2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their small size and evidence is in the fact that the Maverick is already sold out for most of 2022. With the cost 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 discovered anywhere else.

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 currently sold out for most of 2022. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid getting here 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 interior space is generous up front but out back the seats have about the exact same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly spacious however functional on brief journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat cut where you are entrusted basic fabric seats on my test cars XLT Hybrid trim but they are perfectly accented with different colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done well, particularly for the cost point of such a versatile “hybrid” small truck.

The flight quality is where the Maverick seemed to fail with rather of a firm flight quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires might help the ride a bit but you tend to understand what type of pavement youre always riding on. In general, the Maverick is easy to drive, and its little size makes it pleasurable to navigate in tight areas.
The exterior look of the Maverick captures numerous Ford features filtered down from vehicles like the latest Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller sized type however has a special character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres simply the ideal 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 screens with cross-traffic alert, lane departure caution, and lane-keeping help.

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 accessories. For all new Maverick models, in either powertrain setup, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

In all, I can say the CVT is pretty excellent for assisting to manage the hybrid shifts, which are smooth to the point that you hardly ever know when the engine has actually fired up or you are running on electric power only. 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.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is constructed 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 path with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not just having a low starting price of $19,995 prior to any alternatives or charges, however that cost gets you into a hybrid vehicle. The general range 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.

Theres an abundance of difficult plastics however clever usage of them throughout with well contrasting colors and molded style aspects throughout. Theres even making use of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage location, and the door pull manages. The graining of the plastic trim does well to keep the interior from looking overly inexpensive, in addition to the light-colored trim having carbon fiber scraps blended into the product to make it look more like a modern-day upscale cooking area counter top.

With Ford utilizing a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick appears well sorted for performance and utilization of the little 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 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 throughout my complete week with the Maverick with mixed highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to best 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 “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 range 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 no doubt that cars and trucks have become quite expensive, and lots of purchasers are looking to find imaginative ways to alleviate spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive makers are wising up and realizing that the budget friendly vehicle in a functional and useful sense is making a resurgence, and Ford has actually responded to consumers with the least pricey hybrid around that occurs to be a pickup– a distinct little truck called the new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is a brand new design that is developed 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 brand-new course with automobiles like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles a method to not only having a low starting price of $19,995 prior to any costs or choices, but that price gets you into a hybrid vehicle. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick starts as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine operating in consistency with its AC motor.

In the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine is good for 162 horse power and 155 lb-ft of torque while the electric motor turns over 126 horsepower and up to 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 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.

The new Ford Maverick comes in three 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 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.

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