(By Tom Lohnes) – The return of the compact truck is upon us, and it seems to be a very interesting class of vehicle. The Ford Maverick is an extremely early entrant, and it packs a punch.
Personal opinions aside, the Maverick looks like a great truck. Besides the Honda Ridgeline-esque styling, Ford has really killed it with this thing. The base powertrain is an unexpected one: A Hybrid. Utilizing a 2.5-liter Inline-4 and an electric motor, this truck can accomplish 40 mpg in the city, and figures improve from there. The hybrid is linked to a CVT that can drive either the front or all 4 wheels. Upgrade to the optional Ecoboost 4-cylinder, and you get more grunt and an available 4,000-pound towing stat. Payload is around 1,600 pounds, or 5 people and a Yeti cooler.
Inside, the Maverick sort of let me down. Compared to the Hyundai Santa Cruz’s space-age interior with screens all over, the Ford keeps it simple. The less expensive XL and XLT trims I don’t mind, but stepping up to the top-trim Lariat should upgrade the interior past the seats and gauge cluster. The bed is quite small, 4 ½ feet in length, but can be stretched to 6 whole feet with the bed open, which is an alright amount of space for any truck.
Pricing here ranges from impressive to ridiculous. Starting at $19,995, the Maverick XL is an affordable but no-frills truck. The absolute top-spec 2.0T AWD Lariat with every package and option piled on, and you’re looking at a $42,000 truck. Overall, the Maverick is an interesting thing, and I’m excited to see how it does on the market.