Ford Maverick Hybrid
This week we are reviewing the Ford Maverick Hybrid. Our vehicle was assembled at the Hermosillo plant in Mexico with an MSRP of CAD $28,130.00.
The Ford Maverick Hybrid is a compact pickup truck that offers a unique combination of practicality, efficiency, and affordability. We rarely get to test vehicles in their almost bare-bone versions. And in this case, the base model is the best option for those needing a versatile vehicle that provides real multipurpose functionality on a budget. As a hybrid, it offers impressive fuel economy, lower than some sedans currently on the market. The hybrid 2.5L powertrain also provides a smoother ride. In return, you lose the option of having a truck that's AWD when choosing the hybrid version.
On the outside, the Maverick Hybrid looks like a traditional pickup truck with a bold and rugged design. The front grille is flanked by sleek headlights that give the truck a modern look. The body is also aerodynamic, which contributes to improving fuel efficiency. The bed is relatively small, but it's still big enough to haul a decent amount of cargo. The cargo area is well-designed, with plenty of room for tools, equipment, or groceries. Ford made this vehicle as hip as possible so that it can accommodate enhancements that are 3D printable.
Fun Factor: 7
The driving dynamics resemble more a crossover than a truck; the steering is direct, with a bit of emptiness in the center point. The suspension is soft and results in a wobbly ride compared to its cousin, the Bronco Sport.
Can it Family: 6
Inside, the Maverick Hybrid is comfortable and functional. The seats are reasonably well-cushioned for the price, and the cabin is spacious enough for two adults; the rear seats are smaller and relatively upright. Hence, these seats are better suited for kids. If you find the interior familiar to the Ford Bronco Sport, you would be right, as these two vehicles share the same platform. The resemblance is almost unmistakable once inside.
The infotainment system is easy to use and includes different features such as Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto on an 8-inch screen. The base audio system has 6 speakers and is nothing to rave about. It's the system you'll find in all 3 trims (XL, XLT and Lariat); if you want better audio. You can go for the Bang&Olufsen system, which we also tested in the Ford Bronco Sport (hyperlink). To get this improvement, you will need to choose the highest trim and pay a pretty penny for it since it comes bundled with the Ford 360 Co-pilot system.
One of the most notable features of the Maverick Hybrid is its fuel economy. Its announced fuel economy is 5.6L/100km in the city, 7.1L/100km on the Hwy and has a combined rating of 6.3l/100km. We achieved an average of 6.5L/100km during the week we tested the vehicle. Making it an excellent choice for those who want to save money on gas and reduce their environmental impact. The temperature oscillated between -2c and +17c.
On the downside, the Maverick Hybrid's payload and towing capacity are limited. It can only tow up to 2,000 pounds in its hybrid configuration, less than some of its competitors, even though the Hybrid version doesn't yet have a direct competitor. The non-hybrid version doubles this amount to 4000 pounds. Additionally, the bed is relatively small; if you need to haul oversized items, consider the Ford Ranger; if you still want great fuel, Ford offers a hybrid F-150 which surprised us in many ways. If you primarily wish to save on gas, the Ford Lightning is also an option, but at what cost?
Rear doors are easy for kids to open, and the entrance is wide enough to get car seats via the door opening. Finding the lower anchors and attaching them to a car seat will not come with any hurdles. Where it becomes problematic is the rear anchor, those are hidden behind the seats and require you to fold down the seat. Most car seats will eat up the space of front passengers, especially rear-facing ones. The only car seats we saw without any fitting issues were booster seats.
City Cruising: 9
The city is where the Maverick shows the best results; when driving, it gets better fuel economy than some sedans. During our city run, we saw the fuel economy dip as low as 4L/100km.
Why would we buy the Ford Maverick hybrid, or what we liked about it?
Fuel economy is a huge strong point, and the base price point is also an excellent proposition.
Why would we not buy the Ford Maverick hybrid, or what did we not like about it?
Limited rear space for car seats and a small bed; Hybrid doesn't have AWD.
Ford has lent us this vehicle as a press vehicle. We have no affiliation with Ford Canada. The above reflects our personal opinion.