2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

As a unibody small pickup truck, the Ford Maverick is an intriguing thing that has generally helped alter the automotive market as we understand it. The brand-new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a huge splash with their little size and evidence remains in the truth that the Maverick is currently sold out for most of 2022. The option to move from cars has settled well for Ford and I dont think many will miss out on the plethora of automobiles when you have lorries like the brand-new Maverick. With the rate of my 2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid reaching $26,775, theres a great deal of value here utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain mix that can not be found anywhere else. Ford has knocked this one out of the park and has actually changed up the video game in more methods than one.

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

The new Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz are making a substantial splash with their small size and proof is in the fact that the Maverick is currently offered 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 utilizing a truck bed and hybrid powertrain combination that can not be discovered anywhere else.

The brand-new Ford Maverick comes in three trim levels (XL, XLT, Lariat) with each having the schedule 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 continually 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 CVT does well to adjust to the appropriate gearing ratio on the fly without much-unwanted sluggishness out of the hole. When you let off of the throttle after a heavy application of the gas or waste its time imitating a traditional transmission, the CVT likewise does well to limit any overrun. In all, I can say the CVT is respectable for assisting to handle the hybrid shifts, which are smooth to the point that you rarely understand when the engine has actually fired up or you are working on electrical power just. Here, Ford could 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 indicator that shows you if you are running on the gas engine or battery power alone, but it uses up the small LCD display in the center of the simple gauge cluster where you can not show “other” details at the exact 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 accessories. For all brand-new Maverick models, in either powertrain configuration, the payload max is 1,500 pounds.

The ride quality is where the Maverick seemed to falter with somewhat of a firm ride quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires may help the ride a bit but you tend to understand what type of pavement youre always riding on. In general, the Maverick is simple to drive, and its small size makes it pleasurable to steer in tight areas.
The outside look of the Maverick records many Ford features filtered down from cars like the most recent Ranger and F-150 but in a smaller sized type but has a distinct character. Its not a bad-looking little truck.

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 horsepower and approximately 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 stated 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 slow to hit 60 miles per hour in about 7.8 seconds.

The new Ford Maverick is an all-new design 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, an unique sector thats paving a brand-new course with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not only having a low beginning rate of $19,995 before any charges or alternatives, however that rate gets you into a hybrid lorry. The overall range for the Maverick Hybrid is just over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is somewhat smaller sized than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

Theres an abundance of tough plastics but clever use of them throughout with nicely contrasting colors and molded style aspects throughout. Theres even making 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 does well to keep the interior from looking overly cheap, 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 area counter top.

Theres no doubt that cars and trucks have become quite pricey, and many buyers are seeking to find creative ways to reduce costs a lot for their next purchase. Automotive makers are wising up and realizing that the budget friendly vehicle in a practical and usable sense is picking up, and Ford has actually responded to customers with the least costly hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup truck– a special little truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The new Ford Maverick is an all-new design that is built 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, an unique sector thats paving a brand-new path with cars like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not just having a low starting cost of $19,995 before any alternatives or charges, however 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 consistency with its air conditioner motor.

With Ford using a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick seems well arranged for efficiency 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 total variety 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.

The interior space is generous up front however out back the seats have about the very same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not precisely spacious but usable on short trips. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are entrusted to standard fabric seats on my test cars XLT Hybrid trim however they are nicely accented with various colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done well, especially for the rate point of such a versatile “hybrid” small truck.

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