2022 Ford Maverick: A Mediocre and Noisy Cabin Prevents This Pickup From Claiming the Top Spot on Consumer Reports

The Ford Maverick is one of Ford’s latest pickup truck options, and it’s already received a lot of great reviews from both car critics and customers alike. In fact, it’s such a good little truck that Consumer Reports gave it a recommendation, but that doesn’t mean that the Maverick is a perfect vehicle. However, the 2022 Ford maverick’s mediocre and noisy cabin were among the reasons why the truck didn’t win first place in the segment.

What’s so good about the 2022 Ford Maverick

A red 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat towing an RV camper motorhome down a stretch of country highway
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat | The Ford Motor Company

According to Consumer Reports, there are many reasons to like the Ford Maverick. After all, the truck did well on its road test. One of the main reasons why the Ford did well there is because of its performance characteristics, especially when it’s using its 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine option.

This engine gets 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque, allowing the Maverick to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds. On top of that, its braking and handling capabilities are also good. Consumer Reports gave the Ford truck a perfect score for its braking capabilities and above average for its emergency handling. 

Not only does the Maverick drive well, but it also has some excellent characteristics inside the cabin. Consumer Reports gave props to the truck’s visibility and ease of access, for example. On top of that, the Maverick’s controls are also easy to use, partially because it has a simplified version of Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system

Here’s where the Maverick came up short

That being said, while the Ford Maverick has some nice characteristics inside the cabin, it also has some weak features. One of the biggest issues inside the cabin is its quality. Consumer Reports said that the Ford truck’s cabin is “full of cheap-feeling plastic pieces.” However, this shouldn’t be a surprise for customers, as the Maverick starts at a very affordable $20,000 price tag.

Another issue inside the cabin is its noise levels. This is primarily due to wind noise and engine noise, which, when combined at highway speeds, can create a noisy interior for drivers and passengers alike. This noisy cabin may also mean that passengers in the rear seats may have to raise their voices to have a conversation with folks in the front seats.

The Ford truck also got some mediocre ratings in other areas, and these scores ultimately dragged the Maverick’s overall score down. Consumer Reports hasn’t tested the Maverick with its standard hybrid engine yet, but its turbo option only gets 26 mpg, and that earned the truck an average fuel economy. Additionally, since the Maverick is a compact truck, its rear seat comfort isn’t great, which also earned it a middle-of-the-road score. 

This is the truck that ultimately beat the 2022 Ford Maverick

All said and done, Consumer Reports gave the Ford Maverick a high overall, making it the second-best compact pickup truck on the market. In first place is the Honda Ridgeline.

Like the Maverick, the Ridgeline also did well on its road test. The Ridgeline also has a good predicted reliability score, and owners seemed to enjoy their truck as its predicted owner satisfaction rating is perfect.

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