2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

As a unibody little pickup, the Ford Maverick is an interesting thing that has essentially assisted change the automotive market as we understand it. The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their little size and proof remains in the reality that the Maverick is already offered out for most of 2022. The choice to move from vehicles has paid off well for Ford and I do not think lots of will miss out on the wide variety of cars and trucks when you have automobiles like the new Maverick. With the cost of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid getting to $26,775, theres a great deal of worth here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be found anywhere else. Ford has actually knocked this one out of the park and has changed up the video game in more ways than one.

The brand-new Ford Maverick is an all-new model that is constructed 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 segment thats paving a new course with vehicles like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on a method to not just having a low beginning rate of $19,995 before any alternatives or fees, but that rate gets you into a hybrid vehicle. 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 no doubt that cars and trucks have become rather costly, and many purchasers are looking to find innovative methods to alleviate spending so much for their next purchase. Automotive manufacturers are wising up and understanding that the affordable automobile in a functional and useful sense is picking up, and Ford has addressed consumers with the least expensive hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup– a distinct little truck called the new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is an all-new design 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 segment thats paving a brand-new course with vehicles like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles a method to not only having a low beginning price of $19,995 before any fees or alternatives, however that rate gets you into a hybrid car. Yes, the brand-new Ford Maverick begins off as a hybrid that integrates a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine working in consistency with its a/c motor.

The new Ford Maverick can be found in three trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the availability 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 automated transmission rather of the standard hybrid powertrain that gets a continually variable transmission (CVT). Opting for the optional turbocharged engine offers the Maverick a greater towing score of 4,000 pounds when its geared up with the $745 Tow package alternative, 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 only offered with front-wheel-drive.

For function material in the Maverick, theres simply the ideal selections in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you pleased. Theres standard vehicle on/off vehicle high-beam LED headlights across the board, rear view electronic camera, and pre-collision help with automatic emergency situation braking. Theres also the addition of other desirable active safety features through the optional add-on Ford co-pilot360 functions such as blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alert, lane departure caution, and lane-keeping help. The infotainment unit, standard for all Mavericks, is an 8-inch touchscreen running Sync 3 and integrates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The climate control is single however automated zone and lacks rear and side mirror defrosters unless you choose the Lariat trim.

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 up to 173 lb-ft of torque. When both the electric motor and gasoline 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 electrical motor assists to get the Maverick moving without feeling sluggish to hit 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

With Ford utilizing a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid designs, the Maverick appears well sorted for performance and usage of the small 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. In fact, the Ford Maverick Hybrid summons out exceptional fuel economy numbers that I found to be mainly consistent. The EPA-estimated rating for the hybrid Maverick comes 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 combined highway and heavy-traffic city driving. On the highway, I was able to finest the EPA estimate 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 overall 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.

The trip quality is where the Maverick seemed to fail with rather of a firm trip quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires might assist the trip a bit however you tend to know what kind of pavement youre always riding on. Overall, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its little size makes it pleasurable to steer in tight areas.
The outside look of the Maverick captures numerous Ford functions filtered down from vehicles like the latest Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller sized kind but has an unique character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

Theres an abundance of tough plastics but clever use of them throughout with perfectly contrasting colors and molded design aspects throughout. Theres even making use of accented orange colors to highlight the vents, lower dashboard storage area, and the door pull manages. 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 blended into the material to make it look more like a contemporary upscale kitchen counter top.

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

The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a big splash with their little size and proof is in the truth that the Maverick is already offered out for many of 2022. With the cost of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid showing up at $26,775, theres a lot of value here using a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be found anywhere else.

The CVT succeeds to get used to the proper gearing ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. The CVT likewise succeeds to restrict any overrun when you let go of the throttle after a heavy application of the gas or waste its time emulating a standard transmission. In all, I can state the CVT is quite great for assisting to handle the hybrid shifts, which are smooth to the point that you rarely know when the engine has fired up or you are running on electrical power just. Here, Ford could have done a bit more to offer the motorist additional hybrid information for the battery state and when the engine has actually turned over. There is one sign that shows you if you are running on the gas engine or battery power alone, but it uses up the little LCD show in the center of the simplistic gauge cluster where you can not show “other” info at the very same time.

The interior area is generous up front but out back the seats have about the same room as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly spacious however usable on brief journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat cut where you are entrusted to basic fabric seats on my test vehicles XLT Hybrid trim however they are perfectly accented with different colors and orange stitching. I would say the interior is done perfectly, especially for the cost point of such a flexible “hybrid” little truck.

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