Consumer Reports Finds the 2022 Ford Maverick to Be ‘Refreshing’

It’s no secret that the 2022 Ford Maverick has been an immensely popular compact pickup truck. It offers affordability, legitimate utility, and surprising efficiency for a truck. And that is especially true when this truck comes equipped with the hybrid powertrain. Consumer Reports has taken note of Ford’s small truck, calling it a “refreshing” newcomer to the market. We find the Maverick exciting because it marks the return of small pickups in America.

Consumer Reports likes Ford’s small truck

A red 2022 Ford Maverick tows a small boat on a waterfront road.
Ford Maverick | Ford

According to Consumer Reports, the utilitarian feel of the 2022 Maverick is a refreshing change. It is focused on practicality while still offering modern features, which can sometimes feel like a rarity in today’s automotive world. Better yet, with its starting price tag of around $20,000, buying a Maverick feels more like buying a compact car than something with a pickup truck bed. 

Other refreshing elements that CR pointed out are the visibility of the 2022 Ford Maverick and the interior design. Instead of focusing on flash or gimmicks, the interior of the Maverick is meant to be used. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay both come standard but there are still physical controls to change things like climate.

Who is buying the Ford Maverick?

Traditionally, truck sales are dominated by male buyers, but that is not the case for the 2022 Maverick. Ford has stated that a quarter of Maverick buyers are female and that the small truck has been attracting younger purchasers. Also notable is the Maverick’s popularity among new truck buyers, those who do not already own a pickup truck. 

That said, buying Ford’s small truck is not easy right now. Ford was forced to place a pause on customer orders for 2022 Maverick due to demand. Orders for the 2023 Maverick are expected to reopen later this year, so hopefully more buyers will be able to experience its greatness.

What’s the difference between the Ranger and the Maverick?

Both the Ford Ranger and Ford Maverick are pickup trucks, but the Maverick fits into the compact truck category. It is about a foot shorter than the mid-size Ranger, but it still boasts a truck bed that is capable of hauling plywood or other materials.

Additionally, the Maverick has two powertrain options, whereas the Ranger only comes with a single engine. This enables buyers of Ford’s small truck to opt for a hybrid engine that offers impressive efficiency. 

In terms of cost, the 2022 Maverick is more affordable than the 2022 Ranger. The Ranger has a starting MSRP of $25,715 while a base Maverick can be had for around $20,000. The cheap price tag may explain why younger buyers are able to get behind the wheel of this pickup.

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Should you buy a 2022 Maverick?

If you can find one available at a dealership and you do not need the capability of a larger truck, the 2022 Ford Maverick makes for an ideal pick. It is available in three trim levels and can tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.

A grey 2022 Ford Maverick has supplies loaded into its bed. Even as a compact truck, it is useful.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Better yet, you will be getting a truck that has been praised by Consumer Reports. And for some buyers, that may hold some weight behind it.

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