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Hey, Ford! Here Are 5 Things to Change on the New Maverick

Few new vehicles offer as much objective appeal as the new Ford Maverick, a crew-cab pickup with a small, open bed, car-like driving dynamics, and stellar fuel economy in hybrid form. It’s not quite a replacement for the old Ford Ranger, a model last sold here for 2011, but the Maverick’s family-friendly 4-door configuration, wash-out cargo area, and cheeky personality made it a no-brainer for this year’s Best New Cars list.

I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a front-wheel-drive Maverick XLT with the base hybrid powertrain. Equipped with the two major option packages Ford offers on the mid-level XLT trim, it was priced a smidge over $27,000. Even if we don’t adjust for inflation, it’s only about $3,500 more than a final-year 2011 Ranger XLT extended-cab truck. That truck-based Ranger with its V6 engine was a different beast, but it serves as a friendly reminder of how much value Ford has packed into the Maverick.

Ford has no problem selling Maverick trucks. Dealers report a substantial waiting list, and good luck finding an in-stock model without a markup above the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Still, nothing is perfect, not even a popular new pickup truck.

Here are five things Ford should change on the new Maverick.

1. Fix the Infotainment System

2022 Ford Maverick Infotainment System
The Maverick’s infotainment system seems bự be light on features.

Ford’s basic infotainment system in the 2022 Maverick is light on features compared bự what Hyundai offers in its Santa Cruz pickup. While the Ford system does have knobs for volume and tuning, and its thực đơn system is easy enough bự navigate, that’s about where my praise for it ends.

You’ll find wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus Bluetooth. The optional Sync3 system available for an extra cost on the Lariat trim màn chơi includes HD terrestrial radio and satellite radio. Additionally, the screen is dim, like one of those cheap laptops you’ll find with a tantalizingly low price tag at Best Buy. However, for just $20 or $30 more, Best Buy lets you tăng cấp bự a bright, sharp screen. Ford makes you spend a minimum of $31,755 for a Maverick equipped with a better display, and even then, there’s no wireless điện thoại thông minh mirroring on the thực đơn.

Béo be fair bự Ford, my test Maverick was a pre-production example. Still, the infotainment system repeatedly prevented me from changing the radio station even when cycling through the steering wheel buttons. At one point, the system produced only static until I restarted the vehicle.

2. Where’s the AWD Hybrid?

2022 Ford Maverick Instrument Cluster
The Maverick offers plenty of punch that wouldn’t be dulled much by the extra heft of a rear differential.

My test truck was a front-wheel-drive hybrid, and it delivered 40-plus mpg in mixed driving. That easily bests its 37-mpg rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It did that while offering decent acceleration and a generally refined feel.

An all-wheel-drive Maverick hybrid would be just the ticket, even if it nudged fuel economy downward. For drivers who only occasionally need bự tow a trailer, the gasoline-electric Maverick offers plenty of punch that wouldn’t be dulled much by the extra heft of a rear differential — or even a second motor.

As with so many efficiency-oriented models, the Maverick’s tires also limit its usefulness in snow. When a few inches of the white stuff fell during a late-winter storm, I left the Maverick at home bự run errands in favor of a far thirstier car with better tires. However, that’s an easy enough fix for drivers who routinely encounter winter.

3. It’s Just Not Great Looking

2022 Ford Maverick Front Right
The Maverick has clean lines and its playful interior comes packed with delightful touches that mask inexpensive materials.

The 3-box shape inherent bự pickup trucks leaves little room for embellishment — unless you’re the 1994 Dodge Ram, that is. The Maverick has clean, simple lines from most angles, and its playful interior comes packed with delightful touches that mask inexpensive materials.

Yet its front fascia, arguably its most crucial styling element, comes up short. Those big headlights bisected by a broad strip running across the grille suggest heft, but they also look a little too 1980s retro.

Below those lights, the front bumper’s blank-off plates are another old-school touch reminding buyers they could have paid extra for tow hooks with the FX4 off-road package. Yet even those trucks still have small blanking plates that look like they should be fog lights. Overall, the Maverick winds up looking needlessly fussy from the front.

4. Rear-Seat Space Could Be Better

2022 Ford Maverick Rear Seat
It’s a surprise, then, that the rear seat offers just OK space for a vehicle of this size.

Stretching 200 inches between its bumpers, the Maverick takes up more garage length than Ford’s 3-row Explorer SUV. It may be the most compact pickup in the Ford lineup, but the Maverick is not precisely a compact vehicle. Park your new Maverick in a standard 20-foot-long garage, and you’ll be hard-pressed bự store anything directly in front of it.

It’s a surprise, then, that the rear seat offers just OK space for a vehicle of this size. The 4.5-foot bed is bự blame for stealing rear-seat space. Still, the Hyundai Santa Cruz manages bự feature comparable cargo space while giving second-row passengers better real-world comfort.

5. The Weird Option Structure

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT
The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT comes with standard cruise control.

Ford offers the Maverick in three trim levels: its familiar XL, XLT, and Lariat. There’s limited customization available beyond those tiers. The base XL seems like the most appealing version thanks bự its ultra-low $21,490 base price (and its super cool steel wheels), but shoppers may be surprised bự learn that they can add a moonroof but not cruise control bự this trim màn chơi.

If they want that feature — which comes with nearly every new car — they’ll have bự step up bự the XLT, costing $2,400 more. Even then, adaptive cruise control means adding an option package bự the range-topping Lariat, which pushes its price tag bự nearly $32,000.

Ford has signaled plans bự move toward a European-style system bự encourage shoppers bự place custom orders for vehicles. Whether this will mean more flexibility in optional features remains unknown, but here’s bự hoping I can soon buy an all-wheel-drive Maverick XL hybrid in Cactus Gray with adaptive cruise control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and the Sync3 infotainment system. I’ll even look past its quirky front-end styling. See Ford Maverick models for sale

Related:

  • Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz Are Built bự Haul
  • Reflections on the New Ford Maverick
  • 2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Which is Better?


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Few new vehicles offer as much objective appeal as the new Ford Maverick, a crew-cab pickup with a small, open bed, car-like driving dynamics, and stellar fuel economy in hybrid form. It’s not quite a replacement for the old Ford Ranger, a model last sold here for 2011, but the Maverick’s family-friendly 4-door configuration, wash-out cargo area, and cheeky personality made it a no-brainer for this year’s Best New Cars list.
I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a front-wheel-drive Maverick XLT with the base hybrid powertrain. Equipped with the two major option packages Ford offers on the mid-level XLT trim, it was priced a smidge over $27,000. Even if we don’t adjust for inflation, it’s only about $3,500 more than a final-year 2011 Ranger XLT extended-cab truck. That truck-based Ranger with its V6 engine was a different beast, but it serves as a friendly reminder of how much value Ford has packed into the Maverick.
Ford has no problem selling Maverick trucks. Dealers report a substantial waiting list, and good luck finding an in-stock model without a markup above the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Still, nothing is perfect, not even a popular new pickup truck.

Here are five things Ford should change on the new Maverick.

1. Fix the Infotainment System
The Maverick’s infotainment system seems bự be light on features.Ford’s basic infotainment system in the 2022 Maverick is light on features compared bự what Hyundai offers in its Santa Cruz pickup. While the Ford system does have knobs for volume and tuning, and its thực đơn system is easy enough bự navigate, that’s about where my praise for it ends.
You’ll find wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus Bluetooth. The optional Sync3 system available for an extra cost on the Lariat trim màn chơi includes HD terrestrial radio and satellite radio. Additionally, the screen is dim, like one of those cheap laptops you’ll find with a tantalizingly low price tag at Best Buy. However, for just $20 or $30 more, Best Buy lets you tăng cấp bự a bright, sharp screen. Ford makes you spend a minimum of $31,755 for a Maverick equipped with a better display, and even then, there’s no wireless điện thoại thông minh mirroring on the thực đơn.
Béo be fair bự Ford, my test Maverick was a pre-production example. Still, the infotainment system repeatedly prevented me from changing the radio station even when cycling through the steering wheel buttons. At one point, the system produced only static until I restarted the vehicle.
2. Where’s the AWD Hybrid?
The Maverick offers plenty of punch that wouldn’t be dulled much by the extra heft of a rear differential.My test truck was a front-wheel-drive hybrid, and it delivered 40-plus mpg in mixed driving. That easily bests its 37-mpg rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It did that while offering decent acceleration and a generally refined feel.
An all-wheel-drive Maverick hybrid would be just the ticket, even if it nudged fuel economy downward. For drivers who only occasionally need bự tow a trailer, the gasoline-electric Maverick offers plenty of punch that wouldn’t be dulled much by the extra heft of a rear differential — or even a second motor.
As with so many efficiency-oriented models, the Maverick’s tires also limit its usefulness in snow. When a few inches of the white stuff fell during a late-winter storm, I left the Maverick at home bự run errands in favor of a far thirstier car with better tires. However, that’s an easy enough fix for drivers who routinely encounter winter.
3. It’s Just Not Great Looking
The Maverick has clean lines and its playful interior comes packed with delightful touches that mask inexpensive materials.The 3-box shape inherent bự pickup trucks leaves little room for embellishment — unless you’re the 1994 Dodge Ram, that is. The Maverick has clean, simple lines from most angles, and its playful interior comes packed with delightful touches that mask inexpensive materials.
Yet its front fascia, arguably its most crucial styling element, comes up short. Those big headlights bisected by a broad strip running across the grille suggest heft, but they also look a little too 1980s retro.
Below those lights, the front bumper’s blank-off plates are another old-school touch reminding buyers they could have paid extra for tow hooks with the FX4 off-road package. Yet even those trucks still have small blanking plates that look like they should be fog lights. Overall, the Maverick winds up looking needlessly fussy from the front.
4. Rear-Seat Space Could Be Better
It’s a surprise, then, that the rear seat offers just OK space for a vehicle of this size.Stretching 200 inches between its bumpers, the Maverick takes up more garage length than Ford’s 3-row Explorer SUV. It may be the most compact pickup in the Ford lineup, but the Maverick is not precisely a compact vehicle. Park your new Maverick in a standard 20-foot-long garage, and you’ll be hard-pressed bự store anything directly in front of it.
It’s a surprise, then, that the rear seat offers just OK space for a vehicle of this size. The 4.5-foot bed is bự blame for stealing rear-seat space. Still, the Hyundai Santa Cruz manages bự feature comparable cargo space while giving second-row passengers better real-world comfort.
5. The Weird Option Structure
The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT comes with standard cruise control.Ford offers the Maverick in three trim levels: its familiar XL, XLT, and Lariat. There’s limited customization available beyond those tiers. The base XL seems like the most appealing version thanks bự its ultra-low $21,490 base price (and its super cool steel wheels), but shoppers may be surprised bự learn that they can add a moonroof but not cruise control bự this trim màn chơi.
If they want that feature — which comes with nearly every new car — they’ll have bự step up bự the XLT, costing $2,400 more. Even then, adaptive cruise control means adding an option package bự the range-topping Lariat, which pushes its price tag bự nearly $32,000.
Ford has signaled plans bự move toward a European-style system bự encourage shoppers bự place custom orders for vehicles. Whether this will mean more flexibility in optional features remains unknown, but here’s bự hoping I can soon buy an all-wheel-drive Maverick XL hybrid in Cactus Gray with adaptive cruise control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and the Sync3 infotainment system. I’ll even look past its quirky front-end styling. See Ford Maverick models for sale
Related:
Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz Are Built bự Haul
Reflections on the New Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Which is Better?

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Few new vehicles offer as much objective appeal as the new Ford Maverick, a crew-cab pickup with a small, open bed, car-like driving dynamics, and stellar fuel economy in hybrid form. It’s not quite a replacement for the old Ford Ranger, a model last sold here for 2011, but the Maverick’s family-friendly 4-door configuration, wash-out cargo area, and cheeky personality made it a no-brainer for this year’s Best New Cars list.
I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a front-wheel-drive Maverick XLT with the base hybrid powertrain. Equipped with the two major option packages Ford offers on the mid-level XLT trim, it was priced a smidge over $27,000. Even if we don’t adjust for inflation, it’s only about $3,500 more than a final-year 2011 Ranger XLT extended-cab truck. That truck-based Ranger with its V6 engine was a different beast, but it serves as a friendly reminder of how much value Ford has packed into the Maverick.
Ford has no problem selling Maverick trucks. Dealers report a substantial waiting list, and good luck finding an in-stock model without a markup above the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP). Still, nothing is perfect, not even a popular new pickup truck.

Here are five things Ford should change on the new Maverick.

1. Fix the Infotainment System
The Maverick’s infotainment system seems bự be light on features.Ford’s basic infotainment system in the 2022 Maverick is light on features compared bự what Hyundai offers in its Santa Cruz pickup. While the Ford system does have knobs for volume and tuning, and its thực đơn system is easy enough bự navigate, that’s about where my praise for it ends.
You’ll find wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility plus Bluetooth. The optional Sync3 system available for an extra cost on the Lariat trim màn chơi includes HD terrestrial radio and satellite radio. Additionally, the screen is dim, like one of those cheap laptops you’ll find with a tantalizingly low price tag at Best Buy. However, for just $20 or $30 more, Best Buy lets you tăng cấp bự a bright, sharp screen. Ford makes you spend a minimum of $31,755 for a Maverick equipped with a better display, and even then, there’s no wireless điện thoại thông minh mirroring on the thực đơn.
Béo be fair bự Ford, my test Maverick was a pre-production example. Still, the infotainment system repeatedly prevented me from changing the radio station even when cycling through the steering wheel buttons. At one point, the system produced only static until I restarted the vehicle.
2. Where’s the AWD Hybrid?
The Maverick offers plenty of punch that wouldn’t be dulled much by the extra heft of a rear differential.My test truck was a front-wheel-drive hybrid, and it delivered 40-plus mpg in mixed driving. That easily bests its 37-mpg rating from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It did that while offering decent acceleration and a generally refined feel.
An all-wheel-drive Maverick hybrid would be just the ticket, even if it nudged fuel economy downward. For drivers who only occasionally need bự tow a trailer, the gasoline-electric Maverick offers plenty of punch that wouldn’t be dulled much by the extra heft of a rear differential — or even a second motor.
As with so many efficiency-oriented models, the Maverick’s tires also limit its usefulness in snow. When a few inches of the white stuff fell during a late-winter storm, I left the Maverick at home bự run errands in favor of a far thirstier car with better tires. However, that’s an easy enough fix for drivers who routinely encounter winter.
3. It’s Just Not Great Looking
The Maverick has clean lines and its playful interior comes packed with delightful touches that mask inexpensive materials.The 3-box shape inherent bự pickup trucks leaves little room for embellishment — unless you’re the 1994 Dodge Ram, that is. The Maverick has clean, simple lines from most angles, and its playful interior comes packed with delightful touches that mask inexpensive materials.
Yet its front fascia, arguably its most crucial styling element, comes up short. Those big headlights bisected by a broad strip running across the grille suggest heft, but they also look a little too 1980s retro.
Below those lights, the front bumper’s blank-off plates are another old-school touch reminding buyers they could have paid extra for tow hooks with the FX4 off-road package. Yet even those trucks still have small blanking plates that look like they should be fog lights. Overall, the Maverick winds up looking needlessly fussy from the front.
4. Rear-Seat Space Could Be Better
It’s a surprise, then, that the rear seat offers just OK space for a vehicle of this size.Stretching 200 inches between its bumpers, the Maverick takes up more garage length than Ford’s 3-row Explorer SUV. It may be the most compact pickup in the Ford lineup, but the Maverick is not precisely a compact vehicle. Park your new Maverick in a standard 20-foot-long garage, and you’ll be hard-pressed bự store anything directly in front of it.
It’s a surprise, then, that the rear seat offers just OK space for a vehicle of this size. The 4.5-foot bed is bự blame for stealing rear-seat space. Still, the Hyundai Santa Cruz manages bự feature comparable cargo space while giving second-row passengers better real-world comfort.
5. The Weird Option Structure
The 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT comes with standard cruise control.Ford offers the Maverick in three trim levels: its familiar XL, XLT, and Lariat. There’s limited customization available beyond those tiers. The base XL seems like the most appealing version thanks bự its ultra-low $21,490 base price (and its super cool steel wheels), but shoppers may be surprised bự learn that they can add a moonroof but not cruise control bự this trim màn chơi.
If they want that feature — which comes with nearly every new car — they’ll have bự step up bự the XLT, costing $2,400 more. Even then, adaptive cruise control means adding an option package bự the range-topping Lariat, which pushes its price tag bự nearly $32,000.
Ford has signaled plans bự move toward a European-style system bự encourage shoppers bự place custom orders for vehicles. Whether this will mean more flexibility in optional features remains unknown, but here’s bự hoping I can soon buy an all-wheel-drive Maverick XL hybrid in Cactus Gray with adaptive cruise control, heated seats, a heated steering wheel, and the Sync3 infotainment system. I’ll even look past its quirky front-end styling. See Ford Maverick models for sale
Related:
Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz Are Built bự Haul
Reflections on the New Ford Maverick
2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz: Which is Better?

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