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Ecoboost, AWD, etc - Respect.
As I've commented a long time ago, your vehicles and their capabilities add prestige and status to the brand.

FWD hybrid in a regular little pickup. That should handle anything tried in an old Ford Ranger/Mazda B2500 back in the day, which is plenty. Failing once in a while teaches your limits and it's damn fun.

Be safe, plan reasonably, and hope we all get our pickup sooner than later.

 

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I got stuck in the backyard of my old house using my 2wd Chevrolet Colorado to pull up bushes out of the ground with a chain and my front tow hooks. I also would spin and tear up my backyard hauling lumber behind my house to build a wooden deck. I had to pull my truck out with my wife’s Mazda Tribute Mini SUV. This was a smooth yard in a subdivision. So, I’m buying the fwd for gas mileage with todays gas prices and considering I drive a lot of miles but otherwise I would never ever consider a truck that isn’t 4wd. When I was stuck I said never a 2wd again. I bought a z71 4wd which I love but I can’t afford the gas. 2wd here I come. I’m sure when I get stuck I’ll once again say never again.
 

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Got a bit lost in the mountains of north Colorado on a fire road but the hybrid maverick (and stock tires) REALLY impressed me.

and prior to this, we had a FX4 Maverick so I feel like I can gauge the differences.

I can say with certainty, the hybrid is going to be perfectly fine for 95% of you who want to go on your weekend excursions but are also worried if it can get you to the campsite, trailhead, forest service road etc…. It can. I even passed through several small water runoffs and mud/ although def nothing too serious.

does it have the AWD for steeper grades, mud & when articulation takes a wheel of the ground? Nope. But it might just surprise you and considering $5+ gas prices and increased MSRP… if you don’t need to add 4K tow… I no longer see the point of getting an EcoBoost AWD. Saying this because if you really need to off-road, just get the Ranger.

Sorry had videos but they’re too large to upload.

If I had to rate this road, thinking of how our old FX4 lifter F150 could handle almost anything… I’d rate the road we were on a 5/10 at it’s most difficult parts. So don’t get the wrong idea here, the hybrid maverick is no off-road beast but capable for most peoples needs it’s going to exceed your expectations.

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Nice post! Love the photos. However to your point about why you’d need the eco… its not offroading for 99% of people. Its AWD for the snow lol but nice to know our FWD compadres can still manage on a moderate trail or two. Thanks for the post!
 

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Seems very capable for the price, and what the average person would be asking it to do. I would have seriously considered the Hybrid and doing without AWD, but I need the 4k towing package for pulling a bout around. It's the perfect small truck if you dont need to pull anything.
 

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I grew up in Wyoming and laughed at 2wd pickups- "that's not a truck". Now I live in the Southeast and haven't seen snow in years, and I TOTALLY understand why there are still TONS of little old 2wd Rangers and S10s running around.
 


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Thanks for confirming what I've already experienced!

If the EcoBoost was 4x4 instead of AWD I would have considered going that route. But after doing hundreds of backwood roads in my AWD Element I know how rare the rear wheels are turning, and help. The Maverick's clearance makes a world of difference. After already doing some pretty rough mountain trails in the Hybrid I would not trade my FWD Hybrid's 43 mpg for the difference. If I think I just might need them, I keep an trailer hitch electric winch and rope under the back seat and a shovel in the bed...and I'll keep my 43 mpg.
 
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Nice post! Love the photos. However to your point about why you’d need the eco… its not offroading for 99% of people. Its AWD for the snow lol but nice to know our FWD compadres can still manage on a moderate trail or two. Thanks for the post!
Living in Colorado, it's likely OP will see plenty of snow in their FWD hybrid, just as I will in the mountains of Utah. I've never had a single issue in 15+ yrs of snow shoeing in the Wasatch Mountains in compact sedans with snow tires , not concerned about the FWD hybrid Maverick with some Nokians.

 

 
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