We’re right there with you. The new Ford Maverick is an exciting compact truck to consider. But before buying a truck, it’s essential to weigh the pros and cons, and the 2022 Ford Maverick may have three potential drawbacks to consider.
What buyers should know about the 2022 Ford Maverick
There is a new video by FoMoCoBro that explains what buyers should consider before buying the 2022 Ford Maverick. The author, Kirk, didn’t say that you shouldn’t buy a Maverick, but he does recommend waiting a little bit.
By waiting to buy a brand new vehicle, you can see if there are potential production issues, read more reviews about the features and quality of the truck, and compare it to other options. It can also eliminate delays with preorders and increased prices.
1. The Ford Maverick is cheap
One appeal about the 2022 Ford Maverick is the fact that it has a low starting price. The base model has an MSRP of $19,995. This is the only truck you can buy new for under $20,000. But this price is listed before the destination fee, and dealership markups have been added.
But why is the Ford Maverick so cheap? It shares the same frame with the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, which has an MSRP of $27,215. The hybrid powertrain is also shared with the 2021 Ford Escape Hybrid, which starts at around $28,303.
So, where are these savings coming from? Kirk speculates that Ford may have cut corners to reduce production costs. However, there is no evidence of this. Also, the base model still comes with a lot of standard features.
The Maverick comes with an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an LTE modem. Automatic high beams, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, and a backup camera also come standard. So, why it’s so cheap remains a mystery.
2. The Maverick isn’t that small
Buyers are also attracted to the smaller size of the 2022 Ford Maverick. But it’s not much smaller than the Ford Ranger. It’s less than a foot smaller than the Ranger. It’s also a few inches shorter than the Ranger. The Maverick is within two inches of the Ranger’s height and about 11 inches shorter. The Maverick is also only 0.7 inches narrower than the Ranger.
You may benefit from the additional headspace and passenger room in the Ranger. Plus, the Ranger has a longer truckbed for doing truck stuff. It’s capable while still being easy to maneuver in tight city areas.
Plus, it’s stronger. The Maverick can tow between 2,000 to 4,000 lbs. This is enough muscle for tiny campers and trailers. But the Ranger can tow up to 7,500 lbs. If you want a truck for truck stuff, it’s worth it to go slightly larger.
3. New models can have issues
Some shoppers prefer to wait until new models gain a few years of experience. We aren’t sure how the 2022 Ford Maverick will hold up yet. We’re still waiting to see how the Ford Bronco holds up, and the first few deliveries have soft-top issues.
The soft-top seems to be prone to premature wear and tear. It rubs against the roll bar and roof, causing marks to appear. Some soft-tops have been punctured and ripped already too. Also, headliners with hardtop models are peeling.
When the remolded 2020 Ford Explorer was remodeled, it had a few launch issues. The infotainment system was buggy. Moving from a front-wheel-drive platform to a rear-wheel-drive setup caused suspension issues, and quality issues quickly surfaced.
It’s way too early to tell if the new Ford Maverick will have production issues or not. But it does share the same engine as the Ford Escape, that’s known for reliability issues. It might be best to wait before pulling the trigger.