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When Ford released the 2022 Ford Maverick, it called out the popular Honda Civic. Ford claims the Maverick has better gas mileage and lower pricing than a Honda Civic. However, the Civic actually has more legroom in the rear seat than the Maverick. Can the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback hold more cargo than the Ford Maverick too? 

A blue Honda Civic car during at the 42nd Bangkok International Motor Show 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Honda Civic Hatchback | Anusak Laowilas/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The 2022 Ford Maverick’s pickup truck bed gives it an obvious advantage

a blue 2022 ford maverick with bikes and a surf board in the bed
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

The fact that the 2022 Civic has a bigger back seat than the Ford MAverick interior is pretty interesting. This is an especially compelling piece of information for families that have older kids or young children in car seats. Or, for those that plan to carpool with friends. 

But we are here to talk about cargo space. We are going to run down the numbers of the cargo volume in cubic feet between the Ford Maverick and the Honda Civic, and Civic hatchback. 

The 2022 Ford Maverick, with its little truck bed, has a total of 33.3 cubic ft. of cargo volume. Being every bit a compact car in this area, the 2022 Honda Civic has 14.8 cubic ft. of cargo volume. The hatchback version raises that far closer to the compact pickup truck’s capacity at 24.5 cubic ft. of cargo volume. 

However, with all of the seats down, CarBuzz reports that the 2022 Honda Civic Hatchback offers 46.2 cubic feet of cargo space. The Ford Maverick also has a clever interior storage capacity. While the truck has a larger cargo capacity overall, it’s rather remarkable how close the Civic Hatchback actually comes to Ford’s new ute. 

The 2022 Civic also has its strengths in terms of interior storage

The very blue 2022 Honda Civic hatchback
2022 Honda Civic Hatchback | Honda

The Honda Civic is known for its spacious interior that’s streamlined for utility. There are two cup holders up front and two in the rear. Plus, the side door pockets offer amples storage space as well.

It’s worth noting as well that all of the 2022 Civic’s storage space is covered. Drivers will rarely have need for tie downs of any sort. And they won’t ever need a bed cover for exposed cargo.

Ford’s ute takes an absolute win here, but the fact that a compact car can even compare to a pickup truck is pretty cool

loading the Ford Maverick pickup bed full of landscaping supplies
2022 Ford Maverick 2L-EcoBoost AWD | Ford Media

There’s a reason the Honda Civic is so well-loved. Its powertrain, racing legacy, and utilitarian grace give it an edge against most of the other compact car contenders. However, it can’t overtake the 2022 Ford Maverick

This fact doesn’t exactly come as a surprise. The 2022 Ford Maverick is really shaking things up. When the Ford Maverick interior gets called things like “a Swiss Army knife” by Roadshow, you know there are going to be some sweet interior storage features. 

Both of these city cars are perfect for different types of people

A red 2022 Honda Civic Sedan Touring drives down a city highway
2022 Honda Civic Sedan Touring | Honda

The 2022 Honda Civic and Honda Civic Hatchback have their appeal. It’s a good car that’s fun to drive and it offers plenty of cargo space for its compact car size. There are certainly always going to be plenty of people who find the Civic compelling enough to buy. 

But the 2022 Ford Maverick might bring some buyers across the line in the sand. It’s finding ways to get the attention of people from all of the existing vehicle classes. Each of these options is a city car at heart, though vastly different.


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