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The Ford Maverick is an agile pickup at an affordable price. With its small footprint and an available hybrid powertrain, the Maverick handles like a car and saves money at the pump. Additionally, with seating for four and a useful bed, it has plenty of room for people and gear.

So, which trim level of the 2024 Ford Maverick is the best for you? Here’s a look at the one trim favored most by consumers!

2024 Ford Maverick trim level comparison

The 2024 Ford Maverick is available in several trims, from the value-driven XL to the top-of-the-line Lariat. In between, there’s the XLT, with a nice blend of cost and features.

The base trim Maverick XL starts at $25,640 (with destination). For that, drivers get a function-first build without a lot of fluff.

Exterior-wise, the Maverick XL has a purposeful appearance, with a four-door cab, steel wheels, and a 54-inch bed. The overall look is clean and straightforward, perfectly fitting the truck’s versatile nature.

Under the hood, a turbo 2.0-liter four churns out 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque. Or, buyers can opt for a hybrid setup ($1,500) with 191 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque (torque for ICE engine only). The hybrid features superb gas mileage, with a 42/33 city/highway mpg rating. Power is routed through an eight-speed auto (2.0-liter) or a CVT (hybrid) to the front wheels. AWD is optional ($2,200) on the non-hybrid version.

Continuing the spartan theme, the Maverick XL’s interior uses cloth upholstery and has a straightforward layout. Standard air conditioning keeps things cool, and a six-speaker audio system lets you enjoy your favorite songs.

Moving up to the Maverick XLT ($28,555 with destination) brings an array of upgrades inside and out.

The Maverick XLT uses the same powertrain(s) as the base-model XL. However, the bodywork and interior are a different story. Outside, the XLT features 17-inch alloy wheels and a painted gray grille bar for sporty curb appeal. Inside, navy pier and medium slate upholstery with orange accents up the style factor. A power-locking tailgate and FLEXBED (with one rear cubby storage and 10 tie downs) round out the package.

Lastly, the top-trim Maverick Lariat ($37,095 with destination) turns the no-frills compact pickup into an upscale ride.

The Lariat trim also comes standard with the turbo 2.0-liter four, along with an optional hybrid setup. However, in contrast to lower trims, AWD is standard on the gas-only version.

The Maverick Lariat’s exterior brings additional style and panache. LED headlamps with LED signature lighting are high-tech and cool. The silver grille bar looks like it’s off an expensive full-size truck. And 18-inch bright aluminum wheels add presence on the street.

The interior follows the same formula, adding an eight-way power driver’s seat, ambient lighting, and a 6.5-inch instrument cluster screen. Additionally, the FLEXBED with two rear cubby storage bins can handle all your gear.

The most popular Ford Maverick trim

According to Edmunds, the XL is the most popular trim on the Ford Maverick. With its combination of value pricing and an available hybrid powertrain, it’s easy to understand why.

Just looking at the Maverick, you can tell it was designed for everyday functionality. Expensive amenities and stylish add-ons might be nice, but they don’t really go along with the compact truck’s purpose. For that reason, picking the base-trim XL just makes sense.

Additionally, pickups typically cost a lot of money. It’s rare to find trucks with an MSRP in the low to mid-20k range. Yet, Ford’s done just that with the Maverick XL, opening the door to even more buyers.

2024 Maverick trims: What the critics say

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The reviews are in, and several automotive outlets agree: the XLT is the 2024 Ford Maverick trim to get. Here’s what they have to say.

Car and Driver like the XLT for its more-for-your-money setup. Highlights include the 17-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, and power locking tailgate. The reviewers would also opt for the turbo 2.0-liter with optional AWD.

Kelley Blue Book concurs. Like Car and Driver, the site finds the base XL’s interior too basic for an everyday ride and feels the XLT adds essential creature comforts for daily driving. As for powertrains, KBB says it’s a tossup between the turbo 2.0-liter and the hybrid.

Echoing the previous reviewers, Autotrader lauds the XLT for its features and value. It also likes the SecuriCode keyless access pad and rear center armrest with cupholders.

The 2024 Ford Maverick is a compact pickup with versatile performance and a value-driven price. By pricing the Maverick in the low to mid-20k range, Ford lets more buyers get behind the wheel of a truck. And with the XLT’s ample features and reasonable MSRP, drivers get a full-featured ride without breaking the bank. No wonder it’s such a popular pick.