EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2022 Ford Maverick equipped with FoMoCo’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 were released last month, and are rather impressive, coming in at 23 miles-per-gallon in the city, 30 on the highway, and 26 combined for the front-wheel drive version and 22/29/25 in all-wheel drive configuration. That’s good enough to beat out the Maverick’s main rival – the Hyundai Santa Cruz – by a significant margin, is virtually identical to the Ford Escape, while also topping the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, too.
2022 Ford Maverick vs. 2021 Ford Bronco Sport EPA Ratings
|2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 FWD||23 MPG||30 MPG||26 MPG|
|2022 Ford Maverick 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 AWD||22 MPG||29 MPG||25 MPG|
|2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badlands||21 MPG||26 MPG||23 MPG|
|2021 Ford Bronco Sport 1.5L EcoBoost I-3||25 MPG||28 MPG||26 MPG|
The front-wheel drive Maverick with Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 gets two more miles-per-gallon in the city and four more on the highway than the Bronco Sport Badlands, with which it shares the same engine and eight-speed automatic transmission. The all-wheel drive Maverick also nets one mile-per-gallon more in the city and three more on the highway. The Bronco Badlands comes equipped with Ford’s advanced twin-clutch all-wheel drive system as standard equipment, but the two models do share the Ford C2 platform.
On the flip side, when equipped with Ford’s 1.5L EcoBoost I-3, the Bronco Sport does manage to return two more miles-per-gallon in the city than the front-wheel drive Maverick and three more than the all-wheel drive version, though it falls just a touch behind both in terms of highway fuel economy, which is impressive. This is especially true when we consider that the Maverick is a full 27 inches longer than the Bronco Sport.
Of course, this is a bit of an apples-to-oranges comparison, as the Bronco Sport is an off-road-focused crossover, while the Maverick is a pickup truck. However, depending on model and trim, the two vehicles do compete fairly closely in terms of pricing. The least expensive Bronco Sport equipped with the 2.0L is the Badlands, which starts out at $34,855 sans destination and delivery, while the cheapest Maverick with the same engine has a much lower base price of $24,795. However, well-equipped Maverick Lariat models can easily reach Badlands pricing.