The Ford Maverick is only entering its second model year, but the compact pickup has already amassed an impressive collection of accolades that includes a Kelley Blue Book 2022 Best Resale Value Award, a Wards Auto 10 Best Interior & UX award, Green Car Journal‘s 2022 Green Truck of the Year, 2022 North American Truck of the Year, a Vincentric 2022 Best Fleet Value in America Award, and a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award for 2022. Now, the Ford Maverick continues to grow that list after making the cut on Car and Driver‘s 10Best list for 2023, joining the Ford Bronco in that regard.
“It’s an honor to see Maverick and Bronco receive this recognition,” said Jim Baumbick, vice president, Ford product development operations, cycle planning, and internal combustion engine programs. “Both vehicles are the result of intensely focusing on meeting customer needs and providing iconic vehicles they love to drive.”
To come up with its 10Best winners, Car and Driver rates each on a 100-point scale using the following criteria – whether or not it delivers on the vehicle’s intended purpose better than its competition, offers great value, and is entertaining to drive. In that regard, the Ford Maverick hit the mark for providing customers with a capable, compact, efficient, and affordable pickup.
“The Maverick makes a very strong case for a compact pickup,” Car and Driver noted. “The cab doesn’t require a big climb to get into. Loading its bed doesn’t mean lifting heavy cargo four feet off the ground. And the sightlines actually allow you to see what’s in front of you. Easy to own, easy to use, and easy to live with, the Maverick proves that when done right, a compact truck is the just-enough truck. It may lack the body-on-frame construction of its bigger siblings, but with up to 1,500 pounds of payload capacity, this isn’t a truck in name only. It may not tow a jetliner, but the 250-hp turbo 2.0-liter’s 4,000-pound max rating can handle real-life tasks such as a small snowmobile trailer or a pair of personal watercraft. At the same time, the standard front-wheel-drive-only hybrid powertrain tugs just 2,000 pounds but returns an eye-popping 42 mpg city, according to the EPA.”