2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost

2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost

Earlier this year, we reviewed the 2022 Ford Maverick with its hybrid driveline. We came away from it stating that it defines the compact pickup truck segment. Not just by design, but by innovation.

To refresh your memory, the 2022 Ford Maverick was developed from a compact SUV platform – the same as the Escape and Bronco Sport - built as a unibody pickup truck. It comes only in a four-door cab integrated with a 54.4-inch bed.

The Maverick became such a hot commodity that Ford stopped taking orders for the 2022 model year. They are ramping up for the 2023 model year, which will prove to be as strong as its initial model year.

2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost

We also mentioned in our earlier review that the Maverick comes with two engines. This time around Ford handed us the keys to the EcoBoost version. We wanted to see what the difference between the turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the hybrid version.

In this case, things were indeed equal. Both of our testers were front-wheel drive models in the XLT trim. The only difference should be the engine and transmission…and, as it turned out, the paint color.

Regardless of what is underneath the hood, the unibody SuperCrew cab and integrated bed remains a simple, straightforward design. The profile matches any modern pickup truck, but down to a smaller footprint. The front end is blunt, but with some distinctive Ford truck design elements, including a set of split LED headlamps.

The bed’s floor loads flush with the tailgate. Ford created a FLEXBED system that makes organizing cargo, including a way to haul bicycles without losing key space.

Our XLT tester came with a set of dark finished 17-inch alloy wheels and some trim upgrades. We still appreciate the fact that the Maverick retains the profile of a normal pickup truck, but down to scale.

The instrument cluster of the Maverick XLT SuperCrew cab is a mix of analog dials and a small comprehensive digital information center. On top of the center stack is an eight-inch touchscreen driven for Ford’s SYNC 3 system. You also get Ford’s customary rotary shift knob and solid controls and switches.

2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost

The Maverick seats five using a multi-tone cloth upholstery. These seats are comfortable up front with manual adjustments for height, rake, and recline. There is some support in the front seats. Rear seat room is fine for average-sized adults with plenty of headroom to spare.

While we already explored the hybrid version of the Maverick, it was time to experience the other engine choice for this com pact pickup truck. The 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost engine is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission. While our tester was the front-wheel drive model, you can opt for an all-wheel drive system with this driveline.

2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost

In this tester’s configuration, our maximum tow rating was 2,000 pounds and with a payload rating of 1,500 pounds – same as the Hybrid.

While the Hybrid felt smooth, we were concerned about the overall performance of the EcoBoost driveline. At times, it was a bit sluggish, especially when. catching up on traffic. In town, it was calmer and did its job dutifully. As for fuel economy, we averaged 25.7 MPG.

The ride quality of the Maverick remains better than the Ranger and F-Series. The unibody construction does make the difference in terms of vehicular stability. Handling is quite good, as expected in a two-wheel drive pickup truck. It corners well, but it does lean and roll at the limit.

2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost

You will also find a tighter steering radius than most pickup trucks. Response to the wheels is quite good and does not require a lot of turning to get to a tight spot. On-center feel is fine, with minimal play at the steering wheel. The brakes were also really good, exhibiting better results in normal and panic stops. Pedal feel was also quite good.

Since out last test of the Hybrtid, we noticed that prices have gone up on the Maverick. Base price for an XL Hybrid front-drive model is now $20,995. Our XLT tester with the EcoBoost engine came with a sticker price of $26,420. Pricing for the 2023 model year has not been announced at this time.

Right now, the Hyundai Santa Cruz remains the only vehicle that competes with the Ford Maverick. There has been no word as to any other new competitors in the compact pickup truck class, even though there is now a desire for a smaller vehicle with its capabilities in the marketplace.

In all, the Ford Maverick continues to be the most truck-like entry in this segment. It comes down to whether you want the hybrid or the EcoBoost underneath the hood. That’s also a tough choice for us. Unless you want all-wheel drive and the upgraded towing package (4,000 pounds maximum), it comes down to fuel consumption and fulfilling your overall needs in a Maverick.

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