- Small truck, massive objectives. The 2024 Ford Maverick can tow as much as 4000 kilos when correctly geared up, and individuals are benefiting from the compact pickup’s energy on this entrance.
- The issue is that the majority Maverick configurations can tow solely 2000 kilos, as you want AWD and Ford’s 4K Tow bundle to essentially 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 vehicles be small vehicles.
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 pattern. Regardless of these automobiles’ smaller sizes, small-truck house owners nonetheless wish to do big-truck stuff generally, and the Maverick seems to be delivering.
After we first took a 2022 Maverick via 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 optionally available Tremor Off-Highway bundle, amongst different minor updates like completely different exterior paint colours. Engine decisions 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 becoming a $1500 option.
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 optionally available 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain is caught on the decrease capability, however even the two.0-liter engine is barely rated on the increased capability with the optionally available 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 may must shell out no less than $27,690.
The Tow bundle adjustments just a few 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, which means it is excluded from the Tremor.
In fact, the utmost 4000-pound degree is the headline quantity right here. It’s an honest quantity that can be utilized to promote some vehicles—the Maverick can tow 500 extra kilos than the Ford Escape, for instance—however it’s not on the similar degree 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 automobile is a group of compromises, however while you learn what individuals are doing with their Mavericks, there’s quite a bit to be stated for this particular approach of threading the needle.
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Sebastian Blanco has been writing about electrical automobiles, hybrids, and hydrogen automobiles since 2006. His articles and automotive evaluations have appeared within the New York Instances, Automotive Information, Reuters, SAE, Autoblog, InsideEVs, Vehicles.com, Automobile Discuss, and different shops. 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 automobiles and discovering the brand new know-how’s significance not only for the auto trade, however for the world as an entire. Throw within the latest shift to autonomous automobiles, and there are extra attention-grabbing adjustments taking place now than most individuals can wrap their heads round. You will discover him on Twitter or, on good days, behind the wheel of a brand new EV.