After decades manufacturing the world’s best-selling pickup truck, the Ford F-150, Ford adds another pickup for 2022, the Maverick, the smallest and least expensive truck sold in the US and so quickly successful Ford halted sales this past January.
With orders exceeding 100,000, Ford felt it couldn’t supply enough Mavericks to meet the expanding demand due to chip shortage and supply issues. (A Ford Maverick sedan was discontinued in 1977).
Ford has announced it will begin taking orders for the 2023 model this August with possible changes and a price increase.
Maverick is smaller than Ford’s compact Ranger pickup, which was revived in 2019 after an eight-year lapse that yielded sales dominance to the Toyota Tacoma mid-size pickup.
Ford now offers five pickups, from the largest Super Duty to the Maverick, which yields industry best pickup miles per gallon – an average of 38 mpg.
The five-seater Maverick offers two engines, the gas-sipping 2.5 liter inline-4 with an electric motor and continuous variable transmission or a 2.0-liter gas only Eco-Boost with front or all-wheel drive on Maverick’s XLT and Lariat trims above the front-wheel drive only base XL.
We test drove the XL with no price options. Fully loaded with all possible options, the cos estimated $25,860.
Using the same unibody platform as Ford’s Bronco Sport and Ford Escape with front strut and rear torsion suspension with coil springs, the ride was truck-like but not harsh, capable of mild off-roading. Handling was nimble and acceleration decent underway thanks to the electric motor.
Missing were driver safety aids like blind spot detection and cruise control, automatically adjustable side mirrors and seats, GPS map and navigation, and parking sensors/camera views.
That said, our XL front wheel Maverick hybrid offered inexpensive purchase and impressive mpg, a 4.5-foot truck bed, towing up to 2,000 lbs. with 1,500 lbs. payload, 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Bluetooth, phone app and internet connectivity, power windows, 4G hotspot modem, two USB ports, storage below the bench rear seat, rear view camera, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking.
Outside, the look supports the mantra “Built Ford Tough” with a sharply raked windshield, monochromatic body, high wheel arches, black mesh grille and 17-inch all-season tires on steel wheels.
The cabin has cloth-covered seats, boasts ample interior knick-knack spaces, carpeting and hard plastic interior materials.
Pricier and larger competitors include the Toyota Tacoma, CMC Canyon and Ford Ranger sibling.
Visors extend; there is an underbody spare tire.
At a Glance
LIKES: Price, mileage, looks, handling, acceleration, rough-road capable
DISLIKES: Driver safety, comfort and convenience options needed
BOTTOM LINE: Economic purchase needing buyer desired options
Fact File: 2022 Ford Maverick Supercrew SB XL FWD
2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, DOHC 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder, DOHC
191-hp at 5,600 rpm
155 ft.-lbs. at 4,000 rpm
Continuous variable automatic w/OD
42 mpg city/33 mpg hwy
0-60 in roughly 9 seconds
Tom Crosby has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews and is a retired Vice President of Communications for AAA Carolinas. He has seen dramatic changes in the automotive industry over the past 25 years and ponders the advent of self-driving vehicles, electric-only vehicles, sophisticated in-car telematics, and the financial challenges facing automotive manufacturers in an increasingly congested worldwide market.