In recent months, the 2022 Ford Maverick has been one of the automotive world’s worst-kept secrets. Ford Authority has reported on the new compact pickup extensively over that time frame, publishing countless spy photos of the pickup and tons of exclusive details. But now, the 2022 Ford Maverick has officially been revealed, and the numbers revolving around Ford’s entry-level truck are undoubtedly impressive.
For starters, the Maverick features a base MSRP of just $19,995 – which Ford Authority was the first to report back in February. But what’s even more impressive is the fact that buyers won’t be saddled with some cheap powertrain at the price point – the Maverick comes standard with Ford’s 2.5L Atkinson cycle four-cylinder hybrid drivetrain, which is rated to produce 191 (total system) horsepower and 155 pound-feet of torque, with a payload capacity of 1,500 pounds and 2,000 pounds of max towing. That power flows through a CVT transmission to the front wheels.
But the best part about this hybrid powertrain is, of course, its efficiency. Ford says that the Maverick has an EPA-estimated targeted fuel economy of 40 miles-per-gallon in the city, enabling it to travel up to 500 miles on a tank of gas. It also makes the Maverick the first full-hybrid pickup on sale in the U.S.
Those that need a bit more power and capability can opt to upgrade to Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, which is rated to produce 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-four is mated to Ford’s eight-speed automatic transmission and is available in either front- or all-wheel-drive configurations. When equipped with the optional 4K Tow Package, the EcoBoost-powered Maverick can tow up to 4,000 pounds.
Inside, the Maverick comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, standard FordPass Connect with an embedded modem and Wi-Fi, Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist features, and what Ford calls FITS – Ford Integrated Tether System, which accommodates various accessories including cupholders, trash bins, grocery bag hooks, and many more.
Size-wise, the Maverick is, as expected, both shorter and lower to the ground than the mid-size Ford Ranger, and features a 40-foot turning radius, curb-to-curb. The bed itself measures 4.5 feet in length or 6 feet with the tailgate down.
The Maverick debuts Ford’s new FLEXBED, which allows owners to create various storage and organization solutions using a number of Ford accessories or even just 2×4 or 2×6-inch boards.
There are a number of tie-downs, threaded holes, and D-rings located in the bed as well, making it easy to carry any sort of cargo. There’s also a standard 12-volt outlet in the bed, as well as 110-volt, 400-watt outlets in both the bed and cabin.
The Maverick is available in a four-door, SuperCrew configuration only, (as first reported by Ford Authority) in three trims – XL, XLT, and Lariat, though a limited First Edition model is also available. The First Edition builds upon the Lariat trim by adding unique door and hood graphics, high gloss black-painted skull caps and roof, a soft tonneau cover, body-color door handles, and either gloss black-painted 18-inch wheels for hybrid models or 17-inch aluminum wheels for gas pickups. Exterior color options include Rapid Red, Area 51, and Carbonized Gray.
All-wheel-drive XLT and Lariat Maverick models are also available with Ford’s FX4 package, which adds all-terrain tires, special suspension tuning, underbody protection, Mud/Rut and Sand driving modes, and Hill Descent Control for enhanced off-road capability.
The 2022 Ford Maverick build and price page is live now at Ford.com, as are reservations for the compact pickup, which goes on sale this fall.