2022 Ford Maverick XLT Hybrid FWD Review & Test Drive

Theres no doubt that vehicles have actually become quite pricey, and lots of buyers are looking to discover imaginative ways to mitigate costs so much for their next purchase. Automotive producers are wising up and understanding that the budget-friendly car in a functional and useful sense is rebounding, and Ford has addressed consumers with the least costly hybrid around that takes place to be a pickup truck– a distinct little truck called the brand-new Ford Maverick.
The brand-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, a distinct section thats paving a new path with cars like the brand-new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick handles a method to not just having a low beginning rate of $19,995 before any charges or choices, but that cost gets you into a hybrid vehicle. Yes, the new Ford Maverick starts as a hybrid that combines a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine operating in harmony with its air conditioner motor.

For feature content in the Maverick, theres just the right choices in the middle-trim XLT Hybrid to keep you satisfied. Theres basic auto on/off auto high-beam LED headlights across the board, rear view cam, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency 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 unit, standard for all Mavericks, is an 8-inch touchscreen running Sync 3 and incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The climate control is automatic but single zone and does not have rear and side mirror defrosters unless you go with the Lariat trim.

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

The interior area is generous in advance but out back the seats have about the very same space as the Hyundai Santa Cruz, not exactly roomy however functional on brief journeys. Theres only seat heating in the Lariat trim where you are entrusted to standard cloth seats on my test cars XLT Hybrid trim however they are well accented with various colors and orange stitching. I would state the interior is done perfectly, specifically for the cost point of such a flexible “hybrid” small truck.

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

With Ford utilizing a much-proven powertrain in the hybrid models, the Maverick appears well arranged for performance and usage of the small 1.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack. The Ford Maverick Hybrid musters out exceptional fuel economy numbers that I found to be primarily consistent. 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 full week with the Maverick with blended 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 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 just 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 the hybrid setup, the 4-cylinder engine benefits 162 horsepower 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 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 assists to get the Maverick moving without feeling slow to strike 60 mph in about 7.8 seconds.

The brand-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 already offered out for most of 2022. With the rate 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 brand-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 automatic transmission instead of the basic 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 trip quality is where the Maverick appeared to falter with rather of a firm flight quality. The 17-inch darkened wheels with all-season tires may help the trip a bit but you tend to understand what kind of pavement youre constantly riding on. In general, the Maverick is easy to drive, and its small size makes it pleasurable to steer in tight areas.
The exterior look of the Maverick records numerous Ford features filtered below cars like the most recent Ranger and F-150 however in a smaller sized form but has a special character. Its not a bad-looking small truck.

The CVT succeeds to adjust to the proper tailoring 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 replicating a standard transmission, the CVT likewise does well to limit any overrun. In all, I can state the CVT is quite excellent for helping to handle the hybrid transitions, which are smooth to the point that you hardly ever know when the engine has actually fired up or you are operating on electric power only. Here, Ford could have done a little bit more to give the motorist additional hybrid info for the battery state and when the engine has turned over. There is one sign that shows you if you are working on the gas engine or battery power alone, but it takes up the little LCD display in the center of the simplified gauge cluster where you can not show “other” info at the very same time.

The new Ford Maverick is an all-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 sector thats paving a brand-new path with lorries like the new Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Ford Maverick takes on an approach to not just having a low starting cost of $19,995 prior to any costs or options, but that rate gets you into a hybrid car. The overall variety for the Maverick Hybrid is just over 570 miles thanks to the 13.8 gallon fuel tank, which is a little smaller sized than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost Mavericks 16.5 gallon tank.

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

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