The 2022 Ford Maverick is the latest Ford pickup truck creating a buzz in the off-roading enthusiast’s community. With its price beginning at $20,000, there’s a lot of expectation surrounding this truck, so let’s take an in-depth look at this city-friendly pickup truck.

If you’re familiar with Ford vehicles, you will know the mid-sized truck which is the Ranger, and the bigger one from the Ford F series. Now, Ford has completed this range of sizes by introducing the Maverick which is on the smaller end.

For Maverick emerged after a few years when Ford revealed that they will be putting aside their car models to focus on SUVs, trucks, and crossovers. There’s no doubt that their focus is bringing in impressive results, as these manufacturers have released a wide range of mind-blowing vehicles, from Explorers and Escapes to Broncos and even the electric crossovers.

And now, the 2022 Ford Maverick is the new pick-up truck.

Engine Power and Fuel Economy

The car is based on the Ford Bronco Sport, with the clear distinction being in the base-level engine. This car comes standard with a hybrid powertrain, although the exact horsepower is unknown. With a standard hybrid engine, you can expect this vehicle to move at about 40 miles per gallon when driving in the city as announced by Ford.

You can also expect better fuel economy than the Honda Civic, adding more points to this being a city-friendly truck. If you don’t want the standard hybrid engine, the choice exists to upgrade to a turbocharged gas-powered EcoBoost 4-cylinder with 245 horsepower, the same as the optional engine in the Bronco Sport.

The 2022 Ford Maverick is the first-ever truck with a standard hybrid engine, as other trucks usually include it as an option. This is probably another reason why enthusiasts are excited.

This truck is a good choice for any driver who needs fuel economy but truck capabilities at the same time.

Truck Capabilities

As we’ve stressed since the beginning of the article, it seems like the 2022 Ford Maverick is a pick-up truck aimed at those who are living in the city and looking out for an efficient, all-around pick-up truck. Even with this, the vehicle still comes with a few truck capabilities.

For one, you can lookout for a towing capacity of up to 2000 pounds with the hybrid engine.

With the optional engine, the towing capacity goes up to 4000 pounds. The payload capacity of the truck remains the same for both engines, set at an impressive level of 1500 pounds or 680 kg.

If you want more power with this pickup truck, you’ll have to upgrade to the gasoline engine. This engine offers either an all-wheel or front-wheel drive, while the standard has only the latter.

Inside the Maverick

There’s nothing more important than having a comfortable interior where you can enjoy driving, either in the city or mild off-roading. The cloth seats look similar to denim and are made with impressive quality, following the pattern of shades of blue that the entire interior features. A lot of the plastic in the car is also blue, even the door panel.

Ford combines these elegant blue shades with different orange accents that you can find on the door panel and in the storage areas at the center console. You will even see orange stripes on the climate vents. The blue and orange are complemented with the unique greyish-whitish materials on the dashboard and door panel.

The color combination of the 2022 Ford Maverick makes it stand out, although it’s expected that Ford will include more color options. With the modern interior design, it’s expected that the truck will attract city dwellers even more.

The interior technology includes an eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple Car Play. It also features a standard automatic forward-collision braking which makes it trigger the brakes when it senses an accident coming. There is a gear dial, three drive modes (Sport, Eco, and Snow), Automatic Hold Brake, and an option to turn the Traction Control off and on. It even has a useful slot for credit or parking cards, a storage hole next to the infotainment center, and a place for your phone.

As for the seating, the pick-up truck is fairly roomy with enough leg and headroom. The seats also give a sturdy feeling, with a storage compartment under the backseats. The unique colors and tech features are combined with some typical features you will see in any Ford vehicle.

Exterior Design and Features

Although the tailgate of the 2022 Ford Maverick opens up like any normal one, it is a multi-position tailgate. With this feature, the tailgate can rest higher than usual, and you can use it depending on what you’re storing in the bed.

The tailgate also features a bottle opener at both sides, an interesting little quirk that’ll come in handy whenever you’re outdoors and camping. Ford has also promised a flex bed system which will include different accessories allowing drivers to customize the bed with levels and dividers, depending on your needs and style.

You will also see rails along the side of the bed which can keep cargo in place or act as a divider, and it can be moved however you wait. The tailgate has a small storage compartment that you can put stuff you don’t want to roll around in the bed. Combine these with the power outlets and bed lights, and you can use the bed comfortably at night.

The tailgate can support up to 300 pounds when it’s flat down. As for the outdoor structure, look out for something brawny, athletic, and stylish.

Do You Need the 2022 Ford Maverick?

Although the Maverick isn’t out for purchase yet, anticipating buyers are already impressed with what the pick-up truck has to offer, you most likely will too. The base-level alone goes for about $20,000 and is already loaded with a lot of features for city driving and off-roading.

If you stay in the city a lot but plan to go on a few camping and outdoor trips, this funky pick-up truck will meet your needs ideally. The truck is setting a new trail ablaze among car enthusiasts, although only time will tell if it ends up as a hit.

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