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I received my Maverick back in November. The build was an XL model, 2.0l ecoboost engine, AWD and 4k tow package. Extras I've added so far are the Ford OEM weather mats for the front and back seats, a Truxedo Truxport soft Tonneau cover and lined the bed / tailgate with a 4 ft x 6 ft horse stall mat they sell at Tractor Supply.

5000+ miles in my personal observations so far.

Truck handles great, I live out in the sticks and have to drive roads that have hairpin turns up in the mountains and the AWD and traction control making handling much easier than driving these roads without in my other truck which is a 1991 Ford F150. To put things in perspective that F150 the bed is rated for 1000lbs while the Maverick is 1500lbs. I've also hauled over 1000 lbs of brick and mortar and concrete mix in the Maverick and it had no problem doing 60 and no sway on back end when accelerating on flat straight roads. Bed is well thought out and can fit all your standard housing building supplies like doors, windows, plywood and sheet rock in the bed with no issues as long as you keep the tailgate down.

edit I forgot to mention the headlights.
The led headlights are great especially on roads with no street lights. They work really well in heavy fog also, I can drive in thick as soup fog at night and have as good visibility as halogens with the high beam on in low beam with these headlights. The adaptive high beam is a nice feature also but can be annoying especially when things like the light reflecting of guard rails triggers them off when they should otherwise stay on.

From a work truck perspective it so far has punched well above it's weight class and with a trailer to overcome the shortcomings of having a smaller bed it in my opinion is a functional as any newer Ranger or F150 on the market right now.

From a non work truck perspective this not your daddy's Ford and is a utilitarian millennial mobile. You want creature comforts buy the higher trim levels, if you want a budget priced driver or small work truck the XL will fit the bill. Me personally I value utility over comfort and the truck delivers in that regard.

Gas mileage, what I've noticed is longer haul drives highway or mixed highway I average according to the cluster display about 31 - 32 MPG. Shorter hauls about 30 - 31 MPH. I use the normal drive mode since when using the eco mode I've noticed no appreciable gain in MPG. City so far I've averaged 28 - 29 MPG. Gas usage when I fill it fill I top off up to an extra gallon and have been consistently get 460 miles travelled before I refill, that is about when the low gas warning pops up. Other things is the MPG tends drop by about 1 MPG when I drive in cold weather 39F or lower and the MPG drops to 28 - 29 MPG when I have about 500lbs or more in the bed.

Annoyances, the gas cover, it pops open all the time when you slam the tailgate or jar the bed when loading materials. The reverse camera is built into the tailgate and points down when opened. That is when you need it the most with a loaded bed and tailgate down when backing up. The rear view mirror doesn't give full coverage of the back window. They couldn't have put a wider stock mirror in?


Edit Some more annoyances I didn't put in the initial write up.

The auto stop switch is set by default to be on and no option to set it to off by default. It is a feature I don't use and always switch it to off when I start the truck. I get it's usefulness for city driving and being stuck in traffic but that is not my situation and putting the option in the cluster to change it's default setting would have been nice.

Next is how neutral works on the transmission, not so much why it does but the fact it is not flagged and made easier for the average user to know. Neutral does not stay in neutral when the engine cuts out and if you didn't know there is a temporary neutral mode that allows for the truck stay in neutral when the engine is off or cuts out you'd probably never use it. I would say most owners will at some point take their trucks to automatic car wash and if they don't know better shut off the engine when it is on the rail without knowing the truck will go back into park even if the shifter was set to neutral or even worse having the engine stall out while being washed. It should be better documented even have a sticker or something somewhere in cab.

The next is towing. If you ever needed to be towed and didn't read the manual first if the tow driver didn't know better they could potentially damage the AWD system and transmission if you didn't know that you shouldn't tow these trucks unless on a bed or with all 4 wheels on the ground let alone how to manually put it into neutral to do so. We are also back to temporary neutral issue and not knowing it exists to winch it onto the bed if you turn the key off with it in neutral and it goes automatically back into park.

Finally is the electric brake and the fact there is no non electric override. If you do need to tow it on all 4 wheels. You need to first engage the electric brake below the shift knob then use the manual override lever in the hidden under the storage area in front to shifter. If you have no power and no means to jump or can't jump the engine you are screwed if you aren't mechanically inclined. The only option left is to disconnect the shift linkage shift into neutral on the transmission itself. It could have been better thought out and more idiot proof than it is.



Overall I am satisfied with the truck so far and would recommend it to others.
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Nice review, I like your comment about the tailgate camera, had not considered that. I keep hearing about the small mirrors and that worries me a bit, I guess I will see when I have mine.
 
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Nice review, I like your comment about the tailgate camera, had not considered that. I keep hearing about the small mirrors and that worries me a bit, I guess I will see when I have mine.
I put an aftermarket clip on mirror which solves that issue. I almost never using the side mirrors except when I have a trailer attached and use a wide view convex mirror which gives full back window view and side passenger windows. Personal driving preference is all.
 

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Thanks for the review, hopefully there will be a decent aftermarket rear view mirror. I would pay quite a bit to have one that integrates a dash/rear cam and homelink.

Good point about the backup camera when the tailgate is down. I don't know where you could really put it though, if you go any lower then it wont work for backing up to a trailer and if you go higher it would be on the cabin which would mess with the depth of field I think.

> wide view convex mirror which gives full back window view and side passenger windows

Can you link that? I'm curious what you mean exactly.
 

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Sounds like your getting great mileage for the ecoboost. Much better then a full size pickup. Sounds like you are really liking the Maverick. Thanks for the unbiased and REAL owners review.
 
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Couple of other observations about the buying process. I originally was leaning towards the XLT because I wanted the 4 X 4 package and they didn't offer it on the XL trim. The original package on the preorders included a rear locking differential gear with extra gearing options and a 10 speed transmission. They later changed the package and dropped those options and when they did my opinion was the 4 x 4 package wasn't worth getting then for extra drive modes and a larger radiator since for all practical purposes it was no different than a standard drivetrain.
 

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Sounds like your getting great mileage for the ecoboost. Much better then a full size pickup. Sounds like you are really liking the Maverick. Thanks for the unbiased and REAL owners review.
Here is the kicker as long as you are not trailering heavy equipment or things like 5th wheel trailers the MPG only drops about 1 - 2 MPG with 2000 - 3000 lbs on a trailer with the 4k tow package, so I've averaged about 28 - 29 MPG when I do. For me so far I've mostly used the trailer to transport my Polaris UTV and not work materials but that could change. Compare that to mid size trucks without a trailer That alone in how much you save on gas compared to other mid size trucks along with the price differential including a Maverick with a $1500 - $3000 trailer vs a Ranger or F150 without a trailer makes it one of the best value options in out there at the moment.
 
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Thanks for the review, hopefully there will be a decent aftermarket rear view mirror. I would pay quite a bit to have one that integrates a dash/rear cam and homelink.

Good point about the backup camera when the tailgate is down. I don't know where you could really put it though, if you go any lower then it wont work for backing up to a trailer and if you go higher it would be on the cabin which would mess with the depth of field I think.

> wide view convex mirror which gives full back window view and side passenger windows

Can you link that? I'm curious what you mean exactly.
You can buy them in the local auto parts store or online like Amazon you can also get them with a blue tint which reduces glare and nighttime headlight glare. I paid about $20 for mine at Advanced Auto.
 

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Wow how on earth are you getting such good MPG on the ecoboost? Is it even rated that high normally?
 

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I agree with everything you wrote. The rearview camera and/or screen needs improvement, it's way too grainy and not bright enough. I understand the price-point constraints but with mass production, I would be willing to pay another $100 if that meant nicer quality visualization when reversing. Still MUCH better than NO camera in our 04 F150 haha! I've also noticed the easy-opening gas flap, especially when leaning on the side of the truck to load/unload stuff. Overall, there is little to complain about, Ford nailed it with this little truck and I've been enjoying driving it around more than our Tesla, like for real!
 
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Wow how on earth are you getting such good MPG on the ecoboost? Is it even rated that high normally?
The power curve I assume is tuned for higher speeds. When drop down to 55 or lower the MPG drops but so far for me only about 1 MPG.

My understanding it is rated a combine highway/city 30 MPG. I also just did the first oil change and supposedly the MPG will improve slightly after you change the factory oil in Fords.

My next fill up I'll track the MPG and see if there is any change and post back on it.
 

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The power curve I assume is tuned for higher speeds. When drop down to 55 or lower the MPG drops but so far for me only about 1 MPG.

My understanding it is rated a combine highway/city 30 MPG. I also just did the first oil change and supposedly the MPG will improve slightly after you change the factory oil in Fords.
Man.. I almost regret getting the Hybrid now and not getting the ecoboost. I just assumed the MPG wasnt that good so I didnt go for it. Thats totally reasonable for a AWD vehicle IMO based on what you are saying.
 

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You can buy them in the local auto parts store or online like Amazon you can also get them with a blue tint which reduces glare and nighttime headlight glare. I paid about $20 for mine at Advanced Auto.
Oh I misunderstood, got it thanks.
 
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Man.. I almost regret getting the Hybrid now and not getting the ecoboost. I just assumed the MPG wasnt that good so I didnt go for it. Thats totally reasonable for a AWD vehicle IMO based on what you are saying.
I am doing mostly highway or mixed. City only supposedly is rated i think 25 MPG so if that is the case the hybrid maybe the better option in that case if gas usage is an issue.

I would have considered a hybrid but I needed the extra towing capacity so it became a no go for me. If they offer an AWD and tow package on the next gen(s) models with a hybrid engine I might considering trading this one in and upgrading at that point and time.
 
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