If there’s one thing we get asked about new trucks more often than anything else, it’s how much they can tow. A close second is how much they can haul. Now, the all-new, compact-sized 2022 Ford Maverick may not win any best-in-class claims when it comes to towing and hauling—unlike its F-Series brethren—but it’s no slouch, either. As part of the introduction of the newest Ford pickup, the company outfitted a set of Mavericks with trailers of varying sizes and weights and let us have a go at towing with the Maverick. Read on to see how it went.
How Much Can The 2022 Ford Maverick Tow?
The 2022 Ford Maverick comes with two different tow ratings. Trucks with the base 2.5L I-4 hybrid drivetrain come rated to tow a maximum of 2,000 pounds. Mavericks with the optional 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine also come with a base tow rating of 2,000 pounds. However, EcoBoost trucks have the option of adding on Ford’s 4K Tow package, which costs $745. When selected, the 4K Tow package, you guessed it, increases the towing capacity of EcoBoost Mavericks to a maximum of 4,000 pounds.
What Comes With The Maverick 4K Tow Package?
While the cost of the 4K Tow package isn’t grand, what comes with it is quite impressive. The package includes 225/65R17 tires for XL and XLT trims (Lariat already comes equipped with 225/60R18 tires), a 2-inch trailer hitch receiver, seven-pin trailer wiring plug, an integrated trailer brake controller, transmission oil cooler, an upgraded radiator, upgraded cooling fan, and numerically lower axle gears (3.63:1 is standard, while the 4K Towing package drops to 3.81:1).
Towing Maxed Out
Ford knew exactly what we would want to do with the company’s new 2022 Maverick, which would be to tow heavy. To do this, Ford provided us with the opportunity to tow four different Maverick setups. Two of the trucks were fitted with the hybrid drivetrain, and the other two had the 2.0L EcoBoost. One of the hybrid Mavericks was hitched to a flatbed trailer with a riding mower, which weighed 1,600 pounds. The other hybrid was fitted to tow a pair of personal watercrafts, which, with the trailer, tipped the scales at 2,000 pounds. For the EcoBoost trucks, Ford hitched one to a 2,600-pound Airstream Basecamp 16X, while the other truck had a pair of ATVs on a 14-foot flatbed trailer that tipped the scale at 4,000 pounds.
Now, we know what you’re thinking, and you’re correct… Ford wouldn’t have let us tow these trailers if it didn’t know the Maverick would handle the loads exceptionally well. And handle them well is exactly what they did. Starting with the hybrid Maverick towing 2,000 pounds, we set off on the test loop that included a mix of in-town driving, along with a quick jaunt of Interstate 40, which gave a good taste of acceleration and merging. We then jumped in the EcoBoost Maverick and repeated the loop.
What we found was that, at the maximum rated towing weight, both 2022 Maverick models handled the load with ease. The truck remained composed, even with a long 14-foot tandem-axle trailer in tow. We didn’t experience any sway, and the rear suspension, while definitely squatted, never got into the jounces. Power was adequate, as both trucks were able to get away from a stop at a decent pace with their maximum loads, and both were able to merge onto the highway and match the flow of traffic, though both did require a maximum acceleration effort to do so.
Most interesting was what the driver information screen was showing for fuel economy at the end of our test loop. The hybrid-powered Maverick, towing 2,000 pounds, displayed a more than 30 mpg average. The EcoBoost truck, towing 4,000 pounds, displayed 11 mpg. While the hybrid was right in line with our expectations, we were a bit taken aback by the low fuel economy figure from the EcoBoost. Admittedly, our route was short, so more testing will be necessary before we fully pass judgment.
Maverick Can Haul, Too
Towing wasn’t the only cargo-based activity Ford had planned for us at the Maverick launch… the company loaded a pair of trucks with payload, as well. Unlike the towing experience, Ford did not max out Maverick’s payload. Instead, the company fitted the two trucks with what would be considered a “normal” load. One truck had eight 4-by-8-foot sheets of plywood, and the other had a bed full of bags of garden mulch.
The maximum payload rating for all Maverick pickups is an impressive 1,500 pounds. This includes the weight of all occupants and cargo, both in the cab and the bed. Ford has made it a point to state, however, that it’s possible to put the maximum amount of payload completely in the bed. For example, with a 150-pound driver one could theoretically load 1,350 pounds of cement bags in the bed of Maverick.
While our loads were a lot lighter, it still gave a quick impression of how Maverick will react with a load in the bed. As you might expect, hauling with Maverick was a complete non-event. We couldn’t even tell there was weight in the back. The suspension handled both loads exceptionally well, exhibiting very little added body roll and damping movement of the rear suspension just as well as when the truck is unladen. It was certainly impressive. That said, we can see where maxing out the payload might tax these handling characteristics a bit further, and we can’t wait to get a Maverick of our own to load to the max.