2022 Ford Maverick Pros and Cons Review: A Small Truck With a Big Impact


  • Stellar standard hybrid powertrain
  • Affordable but doesn’t punish you for it
  • Textbook example of how to do “cheap” interiors


  • No AWD available on the hybrid
  • Optional 2.0-liter engine isn’t as good as the hybrid
  • Exterior styling a bit plain

It’s been a long time since Americans have been able to buy a new compact pickup truck, but as the 2022 Ford Maverick proves, it’s not the size of your truck that matters, but rather how you use it.

At first glance, the Ford Maverick probably wouldn’t have the makings of a Truck of the Year finalist. Instead of, ahem, “traditional” body-on-frame construction, a big V-8 engine, and four-wheel drive, the Maverick is a unibody crossover-based pickup. It’s built on the platform Ford uses for the Escape and Bronco Sport, and it’s powered by a standard 191-hp hybrid and e-CVT drivetrain that motivates the front wheels. An optional drivetrain upgrade exists: a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 making 250 hp, mated to an eight-speed auto, and available in both front- and all-wheel drive. Objectively speaking, all the above are specs we expect from a new Escape, not a pickup.

Yet the Maverick works so, so well.

“I love this truck,” digital director Erik Johnson said. “Love. It. So many clever features and well-thought-out surprise elements.” Fact is, despite its relatively modest underpinnings, the Maverick is shockingly capable. With a stubby little 4.5-foot bed, it can haul as much as 1,500 pounds, and it features integrated slots to allow owners to DIY their own bed dividers, bike racks, and other accessories. It’s rated to tow 2,000 pounds in hybrid form and up to 4,000 pounds with the turbocharged engine. The Maverick Hybrid is a plucky little thing confidently dragging a 1,500-pound trailer up and down steep grades during our trailer test. The turbocharged Maverick equipped with the 4K Tow package had a more difficult time dealing with our 3,000-pound test trailer, getting shunted around a bit by the weight.

Unloaded or lightly loaded, both Mavericks are a treat to drive. Despite their crossover underpinnings, both feel suitably truckish, but they don’t punish occupants with rough rides or vague steering. Surprisingly, the base Maverick Hybrid was our favorite of the two available powertrains. “I can’t express how much I like this little truck,” Mexico editor Miguel Cortina said. “The hybrid engine is torquey and does an excellent job of both recouping energy and delivering power. ”  Features editor Scott Evans added, “You don’t expect a lot at a $20,000 price point ($24,945 as tested), and this truck massively overdelivers.”

Although we generally liked the fully loaded $37,480 all-wheel-drive 2.0-liter Maverick Lariat, we don’t think it’s worth upgrading to unless you need all-wheel drive or the 4,000-pound tow rating. The hybrid feels nearly as quick, is more efficient and affordable, and is the all-around better drive.

No matter which powertrain you choose, the Maverick sports what might be the nicest “cheap” interior we’ve seen in years. The two trucks, especially the midlevel Maverick Hybrid XLT, punch far above their weight with an interesting mix of contemporary and high-quality colors and textures. More than just being well-styled, the Mavericks’ cabins are functional, too. The roomy cockpit is spacious enough for adults, and equally important it features tons of storage. We love the deep bin under the rear bench, the modular FITS slots throughout (allowing you to 3-D print your own accessories), and the clever armrest cutouts that allow you to fit longer items like bicycles sideways. The Maverick isn’t an ugly truck, but we wish the exterior were as interesting to look at as the interior.

Ultimately, the spunky little Ford Maverick just wants to convince you it really is a pickup truck. We’re sold, but will it convince buyers?

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