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2022 Ford Maverick Spotted Testing With Trailer In Tow


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.

We’ll have much more on the 2022 Ford Maverick soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Maverick news and ongoing Ford news coverage.


Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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  1. Ford Owner

    New Maverick owners don’t buy to tow big loads. To do that, just spend a bit more and get a Ranger.

  2. John

    “Built” my Maverick XL with AWD, 4k tow and (very) few other options for $25k. That’s very compelling. I had been looking at first generation Nissan Frontier crew cabs after a failed attempt at making a 2004 GMC Sonoma crew cab work for me (mechanical issues). But, they’re getting old and well-used, so that is a concern, too.

    Although it wouldn’t be towing constantly, the Maverick would be towing some, and this could include road trips with mountain passes.

    Properly equipping the truck from the factory, with 0 aftermarket janky azz towing systems installed by some guy in a greasy back alley, is absolutely the way to go. Built in trailer brake controller? I loved this when using my dad’s 2013 F-150. Hyundai can only dream of such, and this is how you tell the experienced from the amateurs.

  3. Bob Nickelson

    Can you flat tow a 2022 ford maverick behind a motor home? I would want the 4×4 with the bigger engine and a tow package in the XLT version.
    Can you answer this question?

    1. John

      Bob, I’m no expert, but since its mechanical twin, the Ford Bronco Sport, cannot be flat-towed, I would not expect an AWD Maverick to have that capability, either.

      The bigger Bronco is available in a configuration that allows flat towing. Perhaps a two door would be small enough for your needs? Just a thought. Good luck.


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