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You’re looking at the 2022 <a website Maverick compact pickup, and for being such a little guy, this small truck might just have the goods to shake up America's automotive industry. Promising a unique blend of versatility, fuel efficiency and bargain-basement pricing, Ford says this unibody-based trucklet offers up to 40 miles per gallon from its standard hybrid powertrain. Yes, it has a full hybrid powertrain, standard. Did we mention it's priced from $21,490 ($19,995 MSRP plus $1,495 for destination)? That should make for some super-thrifty running. Want more info? Keep reading, friends.
With the 2022 Maverick, Ford is taking a new tack at responding to customer needs — namely, American buyers’ insatiable demand for trucks. The automaker no longer offers any sedans (at least in America), but nonetheless, this vehicle is designed to appeal to small-car buyers, people who never knew they wanted a pickup in the first place. With a crossover-derived unibody structure, daftar nova88 much of which is shared with the Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs, the Maverick should feel very familiar to drivers who are used to driving traditional passenger cars. A low ride height means this little rig is easy to get into and out of, plus its generously sized windows provide unobstructed outward visibility.
In some key aspects, the new Maverick is similar to Honda’s ingenious and pioneering Ridgeline, which is sized to compete with midsize trucks such as the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. The upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz, however, is more of a direct competitor to this Blue Oval product, though, and that’s about it for traditional rivals. There really aren’t any other compact trucks available in the US today, which is both a real shame and a huge opportunity for Ford and Hyundai. In fact, one could argue that the Mav’s biggest rivals aren’t pickups at all — and they might not even be new vehicles. (Our man Paukert thinks the Honda Civic might be the Maverick’s biggest competition, of all things).
Ford says it subjected the Maverick to the same rigorous testing that its larger F-Series pickups endure. According to the automaker, that equates to an impressive-sounding but totally nebulous 19 million miles of simulated and real-word evaluation. The Maverick was subjected to all kinds of conditions, from snow and sand to salt-water baths, plus plenty of torture testing to ensure it can work and play like a traditional pickup.
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Tough truck looks in a smaller package
The 2022 Ford Maverick boasts its own look that’s quite different from Ford’s larger, blockier F-Series models. Strangely, the truck’s low beltline does not dip down near the side-view mirrors like it does on its larger stablemates, though there is a subtle crease in the door skin that pays homage to this signature design flourish.
With a sturdy, squared-off body and big grille, the Maverick reminds us of an F-150 from the early 1990s. That prominent front opening is flanked by standard LED headlamps, which include automatic high beams. Overall, this trucklet is honest, no-frills and refreshingly simple, much more traditionally truck-like than the upcoming Santa Cruz. It will be interesting to see if small car buyers gravitate toward this fashion-forward Hyundai or the boxier, more conventional styling of the Maverick.