For 2023, a brand-new Tremor Off-Road variant is added to the Maverick portfolio. It is built on either the XLT or Lariat trim and has more robust exterior appearance.
Only vehicles with a non-hybrid all-wheel drive system can have it. Ford has improved its transmission cooler and half shafts so it can handle more demanding conditions, and a reworked suspension lifts the Maverick Tremor by one inch over the basic vehicle.
A twin-clutch rear differential that can be opened or closed depending on the requirement for traction has been added to the all-wheel-drive system, which has also undergone some modifications.
Ford’s Trail Control technology, which functions as a low-speed cruise control for trails, is also included with the Maverick Tremor.
The Tremor Off-Road model already has style improvements, but the optional Tremor Appearance package adds even more in the shape of roof and mirror caps painted in gray and black, as well as body-side graphics.
The Maverick is available from Ford in three trim levels: XL, XLT, and Lariat, with XL being the most cost-effective option. It doesn’t have the fundamental creature conveniences that most buyers deem essential, but it might make a good work truck.
The XLT is the most cost-effective variant because it comes with 17-inch aluminum wheels, cruise control, a power tailgate lock, power exterior mirrors, and other features. For its more powerful acceleration, we’d opt for the optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharger.
To unlock the Maverick’s maximum towing capacity of 4000 pounds, we’d also get the Tow package.
Performance – Engine, Transmission
Ford went hybrid with the Maverick’s base engine rather than starting with the turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the Bronco Sport. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 191 horsepower is standard across all grades.
Only front-wheel drive and a continuously variable automatic transmission are offered with this configuration. All-wheel drive is an option with the nonhybrid powertrain, which substitutes a spirited 250-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and eight-speed automatic transmission.
With the optional turbo four, the Maverick feels incredibly nimble while driving. It took 5.9 seconds to get to 60 mph on our test track.
In our testing, the hybrid powertrain was less lively and required 7.7 seconds to reach 60 mph, but it nevertheless completes the task at hand. The Maverick’s suspension is fairly firm, which contributes to its excellent payload capacity but makes for a bumpy ride over potholed roads.
Capacity for Towing and Payload
The Maverick provides a payload capacity of 1500 pounds and a towing capacity of 2000 pounds even with the standard hybrid powerplant.
The Maverick can tow up to 4000 pounds when equipped with the optional Towing Package and turbocharged four-cylinder. Looking to use a tiny pickup to tow even more? The Santa Cruz has a 5000-pound towing capacity.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
The non-hybrid Maverick is rated at 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway with front-wheel drive and 22 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with all-wheel drive, according to the EPA, while hybrid versions are expected to achieve 42 mpg city and 33 mpg highway.
Our all-wheel-drive XLT FX4 vehicle with the nonhybrid powertrain equaled its 29-mpg EPA rating on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, while the hybrid fell short of the EPA’s target with only a 30-mpg result. With all of its additional off-road gear, the Tremor model only achieved 26 mpg in the same test.
Visit the EPA website for more details regarding the Maverick’s fuel efficiency.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
Every Maverick has a crew cab, which has four full-sized doors and a back seat with adequate space. There are numerous storage nooks and bins around the cabin, including some sizable spaces under the back seat, thanks to Ford.
Although the standard features on base models are far from luxurious, they do include things like an adjustable steering wheel with radio controls, remote keyless entry, and lumbar support for the front seats.
The XLT and Lariat trims include additional features such dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient interior lighting, and power front seats as standard equipment or as part of option packages.
According to Ford, the Maverick’s 4.5-foot bed can accommodate up to 18 sheets of 4×8-foot, 3/4-inch plywood without requiring them to be loaded at an angle. Along with a 110-volt outlet, the bed has a 12-volt power port as well.
Connectivity and Information
Every Maverick level comes with an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system as standard equipment. Additionally included as standard equipment are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and even the cheapest model has an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot.
Options include wireless smartphone charging, an improved B&O Play sound system, and SiriusXM satellite radio.