now this, the Maverick. It is a compact pickup truck with a standard hybrid powertrain. It's for people that need to haul stuff, but, like, not too much stuff. [ROCK MUSIC] So, what are the highlights? Well, Ford is saying there will be a base model that will start near the $20,000 mark. They're also saying they're aiming for 40 miles per gallon in the city on the base version with the hybrid engine. And there'll be options, like a 2-liter turbo-charged engine, that will help this truck become capable of towing as much as 4,000 pounds. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel from your tiny truck content like this. And you've got a favorite ute or compact truck, let us know in the comments below and click Like. It helps us out a little bit. For a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. So where does this fit in the Ford lineup? Well, it's smaller than the midsize Ranger. And it's kind of what you want from a compact ute. It comes with efficiency but also just enough capability to get your needs met. And that's exactly what you want from a ute. Now there are two utes on the market. Utes, two utes. CASEY: Two what? What was that word? TRAVIS LANGNESS: What word? CASEY: "Utes." Did you say "utes?" TRAVIS LANGNESS: Utes. You know, like utes, use, use is your honor. CASEY: All right. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Yeah, utes. CASEY: Ah, yeah, yeah, yeah. TRAVIS LANGNESS: So you can call it a ute, or you can call it a compact truck. Call it whatever you want. But what this is, is the new class of compact pickups, competes with the Santa Cruz we saw a few weeks ago. And this one looks more purposeful. It looks more like a pickup. It's boxy. When the Maverick launches, it'll be available in three trim levels-- XL, XLT, and Lariat. So basic, less basic, and luxurious. They'll also have packages to come with it later in the year, stuff like the FX4 package, which will add different wheels and tires, underbody protection and drive modes like sand or mud. Essentially, what you've got here is something to appeal to truck buyers that maybe want something smaller than what's currently offered in the midsize range. OK, so we know what it looks like. But what's it cost? What's it tow? What's under the hood? Well, Ford says that they'll have one that starts under $20,000 at the base end of the range. Now, that's before you apply destination, but that's still a pretty inexpensive truck. It'll work its way up to around the $35,000 mark, which should keep it under the cost of entry-level midsize trucks and pretty competitive with the only other compact in the market, the Santa Cruz. Under the hood, for starters, you get a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain, which gives you around 190 horsepower, 155 pound-feet of torque. And that one's capable of towing as much as 2,000 pounds-- not a lot, something like a small utility trailer. It's also about the average for power for the class. Again, there's not much of a class surrounding the Maverick yet. So sure, the Santa Cruz has more torque. But we haven't been able to drive either of these yet, so it's kind of hard to say if that's a good amount of power. Optional, you'll be able to get a 2-liter, turbo-charged four-cylinder with no hybrid. And that one will be a little bit more capable, around 250 horsepower, 277 pound-feet of torque. And essentially, if you add the trailering package, or the towing package, whatever they're going to call it, you can tow up to 4,000 pounds, which is quite a bit for a compact truck. Normally in a midsize range, you're looking at stuff like 5,000 pounds, some trucks as much as 7,000 or close to 8,000 pounds. But for something this small and this inexpensive, 4,000 pounds is quite a bit of towing power. And we're also still waiting on MPG figures, so who knows? That 40 MPG in the city estimate is pretty good. And if the rest of those numbers hold out, this Maverick has the potential to eat the lunch of several midsize pickup trucks, let alone the almost non-existent compact class. This thing has a lot going for it. Let's go check out what's happening in the back. Yay, bed time. So the bed, the business end of every truck, something that you need to rely on if you're going to own one. Ford is calling this Flexbed. It's so strong. I cut this boat in half. CASEY: That's Flex Seal, idiot. TRAVIS LANGNESS: Oh. So, Flexbed-- that's a fun name. But what does it mean? Well, to me, it translates to compact pickup trucks don't have a lot of space to work with, so they're going to have to work smarter, not harder. And this bed is 4 and 1/2 feet long, only 4 feet wide. But that does mean they can accommodate 4-feet-wide sheets of plywood. One of the ways you can do that is with this tailgate, which, if you lift it up, matches the height of the wheel wells inside. Now, at this height, the tailgate can hold 400 pounds, fully down, 500 pounds-- that's enough for you and one of your big friends to sit on it at your local tailgate. And this is a pretty versatile way to make a compact truck feel longer. Now, this bed has a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds. That's across the range, which is actually pretty impressive. That's similar to something like a Ridgeline. And really, when you're looking at midsize trucks, 1,500 pounds is not a bad payload at all. So in the compact class, that's a really good number. There are also some nicer things here that you're going to be familiar with, stuff like D-rings and these moving rings to tie down your large loads. But the Flexbed bit also refers to these slats in the bed, which you can use to segment up your storage. If you have smaller items, you can build a rack for your bikes. Or you can put small items in storage on the side and keep something larger on the other side by using 2-by-4 and lumber to do so. You can also make a couple of false floors with the bed of the pickup truck and basically have a really complicated version of a large trunk. There's also stuff like 110-volt or 400-watt power here. And honestly, this is a really utilitarian area. This is going to be great for anybody that thinks, eh, compact SUV? Too small for me. I need a place to throw all my dirty gear. I certainly like it. [ROCK MUSIC] Hey, Casey. Do you like apples? CASEY: Yeah. TRAVIS LANGNESS: It's got Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto is standard. How do you like them apples? CASEY: I'm honestly sick of this, dude. TRAVIS LANGNESS: So, joking aside, the Maverick does get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a standard which are basically two systems that allow you to hook up your phone and use your phone's navigation. So for instance, if you're on the base trim level, and you get those systems as standard, you don't need to opt for navigation. You use your phone's navigation. There's also this optional 8-inch screen that's powered by Ford's SYNC 3 software, which we really like, especially because it's got such good voice controls. When you're driving along, you can tell it what you want it to do with the radio station. And it picks up on your natural language pretty quickly. And then for other tech features, you get stuff like adaptive cruise control will help you keep the distance in front of you, between you and another vehicle. Blind spot monitoring-- you get the little logo there on the mirror if someone's in your blind spot. And speaking of blind spots, this truck actually has pretty good visibility, big, wide-open windows. Let's talk about the materials. I actually like the way this looks a lot. So yes, there are some hard plastics, especially here on the dashboard. But this is kind of that cool, recycled, compressed plastic look. I like it. It works really well with the seat color combination, the dark, kind of charcoal grays, navy blues. I really enjoy this interior. And it's spacious too I'm 5 foot 8, 5 foot 9, plenty of headroom even with a sunroof on this XLT trim. And there are these cool door panels where the handle-- actually, you can just work your hand in to open and close the door. And these big spots-- for example, if you have a large water bottle, that'll fit really easily there. Let's talk a little bit more about storage too-- a couple of large cup holders here, decent-sized center console, and lots of little cubbies, places for your keys, your smartphone, your wallet, whatever you need to store. There's a lot of places up here for it. USB and USB-C, and that's pretty much what you get for storage up front. Let's check it out in the backseat. [ROCK MUSIC] [SLAM] [ROCK MUSIC] So before I hop in, let's take a look at the storage here. You can pop up the rear seat, like you would expect in a pickup. And there's actually a really decent amount of storage here. Because there's not a big drivetrain component going underneath, there's a lot of under-seat storage here and on that side. Now, the passenger side has to accommodate the 12-volt battery in the hybrid model. But with the 2-liter turbo-charged engine, you get two of these big storage compartments. And Ford also has what's called FIT, or Ford Integrated Tether, slots here in the center console and here under the seat. Now, they'll sell you dealer accessories, sure-- stuff like cup holders or-- I don't know-- whatever you want to put back here. Or you can also get the plans to use your own 3D printer and make whatever you want back here-- shelves or various strange contraptions. I don't know. My imagination is not good. But let's pop the seat down and hop in. Now we're sitting in the back seat. We can see kind of what it's like for sitting behind myself. And that front seat's set up for me, and I'm 5' 8", 5' 9". There's plenty of headroom, and there's plenty of foot room under the front seat. But my shins do kind of rub up against the back of the front seat here. Not a huge problem, but if you've got large, adult friends, they won't be super comfortable on long trips. There is, however, this little center console here. And then there's three-prong plug, a USB, and a USB-C, as well as those same kind of useful large door pockets for a number of water bottles back here. It's a reasonably nice back seat. The seat feels supportive enough for decent road trips, good thigh support, and I wouldn't mind spending time back here. So how does the Maverick do against competitors? Well, it's hard to say because there aren't really any competitors yet. Sure, there's the full class of midsizes, and yeah, there's the Santa Cruz. But we haven't driven that yet. We haven't driven the Maverick yet, either. But what I do like is how promising it seems. There's a lot of really good numbers-- stuff like payload, stuff like towing, and the really appealing low price. It's also got lots of cool features in the bed. And I love the look of the interior. At Edmunds, we like to have the newest, coolest, most different vehicles in our long-term fleet at any given time. That's where we test them for a full 12 months. And to my mind, we could have five different Fords in our long-term fleet right now-- stuff like the Mach-E, the Bronco Sport, the Bronco, the F-150 Lightning, and now this, the Maverick. That's a lot of Fords. And if this thing lives up to all the promises on the spec sheets, and if it's good to drive, Ford could sell a billion of these, or whatever number means, like, a lot. I don't know. For more videos like this, click Like and Subscribe below and tell us what you think of the compact class, how it's heating up. And if you want a cash offer on your car today, go to edmunds.com/sellmycar. Thanks for watching. [ROCK MUSIC]

2022 Ford Maverick First Look | The Maverick Returns as a Hybrid Pickup!

The Ford Maverick is back! Ford has revived the Maverick nameplate from the 1970s, but instead of the compact sedans and coupes that made up that vintage Maverick lineup, Ford takes a hard left and releases the Maverick as a small pickup truck.

2022 Ford Maverick First Impressions

What is the Maverick?

The 2022 Ford Maverick has finally been confirmed as Ford's newest pickup. While the details are still scarce, Ford has confirmed the new compact pickup's name, resurrecting a moniker from the 1970s. Based on the Ford Escape (which shares its architecture with the Bronco Sport), the Maverick will be a compact truck that slots below the Ranger and the F-150 in Ford's lineup.

Its unibody construction differs from the Ranger's and F-150's classic body-on-frame construction, which might ultimately put a limit on how much the Maverick can tow and haul. But this crossover SUV backbone will also likely deliver a more comfortable, refined ride than its larger siblings provide. This could make the Maverick a solid choice for buyers who want the versatility of a pickup but don't need an old-school truck's absurdly high capabilities.

Urban environments don't favor large pickups, and it's under these circumstances the Ford Maverick should truly shine. It is far easier to navigate narrow streets in a small truck than the hulking F-150, and the Maverick probably won't exhibit the same poor ride quality that draws our derision in the Ranger. If the Maverick shares the Escape's duo of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, it could also be one of the most fuel-efficient gasoline trucks on the market.