Consumer Reports Would Change 1 Thing About the 2022 Ford Maverick

There’s no denying that the 2022 Ford Maverick has been an extremely popular compact pickup truck. It comes with a standard hybrid engine while also offering affordability with a starting price tag of around $20,000. But for that cost, not everything about the Ford Maverick small truck will be perfect, and that is something that Consumer Reports noted in their review of the Maverick. The publication has one specific item that they would change on this Ford vehicle.

The rear seating in the 2022 Ford Maverick is not as big as it looks

A 2022 Ford Maverick has lumber loaded into its bed, it wears the grey Area 51 paint.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Despite having a roomy cabin for a truck, the Ford Maverick’s rear seating is a little cramped for adult passengers. There is ample headroom and good foot space, but according to Consumer Reports, the knee room can get tight quickly. 

That said, the 2022 Ford Maverick does have a roomier back seat than both the Nissan Frontier and Hyundai Santa Cruz. This adds a level of practicality to Ford’s compact pickup truck. The rear seats have a good angle to them, which provides back support to passengers. 

Is the Ford Maverick pickup truck practical?

Riding on steel wheels, the Maverick compact truck has gardening soil lowered into its bed.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

In terms of practicality, the 2022 Ford Maverick does shine. Because it is a unibody truck, it rides fairly comfortably while still offering the utility of a small truck. Additionally, with available all-wheel drive, the Maverick can handle inclement weather or some light off-roading. Especially when the available off-road package is considered.

Another perk of the Maverick is the fact that it can tow up to 4,000 pounds. Better yet, this truck can haul over 1,500 lbs of payload. Which is something that is likely to be appreciated. 

Which Maverick is the best?

The 2022 Ford Maverick is a pickup truck that is available in three distinct trim levels. Perhaps the best value proposition is the Ford Maverick XLT. As the middle trim of the Maverick, it comes with notable features and convenience. Although, it still suffers from cramped back seats.

The Maverick XLT has a starting cost of $22,360 and it comes standard with a hybrid engine. Better yet, it makes some visual improvements with things like 17.0-inch painted aluminum wheels. For added features, buyers can opt for the available XLT Luxury package. The package brings things like a heating steering wheel, LED box lighting, and heated side-view mirrors to the table.

Can you buy this new Ford truck?

A blue 2022 Ford Maverick tows a small trailer on a waterfront road.
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Because of the popularity of the 2022 Ford Maverick, Ford was forced to put a pause on customer orders until a later date. Because of this, finding a Maverick available near you may feel like a difficult task. Dealerships are still receiving new Ford Maverick trucks, but they typically stay on dealership lots for three to four days. 

Even though the Maverick does have some compromises due to its price, it is still a worthy truck. Consumer Reports ranks it only under the 2022 Honda Ridgeline, which is not a popular truck among buyers. And, hopefully, the success of this compact pickup truck drives other manufacturers to bring small trucks to the market.

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