The 2022 rebirth of the Maverick nameplate helped reinvigorate a once-dormant compact pickup market. This resurrected model was in such demand that Ford couldn’t build them fast enough. For 2024, the Maverick is back with more standard power and other key updates – still with exceptional fuel economy, especially with the available gas-electric powertrain.
The most substantial change for the 2024 Maverick is under the hood. The previously optional turbocharged engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission are now standard equipment, supplying peppy acceleration and fuel economy up to 30 mpg. The aforementioned hybrid powertrain can be chosen for as much as 42 mpg. Ford has also added more standard amenities to the Lariat trim, including heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and advanced driver aids like blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control.
The 2024 Maverick comes in three trim packages: XL, XLT, and Lariat. A 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is the base powerplant; a 191-horsepower four-cylinder hybrid engine is optional. An eight-speed automatic transmission is teamed with the standard engine, while the hybrid system relies on a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Front-wheel drive (FWD) is the default with both powertrains; all-wheel drive (AWD) is optional with the turbo 2.0-liter but not the hybrid.
The Maverick’s towing capacity ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 pounds, depending on the powertrain and other options. This compact truck can handle a payload of up to 1,500 pounds (1,200 pounds with the Tremor Package). According to the EPA, the estimated fuel economy for the FWD Maverick with the turbo engine is 23 mpg around town and 30 mpg on the open road. This rating changes to 22 mpg in the city and 29 on the highway with AWD (20 city/24 highway with the Tremor Package). The hybrid version is rated for 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.
The XL’s equipment list blends the basics with a few modern extras, with the highlights being remote keyless entry, fabric upholstery, LED headlights with auto on/off, manual climate control, a six-way manually adjustable driver's seat, a folding rear bench seatback, rear under-seat storage, and 17-inch steel wheels. The entry-level Maverick also gets a 4.2-inch driver information display, dual front-row USB ports, a tilt-and-telescopic steering column, rear window privacy glass, manual side mirrors, and a cargo bed management system. The XLT is upgraded with premium fabric upholstery, power side mirrors, a power tailgate lock, a rear armrest with integrated cup holders, unique exterior accents, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The optional XLT Luxury Package will add remote start, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver's seat, a modular drop-in bedliner, heated power side mirrors, a trailer hitch with a four-pin connector, LED cargo bed lighting, a 400-watt/110-volt power inverter, and – for the hybrid version only – a full-sized spare tire.
There are numerous comfort and convenience upgrades with the highest trim level, the Lariat. It gets proximity keyless entry, ActiveX upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver's seat, four-way front headrests, sound-reducing windshield glass, push-button start, a 6.5-inch digital instrument display, dual second-row USB ports, and a power-sliding rear window. It’s ready for the work day with a spray-in bedliner, a 400-watt/110-volt power inverter, wireless device charging, a windshield wiper de-icer, and LED cargo bed lighting.
The XLT and Lariat are eligible for some options, including a power moonroof and two packages that increase its capabilities. The Tremor Off-Road Package adds advanced AWD, off-road-tuned suspension, front skid plates, an electronic rear differential, a heavy-duty transmission cooler, all-terrain tires, unique interior and exterior accents, and body graphics (there’s a graphics-delete configuration). The FX4 Off-Road Package can be added in conjunction with the 4K Tow Package, the 2.0-liter engine, and AWD. It contains skid plates, all-terrain tires, a performance suspension, a 6.5-inch gauge cluster with a special off-road interface, front tow hooks, a trailer hitch, hill descent control, and a drive mode selector with settings for normal, mud/rut, slippery, sand, and tow/haul.
Ford Co-Pilot360 is installed on all Maverick trims. The system has forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and automatic high beams. Blind-spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping alert/aid, lane centering, and driver alert are available for the XL and XLT and included with the Lariat. The Lariat also gets adaptive cruise control, evasive steering support, and rear parking sensors. While all trims get stability control and traction control, hill descent control is optional on the XLT and standard on the Lariat.
The two lower Maverick trims get an 8-inch touchscreen SYNC infotainment system with a six-speaker audio system. All trims have Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and access to a Wi-Fi hotspot and FordPass Connect. The Lariat gets the upgraded SYNC 3 version with navigation, an eight-speaker B&O sound system, and SiriusXM satellite radio.