Class: Compact Pickup Truck
Miles pushed: 273
Gas used: 6.9 gallons
Actual-world gasoline financial system: 39.5 mpg
Driving combine: 65% metropolis, 35% freeway
|CG Report Card|
|Room and Consolation||B-|
|Energy and Efficiency||B-|
|Match and End||B-|
|Gas Financial system||A|
|Report-card grades are derived from a consensus of test-driver evaluations. All grades are versus different automobiles in the identical class. Worth grade is for particular trim stage evaluated, and will not mirror Client Information’s impressions of your entire mannequin lineup.|
|Large & Tall Consolation|
|Large & Tall consolation scores are for entrance seats solely. “Large” score primarily based on male tester weighing roughly 350 kilos, “Tall” score primarily based on 6’6″-tall male tester.|
|Engine Specs||191-hp 2.5-liter|
|Engine Sort||4-cylinder hybrid|
EPA-estimated gasoline financial system: 42/33/37 (mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed)
Gas sort: Common fuel
Base value: $25,490 (not together with $1495 vacation spot cost)
Choices on take a look at automobile: Alto Blue Tinted Clear Coat Metallic ($390), all-weather ground liners ($135), energy tilt/slide moonroof ($795), Ford Co-Pilot360 ($540), spray-in bedliner ($495)
Value as examined: $29,340
The good: Wonderful gasoline financial system; space-efficient inside; a lot of cleverly designed cargo-carrying options; very aggressive base costs
The nice: Clear, no-nonsense styling in and out; simple maneuverability in tight quarters; nimble dealing with for a pickup
The not so good: Plasticky inside, even in top-line Lariat trim; agency experience; intelligent options or not, a 4.5-foot cargo mattress can solely carry a lot
With its all-new Maverick mini-pickup, Ford is operating an attention-grabbing experiment in value and packaging. Is the chance to get a uniquely sized truck that stickers for round what a compact automotive prices extra vital to consumers than a soft inside and strong efficiency? That’s the important query for this intriguing new automobile line.
The 2022-debut Maverick is considerably smaller than different “compact” pickups just like the Chevrolet Colorado, Honda Ridgeline, Toyota Tacoma—and Ford Ranger. Certainly, at 199.7 inches lengthy, the Maverick is roughly 10 inches shorter stem to stern than the Ranger and 32 inches shorter than the F-150. Maverick is obtainable solely as a 5-passenger, 4-door crew-cab on a unibody platform with the cab built-in seamlessly with the 4.5-foot-long mattress. Two 4-cylinder engines can be found, the usual one being a hybrid. Beginning costs—with supply—for the three trim ranges vary from $21,490 to the $26,985 charged for the top-line front-wheel-drive Lariat that Client Information drove. Plan on an extra $3305 when you crave all-wheel drive (accessible with all trims), which additionally entails altering to the optionally available turbocharged fuel engine.
The Lariat improves on the mid-pack XLT through Desert Brown seats confronted in “ActiveX” leatherette and color-matched highlights on the console, instrument panel, and door handles; leather-wrapped steering wheel; an even bigger, brighter 6.5-inch instrument show; dual-zone air-con; push-button beginning; ambient lighting; distant power-sliding rear window; energy 8-way adjustable driver’s seat with energy lumbar adjustment; 6-way adjustable passenger seat; and a map pocket behind the motive force’s seat (to steadiness the XLT’s passenger-seat pouch). From the skin, the Lariat stands out with 18-inch bright-aluminum wheels, body-colored door/tailgate handles and mirror shells, a vibrant silver grille bar, and signature LED accent lighting.
In fact, that’s solely a part of its tools complement. Different key gadgets shared with the XL and/or XLT embrace issues like a flip-up rear seat cushion that provides entry to floor-level storage bins, cruise management, automated high-beam LED headlamps, energy tailgate lock, energy exterior mirrors, and keyless entry. The audio system is a 6-speaker AM/FM with decisions displayed on an 8-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone interface and Wi-Fi for as much as 10 units are inbuilt, too. For safer driving there’s precollision help with automated emergency braking.
For as properly geared up as that will make the Maverick Lariat appear, even then Ford didn’t go overboard with plush. Apart from the hide-covered steering wheel, the one different comfortable surfaces are on the door armrests and console-box lid. The sprint floor and door panels are unpadded plastic (with admittedly enticing texturing). The ability moonroof; Ford Co-Pilot360 cluster of blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist; and ground liners on CG’s $29,340 take a look at truck had been extra-cost add-ons. Issues like Sync3 infotainment, premium 8-speaker audio, satellite tv for pc radio, adaptive cruise management, heated seats and steering wheel, wi-fi charging, and distant beginning are on the choices menu too.
Ahead of the undamped tailgate that may be set at half-closed place to assist safe lengthy gadgets sits a cargo mattress with the “FLEXBED” system that lets customers configure storage and carrying options by sliding 2×4 or 2×6 boards into slots stamped into the aspect of the mattress. XLT and Lariat place 10 tie-downs and a right-side storage cubby within the mattress. Customary payload capability is 1500 kilos. The bottom tow score is 2000 kilos however a 4K Tow Package deal for vans with the fuel engine doubles that determine.
The usual 191-horsepower hybrid powerplant—centered on a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine—and constantly variable transmission present modest acceleration however wonderful fuel mileage. The EPA charges this mixture at 42 mpg within the metropolis, 33 mpg on the freeway, and 37 mixed. This reviewer’s 123.1-mile take a look at stint with 69 p.c city-type driving labored out to 45.6 mpg, abetted by an indicated 63.1 miles of electrical operation. From its scores of 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, we expect we’re protected in anticipating that the optionally available 2.0-liter turbo 4 (with 8-speed automated transmission) strikes Maverick’s pleasure needle.
CG’s front-drive tester with twist-beam rear suspension rode considerably firmly and wasn’t as much as filtering out that many highway bumps. It did, nevertheless, deal with about as nimbly as a lot of small passenger automobiles. Certainly, the general driving expertise didn’t appear a lot totally different from that of some compact sedans or crossovers. AWD brings with it an unbiased, coil-spring rear suspension and will be augmented by an FX4 package deal that provides off-road-focused suspension tuning, all-terrain tires, and different options.
Inside room is, in some respects, additionally near compact-SUV territory. House isn’t dangerous up entrance and rear-seat passengers as much as about 6 toes tall ought to discover good—not nice—head- and legroom. Notice that the hybrid endures the lack of one inch of rear-seat legroom and 0.6 cubic foot of underseat storage capability. Passengers will most likely by no means discover a pickup with a decrease step-in top than within the front-drive Maverick. Driver sightlines are typically unencumbered.
Controls are conveniently positioned and simply accessible. Inputting audio presets on the fundamental system is lifeless easy, aided by bodily quantity and tuning knobs. The twin-zone local weather system has handy temperature dials, with clearly marked buttons for different capabilities. There’s a useful stand-up slot for smartphones within the console, close to sufficient to USB ports for tidy connection. A intelligent door design makes room for a standing 1-liter bottle by reducing a piece out of the door grip. The glove field and console cubby are of excellent measurement, and twin cup holders are within the console and the pull-down rear-seat armrest.
Compact, 4-cylinder, unit-body pickups with front- or all-wheel-drive are nothing new. Maybe the Subaru Baja, Volkswagen Rabbit truck, or Dodge Rampage/Plymouth Scamp (Scrampage?) ring a bell. These short-lived automobiles—experiments of their very own—had been carved out of passenger automobiles. Possibly an precise tiny truck will fare higher for longer—and reply the attention-grabbing query that Ford has posed.
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Gallery
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