Why the 2022 Ford Maverick's bed is the most versatile cargo box in the business

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With a slew of tiedown points, a multi-position tailgate and easy access to electrical power, the Flexbed is super versatile and a DIYer's dream.
The new 2022 Ford Maverick is poised to shake things up in the truck business, offering incredible fuel economy, value and versatility. When it goes on sale in the fall, this compact pickup will be one of the most adaptable vehicles on the road thanks to its innovative cargo box.

Ford calls the business end of this truck the Flexbed, which sounds like some as-seen-on-TV product designed to exercise your pelvic muscles, but it's so much more than that. The Flexbed is designed to help you organize and secure cargo, whether it's a couple mountain bikes, furniture or even a load of mulch. According to Ford, this feature-laden cargo box is the result of nearly a year-and-a-half of development work.

No matter the model or powertrain, the Maverick's bed can hold up to 1,500 pounds, enough to classify it as a so-called "half-ton pickup" and then some, but this space is only 4.5 feet long, pretty short. Fortunately, it expands to about 6 feet with the tailgate down.

Speaking of the tailgate, it offers three different postures: fully closed, all the way open and, by repositioning the support cables on the sides, it can be locked in a mid-position, which allows you to haul four-by-eight building material across the tops of the Maverick's wheel wells. All in, this truck can handle 18 sheets of three-quarter-inch plywood without having to load them…
Craig Cole
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