2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

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 back of the bed that can be tapped for devices. For all new Maverick designs, in either powertrain configuration, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their small size and proof is in the truth that the Maverick is currently sold out for many of 2022. With the rate 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 actually ended up being rather pricey, and numerous buyers are wanting to discover creative ways to reduce spending a lot for their next purchase. Automotive makers are wising up and understanding that the economical vehicle in a functional and useful sense is making a resurgence, and Ford has actually addressed customers with the least costly hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup– a distinct little truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is a brand new model 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 special section thats paving a new course with automobiles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles an approach to not only having a low starting cost of $19,995 before any costs or alternatives, but that price gets you into a hybrid car. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick begins off as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine operating in consistency with its air conditioner motor.

The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a substantial splash with their little size and evidence is in the reality that the Maverick is currently offered out for most of 2022. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid arriving at $26,775, theres a lot of value here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be found anywhere else.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres simply the right choices in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you pleased. Theres basic car on/off auto high-beam LED headlights across the board, rear view camera, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. Theres likewise the addition of other desirable active safety functions through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 functions such as blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping help. The infotainment system, requirement for all Mavericks, is an 8-inch touchscreen running Sync 3 and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The environment control is single however automatic zone and lacks rear and side mirror defrosters unless you go with the Lariat trim.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is available in 3 trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the schedule to update to a 2.0-liter EcoBoost (turbocharged) 4-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automated transmission rather of the standard hybrid powertrain that gets a constantly variable transmission (CVT). Selecting the optional turbocharged engine gives the Maverick a higher towing rating of 4,000 pounds when its geared up with the $745 Tow plan choice, which requires the all-wheel-drive design. Otherwise, the 2.5-liter hybrid or 2.0-liter turbo Maverick in the front-wheel-drive setup is delegated tow 2,000. The hybrid models are just available with front-wheel-drive.

The CVT does well to change to the proper tailoring ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. The CVT likewise succeeds to limit any overrun when you release 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 assisting to manage the hybrid transitions, which are smooth to the point that you seldom understand when the engine has actually fired up or you are operating on electric power only. Here, Ford might have done a little bit more to offer the motorist extra hybrid information for the battery state and when the engine has actually turned over. There is one sign that reveals you if you are running on the gas engine or battery power alone, however it uses up the small LCD display in the center of the simplistic gauge cluster where you can not display “other” details at the very same time.

With Ford utilizing a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid designs, the Maverick appears well arranged for performance and utilization of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In reality, the Ford Maverick Hybrid summons out exceptional fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mainly constant. The EPA-estimated score for the hybrid Maverick is available in at 42 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg combined. To my surprise, I averaged about 39.7 mpg throughout my complete week with the Maverick with mixed highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to finest the EPA quote where I got 35.2 mpg. Theres something genuinely wonderful about a “truck” getting these fuel mileage numbers, even if it is a “small” 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 general range 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.

The new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is constructed 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, an unique sector thats paving a new course with cars like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not only having a low beginning rate of $19,995 prior to any choices or costs, but that cost gets you into a hybrid lorry. The general range for the Maverick Hybrid is just over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is a little smaller than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

Theres an abundance of tough plastics but smart usage of them throughout with perfectly contrasting colors and molded style elements throughout. Theres even using accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage area, and the door pull handles. The graining of the plastic trim does well to keep the interior from looking excessively low-cost, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps mixed into the material to make it look more like a modern upscale kitchen counter top.

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

The interior area is generous up front but out back the seats have about the same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not precisely spacious but usable on short trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are entrusted standard fabric seats on my test vehicles XLT Hybrid trim but they are perfectly accentuated with various colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done nicely, specifically for the cost point of such a flexible “hybrid” small truck.

The flight quality is where the Maverick appeared to fail with somewhat of a company flight quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires might assist the flight a bit but you tend to understand what type of pavement youre always riding on. In general, the Maverick is easy to drive, and its small size makes it satisfying to navigate in tight spaces.
The outside appearance of the Maverick captures many Ford features filtered down from automobiles like the latest Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller sized form but has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.