Video: I Go Hands On with the Least & Most Expensive New Ford Maverick – The Differences Will Surprise You!

This is a first opportunity to compare two very special versions of the all-new 2022 Ford Maverick: the affordable base model and a fully-optioned Maverick First Edition. The base price of this tiny hybrid-powered pickup is $19,995 (before destination charges of $1,495). This is nearly $16,000 less than a top of the line Lariat model with a turbocharged engine and all-wheel-drive. Some of the differences are surprising!

2022 Maverick XL

It all starts with the Maverick hybrid that uses a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine that is combined with an electric motor in a “Power Split” configuration. This means that the vehicle can drive an operate on electricity alone, on gas power alone, or on combination of the two. Ford predicts a 40 MPG rating for city driving, although official EPA ratings are not yet available. The total system output is rated at 191 horsepower. Combined torque output number is not provided because the gas engine and electric motor torque peak at different speeds and different RPM.

Maverick XL with a 500 lbs (7 sheets of 4×4 plywood)

The Maverick hybrid is only available in a front-wheel-drive configuration and uses an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). It still offers a crew cab, seating for five, and 4.5-foot cargo bed in the back. It’s built on a unibody chassis and a platform that is shared with the Ford Escape and the Ford Bronco Sport.

The base Maverick hybris if the one that has the highest payload rating. I saw a payload sticker showing 1,563 lbs of maximum payload. It can be equipped with an optional hitch receiver an a 4-pin trailer wiring connector for up to 2,000 lbs of maximum towing.

However, the Maverick XL does not offer any version of cruise control and the base model has manually adjustable side mirrors, but power windows.

2022 Maverick Lariat

No matter which trim level of the Maverick you want to get: XL, XLT, or Lariat – you can equip it with either a Hybrid powertrain or an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine with 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. The red Maverick Lariat First Edition you see here is equipped with the turbocharged powerplant and all-wheel-drive.

This model can be equipped with several optional package that include a 4K maximum towing package (a tow rating of 4,000 lbs), an FX4 off-road package (not shown on this truck), a CoPilot360 driver-assistance package that includes adaptive cruise control and lane-keep assist.

This fully-optioned Lariat has heated leather seats in the front, a heated steering wheel, wireless charging, SYNC3 infotainment system, spray-in bedliner, 400W 120V inverter, tonneau cover, and special First Edition decals.

This red truck is configured at an MSRP of $36,800. This is very close to the most expensive Maverick that you can configure. This 2.0L Turbo is EPA rated at 22 MPG city, 29 MPG highway, and 25 MPG combined.

Check out the video below for a hands-on look at the all-new Maverick.

Video: I Go Hands On with the Least & Most Expensive New Ford Maverick – The Differences Will Surprise You!

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