Skip to main content

Up Close With the 2022 Ford Maverick: Just Being a Compact Pickup Is Enough

ford maverick 2022 01 angle  exterior  front  red jpg 2022 Ford Maverick | Cars.com photo by Christian Lantry

I admit I’m a little smitten with the 2022 Ford Maverick. Granted, it’s a unibody truck, but that’s partly why it’s as accommodating as it is. At 6 feet tall, I fit fine in both the front and rear, and after checking it out, I got in the backseat of a larger Ranger SuperCrew and found my knees raised uncomfortably — the curse of body-on-frame construction.

Related: More Chicago Auto Show Coverage

Speaking of curses, you can throw a dart on the show floor and hit a vehicle with an interior plagued by touch-sensitive panels in place of traditional buttons. Some of these vehicles are even extremely expensive. Yet the Maverick, with a starting price of $21,490 (including destination), manages to be festooned with nice, conventional buttons everywhere — plus a touchscreen and a bright instrument panel.

My only complaint about the interior is the hard surfaces everywhere, even in the show truck’s Lariat trim level, but given the model’s low starting price and the right-minded control system, I’ll look the other way.

ford maverick 2022 13 angle  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 12 front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 14 angle  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 15 angle  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 16 instrument panel  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 17 gearshift  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 18 center stack display  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 19 dashboard  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 20 doors  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 21 backseat  doors  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 22 backseat  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 23 backseat  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 24 cargo  tailgate jpg ford maverick 2022 25 cargo  tailgate jpg ford maverick 2022 26 cargo  outlet jpg ford maverick 2022 09 cargo  exterior jpg ford maverick 2022 08 exterior  rear angle  red jpg ford maverick 2022 07 exterior  rear angle  red jpg ford maverick 2022 10 badge  exterior  red  tailgate jpg ford maverick 2022 11 exterior  red  wheel jpg ford maverick 2022 02 exterior  front  red jpg ford maverick 2022 03 exterior  front  overhead  red jpg ford maverick 2022 04 exterior  headlights  red jpg ford maverick 2022 06 badge  exterior  profile  red jpg ford maverick 2022 05 exterior  profile  red jpg ford maverick 2022 13 angle  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 12 front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 14 angle  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 15 angle  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 16 instrument panel  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 17 gearshift  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 18 center stack display  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 19 dashboard  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 20 doors  front row  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 21 backseat  doors  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 22 backseat  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 23 backseat  interior jpg ford maverick 2022 24 cargo  tailgate jpg ford maverick 2022 25 cargo  tailgate jpg ford maverick 2022 26 cargo  outlet jpg ford maverick 2022 09 cargo  exterior jpg ford maverick 2022 08 exterior  rear angle  red jpg ford maverick 2022 07 exterior  rear angle  red jpg ford maverick 2022 10 badge  exterior  red  tailgate jpg ford maverick 2022 11 exterior  red  wheel jpg ford maverick 2022 02 exterior  front  red jpg ford maverick 2022 03 exterior  front  overhead  red jpg ford maverick 2022 04 exterior  headlights  red jpg ford maverick 2022 06 badge  exterior  profile  red jpg ford maverick 2022 05 exterior  profile  red jpg

I had no issues with the truck’s Flexbed, either. (Ford sure loves its names.) Is a two-by-four that you supply to partition the box or elevate cargo worse than some kind of factory or dealer option that could break or be stolen and require replacement? (Well, given the recent cost of post-pandemic lumber, this might not be the best point, but hopefully things will normalize.)

Compact pickup trucks have been gone from the U.S. market for too long. Hyundai has tempted us with the Santa Cruz, but the simple truckiness of the Maverick is sure to appeal to some shoppers. It did to me.

More From Cars.com:

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Photo of Joe Wiesenfelder
Former Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder, a Cars.com launch veteran, led the car evaluation effort. He owns a 1984 Mercedes 300D and a 2002 Mazda Miata SE. Email Joe Wiesenfelder

Featured stories