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It’s time for solid answers about how reliable the Ford Maverick really is. This compact truck has had time to be tested on the pavement, and owners have reported their problems. Check out how reliable the 2023 Ford Maverick really is. 

Is the 2023 Ford Maverick reliable? 

The 2023 Ford Maverick off-roading in the woods
2023 Ford Maverick | Ford

Yes, the 2023 Ford Maverick is a pretty reliable truck, but it could be better. According to J.D.Power, the 2023 Maverick earned a reliability ranking of 81 out of 100. It was just barely able to squeeze into the above-average bracket. 

Update: The J.D.Power score was updated to 85. So the Maverick is a little more reliable for the year than we originally thought.

Scores between 70 and 80 are average, while rankings between 81 and 90 are above average. Anything within the 91 to 100 range is best. The good news is that the Maverick is considered to be dependable.

The 100-point scoring system is based on hundreds of thousands of independent reviews and unbiased opinions of verified car owners. Drivers report the actual problems they face. J.D.Power is then able to measure the level of defects and design flaws. 

The entire vehicle is covered and judged, from engine problems to electrical issues with the infotainment system. 

How many miles will the Maverick last? 

The average Ford Maverick model is expected to reach 200,000 miles. The little truck could last longer, but we’re still waiting for higher mileage models to get up there. At least one Maverick model has surpassed 100,000 miles so far. 

This estimation is based on how reliable the hybrid powertrain is. The Maverick Hybrid uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired with an electric motor to crank out 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. 

You may already know that this is the same engine that’s found in the Ford Escape. The 2023 Ford Maverick shares a lot with the Escape, so some of its reliability estimates are similar, that engine has been around for a while. 

The 2023 Escape Hybrid actually has the same reliability score as the 2023 Maverick Hybrid. But the Escape Hybrid has had more time to prove itself and is expected to last between 200,000 to 300,000 miles. 

Also, the optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine is a reliable option. It provides 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque and can make it past 300,000 miles. 

What are the most common 2023 Maverick problems? 

The 2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid driving by the city
2023 Ford Maverick Hybrid | Ford

One of the most common 2023 Ford Maverick problems involves the brakes. Drivers report that the brakes are sensitive, grabby, and can suddenly lock up. The Maverick can come to an abrupt stop, increasing the risk of accidents. 

Sometimes, the brake pedal becomes stiff, making it difficult to bring the Maverick to stop. You may notice loud grinding noises and clunks from the unpredictable braking as well. 

Electrical issues are also commonly reported. Drivers noted that the engine will randomly honk, the infotainment screen freezes, the key fobs fail to unlock the car, and the dash screen has nothing lit up. 

The issue may be related to a faulty battery connection, as some drivers can’t get their trucks to start. Sometimes it may operate with less than 50% power or randomly stall. The steering and brakes may go out. 

There haven’t been any recalls related to these problems, but Ford did release technical service bulletins. So hopefully, mechanics have the proper instructions for repairing related issues. 

Overall, the Maverick manages to squeeze by with a slightly above-average reliability rating, but its score is subject to change as more Maverick models are put to the test.