2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their small size and evidence is in the truth that the Maverick is currently offered out for most of 2022. With the cost 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.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is constructed off the platform of the present 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 path with vehicles like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not just having a low starting rate of $19,995 before any fees or options, but that price gets you into a hybrid automobile. The total variety 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.

The ride quality is where the Maverick appeared to fail with rather of a firm trip quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires may assist the trip a bit but you tend to understand what kind of pavement youre always riding on. Overall, the Maverick is easy to drive, and its small size makes it enjoyable to maneuver in tight spaces.
The outside appearance of the Maverick captures numerous Ford features filtered down from lorries like the current Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller sized form however has a special character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

Theres an abundance of difficult plastics however creative usage of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded design components throughout. Theres even the usage of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower control panel storage location, and the door pull deals with. The graining of the plastic trim succeeds to keep the interior from looking excessively low-cost, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps mixed into the product to make it look more like a modern-day upscale cooking area counter top.

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 brand-new Maverick designs, in either powertrain configuration, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

The new Ford Maverick can be found in three trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the accessibility 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 instead of the standard hybrid powertrain that gets a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Deciding for the optional turbocharged engine gives the Maverick a greater towing score of 4,000 pounds when its geared up with the $745 Tow bundle option, which needs the all-wheel-drive model. 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 designs are just available with front-wheel-drive.

For function content in the Maverick, theres just the right selections in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you satisfied. Theres also the addition of other preferable 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 help.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine benefits 162 horse power and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electrical motor turns over 126 horsepower 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 horse power. The torque figure isnt specified for a combined output but having 155 lb-ft from the engine and as much as 173 lb-ft from an electric motor assists to get the Maverick moving without feeling slow to strike 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

The CVT does well to adapt to the appropriate tailoring ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. When you let off of the throttle after a heavy application of the gas or waste its time imitating a standard transmission, the CVT likewise does well to limit any overrun. In all, I can say the CVT is respectable for assisting to manage the hybrid shifts, which are smooth to the point that you rarely understand when the engine has fired up or you are working on electrical power only. Here, Ford could have done a little bit more to give the driver additional hybrid details 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 show “other” info at the same time.

Theres no doubt that vehicles have actually become rather costly, and numerous purchasers are aiming to find imaginative methods to reduce spending a lot for their next purchase. Automotive manufacturers are wising up and realizing that the cost effective car in a practical and functional sense is making a comeback, and Ford has actually answered consumers with the least pricey hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup truck– a special little truck called the new Ford Maverick.
The brand-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 brand-new course with automobiles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles an approach to not only having a low beginning price of $19,995 before any options or costs, but that cost gets you into a hybrid vehicle. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick starts as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine operating in harmony with its a/c motor.

With Ford making use of a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid designs, the Maverick appears well arranged for performance and usage of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In fact, the Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out remarkable fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mostly consistent. 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 balanced about 39.7 mpg during my full 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 really wonderful 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 overall range for the Maverick Hybrid is simply 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 interior space is generous up front but out back the seats have about the exact same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly large however functional on brief trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat cut where you are entrusted to basic fabric seats on my test automobiles XLT Hybrid trim but they are well accented with various colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done perfectly, specifically for the cost point of such a flexible “hybrid” little truck.

The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their little size and proof is in the reality that the Maverick is currently offered out for most of 2022. With the cost 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.

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