2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that cars have become quite expensive, and many purchasers are looking to find creative ways to reduce spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and realizing that the budget-friendly car in a practical and functional sense is picking up, and Ford has actually answered customers with the least costly hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup– an unique little truck called the 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 puzzled with the 1970s Ford Maverick coupe of the past. As a compact-sized truck, an unique segment 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 starting cost of $19,995 before any costs or choices, but that price gets you into a hybrid automobile. Yes, the new Ford Maverick starts as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine working in consistency with its air conditioning motor.

The interior area is generous up front but out back the seats have about the exact same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not precisely spacious however functional on short journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat cut where you are entrusted to basic cloth seats on my test automobiles XLT Hybrid trim but they are well accented with different colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done well, especially for the rate point of such a versatile “hybrid” little truck.

Theres an abundance of tough plastics but smart usage of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded design components throughout. Theres even making use of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage location, and the door pull deals with. 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-day upscale cooking area countertop.

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 devices. For all new Maverick designs, in either powertrain configuration, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

With Ford using a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid designs, the Maverick seems well sorted for performance and usage of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out exceptional fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mostly consistent. The EPA-estimated rating for the hybrid Maverick can be found in at 42 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg combined. To my surprise, I balanced about 39.7 mpg during my complete week with the Maverick with mixed highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to finest the EPA estimate 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 total variety 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 new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their little size and proof is in the fact that the Maverick is already sold out for many of 2022. With the cost of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid getting here at $26,775, theres a lot of worth here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be discovered anywhere else.

The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their little size and evidence is in the reality that the Maverick is already offered 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 using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be found anywhere else.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is built 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, a special section thats paving a new path with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not just having a low starting cost of $19,995 prior to any costs or options, but that rate gets you into a hybrid vehicle. The general variety for the Maverick Hybrid is just 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.

The new Ford Maverick comes in 3 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). Otherwise, the 2.5-liter hybrid or 2.0-liter turbo Maverick in the front-wheel-drive setup is left to tow 2,000.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres simply the ideal choices in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you satisfied. Theres likewise the addition of other desirable active safety features through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 features such as blind-spot screens with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping help.

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 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 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 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

The flight quality is where the Maverick appeared to falter with somewhat of a company flight quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires might help the flight a bit however you tend to know what kind of pavement youre always riding on. In general, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its small size makes it enjoyable to maneuver in tight areas.
The outside look of the Maverick catches lots of Ford features filtered down from cars like the latest Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller sized kind but has a special character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

In all, I can state the CVT is quite good for assisting to manage the hybrid shifts, 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 just. Here, Ford could have done a little bit more to provide the motorist additional hybrid info for the battery state and when the engine has turned over.

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