Cool Car: 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid

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When I was a kid, a Ford Maverick was a small car Now the name is back and this Maverick is a much better idea.

It’s a small unibody pick-up based on the Ford Escape platform. For suburban household chores or light-duty business work, it’s just the right size.

This front-wheel-drive version is a hybrid. We squeezed about 40 miles per gallon. Very impressive. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder coupled with the electric motor puts out 191 horsepower. A non-hybrid 250 horsepower engine is optional as is four-wheel drive.

Ford really did a nice job designing the bed on the Maverick. It has these notches so you can put boards across for different levels of cargo carrying. And it has these built-in compartments. One on each side. Very handy for tools, nails, and other small items.

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The interior is simple but works well. There are lots of places to put water bottles and cups. This Lariat model has a few more comfort features, but even base Mavericks have Apple Car Play and Android Auto and a wifi hotspot. Automatic emergency braking is also standard. The transmission is a continuously variable automatic.

Row two can hold three kids but three adults will be snug. I was very impressed with the Maverick’s road manners. The hybrid version can tow up to two thousand pounds.

So for the 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid, I say thumbs up to the excellent value, excellent gas mileage, and excellent utility. Thumbs down to the snug row two seats. The as-reviewed sticker price, just over $29,000.

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