Your Wait is Over: The All-New 2022 Ford Maverick Pickup is Here

September 10th, 2021 by

A red 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat is shown driving down a sunny road after visiting a Ford Maverick dealership.

For years, consumers and automotive journalists alike have wondered why automakers abandoned the popular compact pickup truck. After all, it ticked all the boxes for a category of buyers who weren’t impressed with SUVs yet couldn’t quite afford to pull the trigger on a full-size pickup truck. Luckily, the 2022 Ford Maverick makes the decades-long wait more than worth it, and it’s waiting for you at Town and Country Ford, your Ford Maverick dealership.

This little powerhouse packs a punch with two available powertrains, three value-priced trims, and a plethora of in-vehicle infotainment technology to make the drive a little more entertaining. Add respectable towing capacity and a sizable bed, and the Maverick behaves a lot like a bigger truck without the bulk or higher price tag.

With a palette of 10 exterior color options, including a dazzling Cyber Orange and Ford’s signature saturated Velocity Blue, Ford lets buyers showcase the Maverick’s edgy styling. There’s seating for 5, a flexible bed design to accommodate all kinds of cargo, and standard driver-assist safety features to keep occupants protected. The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick reacquaints us with the compact pickup truck in a big way. It’s ready for some serious off-roading if you choose or perfect for in-town driving.

Performance With On and Off-Road Capability

Is there such a thing as a fuel-efficient off-roading truck? There is now, thanks to Ford’s all-new 2022 Maverick compact pickup. It comes with a long list of industry firsts, including the first-ever standard hybrid powertrain and a configurable FLEXBED. Available all-wheel drive and a special off-roading package convert the Maverick into a highly capable trail rider.

All 2022 Mavericks feature a hybrid 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor configuration that’s estimated to deliver 40 MPG of fuel economy in the city. It’s an environmentally friendly choice that still takes care of business, with 191 horsepower and enough torque to haul up to 1,500 pounds of payload or tow 2,000 pounds with ease. It’s coupled with a continuously variable transmission that makes for smooth shifting and added fuel economy.

Buyers looking for a little more power can opt for the available 250 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s paired with an 8-speed transmission and can be configured with all-wheel drive, a feature that isn’t available on the standard hybrid powertrain. The 277 lb-ft of torque plus the optional 4K Tow Package up towing capacity to 4,000 pounds, making the Maverick easily capable of towing a boat or a small camper.

Weekend toy haulers will appreciate Ford’s exclusive FLEXBED feature. It’s a configurable truck bed system that accommodates everything from bicycles to ATVs with the aid of several tie-downs and strategically placed D-rings. There’s also standard 12-volt power hardwired into the bed, so buyers can outfit their own power source or choose the available factory box lighting.

The bed dimensions equal roughly 4.5 feet, but when the tailgate extends, it grows to six feet overall. Speaking of the tailgate, it’s a multi-position design that allows a half-open setting, which is perfect for hauling longer cargo. The tailgate even includes bottle openers and a 500-pound weight rating for effortless tailgating, further demonstrating Ford’s commitment to building the Maverick for active lifestyles.

The black interior, steering wheel, and infotainment screen is shown in a 2022 Ford Maverick.

Driver-Assist and Infotainment Technology

Ford builds cars, trucks, and SUVs that put a focus on safety, and the 2022 Maverick is no different. It features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist safety technology across the entire trim range, which includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking and Automatic High Beam Headlamps. The headlamps automate switching between low and high-beam settings, helping drivers focus more on nighttime driving. Additional optional safety technologies include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. These systems work via sensors and radar to alert the driver to potential hazards and provide mitigation actions to support safe vehicle operation.

Inside, drivers can select from five drive modes: Normal, Eco, Sport, Slippery, and Tow/Haul. The modes are specially tuned for each specific function, adjusting traction and torque to optimize performance across a range of driving conditions. Selecting the Off-Road Package adds Mud and Snow modes. All Maverick trucks feature a standard Rear Vision Camera to make backing up effortless.

The Maverick is outfitted with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also features a standard 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that drivers can activate with customizable data plans. The available 8-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium audio system delivers a concert-grade sound and makes the most of streaming playlists.

FordPass is the Maverick’s standard gateway to app-based connectivity. The system is designed to turn your smartphone into a remote access hub. You can locate the vehicle, lock and unlock doors, remote start, and even check how much gas is in the tank, all via the app.

A red 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat is shown from the side parked in a driveway.

Trims and Equipment Packages

The Maverick starts in the low $20,000 range in its base XL trim configuration. It’s a sweet spot for budget-minded buyers who don’t want a vanilla sedan or a tiny SUV. Choosing a Maverick XL gets you the standard hybrid powertrain, LED headlights, Ford’s unique FLEXBED system, and a good dose of technology, including an 8-inch touchscreen and a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Move up to the mid-range Maverick XLT, and you’ll unlock tons of standard and available comfort and convenience features. These include a special cubby storage system in the bed and even more tie-downs–10 to be exact. The XLT also features 17-inch aluminum wheels, a tailgate with power locking, and unique headlights that activate when the wipers turn on.

The top-of-the-line Maverick Lariat adds in a bit of luxury, with standard 18-inch wheels, special Desert Brown ActiveX seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and ambient lighting in the cabin. Also included are dual-zone automatic climate control and a special acoustic windshield that makes the Maverick’s cabin even quieter.

Exclusive to its 2022 launch year, the Maverick is also offered in a one-of-a-kind Lariat First Edition trim. It distinguishes itself from the rest of the lineup with a black roof, a special hood design, graphics along the lower door sections, and a gloss black mirror. Combined, these exterior enhancements add to the Maverick’s aggressive exterior stance.

Two available packages – the FX4 Off-Road Package and the 4K Tow Package – add extra utility to the Maverick’s already impressive credentials. The FX4 Package features tow hooks on the front bumper, Hill Descent Control, special skid plates to protect key vehicle components, and all-terrain tires. The 4K Tow Package increases the Maverick’s towing capacity to 4,000 pounds.

A Broad Appeal

Ford designed the Maverick for broad appeal, which is exactly what a compact pickup should offer. After all, some buyers choose it primarily for its pickup truck styling even though they don’t necessarily need a vehicle for hauling or towing. In cases where style is the primary goal, affordability plays a big part. The 2022 Maverick is priced similarly to compact sedans and entry-level crossovers. On the other end of the spectrum, capability-focused buyers have the flexibility to add a beefier powertrain and optional off-roading equipment to equip their Maverick with go-anywhere utility. It even functions well as a work truck, with a maximum towing capacity that easily accommodates trailers or small equipment and an equally impressive payload capability.

The best part about choosing a 2022 Ford Maverick is you don’t have to decide between style and capability. Even the base XL offers plenty of useful features, and the Maverick’s aggressive exterior lines are the perfect backdrop for mud streaks after a long day climbing off-road terrain.