2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

As a unibody little pickup truck, the Ford Maverick is an intriguing thing that has basically assisted change the vehicle market as we understand it. The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their small size and proof is in the fact that the Maverick is already offered out for many of 2022. When you have cars like the brand-new Maverick, the choice to move from cars has actually paid off well for Ford and I dont think numerous will miss out on the multitude of cars and trucks. With the price of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid coming to $26,775, theres a great deal of value here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be found anywhere else. Ford has actually knocked this one out of the park and has actually altered the video game in more methods than one.

Theres no doubt that cars and trucks have ended up being quite expensive, and lots of purchasers are wanting to find imaginative ways to mitigate spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive makers are wising up and realizing that the budget-friendly car in a functional and practical sense is picking up, and Ford has actually responded to consumers with the least expensive hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup truck– an unique small truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The brand-new Ford Maverick is a brand new design that is developed 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, an unique segment thats paving a new path with automobiles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not just having a low beginning price of $19,995 prior to any fees or choices, however that cost gets you into a hybrid automobile. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick begins off as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine working in harmony with its a/c motor.

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 models, in either powertrain setup, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

With Ford utilizing a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick seems well arranged for efficiency and usage of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Maverick Hybrid summons out remarkable fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mainly consistent. 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 full week with the Maverick with blended highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to best the EPA estimate where I got 35.2 mpg. Theres something truly 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 total variety for the Maverick Hybrid is simply over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is slightly smaller sized than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine benefits 162 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor turns over 126 horsepower and as much as 173 lb-ft of torque. When both the electric motor and gas 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 electric motor helps to get the Maverick moving without feeling slow to hit 60 miles per hour in about 7.8 seconds.

In all, I can say the CVT is quite excellent for assisting to handle the hybrid shifts, which are smooth to the point that you hardly ever understand when the engine has fired up or you are running on electrical power just. Here, Ford could have done a little bit more to give the motorist extra hybrid information for the battery state and when the engine has turned over.

The flight quality is where the Maverick appeared to falter with rather of a company flight quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires may help the flight a bit however you tend to understand what type of pavement youre constantly riding on. In general, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its small size makes it satisfying to steer in tight spaces.
The exterior appearance of the Maverick records numerous Ford functions filtered down from vehicles like the current Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller form however has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

Theres an abundance of tough plastics but smart usage 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 dashboard storage location, and the door pull handles. The graining of the plastic trim does well to keep the interior from looking overly low-cost, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps combined into the product to make it look more like a modern upscale kitchen area countertop.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres simply the best choices in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you satisfied. Theres basic automobile on/off car high-beam LED headlights throughout the board, rear view electronic camera, and pre-collision assist with automated emergency situation braking. Theres likewise the addition of other desirable active security functions through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 functions such as blind-spot displays with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping help. The infotainment unit, standard for all Mavericks, is an 8-inch touchscreen running Sync 3 and integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The environment control is automatic but single zone and lacks rear and side mirror defrosters unless you choose for the Lariat trim.

The interior space is generous up front however out back the seats have about the very same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not precisely large but usable on short trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are entrusted to standard fabric seats on my test automobiles XLT Hybrid trim however they are well accentuated with various colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done perfectly, especially for the cost point of such a flexible “hybrid” little truck.

The new Ford Maverick comes in three trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the schedule 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 automated transmission rather of the standard hybrid powertrain that gets a continually 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.

The new Ford Maverick is an all-new model that is built 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, an unique section thats paving a new course with vehicles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a technique to not just having a low starting cost of $19,995 before any costs or choices, but that price gets you into a hybrid car. The overall range for the Maverick Hybrid is just 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.

The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their small size and proof is in the reality that the Maverick is currently sold out for most of 2022. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid showing up 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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