Here’s Why the 2022 Ford Maverick Is a Consumer Reports Recommended Truck for Under $20,000

Based on the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Escape SUVs, the new 2022 Ford Maverick is a small pickup truck with a lot to offer. It’s easy to get in and out of, gets reasonable gas mileage, and provides a solid ride. In the compact truck class, it’s second only to the Honda Ridgeline.

The best part? The new Maverick starts at under $20,000 and is a truck recommended by Consumer Reports. 

The Ford Maverick is reasonably priced

An orange 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat compact pickup truck model parked near a forest lake with a canoe in its truck bed
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat | The Ford Motor Company

The all-new Ford Maverick starts at $19,995. If you did a double-take at its lower MSRP, it’s completely understandable. It ranges in price up to $25,860 for the top-shelf Lariat model.

The Lariat model comes with some great features like 18-inch wheels, ambient interior lighting, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, push-button start, and two extra USB ports. For $3,340 more, you can get the available Lariat Luxury package which gives you adaptive cruise control, bed lighting, a heated steering wheel, heated front seats, and remote start. The package also offers a spray-in bed liner, a trailer hitch receiver, rear parking sensors, wireless device charging, and an eight-speaker stereo.

It’s impressive when you consider it’s ranked just below the 2022 Honda Ridgeline. which starts at $37,640 on CR’s list of best compact pickup trucks. 

Consumer Reports recommends a hybrid model for excellent fuel efficiency. However, since you can only get the hybrid models in a front-wheel-drive configuration, it’s not as capable of tackling winter weather. For those seeking more power, CR recommends the optional turbo engine and all-wheel drive. 

The pros of the 2022 Maverick compact pickup truck

Consumer Reports gave the 2022 Ford Maverick a positive overall score and a coveted recommendation. Aside from towing, the Maverick is better at being a truck for work or recreation than even the Hyundai Santa Cruz. The Maverick’s bed has more volume, and its lower height makes for easy loading. Models with in-bed lighting and the sliding tie-down rings will also be a bonus for many.

The standard powertrain for the Maverick is a hybrid that utilizes the same hardware as Ford Escape. The engine is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric drive and a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and front-wheel drive. It has a power output of 191 horsepower.

The Maverick’s ride is firm but more composed on rough terrain than most pickups. Handling is confident and secure, even around tight corners. Thanks to its smaller size, it’s easy to navigate and park. It offers excellent braking and good visibility. The Maverick also has a low floor height, so it’s easy to access.

The cons of the Ford Maverick

The 2022 Ford Maverick does have its faults. The Consumer Reports team points out its lack of refinement. There’s a lot of noise in the cabin thanks to a combination of engine and wind noise, particularly on the highway. Since the engine tends to scoot along at low revs, the resulting vibrations in the cabin further take away from a tranquil ride experience.

It’s not really a surprise for the price that the materials used in the cabin are lackluster plastic pieces. However, the infotainment system and the other physical controls are very user-friendly.

While the Maverick got a positive score on the CR road test and an above average on predicted owner satisfaction, it got average scores on several other key factors. It earned middle-of-the-road ratings on reliability, ride, noise, cargo space, and fuel economy. 

While the Maverick isn’t going to win any awards off-roading or hauling, it offers good value, civil driving manners, and clever storage and tech features.

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