2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that vehicles have ended up being rather costly, and many purchasers are wanting to find creative methods to alleviate costs so much for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and recognizing that the affordable lorry in a practical and functional sense is making a comeback, and Ford has 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 brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new model that is built off the platform of the existing 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 lorries like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles an approach to not just having a low starting price of $19,995 prior to any choices or charges, however that cost gets you into a hybrid car. 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 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 back 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.

With Ford using a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick appears well sorted for efficiency and usage of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Maverick Hybrid musters 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 combined. To my surprise, I averaged about 39.7 mpg during my complete week with the Maverick with combined 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 really 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 general 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 just the ideal choices in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you satisfied. Theres likewise the addition of other desirable active security features 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 brand-new Ford Maverick is available in 3 trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the accessibility 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 instead of the standard hybrid powertrain that gets a constantly variable transmission (CVT). Going with the optional turbocharged engine offers the Maverick a higher towing score of 4,000 pounds when its equipped with the $745 Tow bundle option, 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 left to tow 2,000. The hybrid models are just available with front-wheel-drive.

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

The brand-new Ford Maverick is a brand new model 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 distinct sector thats paving a brand-new path with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a technique to not just having a low starting price of $19,995 prior to any alternatives or costs, 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 but creative usage of them throughout with nicely contrasting colors and molded design aspects throughout. Theres even the use of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage location, and the door pull manages. The graining of the plastic trim does well to keep the interior from looking excessively cheap, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps mixed into the material to make it look more like a contemporary upscale cooking area counter top.

The CVT does well to adjust 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 traditional transmission, the CVT likewise does well to limit any overrun. In all, I can say the CVT is pretty good for assisting to handle the hybrid transitions, which are seamless to the point that you barely ever understand when the engine has actually 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 information for the battery state and when the engine has turned over. There is one indication that shows you if you are running on the gas engine or battery power alone, however it takes up the small LCD display in the center of the simplified gauge cluster where you can not display “other” info at the exact same time.

As a unibody little pickup truck, the Ford Maverick is an intriguing thing that has actually essentially helped change the automotive market as we understand it. The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their small size and evidence remains in the truth that the Maverick is already offered out for many of 2022. When you have vehicles like the brand-new Maverick, the option to move from cars has actually paid off well for Ford and I dont think lots of will miss out on the wide range of vehicles. With the price of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid reaching $26,775, theres a great deal of value here utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be discovered anywhere else. Ford has actually knocked this one out of the park and has actually altered up the video game in more ways than one.

The interior space is generous in advance but out back the seats have about the exact same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly roomy however usable on short journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are left with basic cloth seats on my test cars XLT Hybrid trim however they are well accented with different colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done well, especially for the cost point of such a versatile “hybrid” small truck.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine is good for 162 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electrical motor turns over 126 horsepower 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 horsepower. The torque figure isnt mentioned 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 sluggish to hit 60 miles per hour in about 7.8 seconds.

The trip quality is where the Maverick appeared to fail with rather of a firm flight quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires may help 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 steer in tight areas.
The outside look of the Maverick captures lots of Ford features filtered down from vehicles like the most recent Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller kind but has a special character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

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