Aside from proving to be a major success in the salesroom, the Ford Maverick has also earned its fair share of critical acclaim, as it was recently named Consumer Reports‘ most satisfying pickup truck, has remained a mainstay on Kelley Blue Book’s list of the most considered electrified vehicles, and earned 2023 Vincentric Best Fleet Value and KBB Five-Year Cost to Own awards, to name just a few. Now the 2023 Ford Maverick continues to add accolades to its trophy case after Autotrader highlighted the compact pickup as one of the 10 best vehicles on the market for college graduates.
To compile this particular list, Autotrader looked at affordable vehicles with price tags under $30,000, choosing the 10 best models it could find in this range – no easy feat, given the state of new vehicle pricing these days. Regardless, the 2023 Ford Maverick made the cut as a seemingly easy and obvious choice.
“Grads often find themselves on the move, and a compact pickup truck like the 2023 Ford Maverick can be a game-changer,” Autotrader noted of its selection. “The base truck comes with a 2.5L hybrid gasoline-electric powertrain good for 37 mpg, crew-cab configuration, and a slew of convenience features.”
“Today’s grads have it better than ever when it comes to the wide variety of affordable, good-looking, eco-conscious and tech-laden new vehicles available in today’s marketplace,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “The Class of 2023 also has the benefit of dealer inventories bouncing back and prices evening out from the crisis the auto industry experienced over the last few years, so their chances of finding the vehicle they want at a fair price has greatly improved. While Autotrader’s list of the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates consists of new 2023-model-year vehicles, we definitely recommend graduates also consider adding used vehicles – particularly certified pre-owned (CPO) models – to their consideration lists.”