If you believe that a pickup has to be a huge workhorse to be useful, the all-new Ford Maverick will likely change your mind.
While it has only a four-and-a-half-foot bed, that’s more than enough space to stow bikes or bring home a flat-screen TV. The Maverick’s max payload and trailering capacities are a healthy 1,500 and 4,000 pounds, respectively, which delivers plenty of capability when there’s work to be done or fun to be had. The tailgate even has a halfway-down position that makes it possible to haul four-by-eight sheets of plywood.
My top-of-the-line Lariat hybrid came powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to electric motors for a total output of 191 horsepower. Front-wheel drive is standard (a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and all-wheel drive are options).
From behind the wheel, you’ll notice that the Maverick feels distinctly lighter and nimbler than most full-size pickups. The hybrid system under the hood of the model I drove was no powerhouse, but it should be fine for its target owners.
The final word: the Maverick proves that bigger is not always better.
- Impressive fuel economy numbers
- Drives with an ease that big trucks can’t match
- Rear seat’s shortage of legroom
- Upper trim is well-equipped but lacks some creature comforts.
- With a low base price and pleasing drivability, there’s a lot to like here.
- Base Price: $19,995
- As Tested: $27,660