Last year, the Ford Maverick earned its fair share of accolades, including not just one, but two 2022 KBB Best Buy Awards – one for Best New Model, and another for Best New Compact Truck – thanks to its excellent fuel economy and bargain basement price tag. Now, Kelley Blue Book has revealed its 2023 Best Buy Awards, a list that includes the Ford Expedition, and as it turns out, the 2023 Ford Maverick, as the compact pickup repeats its feat from last year, at least in one category.
This year, the 2023 Ford Maverick took home a win in the Best Compact Pickup Truck category as it continues to add to its proverbial trophy case. “The Ford Maverick heralds the return of the compact pickup, providing light-duty versatility in a truck as easy on gas as it is on the eyes,” KBB said. “With nearly 500 miles of range, the hybrid Maverick bests even the most frugal subcompact, yet it’s capable of hauling a 1,500-pound payload and towing up to 2,000 pounds – or 4,000 pounds with the all-gas powertrain.”
This year, Kelley Blue Book tested over 300 new vehicle models available in the U.S. to come up with the winners of the 2023 Best Buy Awards, which spans 19 different categories. Now in its ninth year, the company’s comprehensive awards program highlights the top model in vehicle segments most relevant to new-car shoppers, with new categories added this year to reflect growing electrified vehicle segments.
The Best Buy Awards are determined based on a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation, plus an intensive period of final testing. The company’s reviews, ratings, and awards are driven by the analysis of a broad array of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing, five-year cost to own data, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales information.