The 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid is a zippy truck that’s excellent on gas mileage, that does better than any other pickup its size.
Fox News reported that the Maverick has a whopping 37 mpg for the 191-horsepower compact pickup. It makes it more efficient than GM’s full-size diesel trucks (27), RM’s EcoDiesel (26), and Ford F-150 PowerBoost (25).
I guess that’s why the EPA is so in love with this four-door, front-wheel driving truck? Well, that and its 42-mph city, 33-mph highway rating.
Low-Priced Ford Goes Far Too
Ford is betting that you’ll want a truck that goes about 500 miles between gas-ups. With gas prices climbing, the 13.8-gallon truck makes you wonder why they started making the Ranger.
Well, maybe the Ranger will appeal to the off-road crowd. The Maverick’s probably just a light-duty truck meant to ride low to the ground. Its maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds.
But you could upgrade on the package. Back in October, MotorTrend said it would only cost $745. But you’re getting a whole lot for that. Nice 225/65R17 tires, a 2-inch trailer receiver, and a seven-pin trailer wiring plug, to name a few things.
For $21,490, buyers are already chomping at the bit for it. The company will start sending trucks to dealers in January, but it expects the reservations book for the entire 2022 model year to be all full by November. Really? They’re saying reservations won’t open until next summer for the following year’s model.
Ford is also advertising a 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder truck. It’ll also come in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive but expect lower fuel economy. Maximum towing will be about 4,000 pounds.
Ford Maverick Ended Bronco Sport Idea
In August, Ford decided to pull the plug on the Bronco Sport truck. The company wanted a cheaper truck to compete with Jeep’s Gladiator and its short bed, large cabin concept. But they decided to put all their eggs in the Maverick basket instead.
Maybe, the Bronco’s release would create a glut of SUVs in a crowded market? But other versions of the Bronco are a go, with hybrid and Bronco Raptor models.
Interestingly enough, the Hermosillo, Mexico plant started making the Mavericks for next year in September. The plan was for the plant to make both Maverick and Bronco models in the coming years.
With one less model, maybe they’ll have better focus on getting the trucks out to dealers.
Social Media Not Sold on Truck
Search for Ford Maverick hype, and you get lots of opinions.
Some folks are wary of the price point or its Escape-based platform. They can’t understand a $20,000 truck, but maybe Ford’s trying to reach new buyers and companies who want big fleets. People want to take stuff to the dump and maybe get a family of four to the movies. So, we’ll have to see how this all pans out.