When the 2022 Ford Maverick was revealed last month, there was one curious omission from Ford Maverick XL and XLT trims – the infotainment system in those vehicles – all equipped with an 8-inch touchscreen – was not listed as SYNC 3, though that has been Ford’s default software choice for its infotainment systems for some time now. However, sources familiar with the Maverick and its technology explained to Ford Authority why that is the case.
2022 Ford Maverick XL and XLT models lack native voice recognition capability and are therefore unable to change radio stations, temperature, or govern media players through simple verbal commands. Thus, Ford chose not to refer to this software as SYNC 3, even though it’s similar in most other ways to the SYNC 3 software present on virtually every new Ford vehicle (that isn’t running the newer SYNC 4). Of course, there could also be some hardware changes involved as well. Regardless, the base touchscreen is very aesthetically similar to SYNC 3.
It is worth noting, however, that the Maverick order guide (which can be found here) points out that SYNC 3 is available in conjunction with the Lariat Luxury Package. In that application, the infotainment system does include the aforementioned voice recognition capability, and thus, is qualified to carry the SYNC 3 distinction.
Even if Ford Maverick XL and XLT trims don’t technically come with SYNC 3, they do offer a few welcome features including 911 Assist, Applink, Bluetooth, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have their own voice assistants that can be accessed by pressing the voice button on the steering wheel, which should still allow drivers to send texts while on the road and to initiate phone calls, two functions that Sync 3 can perform on its own, wirelessly. All models also come with a host of standard FordPass Connect features too, including an embedded 4G LTE WiFi hotspot that can connect up to 10 devices. Owners can also schedule times to remote start their trucks, find their trucks, check the fuel level, and lock or unlock the doors via the FordPass app as well.
Regardless, prospective Maverick buyers that must have all of the features offered by SYNC 3 will need to opt for Lariat or First Edition trims with the Lariat Luxury Package (which is required on the First Edition) to get them.
After this article was published, Ford reached out to clarify that the standard infotainment system does in fact feature 911 Assist, Applink, and hands-free calling, the latter feature being enabled if connected phones are running Android Auto or Apple CarPlay on the Maverick’s screen.