2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that vehicles have actually ended up being rather pricey, and numerous buyers are looking to find imaginative ways to reduce spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive manufacturers are wising up and recognizing that the budget friendly car in a functional and useful sense is rebounding, and Ford has actually responded to customers with the least costly hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup– a special little truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new model that is constructed 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 distinct sector thats paving a brand-new path with lorries like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles a technique to not just having a low beginning price of $19,995 prior to any choices or charges, but that price 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 air conditioning 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 devices. For all new Maverick models, in either powertrain setup, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

The interior area is generous up front but out back the seats have about the very same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly roomy however functional on short journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat cut where you are entrusted basic fabric seats on my test automobiles XLT Hybrid trim however they are well accented with various colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done nicely, especially for the rate point of such a flexible “hybrid” small truck.

As a unibody small pickup truck, the Ford Maverick is an intriguing thing that has basically assisted alter the automobile market as we understand it. The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their little size and proof is in the reality that the Maverick is currently offered out for most of 2022. When you have automobiles like the new Maverick, the choice to move from vehicles has paid off well for Ford and I dont think many will miss the plethora of vehicles. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid coming to $26,775, theres a lot of value here using 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 changed up the video game in more methods than one.

In all, I can state the CVT is pretty great for helping to manage the hybrid transitions, which are seamless to the point that you barely ever know when the engine has fired up or you are running on electrical power just. Here, Ford might have done a bit more to offer the chauffeur additional hybrid information for the battery state and when the engine has actually turned over.

For function material in the Maverick, theres just the best selections in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you pleased. Theres basic vehicle on/off automobile high-beam LED headlights across the board, rear view electronic camera, and pre-collision assist with automated emergency situation braking. Theres likewise the addition of other desirable active safety features through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 features such as blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping help. The infotainment unit, requirement for all Mavericks, is an 8-inch touchscreen running Sync 3 and integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The climate control is automated however single zone and does not have rear and side mirror defrosters unless you go with the Lariat trim.

The ride quality is where the Maverick appeared to fail with somewhat of a company ride quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires might help the ride a bit but you tend to know what kind of pavement youre always riding on. In general, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its little size makes it pleasurable to navigate in tight spaces.
The exterior look of the Maverick captures many Ford functions filtered below automobiles like the most current Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller sized form but has a special character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

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. The Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out remarkable fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be primarily consistent. The EPA-estimated score for the hybrid Maverick can be found in at 42 mpg city, 33 mpg highway, and 37 mpg combined. To my surprise, I averaged about 39.7 mpg throughout my complete 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 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 range 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.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine is excellent for 162 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor turns over 126 horse power and up to 173 lb-ft of torque. When both the electric motor and gas engine are working their hardest you get a combined output of 191 horsepower. 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 assists to get the Maverick moving without feeling sluggish to hit 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

Theres an abundance of difficult plastics but clever use of them throughout with nicely contrasting colors and molded style elements throughout. Theres even the usage of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower control panel storage location, and the door pull deals with. The graining of the plastic trim does well to keep the interior from looking excessively inexpensive, 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 kitchen area counter top.

The new Ford Maverick is a brand 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, an unique section thats paving a brand-new path with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not just having a low starting cost of $19,995 prior to any choices or costs, but that rate gets you into a hybrid car. The total variety for the Maverick Hybrid is simply over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is a little smaller than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their little size and evidence is in the truth that the Maverick is currently offered out for many 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 combination that can not be discovered anywhere else.

The new Ford Maverick can be found 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 horse power and 277 lb-ft of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission rather of the basic hybrid powertrain that gets a constantly variable transmission (CVT). Going with the optional turbocharged engine gives the Maverick a greater towing score of 4,000 pounds when its equipped with the $745 Tow package choice, which needs the all-wheel-drive model. Otherwise, the 2.5-liter hybrid or 2.0-liter turbo Maverick in the front-wheel-drive setup is delegated tow 2,000. The hybrid designs are just offered with front-wheel-drive.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.