Ford’s Maverick: The Ultimate Combination Of Size & Price
I admit to being a little worried when I learned that I would be getting a 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck for a test drive. After all, most manufacturers discontinued smaller trucks in recent years. Maybe partly due to slow sales, but, in my opinion, sales were sluggish as they were priced very much like their larger cousins and the fuel economy wasn’t much better either. I tend to think that perhaps the main reason for buying it is that it is easier to install in the garage than the full size model.
Ford took care of all my worries in this edition of the Maverick Lariat. I find it easy to drive, no issues with fuel economy even though it’s new, my test truck hasn’t even been rated by the EPA. I know that through a lot of driving, the fuel gauge doesn’t seem to go down even with what some would call my “lead leg”.
In fact, the marketing manager was right when he said, “Maverick’s product proposition is like no other out there. It’s a great looking four-door truck with room for five adults, a standard full-hybrid engine with city fuel economy that beats the Honda Civic***, plenty of towing and hauling for weekend trips or do-it-yourself projects, and they start at under $20,000,” said Todd Eckert, Ford truck group marketing manager.
“Maverick challenges the status quo and stereotypes about what a pickup truck is. We believe it will appeal to many people who have never previously considered trucks.”
Powerful, Efficient & Equipped
My test model used a 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This 2.0-liter EcoBoost® gas engine produces 250 horsepower and 277 lb.-ft. torque with 8-speed automatic transmission
I found shifting from gear to gear easy and smooth with no jerks even on hills. I don’t see anything on Monroney about it being equipped with a transmission that holds up when on a hill so I won’t drift back into the vehicle behind me, but it definitely comes with this feature as I don’t have that kind of problem.
The problem mentioned above with many compact trucks in the past is that they cost very close to full-size models. The total MSRP of this Maverick is just $30,035 complete with lots of bells and whistles and that price even includes a rather steep destination fee of $1,495. Other add-ons include a special equipment group (500A), which generates $1085. The 500A group includes Ecoboost and 8-speed engines, power tilt and slide moonroof, Ford Co-Pilot 360, bedliner spray and floor coating.
Co-Pilot360 includes BLISS which is blind spot protection (very important in my opinion). The BLISS system has saved my bacon on several occasions when I glance in my rearview mirror, see nothing in the other lane and then – ZAP! – someone shot past me on one or the other side of the vehicle. The second part of the Co-Pilot system is lane keep assistance. I don’t think this is as important as BLISS, but even so, I’m sure it’s important to others who may drift into dreamland more often than I do.
The third leg is a real spare tire – I mean it’s a full size and not just a donut that will only take you a few miles while you’re looking for a replacement tyre. Given the value given to Co-Pilot 360, I believe it is significant and well worth the investment.
The capless fuel injection system is standard on the Maverick. I like this feature because there are too many instances where I’ll take the fuel cap off and forget to replace it due to some glitches. Dedicated storage under the seats in the second row is another feature I find essential in this day and age. There are far too many instances where people will break into vehicles to steal items they see lying in the cabin.
The new Mavericks fly in from many dealerships so it may not be the easiest vehicle to find in these difficult times, but for those who prefer to save an extra $20,000 or so, it will cost you a typical full-size model and will appreciate the extra space in the garage. them, this new Maverick can be easily searched and possibly waited for.