When the 2022 Ford Maverick arrives at dealerships later this year, it will be an alluring option for truck shoppers in need of an affordable pickup that won’t break the bank or take up an entire parking spot. And while it won’t boast the towing capabilities of its larger, more expensive brethren, there are no doubt many future Maverick owners that intend to pull something with the compact pickup, which is why we weren’t too surprised when our spy photographers presented us with photos of the compact truck undergoing testing by towing a trailer.
In fact, this specific 2022 Ford Maverick was properly up to the task of towing relatively basic utility trailers like the one it was pulling, given the equipment it came out of the factory with. For starters, it has the FX4 Off-Road Package, which features several towing-friendly items like a trailer hitch receiver with 4-pin connector, heavy duty engine cooling fan, and heavy duty radiator, among other items. But a zoom-in on the trailer hitch of this Alto Blue XLT allows us to easily spot the dual 4-pin and 7-pin connector, which means it also sports the 4K Tow Package. That equipment grouping, so named because it allows the Maverick to boast a 4,000 pound tow rating, comes with other goodies that any owner would be wise to consider if they plan to tow on a regular basis, like a transmission oil cooler, upgraded drive ratio, and trailer brake controller, in addition to the aforementioned towing upgrades that the FX4 Off-Road Package brought to the table. Buyers do not need to opt for the FX4 Off-Road Package in order to get the 4K Tow Package, although both require the Ford 2.0L EcoBoost I-4.
Fortunately, Ford isn’t limiting the most capable 2022 Ford Maverick towing variants to the higher tier trims either, since the 4K Tow Package is available on XL, in addition to being optional on XLT and Lariat. But buyers who decide to stick with the standard Ford 2.5L Atkinson Cycle I-4 hybrid powertrain will only be able to tow a maximum 2,000 pounds behind their trucks, although the fuel economy advantage of that setup may be a worthy trade-off for some.