The Ford Maverick is a new addition to Canada’s pickup truck market for 2022. It’s one of a new class of compact models conceived to serve the true entry-level end of the pickup segment, where buyers are looking for a handy vehicle but don’t need the big payload and towing capabilities boasted by full- or even mid-size models.
What’s New/Key Changes From Last Year
All new model.
Ford offers the Maverick in XL, XLT, and Lariat trims. In the first two, you get a choice between a 2.5L gas-electric powertrain with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), or a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an eight-speed automatic transmission; Lariat models are standard with the 2.0L engine.
Hybrid versions are only available with front-wheel drive, but AWD is offered with the 2.0L gas powertrain.
Maverick XL’s standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, six cargo tie-downs, a multi-position tailgate, auto on/off LED headlights, and cargo bed lighting. Inside, the Maverick seats five on cloth upholstery, and offers air conditioning, an 8.0-inch touchscreen, six-speaker audio, a 4.2-inch gauge cluster screen, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and rear under-seat storage.
Among the Maverick’s standard safety features are automatic high beams, and forward collision warning with automatic braking.
XLT adds a total of 10 bed tie-downs, cruise control, aluminum wheels, and a power tailgate lock.
Lariat trim’s additions are 18-inch wheels, body-colour door handles, a power sliding rear window, exterior LED signature accent lighting, Active-X upholstery, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic A/C, a 6.5-inch gauge cluster display, leather-trimmed steering wheel, passive keyless entry, and ambient cabin lighting.
In all three trims, the Co-Pilot360 package bundles blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, and lane keeping assist. You can also add a towing package to all three trims with the 2.0L engine.
An XLT luxury package brings a power driver’s seat, a 400-watt power inverter, heated side mirrors, heated seats, a wiper de-icer, remote engine start, LED box lighting, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, and trailer hitch wiring.
XLT and Lariat offer an FX4 off-road package with all-terrain tires, a 6.5-inch gauge display (XLT only), front two hooks, hill descent control, skid plates, a hitch receiver, and upgraded engine cooling.
Lariat’s options include a luxury package of adaptive cruise, spray-in bedliner, eight-speaker stereo, evasive steering assist, heated seats/mirrors/steering wheel, wiper de-icer, lane centering, rear parking sensors, satellite radio, Sync 3, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, smart-charging USB ports, and wireless smartphone charging. With that package in place, you can also get a First Edition pack with unique wheels, a black roof and mirror caps, sunroof, a tonneau cover, and hood/side decals.
As of this writing, Ford has only published fuel consumption estimates for the Maverick with the 2.0L engine and AWD; those figures are 10.7/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine and AWD. We’ll update this article when we learn Ford’s ratings for the rest of the Maverick lineup.
For 2022, the Maverick’s only direct competitor is another newcomer, the Hyundai Santa Cruz.