2022 Ford Maverick: Consumer Reports Is Already Pitting It Against Its Favorite Pickup Truck

On Friday, following the news of the upcoming 2022 Ford Maverick reveal, Consumer Reports put out an article discussing some expectations around Ford’s all-new unibody pickup truck. The official reveal will happen on June 8, according to Ford Media. Consumer Reports is already pitting the new Ford Maverick truck against its favorite pickup––the Honda Ridgeline.  

Actor Gabrielle Union will help with the debut on June 8, 2021. It’s set to first reveal on both Gabrielle’s and Ford’s U.S. TikTok channels. And it sings a totally different tune than the popular full-size pickup truck, the Ford F-150. 

Gabrielle Union behind the wheel of a blue pre-production 2022 Ford Maverick
Gabrielle Union behind the wheel of a pre-production 2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Ford’s new pickup is coming

At this point, there’s little known about the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck. In fact, we really just know its name. Plus, there have been some scant sneak peeks, like in this Ford Media video below. 

“Months of rumors, spy shots and speculation have all led to this moment. It’s true – Ford is adding an all-new compact pickup to the lineup, and it’s called Maverick.”

Ford Media

What is the 2022 Ford Maverick? 

The 2022 Ford Maverick truck is an all-new compact pickup truck. It’s a brand new small truck that’s poised to compete directly with others like the Honda Ridgeline and the upcoming 2022 Santa Cruz. The Honda Ridgeline is the only pickup truck that earned a place on Consumer Reports’ Top Picks of 2021. It’s also on a unibody platform shared with others in Honda’s lineup––like the Honda Pilot and the Honda Odyssey

So Ford’s new compact pickup truck will presumably come smaller than the midsize body-on-frame Ford Ranger. Consumer Reports writes that the Maverick will share a platform with the Ford Escape and Ford Bronco Sport SUVs. That brings in more similarity to the Honda Ridgeline and the Hyundai Santa Cruz, as both of these also share platforms with SUVs in their respective manufacturers’ lineups. 

It’s not going to be a heavy hauler or a wildly rugged truck, as its platform will focus more on road comfort and milder capability. Due to the fact that it shares a platform with more refined crossover SUVs, it should ride more like its SUV brethren, which Consumer Reports says “delivered mostly commendable driving experiences in our tests.” 

The 2022 Ford Maverick will be a city truck for adventurers that work in the urban jungle and then take to the open road in pursuit of more rugged outdoor hobbies in their free time. In fact, it’s meant to toe the line between a maneuverable city car and an adventurous pickup truck. 

Like Consumer Reports’ favorite, the Honda Ridgeline, the new Ford Maverick truck will blend refinement and utility in a tidy little package. 

How much will this new compact pickup truck cost?

Ford Maverick in camouflage
2022 Ford Maverick in camo | Autoblog

Ford has not released pricing information on the new Ford Maverick truck yet. However, the 2021 Ford Ranger starts at $25,070. The 2021 Ford Escape starts for $25,555 and the 2021 Bronco Sport for $26,820. Because of these prices, it’s easy assuming that the Maverick will start somewhere around $25,000.

The 2021 Honda Ridgeline starts at $36,490, about $10,000 higher than expected pricing for the 2022 Ford Maverick. That said, the Honda Ridgeline also comes standard with all-wheel drive across all of its trim levels.

Consumer Reports writes that the Ford Maverick is “expected to target active lifestylers looking for a budget-friendly vehicle suited to taking kayaks and bicycles on weekend adventures.”

So in addition to whatever the starting price, Consumer Reports expects the Ford Maverick to have lots of accessories and options for customizations too. Aligned with the existing list of available add-ons for the Bronco and Bronco Sport, plenty of aftermarket goodies for the new Maverick truck are expected as well. 

Ford Maverick vs. Honda Ridgeline

a silver honda generation at an auto show
Honda Motor Co. Ridgeline pickup truck | Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Only 1 2021 Minivan Model Earned the ‘Best Buy’ Badge From Consumer Guide

Set to reveal on June 8, 2021, the new Ford Maverick truck is headed our way. Consumer Reports is already comparing the Maverick with its favorite pickup truck. However, we can only know how this new Ford pickup truck stacks up against the Ridgeline when the details officially drop.