Scorching at the heels of Hyundai launching its 2022 Santa Cruz compact pickup truck, Ford is bringing its personal small pickup to marketplace this autumn. The 2022 Maverick seems to be poised to tackle now not most effective the Santa Cruz and mid-size pickups just like the Honda Ridgeline but in addition reasonably priced compact SUVs or even sedans.
We’ve coated the Maverick in higher element over at our sister website, PickupTrucks.com, so make sure to take a look at the comparable hyperlink above for all the fine details. For now, listed here are 5 techniques the Maverick targets to problem automobiles in more than one categories.
With a beginning worth simply north of $20,000 together with vacation spot charge, the Maverick is difficult now not simply bare-bones mid-size paintings vans but in addition compact vehicles and SUVs. In truth, its beginning worth isn’t that a lot upper than Automobiles.com’s 2021 Best Value winner, the Hyundai Venue. Characteristic-laden, extra tough fashions will price extra, however at that worth patrons gets a gas-electric hybrid powertrain with front-wheel force, some complex security measures, an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and, oh yeah, the application of a pickup truck.
Complete gasoline mileage estimates aren’t but to be had, however Ford says it’s focused on 40 mpg within the metropolis from the usual hybrid powertrain. That’s a perfect quantity for now not only a pickup truck however nearly each and every different elegance of auto. The freeway determine could also be decrease, and the figures from the not obligatory turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder will indubitably be decrease, however a car this is able to 40 mpg within the metropolis and can tow 2,000 kilos plus supply a 1,500-pound payload capability is quite distinctive; the Maverick can tow as much as 4,000 kilos with the not obligatory EcoBoost engine and not obligatory towing package deal. Consistent with the EPA, the Santa Cruz tops out at 21 mpg within the metropolis and 23 mpg blended, and the unibody Honda Ridgeline is rated at most effective 18 mpg within the metropolis.
Some of the drawbacks to forcing pickups within the metropolis are their sheer length. Navigating a heavy-duty pickup on a crowded side road or in a parking storage can also be hellish, and full-size vans are most effective reasonably more uncomplicated. Mid-size vans are more uncomplicated, however the Maverick’s small length will have to make it neatly suited for an city surroundings. At 199.7 inches lengthy, it’s shorter than Ford’s present extended-cab mid-size Ranger (210.8 inches) or even the last-generation extended-cab Ranger (203.6 inches); it’s in truth only a contact longer than a 2021 Ford Explorer (198.8 inches). The Santa Cruz is even shorter in period (195.7 inches), so the Maverick will not be essentially the most city-friendly new pickup, however on the very least it’s shut.
4. Mattress Tips
Some of the benefits of a pickup truck is its mattress, and Ford has created the Flexbed only for the Maverick. With an emphasis on DIY, the Flexbed has stamped slots that may dangle two-by-four and two-by-six forums, which is able to serve both as the bottom for an extra DIY undertaking like a motorcycle rack or be used to divide the shipment space. Ford positioned a QR code within the mattress that homeowners can scan to get undertaking concepts, and it’s additionally hanging in combination how-to movies.
For DIY electric tasks there’s available 12-volt wiring that permits homeowners to soundly use the Maverick’s electric device with out bad or destructive efforts to get right of entry to wiring. There also are two 110-volt retailers, one within the mattress and any other within the cabin.
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5. Tailgate Tips, Too
However wait, there’s extra! The Maverick’s tailgate is a multipositional unit that may be totally open, closed or in part open relying on the place the cables are hooked up, letting homeowners raise longer rather a lot with no need to get a mattress extender. And for whilst you succeed in your vacation spot, the tailgate can toughen as much as 500 kilos of you and your mates and your drinks of selection — and if you wish to have them, the tailgate’s tie-down clamps also are bottle openers.
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