2022 Ford Maverick Preview

  • Genuinely small crew-cab pickup truck
  • Hybrid and turbocharged drivetrains
  • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • XL, XLT, and Lariat trim levels
  • Standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Available Ford Co-Pilot360 driving assistance technologies
  • Where is the Ford Maverick made? Mexico
  • What is the Ford Maverick release date? Fall of 2021

Remember when compact pickup trucks were actually small? The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick returns a truly compact pickup to the U.S. market, where it will compete against the also-new Hyundai Santa Cruz for customers eager to own a legit small truck.

2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid Area 51 Paint Front Quarter View Action

But the 2022 Maverick has an ace up its, umm, air intakes. It comes with a standard hybrid powertrain that Ford says will return about 40 mpg in the city. And the base price is a caramel latte south of $20,000, not including the destination charge to ship it from the Mexico factory that builds it to your local dealership.

The new Ford Maverick comes only in a crew cab body style with a short 4.5-foot cargo box holding 33.3 cubic feet of cargo. Trim levels include XL, XLT, and Lariat, and an FX4 Off-Road Package is available for all-wheel-drive versions of the truck. 

The 2022 Ford Maverick release date is in the fall of 2021, but you can order one now on Ford’s website.

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2022 Ford Maverick XLT FX4 Orange Rear Quarter View

How small is the new Ford Maverick? Compared to the midsize Ranger, it is over 11 inches shorter in length and 2.4 inches shorter in height. The cargo box is also half a foot shorter than a Ranger SuperCrew’s. As a result, the Maverick boasts a small 40-foot turning radius.

Based on Ford’s description, the bed is nevertheless practical. It offers up to 12 cargo tie-downs, and the multi-position tailgate has built-in bottle openers. Maximum payload measures 1,500 pounds, depending on equipment. A FlexBed design is standard with XLT and Lariat trim, adding side storage cubbies along with bed dividers to facilitate two-tiered loading.

Fully drop the tailgate, and you’ve got a 6-foot bed that accommodates sheets of plywood between the wheel wells. The tailgate can hold 500 pounds in this position, and the lift-in height is just over 30 inches. Or, you can place the tailgate in its middle position, where it can hold 400 pounds while preventing things from sliding out. Ford will also offer a tailgate extender as an accessory.

Ford says the Maverick’s bed is designed from the start to accommodate do-it-yourself modifications, including pre-wired access to 12-volt electrical power. Additionally, depending on trim level and equipment, the Maverick offers an available 110-volt/400-watt AC power outlet, LED cargo light, and power locking tailgate.

Active lifestyle types will want the available SecuriCode system, which allows the owner to leave the key fob inside the truck and then use a PIN code to unlock the vehicle upon return from adventure. Depending on the trim level and equipment, wheels range from basic 17-inch silver-painted steelies to 17-inch or 18-inch aluminum designs.

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2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Interior Dashboard

How many people fit into a Ford Maverick? Technically, this is a 5-passenger truck, but it is better suited for four. Also, note that with the standard hybrid powertrain, the Maverick offers 35.9 inches of rear-seat legroom. Trucks with the turbocharged 4-cylinder gain an extra inch of passenger leg space.

The Maverick comes with cloth or ActiveX simulated leather upholstery and manual air conditioning or automatic dual-zone climate control, depending on the trim level and equipment. Power windows, doors, and locks are standard, but if you want a power sliding rear window, you’ll need to upgrade to the Maverick Lariat.

Both the Maverick XLT and Lariat are available with an optional Luxury Package. Highlights include heated front seats and side mirrors, a heated steering wheel, a wiper de-icer system, and remote engine starting. There are other contents, but this upgrade is perfect for people who live where the weather is cold.

The Maverick’s rear bench seat cushion flips up to reveal storage underneath. A Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS) adds personalized storage functionality behind the center console and within the under-seat storage bin.

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To create the Maverick’s standard hybrid powertrain, Ford combines an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-liter 4-cylinder gasoline engine with a 94-kilowatt electric motor and an electric continuously variable transmission (eCVT). Combined, these components produce 191 horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque. The hybrid drivetrain is available only with front-wheel drive, and Ford predicts 37 mpg in combined driving and 500 miles of driving range.

A turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is optional, and it makes 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. An 8-speed automatic transmission drives the front wheels unless you opt for the all-wheel-drive system.

Choose AWD, and your Maverick will have a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension instead of the standard twist-beam design. With AWD, Ford reports improved approach and breakover angles, but not a better departure angle. With AWD, ground clearance rises from 8.3 inches to 8.6 inches.

Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Tow/Haul driving modes are standard. If you upgrade to the FX4 Off-Road Package, Ford swaps out the Eco and Sport modes in favor of Mud/Ruts and Sand. 

The Maverick FX4 also adds: 

  • 17-inch aluminum wheels with all-terrain tires
  • Front tow hooks
  • Higher-capacity engine cooling
  • Hill descent control
  • Trailer hitch receiver with a 4-PIN connector
  • Skid plates

The Maverick employs unibody rather than body-on-frame construction, making it similar to the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The standard tow rating for the Ford Maverick is 2,000 pounds with either powertrain. Get the turbocharged gasoline engine and the 4K Tow Package, and the tow rating doubles. Ford says this is good enough to tug a 23-foot camper for a weekend getaway.

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Ford makes a handful of driving assistance systems and safety technologies standard for the Maverick XL. They include:

  • Forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • A reversing camera
  • A post-collision braking system (brings the truck to a stop as soon as possible following an impact)

Choose the Ford Co-Pilot360 Package, which is an option for all three trim levels, and you’ll get: 

  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assistance
  • Blind-spot warning
  • Rear cross-traffic warning

The Lariat Luxury Package includes the following exclusive features and gives the Maverick a Level 2 hands-on advanced driving assistance system (ADAS):

  • Adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go
  • Lane-centering assistance
  • Evasive-steering assistance
  • Intersection assistance
  • Rear parking sensors

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Every 2022 Ford Maverick has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with:

  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 911 Assist
  • FordPass Connect with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection
  • FordPass smartphone app providing remote access to certain vehicle functions

For a more robust infotainment system, you’ll want the Maverick Lariat. It offers available Sync 3 technology, satellite radio, wireless smartphone charging, and an 8-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium sound system.

2022 Ford Maverick Competitors - Find the best Ford deals!

Based on what we know now, when the 2022 Maverick goes on sale in the fall of 2021, it will face one other small truck: the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

The Hyundai will not wither in the face of Ford’s traditional pickup truck market dominance. It offers more of pretty much everything: style, performance, capability, utility, technology, and ownership perks such as free scheduled maintenance. Plus, Hyundai builds it in Alabama, if that sort of thing matters to you.

But Ford offers a traditional truck look and feel combined with greater fuel economy thanks to the Maverick’s standard hybrid powertrain. And when gas prices spike, better gas mileage is important to the youthful buyers Ford expects to buy the affordable 2022 Maverick.

Ford is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of June 8, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.