There are two sorts of pickup that can seemingly by no means make a comeback – the car-based, two-door ones just like the El Camino and the regular-cab compacts just like the Nineties Ford Ranger.
Nonetheless, new choices are coming to market in case your way of life may use a crew-cab pickup, however with out the dimensions, value, fuel payments, or the climate-change guilt of a conventional full-size pickup. Enter the Ford Maverick, which joins the Hyundai Santa Cruz in a brand new breed of smaller-footprint (each actually and figuratively) pickups based mostly on unibody, car-like platforms.
Smaller, nevertheless, is a relative time period. At 5.07 metres in size the Maverick is a hands-width or so longer than, say, a typical midsize SUV just like the Ford Explorer (and equally longer than the Santa Cruz). So, it’s not likely compact, not just like the aforementioned Nineties Ranger. Nevertheless it wants about 30 cm much less storage house than as we speak’s conventional crew-cab midsize vans like its present Ranger stablemate and the GM, Nissan and Toyota alternate options.
The Maverick’s ace within the gap is its affordability – not simply to purchase, however to maintain it fuelled. The bottom mannequin is a hybrid, and begins at simply $25,900. That gained’t get you 4WD, however it should get you a claimed 5.6 L/100 km metropolis gasoline consumption, in addition to the flexibility to tote 1,500 kilos of individuals and their stuff and tow a 2,000-lb. trailer (although not all on the similar time).
Nothing else in its class presents hybrid gasoline economic system; and whereas Hyundai U.S. does supply base four-cylinder variations of the Santa Cruz, we solely get higher-trim turbo fashions in Canada.
Should you want extra functionality in a Maverick, the choice 2.0-litre Turbo engine energetically drives all 4 wheels and may tow as much as 4,000 lbs when suitably outfitted. The two.0T/AWD powertrain is commonplace on the highest Lariat trim, or a $2,500 choice on the bottom XL and intermediate XLT trims.
The one physique configuration is full four-door crew cab, so in a package deal this dimension meaning the field size (4.5 ft) is rather less than the five-and-a-bit ft of conventional midsize crew-cabs. Then once more, the very best metropolis gasoline consumption of any alternate options is round 12 L/100 km – twice the thirst of the Maverick Hybrid’s 5.6. The Hybrid charges 7.1 L/100 km on the freeway, whereas the two.0T’s numbers are 10.7 and eight.1 respectively.
The opposition do have increased tow scores, starting from the Hyundai’s 5,000 lbs to the Ranger’s 7,500. Nonetheless, Ford says the Maverick Hybrid can deal with a pair of PWCs or a good-size pop-up camper, whereas the two.0T’s 4,000-lb score equates to a typical 21-foot boat/trailer combo.
Ford is pitching the Maverick at patrons who’ve by no means thought of a pickup earlier than, together with first-time new-vehicle patrons. “Analysis confirmed goal clients having to compromise into small automobiles or SUVs on the expense of house and flexibility,” stated Trevor Scott, Ford of Canada advertising and marketing supervisor for the Maverick.
Ford additionally expects the Maverick to draw “makers and doers who embrace DIY,” Scott added. Helpful-persons can reap the benefits of slots within the cargo mattress to carry 2×4 or 4×6 lumber as dividers or to help brackets for securing cargo, and pre-wired 12V sources for DIY electrical hook-ups. There’s even a QR code you possibly can scan to view how-to movies.
We don’t assume Ford will wrestle to seek out patrons who’re new to pickup possession (in actual fact, at time of writing the Hybrid was nearly all bought out). Even higher, although, could be if the Maverick – and particularly the gas-stingy Hybrid – may exchange a number of the present untold thousands and thousands of carbon-spewing conventional pickups at present pushed by individuals who don’t want a big truck, however drive one simply because they need one.
Ford Maverick Lariat 2.0T
Value: $34,450 base/$36,700 as examined
Engine: 2.0-litre, 250-hp turbo four-cylinder
Transmission/drive: 8-speed automated/all-wheel drive
Gasoline consumption (L/100 km): 10.7 metropolis/8.1 freeway
Options: Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon, Hyundai Santa Cruz, Nissan Frontier, Toyota Tacoma
Appears to be like
You wouldn’t guess from its boxy, function-before-form form that underneath the pores and skin the Maverick has the identical genes because the Escape crossover.
Passenger quantity of two,840 L is comparable with conventional midsize rivals. Rear legroom isn’t beneficiant however in observe the excessive seat, and ample foot-room under the entrance seats, make it extra adult-friendly than you’d assume. For the motive force, an influence 6-way-plus-lumbar seat is obtainable, however even the usual 6-way guide seat allows a snug – and comparatively lofty for individuals who want it – posture, with good visibility. The free-standing 8-inch display screen, and the bodily controls for audio and HVAC, are straightforward to entry, the rotary-knob gear selector leaves beneficiant stowage on the centre console, and there’s hidden storage underneath the rear seat. The door bins can securely accommodate 1-litre water bottles.
We’d have most popular the gasoline economic system of the Hybrid, however that stated, the two.0-litre turbo on our Lariat check truck stays one among our favorite four-cylinder engines. Easy and punchy, with negligible turbo lag, it must be good for a 0-100-km/h time within the high-six-seconds. The stiff experience attests to the truck aspect of its twin personas, and whereas the dealing with is extra car-like, it’s not as agile or responsive as its shorter-wheelbase Escape and Bronco Sport platform siblings.
Above-and-beyond infotainment belongings embrace accessible wi-fi charging, and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi scorching spot. Normal assisted-drive options are restricted to a backup digital camera, auto excessive beams and pre-collision help with pedestrian detection and emergency braking. Ford Co-Pilot 360, elective on all trims, provides blind-spot and cross-traffic alerts plus lane-keeping help. The Lariat alone provides adaptive cruise with cease and go, evasive steering help and lane centering as a part of the excellent $4,700 Luxurious Package deal.
As already noticed above, what the “Flexbed” lacks in dimension, it makes up in versatility. To hold 4×8 foot plywood, which inserts atop the wheel housings, the tailgate will be locked half-open on the similar top to help the rear of the supplies. Choices embrace storage cubbies within the mattress sides, a 110V outlet, and spray-on bedliner. A number of tie-downs and threaded bolt-holes are commonplace, and numerous different equipment can be found from the seller.
The brand new entry-level Ford is not any born-again Fiesta, but it surely cuts the prices of Canadians’ ardour for pickups
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