2022 Ford Maverick
Motor Trend|November 2021
Small truck, small price, big mpg.
Christian Seabaugh

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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