MSRP range: $20,995 – $26,860
2023 Ford Maverick Review
- Low starting price on base versions
- Loads of available equipment to enhance towing, off-roading and safety
- Standard hybrid powertrain returns excellent fuel economy
- Quick acceleration from optional turbocharged engine
- Bumpy ride quality
- Some features hidden in costly optional packages
- Interior has a low-buck feel to it
- Limited range of adjustment for the driver’s seat and steering wheel
- All-new compact pickup truck from Ford
- Small, city-friendly dimensions and a lower price than the midsize Ranger
- Built on the same platform as the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport
- Launches the first Maverick pickup truck generation
Ford has resurrected a moniker from its largely forgotten 1970s compact car for its newest pickup truck: the 2022 Maverick. Based on the Ford Escape small SUV (which additionally supplies the architecture for the Bronco Sport), the Maverick is a small pickup truck that slots below the Ranger and the F-150 in Ford’s lineup.
Its unibody construction differs from the Ranger’s and F-150’s classic body-on-frame construction, but the Ford Maverick pickup still delivers some impressive tow ratings. It also has lower pricing and a more nimble size than its larger siblings. This makes the Maverick a solid choice if you want the versatility of a pickup but don’t need all of the capability offered by a midsize or full-size truck.
Also of note: The Ford Maverick can be a hybrid. It comes standard with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 191 horsepower. The EPA estimates this Maverick will get 37 mpg combined (42 city/33 highway), which is considerably better than other pickups. If you’re looking for more power and a more traditional driving experience, there’s an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp.
And what about doing pickup-type stuff? Well, there’s a 1,500-pound payload across the lineup regardless of engine. That’s respectable even by midsize-pickup-truck standards. Tow ratings are impressive too, at least when you consider the Maverick’s small size. Maximum towing capacity is up to 2,000 pounds with the hybrid powertrain and as much as 4,000 pounds with the turbo 2.0-liter engine and optional towing package.
The Ford Maverick may be small, but it’s no city runabout. From the way it drives to its few-frills interior, the Maverick feels like a truck first and foremost. This is a compact pickup for towing and hauling with confidence — just at a smaller size and lower price point than other trucks on the market. Check out our test team’s Expert Rating to get our full evaluation of the new Maverick’s performance, capabilities and more.
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Steering and handling aren’t as satisfying, however. The Maverick feels more like a traditional truck in this sense. The steering wheel feels satisfying in your hands, but any sense of the road underneath is vague, and there’s an appreciable amount of body roll when going around turns. The Maverick is a bit stiffly sprung so midcorner bumps will upset its handling a bit too.
Off-roading isn’t a strong suit for the Lariat trim level, which is what we tested, but there’s a decent 8.3 inches of ground clearance and all-wheel drive to be had. Plus, you can get the optional FX4 package if you want to go even farther off the beaten path.
How comfortable is the Maverick? When it comes to comfort, the Maverick embraces more of the truck vibe than its Hyundai Santa Cruz rival. Over broken or bumpy roads, it has a choppy ride quality that never seems to go away. The seats are firmly padded but supportive, and they hold up over long trips. But there are hard plastic door panels right next to your knees, and they’re uncomfortable to brace against when navigating down curvy roads.
There isn’t much noise from the engine on the highway, but it’s a bit unrefined at idle and under full-throttle acceleration. We also noticed a strikingly loud drivetrain noise coming from beneath the rear floor that we couldn’t identify. These traits are a bit of a harder pill to swallow on the top-trim Lariat.
How’s the interior?
You’ll love the Maverick if you like your truck interiors simple. There aren’t a lot of frills or buttons, but finding the controls you need is very easy. Getting in and out requires some ducking of heads for most, but once you’re inside there’s a decent amount of headroom all around. The driving position is relatively upright, and the driver’s seat and steering wheel don’t offer much adjustability. Legroom is limited in the rear seat, as is the space under the front seats for feet.