The 2022 Ford Maverick Is Stronger Than Expected
For some vehicles, it’s common to think that you get what you pay for. Sometimes a lower price can mean that less features come standard. But the 2022 Ford Maverick could be an exception to this rule. Tons of muscle is included with the Ford Maverick, even though it won’t break the bank.
How much can the 2022 Ford Maverick tow?
When properly equipped, the 2022 Ford Maverick can tow up to 4,000 lbs. But it requires a few add ons to reach its maximum towing capacity. The Maverick starts at about $20,000. You will need the $745 Tow Package.
You’ll also want to add all-wheel drive for about $3,305, and according to Car and Driver, it would be best to upgrade to the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine for $1,085. These additions will raise the price to about $25,135.
The Ford Maverick has a maximum payload capacity of 1,500 lbs, and without adding the tow package, it can tow up to 2,000 lbs. For comparison’s sake, the 2021 Honda Ridgeline begins at about $36,490 and can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Chevy Colorado starts at about $25,200 and can tow between 3,500 to 7,000 lbs. So, the Ford Maverick is still a bargain with all of these add ons.
How many engine options does the Ford Maverick have?
The 2022 Ford Maverick has two engine options:
- The base model features a standard hybrid setup. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine is paired with an electric motor to generate a combined output of 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque.
- You can upgrade to the 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine for 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.
Both options are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. You can’t get the hybrid variant with all-wheel drive yet. An update might be on the way.
The hybrid variant is expected to get an estimated 40 mpg with 500 miles of range. The same powertrain receives an EPA-estimated 44 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway in the Ford Escape.
The 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. It can also accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.9 seconds.
Is the Maverick a good work truck?
Yes, the 2022 Ford Maverick is a good work truck. With 4,000 lbs of towing capacity, you can haul smaller trailers, watercrafts such as jetskis, a pair of motorbikes, and smaller campers. These campers may not come with heavy plumbing or kitchen equipment, though.
The Ford Maverick has a 4.5-foot bed, which is smaller than the Rangers’. However, it can fit up to 18 sheets of 4×8-foot three-quarter-inch plywood without having to be loaded at an angle. There are slots stamped in the bed, allowing you to install 2x4s or 2x6s to create segmented storage, elevated floors, and cargo racks.
You’ll also find two tie-downs that double as bottle openers, four D rings, and threaded holes built-in. The bed comes with a 12-volt electrical outlet on either side, and you can opt for the available 100-volt outlet.
The Ford Maverick is tiny but mighty. Don’t let its low price fool you. With just a few additional packages, the Maverick transforms into an incredibly capable truck for work and adventuring, and we can’t wait to test it out.