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The Ford Maverick has succeeded as a small pickup truck, but how would the nameplate perform if it were an SUV? Many believe a Maverick SUV is a terrible idea. Ford offers bed caps for the small truck that give consumers a glimpse of what a Maverick SUV could look like.

America doesn’t need a Ford Maverick SUV

A white 202 Ford Maverick with a bed cap by TAG.
A white 202 Ford Maverick with a bed cap by TAG | Ford

The Ford Maverick clearly works as a pickup truck, but as an SUV? The Maverick is successful because it appeals to consumers who may have never wanted a pickup truck before. The fact that the small pickup combines truck elements with the practicality of a smaller vehicle is the nameplate’s selling point. Making the Maverick an SUV would mean taking away a crucial piece of the vehicle’s identity: its truck bed.

The Maverick’s Flexbed is a huge part of what makes the vehicle so unique. Sure it’s small, but it’s one of the few fully customizable truck beds available. It comes with pre-threaded holes and slots that allow consumers to set it up for different scenarios like loading a bike or a couch.

There’s no telling whether or not the Blue Oval plans to release a subcompact SUV similar to the Maverick, but it probably won’t have the same appeal. The Maverick is the subcompact truck with the fuel economy of a car or small SUV and the utility of a pickup. Take away its truck bed, and you’re left with an underpowered, tiny SUV.

If a Maverick SUV had amazing cargo space, maybe there could be room for it in the industry. Still, the design aesthetic of a Maverick without a truck bed turns the stomachs of many automotive enthusiasts.

Here’s how much it costs to add a bed cap to the 2022 Ford Maverick

A green 2022 Ford Maverick small SUV with a bed cap.
The 2022 Ford Maverick with a bed cap by TAG | Ford

Ford Maverick bed caps cost at least $3,029. The most expensive bed caps cost $3,449. The caps come with two side windows, a back window, and LED lights. That brings the Maverick XL’s price to at least $23,024 before destination fees and additional fees.

The XLT trim costs at least $25,389 with the bed cap. The Lariat costs at least $28,889 with a bed cap add-on. So, if you want a bed cap so your Maverick can resemble a subcompact SUV, it’ll cost you over $3K.

Why would you buy a bed cap for the Ford Maverick?

A blue 2022 Ford Maverick small pickup truck is parked outside.
The 2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

Bed caps exist to protect cargo from the elements and add a sense of privacy to a pickup’s bed. Does a bed cap reduce the functionality of the Flexbed?

It depends on what you’re haulin’ and who you ask. Some Maverick fans think the bed cap makes the truck look downright bizarre. Others will gladly tack on the extra $3K to fulfill their Maverick SUV fantasies. The Maverick is featured in MotorTrend’s best small trucks for 2022 list.

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