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The Ford Maverick enters the compact truck category at the end of 2021. It will launch with multiple trims just like every Ford truck. The Maverick has a standard hybrid engine, meaning it’ll get some of the best gas mileage available to a pickup. With XL, XLT, and Lariat trims available, what will First Edition add, and is it worth the price tag? Starting at a low price of just $21,490, the Maverick looks to be a very reasonable value compact pickup truck. So is it worth spending almost double the starting MSRP to get the First Edition which tops out at $37,170?

What makes the Ford Maverick First Edition worth it?

A green 2022 Ford Maverick drives on a winding road
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid XLT. Preproduction vehicle with optional equipment shown. Available fall 2021. | Ford

For starters, the First Edition will come with every feature available in the Lariat trim plus more. So if there’s any technology or features you were looking for, the FE version of the Maverick will have it. This includes the B&O premium audio system with eight speakers, an 8.0 touchscreen for the infotainment system, a 400W inverter, and the spray-in bed liner.

The First Edition package adds “First Edition” decals on the hood and sides of the bed, a moonroof, tonneau cover, and a black roof. Purely cosmetic, but something that can change any color of the Maverick so it looks that much better. If the engine is a 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain, the First Edition package will come with 18-inch wheels and all-season tires. If it is a 2.0-liter engine, it’ll come with 17-inch wheels with all-terrain tires.

What makes the Ford Maverick First Edition stand out?

The total cost of adding the package to your Maverick is $1,495. Meaning it’ll have every feature available to the compact truck, plus look a little different. While the decals and black roof might not seem like much differentiation compared to other versions, the exclusive color might be the answer. There is a single color, Rapid Red, available only with the First Edition package on the 2022 Ford Maverick. So if buyers are really looking to stand out from other trucks as well as other Mavericks, they can do so by showing off their First Edition package exclusive paint color.

Ford is accepting reservations

Ford is still taking preorders for the Maverick, which will become available before the end of the year. By heading to their website, you can customize your Maverick with all the features, colors, and packages you desire. If that’s the Rapid Red First Edition, you’re looking at a minimum of $33,500 with a monthly payment of $358 with $3,286 down. More can be added which of course increases the price, and a few items can be removed if you wish. Orders cannot be made completely online, but the website will get you in contact with the closest dealership that can help preorder your custom brand new Maverick for you.

The 2022 Ford Maverick releases in Fall 2021. As one of the most affordable compact pickup trucks available with great gas mileage for a truck, it’s definitely worth a look. Whether paying $1500 more for a better look is worth it, is up to you. Ford, and many other automakers, have offered packages like this before. The F150 STX with the sport appearance package adds body stripes for an additional cost.

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