Hot on the heels of Hyundai launching its 2022 Santa Cruz compact pickup truck, Ford is bringing its own small pickup to market this fall. The 2022 Maverick looks poised to take on not only the Santa Cruz and mid-size pickups like the Honda Ridgeline but also affordable compact SUVs and even sedans.
We’ve covered the Maverick in greater detail over at our sister site, PickupTrucks.com, so be sure to check out the related link above for all the ins and outs. For now, here are five ways the Maverick aims to challenge vehicles in multiple classes.
With a starting price just north of $20,000 including destination fee, the Maverick is challenging not just bare-bones mid-size work trucks but also compact cars and SUVs. In fact, its starting price isn’t that much higher than Cars.com’s 2021 Best Value winner, the Hyundai Venue. Feature-laden, more powerful models will cost more, but at that price buyers will get a gas-electric hybrid powertrain with front-wheel drive, some advanced safety features, an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and, oh yeah, the utility of a pickup truck.