Hi Zeke, for sure! I live way up north and 4wd has been a way of life for me since about high school. The late 70's oh yeah! But I always wanted an AWD. Better in a few ways. You will be fine with front-wheel drive. I will be fine with turbo AWD.I am one who doesn't *need* AWD. I am simply a 42y/o dude who has always wanted an AWD/4WD vehicle, but I've never had it. I am absolutely stoked about the Maverick. I am stoked about the base 2.5l hybrid engine. I would love to have AWD, but I'm not giving up the fuel economy of a hybrid to get it.
I started looking/researching vehicles early this year, because my family is outgrowing my 2013 Honda Insight, plus my Insight has taken a bit of a beating (inside and out) over the last 5 years, and I've never really liked how it drives.
For the majority of buyers (given more people live in the city and suburbs than in the country), they will never need anything more than the Maverick FWD Hybrid offers. The only 2 reasons I've never bought a truck for a daily driver are: 1. I refuse to drive a RWD in the snow if I can avoid it, and 2. I can't bring myself to dealing with the atrocious MPG 4wd trucks get. I had planned on getting a Tuscon, or Rav4 hybrid next year when I buy, but I'd much, much rather have a high-trim Maverick hybrid FWD for the utility of the truck bed.