2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that cars have ended up being rather costly, and numerous purchasers are aiming to find innovative ways to reduce costs a lot for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and recognizing that the budget friendly automobile in a useful and functional sense is rebounding, and Ford has responded to customers with the least costly hybrid around that occurs to be a pickup truck– a distinct little truck called the new Ford Maverick.
The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is developed 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 sector thats paving a new path with lorries like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a technique to not just having a low starting price of $19,995 before any fees or choices, but that rate gets you into a hybrid car. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick starts off as a hybrid that combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine operating in harmony with its air conditioning motor.

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 already sold out for most of 2022. With the cost of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid arriving 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 function content in the Maverick, theres simply the best selections in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you pleased. Theres also the addition of other preferable active security features through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 functions such as blind-spot screens with cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane-keeping help.

The CVT does well to adjust to the appropriate tailoring ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. The CVT also succeeds to restrict any overrun when you let go of the throttle after a heavy application of the gas or waste its time imitating a traditional transmission. In all, I can say the CVT is respectable for helping to manage the hybrid shifts, which are seamless to the point that you rarely understand when the engine has actually fired up or you are working on electrical power just. Here, Ford might have done a little more to give the motorist extra hybrid details for the battery state and when the engine has turned over. There is one sign that reveals you if you are operating on the gas engine or battery power alone, but it takes up the little LCD display in the center of the simple gauge cluster where you can not show “other” details at the same time.

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 new Ford Maverick comes in 3 trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the schedule to upgrade 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 automated transmission rather 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.

The interior space is generous in advance but out back the seats have about the exact same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not precisely spacious but usable on brief trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are left with basic fabric seats on my test automobiles XLT Hybrid trim but they are well accented with different colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done well, specifically for the price point of such a flexible “hybrid” small truck.

The ride quality is where the Maverick seemed to fail with somewhat of a firm flight quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires may assist the ride a bit however you tend to know what kind 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 captures many Ford functions filtered down from cars like the latest Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller sized form however has a special character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

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

The new Ford Maverick is a brand new design 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 new course with vehicles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a technique to not just having a low beginning rate of $19,995 prior to any options or costs, but that cost 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 slightly smaller sized than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

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 fuel 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 sluggish to hit 60 miles per hour in about 7.8 seconds.

With Ford making use of a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick seems well arranged for performance and utilization of the little 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out extraordinary fuel economy numbers that I discovered to be mostly constant. The EPA-estimated rating 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 during my complete week with the Maverick with combined highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to finest the EPA price quote where I got 35.2 mpg. Theres something truly 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 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.

Theres an abundance of difficult plastics however clever usage of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded style components throughout. Theres even the use of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower control panel storage location, and the door pull handles. The graining of the plastic trim succeeds to keep the interior from looking extremely inexpensive, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps combined into the product to make it look more like a modern upscale kitchen countertop.

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