2022 Ford Maverick is a 40-mpg hybrid pickup for $21,490

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This groundbreaking compact truck comes with a standard hybrid powertrain, is jam-packed with clever features and is super affordable.
In a bid to offer the most comprehensive lineup of trucks in the automotive business, Ford unveiled its highly anticipated 2022 Maverick on Tuesday. With a unique blend of versatility, fuel efficiency and bargain-basement pricing, this compact, unibody-based pickup could revolutionize the US truck segment when it goes on sale later this year.

A truck for car folks

With the Maverick, Ford is responding to customer needs -- namely, motorists' insatiable demand for trucks. The automaker no longer offers sedans (at least in America), but nonetheless this vehicle is designed to appeal to small-car buyers, people that never knew they wanted a pickup. With a crossover-derived unibody structure, much of which is shared with the Escape and Bronco Sport SUVs, the Maverick should feel very familiar to drivers who are used to driving traditional passenger cars. A low ride height means this little rig is easy to get into and out of, plus its generously sized windows provide unobstructed outward visibility.

In many ways, the new Maverick is similar to Honda's ingenious and pioneering Ridgeline, which is sized to compete with midsize trucks such as the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger and Toyota Tacoma. The upcoming Hyundai Santa Cruz, however, is a direct competitor to this Blue Oval product, though that's about it for rivals. There really aren't any other compact trucks available in the US today, which is both a real shame and a huge opportunity for Ford and Hyundai.

Ensuring it can withstand years of abuse, during development, the Maverick went through the same rigorous testing the larger F-Series pickups endure. According to Ford, that equates to an impressive-sounding but totally nebulous 19 million miles of simulated and real-word evaluation. The Maverick was subjected to all kinds of conditions, from snow and sand to salt-water baths, plus plenty of torture testing to ensure it can work and play like a traditional pickup.

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