Is the 2022 Ford Maverick Weakened by Its Hybrid Powertrain?

The first thing you hear about the 2022 Ford Maverick is that it has a hybrid powertrain. But is that a good thing? Let’s go a little deeper into the Ford Maverick specs to see if the hybrid engine is the best option. 

Is the 2022 Ford Maverick hybrid powertrain good? 

2022 Ford Maverick towing
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Yes, if you’re looking for a compact option that’s great on gas, then go for the 2022 Ford Maverick with the hybrid powertrain. It should get an EPA-estimated 40 mpg, which is excellent. Also, the hybrid powertrain comes standard so you can get started with it for about $19,995. 

But here comes the not-so-great news. The hybrid powertrain is only available in front-wheel drive. You can’t pair it with all-wheel drive. So, if you want to save on fuel and go off-roading, it might be best to consider other options. 

How much power does the Maverick Hybrid have? 

According to Inverse, the 2022 Ford Maverick has a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine with 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. This is a solid amount of power for its size. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 2,000 lbs. 

But you can upgrade to the EcoBoost 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four engine for 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. When properly equipped, it can tow up to 4,000 lbs. This is a substantial increase depending on what type of camper, boats, or trailers you want to tow. With both engines, you can carry a payload of up to 1,500 lbs. 

While the EcoBoost engine does have more power, it’s thirstier. It gets an EPA-estimated 23 mpg in the city and up to 31 mpg on the highway. It may be faster than the hybrid option, too, with the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in about 6.9 seconds. 

Also, you may want the gasoline version for off-roading. Along with AWD, you can equip it with the Ford FX4 package. The Maverick FX4 package includes all-terrain tires, a revised rear suspension, a higher-capacity radiator, upgraded cooling fan, skid plates, exposed front tow hooks, a hitch with a four-pin connector, off-road driving modes, and hill-descent control. FWD Mavericks have 8.3 inches of ground clearance, and AWD variants have 8.6 inches. 

Is the Hybrid Maverick a good work truck? 

The 2022 Ford Maverick with equipment in the bed
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Yes, you can still get plenty of work done with the 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid. It has a 4.5-foot steel bed that’s known as the FlexBed. The tailgate has two open positions, including halfway and totally flat. When flipped open, the bed extends to six feet. It can hold up to 18 sheets of 4×8 three-quarter-inch plywood. 

Eight standard tie-downs and cleats come standard, along with built-in threaded holes, 12 anchor points, and slots stamped into the sides of the bed. You can opt for a spray-in bed liner, bolt-in sliding tie-downs, a bed extender, and various tonneau cover options. 

Also, you can power your tools with the two 12-volt pre-wired powered sources in the bed. The plugs are wired to a dedicated 20-amp circuit to support addons like lighting and air pumps. Plus, you can add optional 100-volt and 400-watt outlets to the cab and bed. 

The Hybrid powertrain is an excellent option if you want to get started in a compact option with a fantastic fuel economy without breaking the bank. However, the EcoBoost provides a lot more power and off-roading capabilities.

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