The 2022 Ford Maverick has taken the compact truck market by storm. Although the first Ford Maverick was a sedan from 1970 to 1977, the latest version is a highly sought-after compact truck. In fact, it has been so popular that Ford had to halt orders for a time in Jan. 2022 because the demand was outpacing production. Part of that success is the fact that it has a starting price of just under $20,000.
If the price tag isn’t impressive enough, the Maverick is one of the highest-rated pickups on Consumer Reports, despite getting a perfect score in only one category. Let’s take a look at the areas in which the Maverick scored well and where it has room for improvement.
The Ford Maverick has some mediocre scores
Consumer Reports gave the Ford Maverick some low scores in a few different areas. For example, it scored only average for reliability. However, that score is based on Ford’s brand historical data from similar models such as the Bronco Sport and Ranger since the Maverick is too new to gather data on its history.
Additionally, it also received an average score for fuel economy. Overall it gets 23 mpg, 16 mpg in the city, and 32 mpg on the highway. For such a small truck, you would expect to see better numbers. Another rating that the Maverick falls short on is its generated noise. Consumer Reports state that there is a lot of engine and wind noise in the cabin.
The only perfect score for the Maverick was for braking
The Ford Maverick’s only perfect score was for braking. Consumer Reports measured on both wet and dry surfaces and found the stopping distances to be consistent. It managed the shortstops very well on both wet and dry surfaces.
It also scored well for front access and usability, which doesn’t factor into the overall score. The Maverick is easy to get in and out of thanks to its lower floor height. The usability score is thanks to the simplified controls that make them easy to use and also help lower the price.
The Ford Maverick had almost perfect ratings in several areas
Although the Ford Maverick had a few less-than-stellar ratings, the overall number of almost perfect ratings made it a recommendation from Consumer Reports. It received an above-average rating for acceleration, transmission, routine handling, emergency handling, and predicted overall satisfaction.
The site reported that the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is adequate for the truck’s size and that acceleration was sufficient for a compact truck. The review team also noted that the eight-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly. However, they found that on secondary roads at 30 to 40 mph, it will shift into a gear that creates a lot of vibration in the cab.
Additionally, 72% of consumers said they would buy this truck again, while only 50% of Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon owners would buy it again. Consumer Reports asked a sample of vehicle owners, “Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?” Considering this is the first year for the Maverick, those ratings may change over time as owners spend more time in their trucks.
The Ford Maverick is in high demand right now for a few different reasons, not the least of which being the price. Ford has found a niche that has been sorely lacking for a while, an affordable compact truck without all the bells and whistles. For the money, if you can get your hands on one, it’s one of the best bargains on the market today.