Ford Maverick and the small overlanding pickup truck

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I pulled up behind an AWD Maverick at the gas station with my MJ the other day. To my surprise the two were almost the same size. I really wanted to dislike the Maverick... but I don't hate it.
It's going to be a great vehicle. I can't wait until they offer a PHEV AWD version. I am sure it's coming. They were testing the waters with the hybrid tech in it.
 

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As a bronco sport owner my only concern with the Maverick is that it will suffer from the same reliability problems as the bronco sport right now I’m waiting nine months for a passenger side window after somebody shot my window out Christmas with a pellet gun I’ve also had a water pump go out at 20,000 miles and since then my gas mileage has dropped about 8 miles per gallon gas gauge is in accurate the temperature gage is inconsistent and it’s reading the rear brakes howling squeal like no tomorrow whenever you back up after the vehicles been sitting cold for a while none of this has been addressed by Ford or the dealer they also can’t replicate the problem. Also supply chain has proven to be a major issue it took six weeks to get the water pump which the air freighted from the UK for my vehicle they can’t get a window for the broken window and with the new drive trains and engines those parts aren’t even sitting in warehouses anywhere yet. But I think the maverick all wheel drive FX four with a tow package is a better vehicle than the bronco you get more bang for your buck the bronco can’t tell much it doesn’t have much payload capacity and it’s overpriced.
 

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I’ve taken my Maverick so far through the most of the desert in my area, and even went duning in it (on the stock steelies and stock tires and only got stuck once, but just had to reverse out). Amazing truck so far. I got 5k miles on it with a lot of that being dirt.
Still thinking of how I want to set it up for overlanding trips. Going to need to be a superlite layout, but right now it’s running a barebones setup. It’s seriously a blast. Mines the xl awd 2.0 and it’s just so fun to drive on and offroad. Feels like a go kart. My only complaint is I wish there were more aftermarket parts for it!
 

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It's front wheel drive. Like a Honda.

Get a Ranger instead.
My wife test drove one the other day. Currently the hybrid is available in FWD only
All the gas models come with AWD or 4WD. I was impressed with the simplicity, the ergonomics & the size of the vehicle. I’m a six footer and had plenty of room in the back. It’s a perfect fit for my wife and how she drives. It’ll be great for regular road trips as well and it is a Ford. I’m always skeptical of unibodies. However I’ve owned a 60, 64 twice, 70, 72, 87 & 89. Ford does build a good truck. Would I buy one for myself? No. For my wife? Yes, and that, I believe is their target market.
 

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Can someone here tell me why FWD is worse than RWD?
Yes. I can. But it would take a few pages, so I’ll shorten it up.

once you lose control of a fwd you cannot get it back, that’s why so many fwd vehicles are off in the ditch every time it snows. countersteering in a slide is a natural reaction, do that in a fwd and yup, off in the ditch.
fwd instills an unwarranted confidence in adverse weather.
fwd is much more expensive to repair than rwd or solid axle 4wd.
I could go on and discuss why nearly every state had their troopers driving rwd for as long as possible, now most all are awd.
 

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We got our Maverick, FWD Hybrid, Base Model with Tow = $21,500! I did not buy this for Overland Trips, unless it’s pure Hwy or gravel roads. This is my daughters truck to go to College and toss a few bales of hay in the back.

With that being said, I love it. I’m 6’1” and 240lbs. I fit in the front seats, I fit in the back seats. My daughters trip to college an hour away she averaged 44mpg. I’ve had it average 55mpg to town. Highway is does use more gas, but for the average grocery trip it’s awesome.

The tank seems to be small, but we have 626 miles on it and just filled it up.

If they had a AWD hybrid, I would buy one for myself, straight up.

I am very happy with this purchase, and I just purchased myself a new rig, but I am pretty excited for this Maverick.

Here is a photo of it next to my rig.
 

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I pulled up behind an AWD Maverick at the gas station with my MJ the other day. To my surprise the two were almost the same size. I really wanted to dislike the Maverick... but I don't hate it.
It's amazing how large "small" trucks have gotten over the years.
 
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Hopefully in the next year or two, Ford comes out with a AWD FX4 PHEV version of the mav. that would be an easy sell. Give it 150km of all electric range and 1000 km of dual fuel range and it will be A no brainer for ALOT of people.