Ford Maverick’s Utility and Low Price Makes It a Great Alternative to Crossover SUVs Like the Toyota RAV4

Crossover SUVs like the Toyota RAV4 and Honda CR-V are all the rage these days. However, amidst a sea of crossovers, don’t you want something that stands out a little more while offering greater utility? Meet the 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck. With its high-level utility and low price, the Maverick is a wonderful alternative. 

What utility features does the 2022 Ford Maverick have?

Orange 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck driving on a mountainous road
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

While the pickup bed of the Ford Maverick is not large, it’s versatile and packs a lot of utility. The innovative FLEXBED of the Maverick has a wide array of features for organizing and securing cargo and accommodating accessories. With the versatile configurations and the ability to slide 2x4s or 2x6s into the slots of the FLEXBED, the Maverick offers a great deal of flexibility for different uses. This includes segmented storage, DIY solutions, and racks for bikes and other outdoor gear. 

The FLEXBED has two tie-downs, four D-rings, and 12 available anchor points. For plugging in tools and accessories, the Maverick has two 12-volt 20-amp prewired sources at the back, as well as two available 110-volt outlets. With the multi-position tailgate, you can adjust the cables for a halfway open position to allow different sizes and shapes of cargo. Additionally, the Maverick has tailgate cleats/bottle openers and optional storage compartments on the side of the bed.

A woman standing by the bed of a blue 2022 Ford Maverick compact pickup truck
2022 Ford Maverick | Ford

The Maverick is especially geared toward DIY enthusiasts. At various parts of the truck, there are QR codes. You can scan those codes with your smartphone and then view instructions, a parts list, and ideas for DIY projects. 

The payload capacity of the Maverick is 1,500 pounds. On the towing front, the Maverick has a standard towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. With the optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, it can tow up to 4,000 pounds.

How much does the 2022 Ford Maverick cost?

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The 2022 Ford Maverick is remarkably cheap. The base-level XL trim costs only $19,995. Considering that this is cheaper than what you’ll pay for many compact crossover SUVs, as well as other pickup trucks, the Maverick offers tremendous value. The price of the mid-tier XLT trim is $22,280, while the top-tier Lariat trim costs $25,490.

Ford Maverick driving dynamics and fuel economy

Another thing that makes the Ford Maverick a great choice is its high gas mileage. Ford targets an estimated fuel economy of 40 mpg city for the Maverick Hybrid. The fully-gasoline-powered Maverick gets an estimated efficiency rating of 23 city/30 highway mpg for the FWD models and 22 city/29 highway mpg for the AWD models.

Also, the Maverick boasts excellent driving dynamics. It is very maneuverable. You can easily weave through city traffic and wind around country roads. For the hybrid model, the instantaneous torque delivery enables the truck to accelerate quickly.

Crossover SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, and Nissan Rogue are some of the best-selling vehicles in the United States. When you factor in the low price, high-level utility, and high fuel economy of the Ford Maverick, you wonder why more people would not want to buy this compact pickup truck instead of crossover SUVs. Let’s see how well the Maverick sells. Perhaps people will change their tune.

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