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    Ford Maverick Named Cars.com Best Of The Year 2022

    Car Pro Show radio host Jerry Reynolds is a fan of Ford's newest pickup, the Ford Maverick. He calls the Maverick XLT a  "great truck for light towing and hauling, a joy to drive, and a great price point for a new pickup". He's not the Maverick's only fan either. Cars.com just named the compact pickup truck its Best of the Year 2022 winner (it also won Best Pickup Truck of 2022.)   Cars.com says pickup trucks are consistently the number-one searched vehicle on its site and the new Maverick is getting its share of attention, making up nearly 14% of new-truck searches.  Cars.com calls the Maverick a "shining example of Ford’s top-quality innovation for the pickup truck body style."

    “While many people believe the SUV is the most popular body style in the country, America’s vehicle truly is the pickup truck,” said Jenni Newman, Cars.com editor-in-chief. “Pickup trucks embody the American spirit — and for more than half of consumers, the word ‘American’ comes to mind when they think of the iconic style. With exceptional value, real capability and innovative accessorizing — all coming in with a base price of $20,000 — the Ford Maverick is a thoughtful, broadly appealing model. It has earned the highly-coveted top spot as Cars.com’s Best of the Year award winner.”

    Cars.com picked the Maverick as its Best of the Year 2022 Winner for a number of reasons. It's affordable without being boring, great for do-it-yourself enthusiasts, versatile and practical. Here are details as outlined in its press release:

    • Affordable does not mean boring. The interior is interesting with various textures, exposed bolt heads and a fun color palette. Adding to its appeal are traditional buttons for climate and audio controls in place of touch-sensitive panels that can cause annoyance at times.
    • Endless possibilities for DIY enthusiasts. The Maverick’s bed is a dream for DIY enthusiasts thanks to built-in slots for two-by-four or two-by-six lumber that can section off parts or form the beginning of a custom carrier or mount. 
    • Versatility is in its DNA. This small pickup is built on a beefed-up unibody crossover platform, but what really stands out is its standard hybrid powertrain that gets an EPA-estimated 43/33/37 mpg city/highway/combined. An optional gas-only 250-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine allows the Maverick to handle a maximum 1,500-pound payload and up to 4,000 pounds of towing when equipped with the available trailer tow package.
    • Practical innovations. The prewired 12-volt access points provide hookups for projects and include LED bed lighting. A backseat storage system called Ford Integrated Tether System includes slots that can mount Ford accessories including a cupholder, trash can or grocery bag hook, and Ford is working to provide the 3D printer geometry of these slots so owners can customize their truck for their own accessories.

     

    Pickup Truck Survey


    Along with the award announcement, Cars.com is also sharing details about its recent pickup survey.  It says 16% of active vehicle shoppers on its site are considering a pickup truck for as their next vehicle purchase, up 14% from 2021.  More than a third of consumers (39%) say they are current truck owners.  Here's what Cars.com found:

    • With current retail prices up double digits on new and used vehicles, consumers are budget-conscious. Some 62% of respondents are not willing to spend more than $40,000 on a pickup truck except in the Northeast, where budgets are highest and 30% of shoppers are willing to spend $50,000 or more.
    • Electric trucks are growing in popularity. Approximately a third of active car shoppers are considering an electric vehicle, and truck enthusiasts are just as likely (34%) to consider going electric. However, while electric power might be a perk, what matters most to potential truck buyers is lifestyle fit and towing capability, cited as the top two reasons for choosing the pickup life. 
    • Truck buyers are not swayed by low inventory levels. Roughly 57% of respondents are not deterred by current inventory shortages and are still shopping for a pickup truck. Less than 10% of truck shoppers have decided to hold off until more inventory enters the market. 
    • Southerners love pickups. The bulk of pickup truck owners come from rural areas (49%), with the most coming from the Southwest (45%) and Southeast (41%). Truck owners in the Northeast (39%), Midwest (37%) and West (34%) round out the list.
    • Pickup truck owners often double as movers. Some 24% of respondents say they bought a pickup truck to help their friends and family move, and for many shoppers, the ability to transport materials during a move is a big motivator to purchase. A quarter of truck owners say they help others daily, most prevalent for urban dwellers (37%).

    Award Methodology

    Cars.com says its experts chose the Best of the Year 2022 winner based on quality, innovation and value. Its Best Of awards program includes six different categories: Best Value Car, Best Family Car, Best Luxury Car, Best Electric Vehicle, and the two highest honors, Best Pickup Truck and Best of the Year. 

     

    Miss Jerry's review of the new Maverick hybrid or Maverick 2.0-liter EcoBoost XLT?  Watch them below.