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2022 Ford Maverick XL ‘Factory’ Cruise Control Enabled Pretty Easily

While the 2022 Ford Maverick XL represents a fantastic value in today’s world, the bare-bones version of the compact pickup is missing a couple of features that most have come to expect from modern vehicles – most notably, cruise control. There are aftermarket solutions available that are easy to install, but a few prospective owners have also managed to enable “factory” cruise control in the 2022 Ford Maverick XL, a process that’s explained in detail in this thread at the Maverick Truck Club.

This process isn’t quite as easy as applying a change to the pickup’s software, however. In this case, a Maverick hybrid owner purchased a steering wheel from a 2020 Ford Escape, which was equipped with leather and heat. They then swapped out the Maverick’s stock wheel with the one from the Escape and tinkered around with FORscan until they got it to work, which it did – like a charm. While other owners have completed this conversion already, this might be the first time it’s been done in a hybrid.

The process is fairly straightforward, at least, and seems doable for pretty much anyone with a little bit of mechanical and technical skill. After disconnecting the battery, the Maverick owner removed the horn/airbag cover on the stock wheel, followed by the airbag assembly and the wheel itself. Installing the new wheel is done by simply reversing those steps, though the owner noticed that in this case, there aren’t spade terminals in the Maverick’s clock spring socket, so the heated steering wheel feature can’t be added quite as easily.

Updating the truck’s software to enable cruise control was done by taking a look at a friend’s Lariat, then changing the corresponding modules. It’s a pretty ingenious solution for the sold-out-for-2022 pickup, and a hack that we imagine a lot of owners will complete on their own pickups, as we’ve already seen at least one swap the Escape’s digital instrument cluster into their Maverick, too.

We’ll have more on the Maverick soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Maverick news and continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Bob

    Persistence!
    Good on him for “finding a way”!
    Not like the old days where you needed the complete system to retrofit the vehicle. Or buy an aftermarket kit.
    Furds better idea, let’s screw the customer & make them buy a higher line package to get what has been Standard accessories for years!

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    1. JohnTaurus

      Hasn’t been standard in economy cars or base model trucks universally, no. Toyota made it standard as part of their invasive “safety suite”, but most base model, cheap trucks and economy cars do not have it standard.

      The only real difference here, is that it isn’t *optional* on the XL, at any price. It can be added to Ranger XL and F-150 XL. I find that curious. Marketing ploy, maybe, or maybe just an oversight or miscalculation. Either way, I had no doubt that one would be able to add it eventually, and it certainly didn’t take long for some enterprising guy to figure it out for us.

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  2. stangmatt21

    “there aren’t spade terminals in the Maverick’s clock spring socket, so THAT feature can’t be added quite as easily.” Which feature is THAT?

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    1. JohnTaurus

      Heated steering wheel.

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  3. Bob Monize

    I would like to see the instrument pannel.

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  4. bob

    please let me know what happens to the warranty if we install cruise control?

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    1. bob

      forgot to tell you the cruise control install is on a XL 22 maverick. what happens to the warranty? thanks

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  5. Ron weber

    Is anyone modifying the computer codes on Maverick2022XL so the cruise control works. What do they charge and where are the shops located?

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