2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that automobiles have ended up being quite costly, and lots of purchasers are wanting to discover creative ways to reduce spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and realizing that the budget-friendly automobile in a functional and useful sense is making a return, and Ford has responded to consumers with the least costly hybrid around that happens to be a pickup– a special little truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is a brand new design 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 section thats paving a new path with lorries like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not just having a low beginning rate of $19,995 before any charges or options, but that rate gets you into a hybrid automobile. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick starts as a hybrid that combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine working in harmony with its air conditioning motor.

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 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 worth here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be found anywhere else.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres just the best selections in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you pleased. Theres standard vehicle on/off automobile high-beam LED headlights across the board, rear view video camera, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking. Theres likewise the addition of other preferable active safety functions through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 features such as blind-spot displays with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping aid. The infotainment system, requirement for all Mavericks, is an 8-inch touchscreen running Sync 3 and integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The climate control is automated but single zone and lacks rear and side mirror defrosters unless you choose the Lariat trim.

The CVT does well to adjust to the correct gearing ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. The CVT likewise does well to restrict any overrun when you let off of the throttle after a heavy application of the gas or waste its time replicating a standard transmission. In all, I can state the CVT is quite excellent for helping to manage the hybrid shifts, which are smooth to the point that you hardly ever understand when the engine has actually fired up or you are working on electric power just. Here, Ford could have done a bit more to offer the motorist additional hybrid info for the battery state and when the engine has turned over. There is one indicator that reveals you if you are working on the gas engine or battery power alone, but it uses up the small LCD show in the center of the simplified gauge cluster where you can not show “other” info at the exact same time.

The interior area is generous up front however out back the seats have about the same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly large but usable on short trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat cut where you are left with fundamental fabric seats on my test automobiles XLT Hybrid trim however they are nicely accentuated with various colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done nicely, specifically for the price point of such a flexible “hybrid” small truck.

Theres an abundance of difficult plastics however creative use of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded style elements throughout. Theres even using 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 cheap, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps combined into the material to make it look more like a contemporary upscale cooking area countertop.

The ride quality is where the Maverick seemed to falter with rather of a company ride quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires might assist the trip a bit however you tend to know what type of pavement youre always riding on. Overall, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its small size makes it enjoyable to maneuver in tight areas.
The exterior look of the Maverick catches numerous Ford features filtered below automobiles like the newest Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller type but has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine is good for 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 electrical motor and gas engine are working their hardest you get a combined output of 191 horse power. The torque figure isnt mentioned for a combined output but having 155 lb-ft from the engine and as much as 173 lb-ft from an electrical motor helps to get the Maverick moving without feeling sluggish to strike 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

With Ford using 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 reality, the Ford Maverick Hybrid summons out remarkable fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mainly constant. The EPA-estimated score for the hybrid Maverick comes 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 had the ability to finest the EPA price 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 total range 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.

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

The brand-new Ford Maverick comes in 3 trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the availability 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 rather of the basic 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 brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is developed 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 sector thats paving a new course with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not only having a low beginning price of $19,995 before any charges or options, but that price gets you into a hybrid lorry. The general variety for the Maverick Hybrid is just over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is a little smaller sized 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 evidence is in the truth that the Maverick is already 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 utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be discovered anywhere else.

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