2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

The brand-new Ford Maverick comes in 3 trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the availability to upgrade to a 2.0-liter EcoBoost (turbocharged) 4-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission rather of the standard hybrid powertrain that gets a constantly variable transmission (CVT). Otherwise, the 2.5-liter hybrid or 2.0-liter turbo Maverick in the front-wheel-drive setup is left to tow 2,000.

As a unibody small pickup truck, the Ford Maverick is an appealing thing that has actually generally assisted alter the automobile market as we understand it. The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their little size and evidence is in the truth that the Maverick is already offered out for most of 2022. When you have cars like the new Maverick, the option to move from vehicles has actually paid off well for Ford and I do not believe many will miss out on the wide range of cars. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid coming to $26,775, theres a lot of value here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be discovered anywhere else. Ford has actually knocked this one out of the park and has altered the game in more methods than one.

The CVT does well to get used to the proper tailoring ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. The CVT also does well to limit any overrun when you let go of the throttle after a heavy application of the gas or waste its time emulating a conventional transmission. In all, I can state the CVT is respectable for helping to manage the hybrid shifts, which are seamless to the point that you rarely know when the engine has fired up or you are working on electric power just. Here, Ford could have done a little more to give the driver extra hybrid information for the battery state and when the engine has actually turned over. There is one indicator that shows you if you are running on the gas engine or battery power alone, but it takes up the little LCD display in the center of the simplistic gauge cluster where you can not display “other” info at the very same time.

The 4.5-foot truck bed with its factory optional $495 spray-in liner has slots for lumber so you can tier up levels in addition to slots above the wheel wells for 4 × 8 plywood sheets. Theres a 20-amp circuit in the rear of the bed that can be tapped for accessories. For all new Maverick designs, in either powertrain configuration, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is a brand new design that is built off the platform of the current Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape and its not to be confused with the 1970s Ford Maverick coupe of the past. As a compact-sized truck, a distinct segment thats paving a new course with cars like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not just having a low beginning cost of $19,995 before any costs or choices, but that price gets you into a hybrid car. The general variety for the Maverick Hybrid is simply over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is slightly smaller than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

Theres an abundance of hard plastics however clever use of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded style aspects throughout. Theres even the usage of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower control panel storage location, and the door pull manages. The graining of the plastic trim succeeds to keep the interior from looking excessively inexpensive, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps mixed into the product to make it look more like a modern upscale cooking area countertop.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine is excellent for 162 horse power and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor turns over 126 horse power and up to 173 lb-ft of torque. When both the electrical motor and fuel engine are working their hardest you get a combined output of 191 horse power. The torque figure isnt specified for a combined output however having 155 lb-ft from the engine and as much as 173 lb-ft from an electrical motor assists to get the Maverick moving without feeling slow to hit 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

The interior area is generous in advance but out back the seats have about the same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not precisely spacious however usable on brief trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are left with basic fabric seats on my test cars XLT Hybrid trim but they are perfectly accentuated with various colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done perfectly, especially for the rate point of such a versatile “hybrid” small truck.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres simply the best selections in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you satisfied. Theres also the addition of other desirable active safety features through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 features such as blind-spot screens with cross-traffic alert, lane departure caution, and lane-keeping aid.

The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their small size and evidence is in the truth that the Maverick is currently sold out for most of 2022. With the price of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid arriving at $26,775, theres a lot of value here utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be found anywhere else.

Theres no doubt that cars and trucks have become quite expensive, and numerous purchasers are looking to find innovative ways to mitigate costs so much for their next purchase. Automotive makers are wising up and realizing that the cost effective automobile in a practical and functional sense is picking up, and Ford has actually addressed customers with the least costly hybrid around that occurs to be a pickup truck– an unique small truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is developed off the platform of the current Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape and its not to be puzzled with the 1970s Ford Maverick coupe of the past. As a compact-sized truck, an unique sector thats paving a new course with vehicles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not only having a low starting rate of $19,995 prior to any choices or fees, but that rate gets you into a hybrid lorry. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick starts as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine working in harmony with its air conditioning motor.

The trip quality is where the Maverick appeared to falter with rather of a company ride quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires might assist the ride a bit however you tend to understand what type of pavement youre always riding on. In general, the Maverick is easy to drive, and its little size makes it pleasurable to maneuver in tight spaces.
The exterior appearance of the Maverick catches lots of Ford functions filtered below lorries like the current Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller kind but has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

With Ford using a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid designs, the Maverick appears well arranged for efficiency and usage of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out exceptional fuel economy numbers that I found to be mostly constant. The EPA-estimated rating for the hybrid Maverick is available in at 42 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg integrated. To my surprise, I balanced about 39.7 mpg throughout my complete week with the Maverick with combined highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to best the EPA price quote where I got 35.2 mpg. Theres something genuinely magical about a “truck” getting these fuel mileage numbers, even if it is a “little” truck. The Maverick FWD with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost gets 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway (22 mpg city/29 mpg highway for the AWD). The total variety for the Maverick Hybrid is just over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is somewhat smaller sized than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

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