The Ford Maverick hybrid compact pickup truck offers impressive capability for its size; our long-term 2022 Lariat trim level actually has a higher payload capacity, 1,428 pounds, than our long-term 2021 Ford F-150 Limited hybrid, which is rated 1,362 pounds. We’ve tested the Maverick hybrid with its cargo box loaded with payload, but we were also curious to see how it’d perform with a trailer in tow — and how much it would lower the truck’s impressive fuel economy.
The Maverick hybrid’s maximum towing capacity is 2,000 pounds, the same as the base towing capacity in Mavericks with the available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. However, choosing the optional Tow Package that’s available with the turbo four-cylinder increases maximum towing capacity to 4,000 pounds. The Tow Package requires all-wheel drive, and it includes a transmission oil cooler, higher capacity radiator and upgraded fan, a seven-pin trailer wiring connector and an integrated trailer-brake controller.
Trailer, Cargo and Route
The Tow Package’s higher capacity isn’t available for the front-wheel-drive Maverick hybrid, however. That left us with 2,000 pounds of towing capacity, which we wanted to get close to — but not go over — for this test. To do that, we rented a small U-Haul single-axle enclosed trailer. Despite being a relatively small trailer, its 900-pound curb weight meant that we had used nearly half of the Maverick hybrid’s towing capacity just by hitching it to the truck.