The 2022 Ford Maverick was revealed to much fanfare back in early June, mostly due to its sub-$20k asking price and impressive fuel economy figures. However, while the base Maverick offers quite a bit of content for the money, there are certain concessions one must make when purchasing such an inexpensive vehicle. As Ford Authority reported back in July, the 2022 Ford Maverick XL comes equipped with Connected Touch Radio – not SYNC 3 – though it does offer nice features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. However, Maverick XL buyers will also be missing one common feature present in most modern vehicles – cruise control.
“Cruise Control is available for the XLT and Lariat,” Hannah Ooms, Maverick Communication Manager, told Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, in a statement. “Customers can opt into Ford Co-Pilot 360 Package on XL. The Co-Pilot 360 includes BLIS, Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System, and full-size spare, but it does not include cruise control. All of those features are factory installed.”
Essentially, this means that 2022 Ford Maverick XL models will be shipped much like old cars used to be – without cruise control. Years ago, however, Ford offered official cruise control add-on kits for those vehicles, though that will not be the case with the Maverick.
In all likelihood, cruise control was nixed on the Maverick XL as a way to keep the pickup’s starting MSRP under $20,000, and it’s unclear how much demand would actually exist for the feature, especially among fleet buyers, who have shown a strong interest in the pickup thus far. Additionally, the Ford Ranger, Ford F-150, and Ford Super Duty XL do not come with cruise control as standard equipment either, though it is available as an option or as part of factory equipment groups on those pickups.
For those that absolutely have to have cruise control, it is standard on the Maverick XLT, which features a base price that’s $2,280 higher. And in spite of this omission, the Maverick XL still comes equipped with features such as a standard 8-inch touchscreen and automatic emergency braking.