Now that the 2022 Ford Maverick is hitting driveways across America, we are starting to see through the excitement of a small truck with an equally small price tag. Now comes the time where journalists and customers alike measure whether or not the little Ford is worth spending actual money on. So far, there seem to be four good reasons to buy a Maverick and only three reasons to pass on the strange little adventure mobile.
Is the 2022 Ford Maverick worth buying?
According to Business Insider, there are four major “pros” to buying the new Ford Maverick. Make no mistake; the 2022 Ford Maverick is not for everyone. It is a strange truck with a fairly limited capacity to do truck things. However, Ford is aware. The folks behind the Oval have been clever with the off-beat, funky design cues that dress the Maverick in a shroud of hipness, showing that Ford is paying attention.
Seeing as how to pros outweigh the cons; the Maverick is shaping up to be a pretty rad truck after all.
Four pros to buying a 2022 Ford Maverick
- Starting price: Ford nailed it on pricing the 2022 Ford Maverick. These days you’d be hard-pressed to buy a decent used pickup truck for $20k, much less a brand new one. Well, Ford has changed that with the Ford Maverick. Starting at $19,995, the Ford Maverick is not only the cheapest pickup truck, but it’s one of the cheapest new vehicles, period. The mid-tier Maverick XLT starts at $22,360, while the top-trim Maverick Lariat commands $25,860.
- Fuel Economy: There’s no clever way to put it; the Maverick gets unreal gas mileage. For a pickup truck to break the mid-20s in MPG, is a feat in and of itself. That being said, the Ford Maverick is good for an astonishing 42 mpg in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, making the little truck good for 37 mpg combined.
- Storage: The Ford may be tiny, but it is somehow not lacking in storage. Before we go too far: yes, the bed is only 4.5 feet long with the tailgate up. While that is pretty short, the trucks makes up for it with cleaver interior storage. This thing is full of cubbies, compartments, and caches. Under the rear seats, you’ll find a couple of decently-sized cargo bins, which come in handy in a vehicle without a trunk.
- Size and Driving profile: As a result of its tiny footprint, the little pickup truck feels and drives like a small vehicle. This allows more drivers to feel confident and comfortable driving it daily. Navigating traffic and parking is not an issue with this truck. Even the driving feel is nice and nimble, something we rarely get to say about pickup trucks.
Three cons to buying a 2022 Ford Maverick
- Base means base: Business Insider points out that the low starting price comes with a catch. While the base model is fantastically cheap, it also doesn’t come with much if anything in the way of creature comforts. The tester says his base model tester “lacked convenience and safety features that come standard on many cars — think cruise control and power mirrors.”
- Underpowered: The downside of a highly efficient powertrain is often a slow vehicle. The 2022 Maverick has 191 hp on tap, which, according to Bussiness Insider, has some pep around town, but the power is short-lived on the highway. Getting to highway speeds requires time and enduring some annoying engine noise. If you want more from the Maverick, step up to the turbocharged version.
- Comfort: “Comfort” and “budget” rarely get equal footing together. Because the 2022 Ford Maverick is the cheapest pickup truck on the market, means the interior wasn’t likely to be overly plush. The tester says the interior doesn’t feel cheap. In fact, he says the molded plastics and aesthetic design are actually cool; it just isn’t very comfortable.
The Ford Maverick seems to have made the cut
Out of seven review notes, the Ford Maverick got four pros and three cons. The math works out. The funny thing is the only reason the cons exist is because of the pros. The low power is a result of the killer fuel economy. And that low starting price we love also makes the cabin a bit less cozy. It feels like Ford made the Maverick to be a low-cost, small pickup truck, and that’s exactly what it’s done.