Ford Maverick Review (2022) | Autocar

Ford Maverick Review (2022) | Autocar

The Maverick’s squared-off exterior styling deliberately evokes the iconic F-150 rather than the curvier Ranger. Blunter, too, than the slightly smaller Santa Cruz, the Maverick’s looks successfully walk the line between form and function.

The square theme continues inside, where the dashboard design is fresh and distinctive and the infotainment bang up to date, in marked contrast to the Ranger’s aging cabin. Clever touches include hollowing out the door liners to enable tablet storage and cutting the door pulls short to accommodate a one-litre water bottle. Ford has released CAD files for the mounting points at the back of the centre console and in the storage area under the rear seat so that customers can 3D-print their own accessories.

Ford’s designers also went to town on the pick-up bed. The so-called ‘Flexbed’ encourages you to put your DIY skills to work by placing lengths of 2×4 or 2×6 timber into pre-made slots to divide the 1381mm-long load space, or bolting racks or other equipment into the standard threaded holes. In a further bid to foster Bronco-style customisation, Ford provides access to the 12V electrics for bespoke lighting or accessories, as well as US-standard 110V power sockets in the bed and cabin.

On the road, the driver’s view is good to the front and sides, but rearward visibility is impeded by the sliding rear window. We’d guess that a Maverick with standard tyres and suspension would be more comfortable on city streets than our FX4-equipped test truck with its Falken Wildpeak all-terrain rubber and off-road-tuned suspension.