The 2022 Ford Maverick is here, and it’s a great time to be a truck fan. Proportionately, America hasn’t seen a new truck this small in over a decade from Ford, with the discontinuation of the last-generation Ranger following the 2011 model year. Yet there are several valuable evolutions between then and now, and the new Maverick demonstrates it perfectly with what’s under the hood. The 2022 Ford Maverick engines are impressively stout, and packs a surprise where few saw coming: a standard hybrid powertrain.
2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid
For starters, all Ford Maverick trim levels come standard with the 2.5L Hybrid engine and Ford’s electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (CVT). While the 2.5L Atkinson cycle I-4 engine puts out 162 hp @ 5,600 rpm and makes 152 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, when combined with the 94 kilowatt electric motor, the Maverick makes 191 hp. By comparison, the 2011 Ranger base engine delivered just 143 horsepower, with 154 lb-ft of torque.
If you choose to stick with the standard hybrid 2022 Ford Maverick engine, you’ll also have the most fuel efficient new pickup truck in America.
According to Ford, the mighty Maverick is expected to have EPA-estimated rating of 40 miles per gallon and can go a whopping 500 miles on a single tank. For a comparison, the Tesla Model 3 can only do up to 250 miles on a single charge. Even the Tesla Model S Long Range tops out at 402 miles. Way to go Ford, way to go.
2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost
If all-wheel-drive and more power are what you’re looking for, there’s the 2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost. This 2.0L turbo-four engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels as standard, or all of them as an option. Regardless how many wheels you want to propel, the 2022 Ford Maverick EcoBoost makes 250 hp @ 5,500 rpm, and 277 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. That’s nearly 50 more horsepower than the 2011 Ford Ranger with a 4.0L V6, and about 30 more torques. In fact, the power figures of the Maverick EcoBoost really aren’t too far off from the 2021 Ranger (270 hp). Most impressive.
Ford has breathed new life into what was an abandoned vehicle segment with the new Maverick pickup truck. An affordable, American-branded pick-up truck with both a hybrid and AWD option all for the price of a new Honda Civic? We’ll take two, please.