Forbes Wheels – Car of the Year: 2022 Ford Maverick

Ford Maverick is the 2022 Car of the Year by Forbes Wheels. stronghold

SUVs and trucks will make up more than three-quarters of new cars sold in the United States this year, and one in four new cars will be pickups, more than 2.5 million of them if sales continue this month. Trucks have steadily grown in size and price for decades, but this year is seeing the revival of a long-dormant segment: pickup trucks. Ford Maverick 2022 wins Forbes wheelsCar of the Year by blending crossover-like dynamics and economy with pickup style and features. Best of all, its low price makes it a viable alternative to vehicles in many other sectors.

While electricity is the most important car Technique For 2020 and this year also seeing the arrival of the first all-electric pickup, the Rivian R1T, the Maverick plays to a much wider segment of buyers. However, she is not alone.

Late 2021 also saw the arrival of the Hyundai Santa Cruz, a machine of similar proportions with similar goals. Each is less than 200 inches long with four doors, two rows of seats and cargo beds at least 48 inches long and 48 inches wide or more.

Either way, the Maverick, at 199.7 inches, and the Santa Cruz, at 195.7 inches, are closer to crossovers than traditional pickups. In the same vein as the Honda Ridgeline, they are single-hull machines that work like crossovers. This may be anathema to some traditional truck enthusiasts, but consumers have expressed an undeniable preference for this type of vehicle.

Maverick and Santa Cruz were top-voteers in this year’s Forbes Wheels Pickup category, covering all sizes of pickup trucks, combustion engine and electric, in part because they enjoyed broad consumer appeal.

Unlike conventional trucks, it’s easy to see a potential shopping comparison between the Maverick and more typical entry-level cars like the Honda Civic. The Maverick boasts an impressive 42 mpg base-hybrid rating and a starting price of $19,955-$21,490, including the $1,495 shipping fee. That’s about $1,500 less than the base Civic model. An almost entirely selected Ford Maverick costs $37,055 to buy or a 39-month lease of about $400 with a 10% discount. This is where the larger Honda Ridgeline model begins.

2022 Ford Maverick Car of the Year
The Maverick’s interior doesn’t look like a truck, but it’s also supposed to have a wider appeal than conventional pickups. stronghold

Maverick: A far cry from classic compact pickups

Compact pickups aren’t a new idea, but automakers grew out of them in the Millennium. Car boom fans will remember, perhaps at length, that pickup trucks were very popular in the 1970s and 1980s. At the time, there were two basic types: miniature versions of traditional trucks, such as the Chevrolet Love, Nissan Hardbody, Plymouth Arrow, and Toyota Pickup; And more vehicle-based trucks like Subaru BRAT, Dodge Rampage and Volkswagen Rabbit truck.

The new breed of compact pickups is philosophically closer to the latter, but pickup drivers of the 80s will not recognize it from the inside. Those old trucks were intended for work and doubled as a low-cost passenger vehicle, not to pamper its occupants.

1977 Ford Courier
Compact pickup trucks are neither new nor new to Ford. In the 1970s it sold Mazda-based Courier, which despite being largely deprived of amenities, attracted outside buyers. stronghold
Ford Maverick Pickup
The 2022 Ford Maverick delivers a world of comfort and luxury relative to its predecessors, but it doesn’t skimp on utility either. stronghold

Instead of an exposed cabin with painted metal on the doors and just the slightest bit of sound insulation, the Maverick looks like a modern SUV inside. Both the sedan and Santa Cruz rely on familiar crossovers, sharing their platforms with the Bronco Sport and Hyundai Tucson, respectively. It’s worth noting that old compact pickups eventually grew bigger and bigger, and evolved into today’s midsize offerings, but the Maverick clearly feels more civilized than the dark frontiers of Toyota’s current Tacoma vehicles.

The target audience for these trucks isn’t just people who want a smaller Silverado or F-150, although few people would mind a Mavericks truck. For 2022, the compact demographic is for people who drive compact sedans or small crossovers but want something different — a different pickup bed for sure — and also comfortable accommodations for four, maybe five passengers.

If they are outdoor enthusiasts, they like the ease of putting mountain bikes in bed, not over the roof, and throwing muddy tents and climbing gear in bed instead of in the cargo bay of their SUV. If they’re concerned about cargo safety, a fold-and-lock metal luggage compartment lid keeps cargo safe in rest areas or leave it overnight on the town if everyone gets home too tired to offload it on a Sunday night.

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