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In 2021, Ford announced that it would be building a new compact truck, the Ford Maverick. This small pickup truck quickly gained traction as a popular new vehicle. Both because of its affordable price tag and because it offers legitimate utility. And seemingly, as soon as the 2022 Maverick went on sale, it was already unavailable. Which is a reflection of just how sought-after this compact truck is. But, is the Ford Maverick a small truck worth waiting on? Here are three reasons why it might be.

How long is the wait for the Ford Maverick?

A blue Ford Maverick tows a small camper behind it on a waterfront road.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

In February of 2022, Ford announced that it would be pausing all orders on the 2022 Ford Maverick. Pushing new orders back for the 2023 model year. This means that those hoping to get behind the wheel of this small pickup truck may face a longer wait than expected.

If you are lucky, you may be able to find a new Maverick truck at a dealership. But that is becoming more and more unlikely. Still, with all that the Ford Maverick offers, waiting may be one of the best options.

The Ford Maverick is a usable and affordable truck

In a world where trucks are becoming more and more expensive, the Ford Maverick throws off that trend. It can be had for around $20,000 and comes with a usable bed as well as features like available all-wheel drive. The Maverick is even priced below new compact trucks such as the Hyundai Santa Cruz.

When properly equipped, the 2022 Maverick can tow up to 4,000 pounds and comes with up to 250 horsepower. Both of these things come together to make the Ford Maverick a practical pickup truck. 

The Maverick truck can handle off-road use

A white small truck, the 2022 Ford Maverick has some payload added to its bed.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

While the Ford Maverick may be a unibody truck, it does prove that even small pickups can go off-road. The available FX4 Off-Road package gives the Maverick an edge over other non-body-on-frame trucks. The package comes with skid plates, improved cooling capabilities, as well as all-terrain tires. But, it is worth noting that the FX4 package is only available to XLT and Lariat Maverick models.

These features do not mean that the Maverick can go everywhere the Ford F-150 can, but they are worth mentioning. Especially for those who wish to take their compact truck camping or to various trailheads.

When will the 2023 Ford Maverick go on sale?

Two Ford Maverick trucks drive through an urban environment.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

According to Ford Authority, orders for the 2023 Ford Maverick are expected to open up on August 16th, 2022. This may seem like a long wait, but with a small truck as practical as the Maverick, it is likely worth it. 

The 2023 Ford Maverick will likely be similar to the outgoing model. There are some things that could be improved about the Maverick, like adding a rear defroster. Additionally, Ford may choose to add its improved off-road package, the Tremor package to the Maverick. This could bring even more capability to Ford’s compact pickup truck. Making the delay worthy of dealing with.