Pickups at the moment are so large — that’s simple to verify in any parking zone, the place these vehicles pressure the margins of a typical parking house. And “full-size” is larger than it was: Immediately, a midsize Ford Ranger is concerning the measurement of an F-150 from a few a long time in the past. Even the compact 2022 Ford Maverick is larger in some ways than the old-generation Ford Ranger. But it and the Hyundai Santa Cruz are the tiniest vehicles in the marketplace.
The arrival of a bit of Maverick for a number of days of driving not too long ago was an opportunity to reply an enormous query: Is the Maverick actually a lot of a truck?
Certain, it has a pickup mattress, type of. As a consequence of getting a four-door cab, the mattress’s tiny: a hair over 4.5 ft lengthy, and a hair beneath 4.5 ft large. Once I stated the Maverick was larger than small vehicles of yesteryear, that did not embody mattress measurement. The outdated Ranger got here with 6- and 7-foot-long packing containers. I owned a few Chevy S10s again within the day, which had 7.5-foot packing containers, and so they might haul plenty of cargo. One memorable load was a brand-new, crated-up, double-door, 7-foot-tall Sub-Zero fridge. That fancy icebox was so large, it took 4 cursing males to maneuver it into the kitchen. However a compact pickup hauled it.
Such a load would most likely be too large for a Maverick. Its 4 doorways make it a passenger automobile or compact SUV in a way, one which leaves your baggage out within the rain. It’s nice at hauling individuals, however does so by sacrificing a few of what truly defines a truck.
Maverick isn’t alone in having a compromised mattress measurement, in fact. The smallest mattress on an F-150 is simply 5.5 ft lengthy. At the very least Maverick edges out the Santa Cruz field, which is a mere 4-footer.
With a shell on it, I used to make use of a truck mattress as a … mattress, sleeping off the bottom on backcountry outings. The one manner to do this in a Maverick is by dropping the tailgate — assuming it’s not a chilly evening, you’re not in bear nation, and also you’re beneath 6 ft tall so your ft don’t dangle.
However Ford’s bought a tape measure. Its engineers know the mattress’s quick, and so they did so much to mitigate this with their Flexbed system (defined within the video on the backside of this put up). For instance, you might haul lumber by making use of the numerous tie-downs and cleats, and the tailgate might be angled partially open to assist degree sheets of plywood. The mattress’s quick however intelligent.
So the utility check for this explicit Maverick would concentrate on quantity. Moreover, I wanted a load of backyard compost, so there’s that. The cargo capability is rated at 33.3 cubic ft. A cubic yard of fabric measures 27 cubic ft, so the maths says it ought to match — and flush with the highest of the field, even. So we had been off to the supplies yard to check that. Plus, it might be fascinating to see how a front-end loader would drop the compost into such a small goal. Would they perhaps even refuse to strive?
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Ready in line and watching the loader fill larger vehicles, I chickened out and paid for simply half a yard of fabric. What they had been calling a yard seemed like manner an excessive amount of. The loader operator solved the dimensions concern by positioning the bucket over the mattress at a corner-to-corner angle, with made for only a little bit of spillage off the tailgate. The supposed half-yard load was piled greater than the aspect rails, in a catty-corner ridge. Maybe the loader driver was being beneficiant, however the truck was fairly full. Hunkered down, we drove off.
Inspecting the load again at house, double the quantity might need match — if raked into all 4 corners and piled actually excessive, like perhaps cab-high. However there was additionally the matter of weight to contemplate. A Google search claimed a yard of compost weighs 1,250 kilos, and the Maverick’s payload ranking is 1,500. Nevertheless, this compost was moist. Soggy-Seattle-spring moist. A full yard would certainly have overloaded this trucklet.
On the very shiny aspect of issues, the Maverick was tremendous simple to unload. The final time I fetched bulk materials was in an F-150 Tremor, a truck so tall that shoveling it out required a stepladder. This little front-wheel-drive Maverick was the right top — you possibly can simply attain over the aspect rails, or attain clear to the entrance of the mattress with a shovel from the open tailgate. That was fairly candy.
Past the hauling capabilities, this Maverick EcoBoost XLT was nice and cute. The inside has an fascinating mixture of supplies and textures utilized to the seating, doorways and sprint. The fabric upholstery is especially good. The inside is easy and utilitarian, with a contemporary design sense. There are a great deal of cubbies within the sprint, console and doorways, and hidden storage bins beneath the again seat. Entrance legroom is simply sufficient for a 6-foot-tall driver to get by with, and rear legroom is nice sufficient. The truck had a throwback characteristic — an ignition key; a begin button is reserved for the Lariat trim, however a key works simply effective.
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The two.0 EcoBoost supplies loads of energy. The transmission works effectively, although to my Neanderthal mind-set, a handbook with a decrease first gear can be vastly preferable in a small pickup. And the unibody development made for a good, cohesive journey.
On high of all that, it’s a nice-looking little rig with a powerful household resemblance. This FWD Maverick XLT EcoBoost in Sizzling Pepper Pink Metallic, with a Luxurious Package deal that included trailering package, eight-way driver’s seat, spray-in bedliner and extra, carried an MSRP of $28,540 together with vacation spot cost.
Better of all, it matches nice in a parking house or in your storage — and perhaps in your life. It may haul individuals, it will possibly haul issues … a number of issues, perhaps sufficient issues, although perhaps it’s a must to make two journeys. The mattress’s small, however you possibly can work with it, and it’s far friendlier to unload than vehicles from the Ford vendor’s big-and-tall aisle. And with EPA scores of 23 mpg metropolis, 30 freeway, 26 mixed, this Maverick’s friendlier in your pockets in nowadays of excessive gasoline costs. And this is not even the Maverick hybrid.
Round Autoblog, we at all times say that the equally unibody Honda Ridgeline is truck sufficient to do 90% of the issues a typical suburban home-owner would truly use a truck for. The Maverick can do perhaps 75% of these issues. That’s truck sufficient for many of us.