The 2022 Ford Maverick might be the Blue Oval’s smallest truck, but it’s still a big deal. It presents a tantalizing alternative to the doldrum of cheap SUVs and giant pickups we see endlessly patrolling our roads without resorting to outlandish styling or garish gimmicks. It’s a small truck for people who don’t need or want a half-ton in their driveway.
It’s priced for the everyman, too. With a starting sum of $21,490, it undercuts the cheapest F-150 by almost $10,000. It is also more than $5,000 cheaper than a base Ranger. It’s also the cheapest new pickup, period. But it’s not like this unibody trucklet is short on capability. Despite its smaller stature, the Maverick can still haul up to 1,500 pounds in the bed and tow up to 4,000 pounds with the $745 4K Tow option selected. Fully loaded—not including the myriad accessories available—the 2022 Ford Maverick tops out just over $35,000.
That $21,490 price is just for the base XL, which looks like a work truck. It comes with steel wheels, blacked-out mirror caps, and comes with the option for the 4K tow package. It also gets niceties such as LED headlamps, an 8.0-inch infotainment display, a rearview camera, and all the added utility of that 4.5-foot long bed.
Add the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo I-4 engine, and you’ll pay an extra $1,085. That unlocks the option for all-wheel drive, which runs $3,305 with the EcoBoost engine included, bringing the total for the least-expensive AWD Maverick you can buy to a reasonable $24,795.
The higher-spec Maverick XLT receives a host of upgrades, including a set of 17-inch alloys in place of the XL’s steelies, an available FX4 off-road pack, and Ford’s Flexbed storage setup. It starts at $23,775 with front-wheel drive and the standard hybrid powertrain. As with the XL, upgrading to the EcoBoost turbo engine costs $1,085; all-wheel drive tacks on another $2,220, bringing the AWD XLT’s base price to $27,080.
XLT buyers are given access to the same $745 4K Tow package and $540 Ford Co-Pilot360 safety tech offered to XL shoppers, plus the $800 FX4 off-road package (requires AWD) and $2,345 XLT Luxury package (which includes a power driver’s seat, 400-watt power inverter, bed tie-downs, a spray-in bedliner, full-size spare, heated seats, heated wiper area, heated door mirrors, remote engine start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, LED box lighting, and a trailer hitch.
The $26,985 Maverick Lariat serves as the truck’s flagship trim and it gets a leather steering wheel, Ford’s so-called “ActiveX” seat material, dual rear USB ports, and an available Bang and Olufsen sound system. Like the XLT, the Maverick XLT is also available with the $745 4K Tow package and $800 FX4 off-road package. There is a $1,495 First Edition package with special 17- or 18-inch wheels (depending on engine choice), a black-painted roof, black door mirrors, a sunroof, special decals, and a tonneau cover.
For the most gussied-up Maverick, you will want to grab the $3,340 Lariat Luxury package, which brings the same equipment as the XLT Luxury package plus adaptive cruise control, self-steering lane centering, rear parking sensors, a wireless charging pad, and a B&O 8-speaker audio system. As with the other Mavericks, the EcoBoost turbo I-4 runs $1,085, with AWD adding another $2,220.
Base Mavericks are motivated by a 191-hp gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain made up of a 2.5-liter I-4 and an electric motor that pushes power to the front wheels. Uprated Mavs get the 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder out of the Bronco Sport Badlands for another $1,085. The forced induction four shoots its power to the front tires as standard, and to all four wheels as an option. The Maverick’s only true rival, the Hyundai Santa Cruz, is powered by a 2.5-liter I-4 engine good for 191 hp. Should you need a little more grunt, there is an optional 2.5-liter I-4 engine with 281 hp.
We still don’t know how much the Santa Cruz will cost, but it’ll have to be pretty well-priced to compete with the cheapest Maverick. It should be a good fight between the two compact pickups, but at the end of the day, we’re just happy both are here.
2022 Ford Maverick Pricing
- Maverick XL: $21,490
- Maverick XLT: $23,775
- Maverick Lariat: $26,985