Kelley Blue Book’s “Best Compact Pickup Truck” Just Can’t Stop Winning

Kelley Blue Book just put out its list of the best vehicles to buy in 2022, and there are a few standouts. One of those standouts is the 2022 Ford Maverick, which takes home not one, but two Kelley Blue Book Best Buy awards. Not only does the Maverick hold the title of the Best New Model, but it’s also the Best Compact Pickup Truck. How did this brand new pickup truck manage to wipe out competition that’s been around for years?

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The 2022 Ford Maverick is the “Compact Pickup Truck Best Buy of 2022” winner

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The 2022 Ford Maverick is Kelley Blue Book‘s “Compact Pickup Truck Best Buy of 2022” winner. If you’ve been paying attention to the automotive world, you may not be surprised. The Ford Maverick has abeen a hit this year because it’s small and versatile. It’s also affordable, starting at just $19,995. On top of that, the Maverick comes with a hybrid powertrain, which makes it even more economical. (It’s worth noting that that price doesn’t include a $1,495 destination charge).

The 2022 Ford Maverick also has a gas engine that can put out up to 250 hp. It gets up to 42 mpg in the city with the hybrid powertrain, meaning you’ll save even more money than just the initial low purchase price. The Ford Maverick can also tow up to 1,500 pounds.

The Maverick comes with Co-Pilot360

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The 2022 Ford Maverick comes with Ford’s Co-Pilot360, which is a suite of safety systems. Co-Pilot360 includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, automatic high-beam headlamps, and lane-keeping assist, and a rear view camera. The Ford Maverick handles like an SUV, even while it’s capable of pulling off pickup truck duties. It has a well-tuned chassis and suspension that absorbs most of the roads’ bumps along the way. The Flexbed is a 4.5-foot bed with a household outlet, ten tie-downs, and an available tailgate.

Another one of the best features of the Ford Maverick is its interior, which is really nice. The Maverick has an eight-inch touchscreen and is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s lots of storage space in the Maverick’s cabin as well as the ability to add features like trash cans and grocery hooks.

Why is the Ford Maverick so cheap?

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The 2022 Ford Maverick is an entry-level pickup truck. It’s designed to be affordable for first-time truck buyers, as well as those who are purchasing a pickup truck for the first time, after previously driving cars or SUVs. There’s also the ability to customize it exactly how you want it. With several trim levels including the Ford Maverick XL, XLT, and Lariat, there are many options with which to upgrade to a Maverick that fits your needs. Within your Maverick options are a premium sound system, a leather steering wheel, a moonroof, and wireless charging.

The Maverick is perhaps the most affordable new truck that you can buy, and that’s one of the things that Kelley Blue Book likes the most about it. It writes, “It has been a long time since shoppers in their teens and 20s or people on a budget had the choice of a new sub-$20,000 truck. Now they do, and we couldn’t be more excited.”

The 2022 Ford Maverick is an award-winner for lots of reasons, and it’s apparent that it’s going to be hugely popular. Its affordable price also makes it especially attractive. In today’s automotive climate, it just might be the thing that makes the Maverick even more successful.

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