- the 2022 ford maverick is here, and it's a cheaper option among other smaller unibody pickup trucks.
- when it goes on sale in the fall it'll compete with the honda ridgeline and the hyundai santa cruz.
- the maverick starts at $21,490, the santa cruz is expected at around $25,000, and the ridgeline starts at $37,665.
update 6/8/21, 9:00 a.m.: this story has been updated with full pricing details.
the 2022 maverick is a new addition to ford's truck lineup, and it is the cheapest option, positioned under the mid-size ranger. the maverick starts just over $21,000 and it will go on sale in the fall. it's not the only small unibody pickup truck available, though, and it'll have to stand out against the honda ridgeline, which received an updated look for 2021, and the hyundai santa cruz, which will be on sale this summer. this is how the new maverick stacks up with the two other small pickups:
the maverick starts at $21,490 for the base xl model, $23,775 for the xlt, and $26,985 for the lariat. the ridgeline is much more expensive, starting at $37,665. hyundai also hasn't released full pricing on the upcoming santa cruz, but we expect it to range from $25,000 to $35,o00.
regardless of trim, every maverick comes standard with a 191-hp hybrid drivetrain using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder gas engine. it uses a continuously variable automatic transmission (cvt). a turbocharged 2.0-liter with an eight-speed automatic is also available and it makes 250 horsepower and 277 pound-feet. hybrid models are only available with front-wheel drive, but the 2.0-liter can be paired with either front- or all-wheel drive.
the hyundai santa cruz also has two powertrain options: a standard 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is expected to make 190 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, and a turbocharged 2.5-liter four with 275 horsepower and 310 pound-feet. front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional on both engines. the honda ridgeline is only available with a 3.5-liter v-6 that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque, and all-wheel drive is standard.
ford claims that the maverick will get an epa-estimated rating of 40 mpg in the city, which is 4 mpg shy of the hybrid escape's rating. ford hasn't said anything about the turbo 2.0-liter's fuel economy yet, but the escape with the same setup and all-wheel drive is rated at 26 mpg and the 2.0-liter bronco sport is rated at 23 mpg. the ridgeline is rated at 22 mpg combined, and the santa cruz at 23 mpg for the standard four-cylinder engine with all-wheel drive.
towing and payload
mavericks can tow up to 2000 pounds when equipped with the hybrid powertrain and 4000 pounds with the turbo 2.0-liter. payload is rated at 1500 pounds regardless of powertrain. the ridgeline and santa cruz can tow more at up to 5000 pounds, and they can haul more, too, with payloads of up to 1583 pounds on the honda and 1748 on the hyundai.
the maverick sits right between the santa cruz and ridgeline in size, with the honda being the largest of the three. mavericks will be built alongside the bronco sport at ford's plant in hermosillo, mexico, but its wheelbase is 16 inches longer than the rugged crossover. it sits lower and is narrower than the bronco sport.