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A Closer Look at The 2022 Ford Maverick

 2022 Ford Maverick

What do you get when you blend Ford Toughness, affordable pricing, decades of reliability and dependability? You get the new 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup. Let's face it, the world is getting smaller and much more dependent on technology, than it was a decade or so ago.

Today, people are searching for sustainable, environmentally friendly vehicles, pickups included. Maybe they would like a pickup, but have no need, or room for Ford F10 or Raptor. Maybe they just need a truck with enough space to pick up a few items from the local garden center, or a smaller truck to take on weekend camping excursions. Ford picked up on this need, and brought the compact pickup back into the ranks: The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The Return of the Compact Truck

While most who shop for pickups revel in staring straight at the grill of a monster truck, talking specs, numbers, towing capacity and off-road ability, the demographics for smaller trucks are coming back into vogue. As such, the 2022 Ford Maverick will be Ford's smallest truck, also know as a compact.

If the name strikes a familiar chord, that's because in the 1970's Ford sold a sedan with the same name, which they discontinued in 1977. However, enough history and back to 2022. What Ford's engineers have designed speaks innovation--a departure from the old and tired, in favor of the modern an contemporary. Indeed, this compact powerhouse is on the leading edge of truck design as the first ever hybrid truck in the country. Ford knows that not everyone needs a super truck.

Some people simply need a dependable and reliable vehicle to cart some do-it-yourself materials home from he lumber yard, such as paint cans and panelings. That's what makes the Maverick work so well: It's practical. Big enough to seat 5 comfortably, yet compact enough to parallel park on a city street.

As for mileage, you get around 40 mpg, a 1500 pound payload capacity, and a 4000 pound towing capacity (with the 4K tow package). With a bed measuring 4.5 feet and various integrated storage solutions, you and your family are more than capable of handing any do-it-yourself project. In fact, one might go as far as to say that the 2022 Ford Maverick is the perfect vehicle for urban dwellers looking for a pickup that is agile enough to handle inner city traffic and parking, yet easy to maintain and soft on the pocket book.

Built Ford Tough

As we can seen, this new Ford Maverick is a tough little cookie, but what about the engine? It turns out you get more than you pay for with this pickup with regards to performance. The standard engine is a 2.5 liter FHEV with an aluminum block and head configuration.

It comes with an integrated exhaust manifold, composite intake manifold, DOHC, IVCT valvetrain and aluminum pistons. Displacement is 152cc and compression ratio 13.0:1. The engine control system is a powertrain control module, forged steel crankshaft with a total system horsepower for the hybrid coming in at 191 hp.

Fuel delivery is SMFI and oil capacity 5.7 quarts. The 2.5 liter FHEV transmission is PowerSplit, meaning electronic continuously variable transmission. Please note that these specs refer to the standard engine. You also have the option available for the 2.0 liter EcoBoost, so check with your dealer to see what is right for you.

Infotainment and Connectivity

Rest assured that Ford won't skimp on the technology when it comes to driver aides. First of all, know that you'll always be within reach of loved ones or business acquaintances while on the road with dependable Bluetooth technology. The eight inch display provides an easy to use touchscreen, and you also get Apple CarPlay as well as Android Auto.

Feel like parking under a nice shade tree to grab a bite to eat? Well, with the personal 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, courtesy of the FordPass app, you can connect from anywhere! Let's not forget how well music and long drives go together, because once you hook up your playlist, sit back and enjoy the sounds from your eight speaker B&O 660 watt Sound System.

The Ford Corporation believes strongly that the younger crowd will play heavily in the demographics who'll find this a tempting vehicle due to the electronics incorporated into the pickup. Indeed, according to Ford Maverick Marketing Manager, Trevor Scott "...recognizing this is a younger customer they're using their smartphones today for navigation, music and so this is perfect for how they interact with their vehicle.

Three Trims and Pricing

Before we go over pricing, did you know that when adjusted for inflation, the 2022 Ford Maverick is cheaper than the 1908 Model T?. When put into perspective, one can see that the new Ford Maverick is a spectacular deal for the asking price. The specs provided you are for the 2022 Ford Maverick Standard Edition, the XL.

However, know that the pickup has several models, each with their own advantages. These include the Maverick XLT, Maverick Lariat and Maverick Lariat First Edition. As for pricing, the standard XL will set you back $21,490. The design for the XL is sparse and a little spartan at best, but perfect for those just wanting a reliable vehicle with no bells or whistles.

The next one up is the Maverick XLT, which has a starting price of $23,775. Finally, you've got the Maverick Lariat. This trim is still on the lower end of the spectrum where pickup prices are concerned, as it calls for a cool $26,985. If all this is a bit much, then head over to the Ford website which will assist you in selecting the right trim for your needs.

Final Thoughts

When one considers the base features of the XL, such as towing and payload capacity, fuel economy, comfort, driver tech and integrated storage spaces, just to name a few, it's easy to see why this model has received a good number of reservations. In effect, one might just say that this little compact, this little pickup that could, might usher in a new wave of compact pickup's not only from Ford, but its competition as well.

After all, it's the perfect vehicle for couples just starting out in life and just as perfect for retirees looking for a comfortable way to travel. Perfect for both country and urban lifestyles, the 2022 Ford Maverick won't have long to wait before it sees the sales roll in.

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Benjamin Smith

Written by Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is one of the managing editors of Moneyinc. Ben's been focusing on the auto and motorcycle sector since 2005. He's written over 1000 articles in the space and continues to learn about it each day. His favorite car is "any Bugatti" and he's a die hard Harley Davidson fan.

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