2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that automobiles have actually become rather expensive, and lots of buyers are seeking to find creative methods to mitigate costs so much for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and understanding that the affordable vehicle in a functional and useful sense is picking up, and Ford has answered consumers with the least expensive hybrid around that occurs to be a pickup– a special little truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is a brand new model that is built 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 distinct sector thats paving a brand-new path with vehicles like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles a method to not only having a low beginning rate of $19,995 before any charges or choices, but that cost gets you into a hybrid car. Yes, the 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.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine is excellent for 162 horse power and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor turns over 126 horse power 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 horsepower. The torque figure isnt stated 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 strike 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

The interior area is generous up front but out back the seats have about the very same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly large but usable on short journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are left with standard cloth seats on my test lorrys XLT Hybrid trim however they are well accentuated with different colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done well, especially for the price point of such a flexible “hybrid” little truck.

The new Ford Maverick is available in three trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the availability 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 continuously variable transmission (CVT). Going with the optional turbocharged engine gives the Maverick a greater towing score of 4,000 pounds when its geared up with the $745 Tow package choice, which requires the all-wheel-drive model. 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 designs are just offered with front-wheel-drive.

For function material in the Maverick, theres just the right choices in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you pleased. Theres likewise the addition of other desirable active security features through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 features such as blind-spot displays with cross-traffic alert, lane departure caution, and lane-keeping help.

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 many of 2022. With the price of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid getting here 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 and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a substantial splash with their small size and proof is in the reality that the Maverick is currently 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 utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be discovered anywhere else.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is a brand 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, a distinct segment thats paving a brand-new path with cars 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 alternatives, but that rate gets you into a hybrid vehicle. The general 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.

In all, I can say the CVT is pretty great for assisting to handle the hybrid transitions, which are seamless to the point that you hardly ever know when the engine has actually fired up or you are running on electrical power just. Here, Ford could have done a little more to offer the driver extra hybrid information for the battery state and when the engine has turned over.

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 brand-new Maverick designs, in either powertrain configuration, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

The flight quality is where the Maverick appeared to falter with rather of a firm trip quality. The 17-inch dark wheels with all-season tires might assist the flight a bit however you tend to know what kind of pavement youre constantly riding on. In general, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its little size makes it satisfying to steer in tight spaces.
The outside look of the Maverick records lots of Ford functions filtered down from vehicles like the latest Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller form however has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

Theres an abundance of hard plastics however creative use of them throughout with nicely contrasting colors and molded style components throughout. Theres even the usage of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage area, 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 mixed into the product to make it look more like a modern-day upscale kitchen area counter top.

With Ford using a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick appears well arranged for efficiency and usage of the small 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In fact, the Ford Maverick Hybrid summons out remarkable fuel economy numbers that I found to be primarily 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 averaged about 39.7 mpg throughout my full week with the Maverick with combined highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I had the ability to best the EPA estimate 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 overall variety for the Maverick Hybrid is simply 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.

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