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Test drive: 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid is a cheap little truck … in a good way

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Test drive: 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid is a cheap little truck … in a good way

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The Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup may be the most suitable vehicle that you will find in any automaker’s lineup today.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid is Ford’s cheapest vehicle.
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The brand is betting on trucks and SUVs and focusing on electrification, so it makes perfect sense that its new entry-level model combines these elements.

Starting at $ 21,490, the Mexican-made Maverick is not only the cheapest Ford, but also the cheapest pickup truck and cheapest hybrid currently on sale. So think of it as a three-to-one deal.

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The Maverick Hybrid is rated at 37 mpg combined.
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Unlike the Ranger and the body-on-chassis F-150, it is built on a version of the same unibody platform as Ford’s Bronco Sport and Escape compact SUVs and features a front-wheel drive four-cylinder hybrid powertrain. of 191 hp that’s good for 37 miles per gallon of combined city and highway driving. This is by far the best of any vehicle with a bed.

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The Maverick’s bed is wide enough to hold 4×8 sheets of plywood.
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The bed is only 4.5 feet long, but it’s wide enough to hold a standard-size pallet between the wheel arches and a 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood on top with the tailgate down. The vehicle’s payload capacity is 1,500 pounds, but that should cover a lot of mulch, even if you bring a few friends with you to the garden store.

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The bed can be fitted with a 110v outlet.
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They shouldn’t worry about the trip. The cabin is easy to assemble thanks to a ride height closer to a crossover than a truck, and is at least as roomy and accommodating as that of a mid-size Ranger.

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Reflecting the bargain price, the interior is almost completely trimmed in hard plastic, but with design and details that make it look functional and fun. There are floating door handles with exposed screws, large bottle holders in the door pockets, odds and ends in the center console and a storage compartment under the folding rear seat that is deep enough for a basketball.

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The dash has plenty of work buttons or ski gloves for main functions and there’s an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. The Maverick XL and XLT trims have a 4.2-inch digital display in the instrument cluster, while the top-of-the-line Lariat gets a 6.2-inch version between the analog gauges.

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Automatic emergency braking is standard, and a $ 540 CoPilot 360 package adds blind spot monitoring and lane-keeping assist systems, while a Lariat loaded with the optional luxury package l ‘ upgrades with adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist plus a host of comforts and gadgets for $ 30,865.

Among them are a heated steering wheel and front seats, a 110V outlet in the bed and two 12V connectors for use with small tools, lighting and other accessories pre-wired into the walls of the bed.

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Combined with the square styling, which provides a stark contrast to the sleek, edgy, and more car-like look of the similar Hyundai Santa Cruz compact pickup, the overall feel of the Maverick is quite in the Keep on Truckin ‘vein. .

It drives more like a front-wheel drive car with lots of power steering assistance and experienced pickup owners will need a few miles to acclimatize, but anyone passing a crossover won’t notice the difference.

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Ride quality and overall refinement are almost as good as the latter, and it’s surprisingly quiet inside, highlighting the excellent six-speaker B&O sound system that comes with the luxury package. It’s definitely a street machine, but if you’re interested in a compact truck that can think outside the box, the Maverick is available with a 250bhp non-hybrid turbo four-cylinder, all-wheel drive, and an FX4 all-inclusive package. -ground.

On the pavement, the hybrid may be more fuel efficient than official figures suggest. I averaged over 37 mpg over time with it and saw 40 mpg on the highway, even though it’s only supposed to deliver 33 mpg there.

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The Maverick Hybrid’s tow rating is 2,000 pounds.
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Where it is missing is in the towing service. It only weighs 2,000 pounds, which is the least of all pickups, including the front-wheel-drive version of the Santa Cruz that can pull 3,500 pounds.

However, that one-ton tow is about the same as that of the Bronco Sport and many other small SUVs, and the turbo model can be configured to handle up to 4,000 pounds if you don’t want to crank it up. a mid-size truck. .

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Considering a Ford Escape Hybrid with a less potent edition of the Maverick’s powertrain and a similar interior size starting at $ 29,275, this little pickup looks like a stunner. The only thing about it is that the Maverick isn’t that small.

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It’s about the same length as a three-row Ford Explorer, which means city dwellers may have a hard time finding a place to park it. Being one of them, I’m sure they will.

What I’m not sure about is how many economy car buyers will want a pickup instead of a car or SUV just because it’s cheap and thrifty, but Ford has said that ‘it was already sold out at Maverick Hybrids for the 2022 model year, although it was not. I didn’t say exactly how much that’s going to do.

Still, like the oversized warehouse store products that will likely fill their beds, Maverick hybrids offer good value for money.

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Ford Maverick Hybrid 2022

Base price: $ 21,490

Type: 4-door, 5-passenger pickup, front-wheel drive

Engine: 2.5-liter, electrically assisted 4-cylinder

Horsepower: 191 hp, 155 lb-ft of torque

Transmission: Automatic CVT

MPG: 42 city / 33 highway

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