With the midsize pickup segment fully revitalized, smaller trucks like the Maverick are splashing onto the scene, aimed at folks for whom a midsizer might still be too much vehicle.
Like the rival 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz, the Maverick is built on a crossover platform. The base 2.5-liter I-4/electric motor combo drives the front wheels through a CVT. Related to the Escape Hybrid’s powertrain (but with a new in-house developed motor), it produces 191 total horsepower. Ford says the FWD-only Maverick Hybrid will offer 40/33/37 mpg city/highway/combined and can travel up to 500 miles on a single tank.
An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 as seen in the Bronco Sport spins up 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque, and it pairs with an eight-speed auto. Ford offers an off-road-oriented FX4 package on EcoBoost AWD Mavericks; it adds all-terrain tires, a revised rear suspension, a higher-capacity radiator and upgraded cooling fan, skidplates, exposed front tow hooks, a hitch with a four-pin connector, off-road drive modes, and hill descent control.
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