2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

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

Theres an abundance of hard plastics but clever usage of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded design elements throughout. Theres even making use of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage location, and the door pull handles. The graining of the plastic trim succeeds to keep the interior from looking overly inexpensive, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps combined into the product to make it look more like a contemporary upscale kitchen area countertop.

Theres no doubt that cars and trucks have become rather pricey, and numerous buyers are looking to discover innovative ways to mitigate spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and realizing that the budget friendly car in a practical and usable sense is rebounding, and Ford has answered consumers with the least pricey hybrid around that occurs to be a pickup– a special little truck called the new Ford Maverick.
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 puzzled with the 1970s Ford Maverick coupe of the past. As a compact-sized truck, a special section thats paving a brand-new course with vehicles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not just having a low beginning price of $19,995 prior to any alternatives or costs, but that price gets you into a hybrid car. Yes, the 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 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 accessories. For all new Maverick models, in either powertrain setup, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

In all, I can say the CVT is pretty great for helping to handle the hybrid shifts, which are seamless to the point that you hardly ever know when the engine has fired up or you are running on electric power only. Here, Ford might have done a little bit more to offer the chauffeur additional hybrid info for the battery state and when the engine has turned over.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine benefits 162 horsepower 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 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 strike 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

The brand-new Ford Maverick comes in three 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 automatic transmission instead 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 little pickup truck, the Ford Maverick is an interesting thing that has actually basically assisted change the automobile market as we understand it. The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a substantial splash with their small size and proof is in the fact that the Maverick is currently offered out for the majority of 2022. The option to move from vehicles has actually paid off well for Ford and I do not think lots of will miss the wide range of automobiles when you have cars like the new Maverick. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid reaching $26,775, theres a lot of value here utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be found anywhere else. Ford has knocked this one out of the park and has actually changed up the game in more ways than one.

The flight quality is where the Maverick appeared to fail with somewhat of a company trip quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires might help the flight a bit but you tend to understand what kind of pavement youre constantly riding on. In general, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its little size makes it pleasurable to maneuver in tight spaces.
The exterior appearance of the Maverick catches many Ford features filtered down from lorries like the current Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller type but has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

With Ford making use of a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid designs, the Maverick seems well arranged for efficiency and usage of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In fact, the Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out exceptional fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mostly constant. The EPA-estimated score for the hybrid Maverick is available in at 42 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg integrated. To my surprise, I averaged about 39.7 mpg during my full week with the Maverick with mixed highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I had the ability to best the EPA quote 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 just 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.

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

The interior space is generous up front however out back the seats have about the exact same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly large but usable on brief journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are entrusted to standard fabric seats on my test vehicles XLT Hybrid trim but they are perfectly accented with various colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done perfectly, particularly for the price point of such a flexible “hybrid” small truck.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new model that is constructed off the platform of the existing 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, a special section thats paving a brand-new path with cars like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not only having a low beginning price of $19,995 prior to any options or charges, however that cost gets you into a hybrid automobile. The overall variety for the Maverick Hybrid is simply over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is somewhat smaller than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

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