Ford Maverick
(2021) SuperCrew 2.0 EcoBoost (250 HP) AWD Automatic
19 995 - 25 490 usd
Lease price: $385 - $279
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Specifications of Ford Maverick (2021) SuperCrew 2.0 EcoBoost (250 HP) AWD Automatic

General characteristics of Ford Maverick (2021) SuperCrew 2.0 EcoBoost (250 HP) AWD Automatic

Compared with the midsize Ford Ranger SuperCrew, the Maverick is 11.1 inches shorter in length and 2.3 inches narrower. The Maverick's dimensions include a 121.1-inch wheelbase, a length of 199.7 inches, a maximum height of 68.7 inches, and a width of 83.5 inches including the mirrors. That's small by truck standards, but the Maverick still stretches about an inch longer than a mid-size Explorer SUV. With the mirrors folded, the width goes down to 77.9 inches. The Maverick has a 4.5-foot bed whereas the Ranger SuperCrew comes with a five-foot bed, so you aren't sacrificing much in this area. In the Maverick, the cargo width at the wheelhouse is 42.6 inches (61 inches for the Ranger) and the cargo length at the floor is 54.4 inches.

With all-wheel drive and 17-inch wheels, the approach/departure/ramp breakover angles work out to 21.6/21.2/18.1 degrees respectively. The departure angle improves to 21.9 degrees with the hybrid front-wheel-drive model with 17-inch wheels. With AWD, the minimum running ground clearance is 8.6 inches.

The more compact dimensions do come with a significant weight saving compared to larger trucks. With a base curb weight of 3,563 pounds for the Maverick FWD with the EcoBoost engine, this model is nearly 800 lbs lighter than the lightest Ranger SuperCrew. With AWD, the Maverick weighs 3,731 lbs. The hybrid, which is only available with FWD, weighs in at 3,674 lbs.

There are two engine choices for the new Maverick, starting with the standard hybrid model. It pairs a 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle inline-four engine with an electric traction motor to produce 191 hp and 155 lb-ft of torque. The four-pot's peak torque only arrives at 4,000 rpm. A continuously variable transmission is standard on this model, and we found it smooth and unobtrusive. Some die-hard truck fans may poke fun at a hybrid truck with a CVT, but the Maverick excels in city driving. Go light enough on the throttle, and it will leave a stop on electric power before kicking on the gas engine. It's a serene feeling.

Anyone wanting peppier performance or the option of AWD will have to go for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, which produces a much stronger 250 hp and 277 lb-ft. It provides far more spirited acceleration and comes paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The eight-speed is smooth in its operation, and executes shifts punctually when you demand acceleration. Though the EcoBoost is the far quicker option, it sounded coarse when driven hard, while the hybrid engine felt quieter and more relaxed.

Pickup trucks are many things: practical, durable, sometimes comfortable, but we'd rarely call them exciting to drive. The Maverick is… dare we say… fun? Because it's based on a unibody design that's shared with the Escape and Bronco Sport, the Maverick drives more like an SUV than a pickup truck. Traditional truck buyers will bemoan the unibody construction and say the Maverick isn't a "real truck" (whatever that means), but buyers who don't plan to tow a massive boat or carry tons of sheetrock will enjoy the Maverick's car-like driving manners. The steering feels sharp, the suspension isn't too bouncy, and the road noise doesn't overwhelm the cabin, even on the base model.

You can chuck the Maverick into a corner without fear it may tip over or lose control. With some better tires and brakes, we might even call it sporty. Hey Ford, feeling up to building us an ST model? Like most vehicles, the Maverick has selectable drive modes, but we didn't notice a massive difference between them aside from the throttle mapping and engine response. Eco mode dials back the throttle to achieve better fuel economy, while Sport mode tunes the throttle to deliver more immediate response. Ford also include Tow Haul and Slippery modes, while models equipped with the FX4 package gain additional Sand and Mud & Ruts modes for off-roading. We sampled an FX4-equipped Maverick on a light dirt trail, and found it to be competent enough for the rare occasion an owner might want to stay off the beaten path.

Although the EPA hasn't yet published official ratings for the Ford Maverick hybrid, Ford has stated that the truck will manage 40 mpg in the city and a range of 500 miles from its 13.8-gallon tank. Those are remarkable numbers for any truck, even a smaller one such as this. It's worth noting that on an hour-long, 25-mile journey to our hotel in Nashville, we eked out 52 mpg from the hybrid Maverick. 40 mpg should be an easy ask of this truck.

The official EPA ratings for the turbocharged EcoBoost model aren't bad, with the FWD version managing 23/30/26 mpg city/highway/combined and the AWD derivative returning 22/29/25 mpg across the same cycles. By comparison, the turbocharged Hyundai Santa Cruz has a combined figure of 22 mpg. With its 16.5-gallon tank, the EcoBoost FWD should be able to cover approximately 429 miles between visits to the pumps.

All Maverick models come in four-door SuperCrew configurations, meaning you get a usable back seat for passengers. Ford expects many Maverick buyers to be first-time pickup truck owners upgrading from a sedan or SUV. With 100.3 cubic feet of passenger space, Ford says the Maverick's cabin is similar to its outgoing Fusion sedan. Head and legroom up front feels generous with 40.3 (38 with the sunroof) and 42.8 inches, respectively, while rear passengers get 39.6 inches of headroom and 35.9 inches of legroom (36.9 in the EcoBoost). The Maverick will seat five passengers, but we'd say four would be more comfortable on a long trip. This pickup uses its passenger space effectively, but lacks the cavernous feel of a larger truck.

The lower two trims miss out on a leather-wrapped steering wheel, which is one of the first signs that Ford needed to cut costs in some areas. At least the armrest is leather, even on the base XL trim. Although there are a few harder plastics, they don't look cheap, as Ford's designers went through the effort to style them with unique patterns and textures. The rugged materials will also be easier to keep clean, which is an important factor in a truck.

On the base trim, cloth seats in Black Onyx/Medium Dark Slate are standard. Unfortunately, no other color choices are on offer. The XLT gets cloth seats too but a bolder Navy Pier/Medium Slate color scheme with orange accents. On this model, the XLT Luxury package adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, among other items.

Finally, the Lariat gets heated leather seats, a leather steering wheel, and ActiveX upholstery. The interior color is an attractive Desert Brown with blue contrast.

It's here that the Maverick's smaller size will see it lose out to larger trucks. The 4.5-foot bed offers 33.3 cubic feet of cargo volume, exactly 10 cubes less than you get in the Ranger with its five-foot bed. At 1,500 lbs, the Maverick's maximum payload capacity isn't all that great either. Ford says that the payload is equivalent to 37 bags of 40-pound mulch, and the bed expands to six feet when the tailgate is down. If you need to transport 38 bags of 40-pound mulch, well, it's best to look elsewhere.

Ford has done everything it can to maximize the use of the available space, though. The Flexbed system allows for a variety of storage and cargo solutions, with lumbar boards that can fit into slots to divide the bed. There are 12 available anchor points and two 12-volt 20-amp pre-wired sources at the back. The latter feature makes it easy to, for example, install bed lighting or an air compressor.

In the cabin, there are spacious door pockets for large bottles and there is space beneath the rear seat to store items like laptop bags or a fully inflated volleyball. Of course, there are also cupholders, while the top two trims offer a fold-down rear center armrest with another two. The center console armrest conceals more space between the driver and front passenger, and the rear seats have a cool Ford Integrated Tether System (FITS) slot that allows owners to 3D print their own cupholders and unique accessories.

 

Ford Maverick
(2021) SuperCrew 2.0 EcoBoost (250 HP) AWD Automatic
19 995 - 25 490 USD
16 offers
General information
Model year
2021
Brand country
USA
Class
J
Number of doors
5
Number of seats
5
Engine
Engine type
Gasoline
Engine configuration
Front
Maximum Horsepower @ RPM
250
Displacement, cc
1999
Displacement, cu in
121.99
Number of cylinders
4
Transmission
Transmission type
Automatic
Number of gears
8
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel economy, performance and range
Combined EPA Fuel Economy, mpg
25
City EPA Fuel Economy, mpg
22
Highway EPA Fuel Economy, mpg 4.7
29
Top speed, mph
118
100 mph, s
16.1
Interior dimensions and weight information
Boot capacity, L
93
Boot capacity, cu ft
22
Fuel tank capacity, gal
16.38
Curb weight, lb
3730.22
Gross weight, lb
4002
Exterior dimensions
Length, in
199.69
Width, in
72.68
Height, in
68.7
Wheelbase, in
121.1
Minimum Ground Clearance, in
8.3
Front Track Width, in
63.39
Rear Track Width, in
62.8

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