Is the 2023 Ford Maverick Worth the Long Wait?

The 2023 Ford Maverick order books have been open for over three months. If you want this compact Ford truck, you’ll need to get in line and do that now. This little pickup earned our MotorBiscuit Truck of the Year Award, but the wait might be much longer than you’re willing to endure.

2023 Ford Maverick: Should you wait for this compact Ford truck?

2022 Ford Maverick truck of the year
2022 Ford Maverick | Allison Barfield, MotorBiscuit

If you’re in a position to wait for your compact truck, the 2023 Maverick is an excellent choice. This truck brings you:

  • An efficient hybrid powertrain
  • A strong turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Excellent features
  • Impressive value
  • The FITS system allows interior versatility
  • Several bed configurations to meet your needs

The Maverick offers an alternative to the compact SUVs in the market. When you want some truck capabilities and a small vehicle to fit easily on city streets, this could be the right pickup to drive.

Does Ford offer any new upgrades to the 2023 Maverick?

This compact Ford truck carries over mostly unchanged, which shouldn’t come as any surprise. That said, a few items give you a little more for this little pickup. If you’re in line for the 2023 model, you could enjoy:

  • Tremor Off-Road and Tremor Appearance packages
  • Tech upgrades including improved Ford Co-Pilot 360 packaging
  • The Lariat model is now only offered as a front-drive hybrid model

What does the new Tremor Off-Road package include?

Choose the 2023 Ford Maverick and the Tremor Off-Road package, and you’ve got a truck that has more features than the FX4. This Tremor package includes:

  • A specialized suspension setup
  • Re-shaped front bumper for a better approach angle
  • Under-body protection
  • Locking AWD hardware
  • Trail Control

How much power does this compact Ford truck offer?

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT towing a small trailer.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT| Ford

There are two powertrains offered for the Maverick. These two powertrains are:


2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine plus electric motor, CVT automatic transmission

191 horsepower, 155 lb-ft of torque (engine), 174 lb-ft of torque (electric motor)

42 city/33 hwy mpg, 2,000 pounds of towing capacity


2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, 8-speed automatic transmission

250 horsepower, 277 lb-ft of torque

23 city/30 hwy mpg (FWD), 22 city/29 hwy mpg (AWD), 4,000 pounds of towing capacity

Is the 2023 Maverick the same price as the 2022 version?

The newest version of the Maverick costs about $1,200 more than the 2022 model. This price increase for the XL trim is significant, considering the new 2023 model costs $22,195. The XLT and Lariat trims cost $1,095 more in 2023 than in 2022.

While the price increase for this compact Ford truck is expected, consumers no longer have to pay extra to have the turbocharged engine. This powertrain is now a no-cost option.

How long is the wait for the 2023 Ford Maverick?

Front angle view of red 2023 Ford Maverick pickup truck, the cheapest new Ford car
2023 Ford Maverick | Ford

Demand for the Ford Maverick is extremely high. Right now, the wait time for this truck is between five and eight months. That’s a long time to wait for a small pickup. Before you ever get your Maverick, it might be time for the 2024 model.

Is this compact Ford truck worth the wait?

You’re the only person who can truly answer this question for yourself. The wait could be worth it if you’re willing to drive your current ride for a few more months before taking delivery of your new compact pickup truck.

Next, check out a truck bed comparison of the two compact trucks offered, or learn more about the new 2023 Ford Maverick in the video below:

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