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Car Reviews
2022 Review: Ford Maverick

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.

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STRENGTHS

  • Impressive fuel economy numbers
  • Drives with an ease that big trucks can’t match 

WEAKNESSES

  • Rear seat’s shortage of legroom  
  • Upper trim is well-equipped but lacks some creature comforts.

BOTTOM LINE

  • With a low base price and pleasing drivability, there’s a lot to like here.

PRICING

  • Base Price: $19,995
  • As Tested: $27,660  

M.P.G. (city/highway)

  • 33/42