- Small truck, large targets. The 2024 Ford Maverick can tow as much as 4000 kilos when correctly outfitted, and individuals are profiting from the compact pickup’s energy on this entrance.
- The issue is that almost all Maverick configurations can tow solely 2000 kilos, as you want AWD and Ford’s 4K Tow bundle to actually load up the trailer.
- Opponents can do extra—the Hyundai Santa Cruz can tow as much as 5000 kilos—however we don’t want one other towing arms race on this entrance. Let small vans be small vans.
Ford had an unsurprising hit when it launched the extra right-sized Maverick pickup in late 2021 as a part of the welcome compact-truck revival development. Regardless of these autos’ smaller sizes, small-truck homeowners nonetheless wish to do big-truck stuff typically, and the Maverick seems to be delivering.
After we first took a 2022 Maverick by means of its paces, we discovered it to be simply sufficient truck. The unibody design, additionally seen within the Hyundai Santa Cruz, supplied a workable steadiness between measurement and functionality. The 2023 mannequin added an elective Tremor Off-Highway bundle, amongst different minor updates like completely different exterior paint colours. Engine selections are a hybrid with a 191-hp 2.5-liter engine and a 250-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo. For 2024, the two.0-liter turns into the usual engine selection, with the hybrid changing into a $1500 possibility.
The 2024 Maverick can tow as much as 4000 kilos, however most configurations can solely tow 2000 kilos. The Tremor bundle, for instance, is proscribed to 2000 kilos. The truth is, any Maverick with the newly elective 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain is caught on the decrease capability, however even the two.0-liter engine is simply rated on the greater capability with the elective 4000-pound Tow bundle ($745) and all-wheel drive ($2220). So whereas the Maverick technically begins at $24,995 for the XL, to get a truck able to towing 4000 kilos means you will need to shell out at the least $27,690.
The Tow bundle adjustments a number of particulars within the powertrain, together with decrease axle gear ratios (from 3.63:1 to three.81:1), a transmission oil cooler, a higher-capacity radiator, and an upgraded cooling fan. The bundle can solely be utilized to the XL, XLT, and Lariat trims, that means it is excluded from the Tremor.
After all, the utmost 4000-pound stage is the headline quantity right here. It’s a good quantity that can be utilized to promote some vans—the Maverick can tow 500 extra kilos than the Ford Escape, for instance—but it surely’s not on the similar stage because the Santa Cruz or the larger Honda Ridgeline (each of which may tow as much as 5000 kilos). To tow that a lot in a Maverick, as talked about, it’s essential to have all-wheel drive, which reduces gasoline financial system to, at greatest, 24 mpg with no trailer.
Each car is a group of compromises, however while you learn what individuals are doing with their Mavericks, there’s loads to be stated for this particular manner of threading the needle.
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Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electrical autos, hybrids, and hydrogen vehicles since 2006. His articles and automotive critiques have appeared within the New York Instances, Automotive Information, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs, Vehicles.com, Automotive Discuss, and different retailers. His first green-car media occasion was the launch of the Tesla Roadster, and since then he has been monitoring the shift away from gasoline-powered autos and discovering the brand new know-how’s significance not only for the auto business, however for the world as an entire. Throw within the latest shift to autonomous autos, and there are extra attention-grabbing adjustments taking place now than most individuals can wrap their heads round. You’ll find him on Twitter or, on good days, behind the wheel of a brand new EV.