3 Things Consumer Reports Doesn’t Like About the 2022 Ford Maverick

In general, Consumer Reports has had plenty of nice things to say about Ford’s new small truck, the 2022 Ford Maverick. But creating the perfect truck is near impossible, especially when the Maverick has a starting price of under $20,000. While the 2022 Ford Maverick is on its way to becoming an extremely popular compact truck, there are a few things that Consumer Reports would like to see changed. These changes range from road noise to a problem with the Maverick’s rear window.

What does Consumer Reports not like about the 2022 Ford Maverick?

The compact truck, the Ford Maverick, tows some jet skis into the water at a beach front.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

There are three major changes that Consumer Reports says they would like to see changed in the Maverick, these include road-noise, better interior materials, and a rear defroster. The 2022 Ford Maverick truck does not necessarily sound the best and suffers from issues with wind noise. These characteristics can lead to a less-than-pleasing driving experience, which some may not like.

In terms of interior materials, the Ford Maverick is not the best. But, at its price point, there’s really not too much to complain about. Although, it would be nice is Ford had better packages to increase the feeling of comfort behind the wheel of this small truck. Even the XLT Luxury package does not seem to cover up this downside. If you are shopping for a simple, utilitarian truck, you are likely to appreciate the interior of this vehicle.

The new Maverick does not have a rear defroster

A blue 2022 Ford Maverick tows a small trailer in front of an urban skyline.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Perhaps the biggest downside of the 2022 Ford Maverick is its lack of a rear window defroster. It’s not even an option on higher trim levels. For buyers who have to deal with winter conditions, window defrosters are a near necessity, and it’s confusing why Ford does not include this feature.

We hope that in future iterations of the Ford Maverick, a rear defroster becomes available. Even if it is an option at additional cost. That way, this small truck is equipped to handle winter weather or other harsh conditions.

What does Consumer Reports like about the 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck?

A pair of 2022 Ford Maverick compact trucks navigate an urban environment.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Not all is lost for Ford’s latest small pickup truck, Consumer Reports likes its driving position and handling. Since the Maverick is a unibody truck, it has a more comfortable ride than a traditional body-on-frame truck. This lends the 2022 Maverick to have a car-like driving experience, which some buyers are likely to enjoy.

Something else Consumer Reports appreciates about this small truck is how practical it is. While some vehicles may go for styling over practicality, the Ford Maverick knows what it is. It is a vehicle built to offer serious utility and comfort, and it does it quite well. Plus, its low price point does not hurt either. 

Perhaps the Ford Maverick is actually too good. Earlier this year, Ford was forced to place a temporary pause on orders for this compact truck. Apparently, demand has outmatched supply. But, Ford will likely accept orders for the 2023 model soon, so keep your eye out for when orders open back up.

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