I'm starting to think it wouldn't make that much of a difference. The limiting factors are the lack of a locking rear diff and low clearance. Tires won't make up for either of those.Those tires are the FX4 "milder' version of the Wildpeaks, I wonder if the beefier version of those or the Cooper AT3's would have made any difference in those wet/slippery conditions ?
Starting to agree, not seeing much our Highlander with AT tires couldn't do-I've watched all the off road videos so far and here is what I'm seeing -
- For most people the AWD system will be fine
- If you want to do serious off roading this is not for you - get a Bronco or Jeep
- It doesn't seem to have any problems in mild or somewhat deep sand/dirt - so far this is actually where it seems to do the best
- It seems to do ok in the mud but not much different than any other AWD system
- It should do fine in the snow - again as well as any other AWD system (probably not as good as some small cars/suv such as an outback I'm guessing)
- It lacks clearance so not great for deep ruts or any trails with lots of varied height obstacles in close proximity, the unibody here really shows up
- In slippery conditions with a slope or angle the AWD system really seems to struggle and it's obvious locking diff would help. From the other vids I've seen it's the same issue where you can see it applying power to some wheels but then other wheels are just stopped when it would be helpful for them to be moving.
- Adding a lift and bigger tires may help it get past some obstacles we've seen it have trouble with BUT the AWD system is pretty much like any car and the whole FX4 thing to me seems like smoke and mirrors. I honestly haven't seen it do much beyond what some of my SUV's with AWD could have done. You can try to make this look like a Off Road truck but unless you do something to the AWD system it can't become one. And adding $10K-15K to do all that in my mind just kills the reason for owning a cheap pickup.
It is what it is. Not a serious off roading machine AND Not advertised as such. More than adequate for most. If off roading is your thing the Maverick isn’t what you want. If you do some unpaved driving or winter driving with good tires it will do fine. For what I need it’s more than adequate and the price/mpg on the window sticker definitely works for me. Don’t compare it to a vehicle that costs $10k+ more that is designed to do more. Get what works for you and what’s important to youRight but for how much ($$$)? If I bought an FX4 off-road Ford truck, I shouldn't have to "fix" anything just to drive it off-road.. Based on your list, someone would be looking at thousands of dollars for fixes you mention.. And you wouldn't really be fixing anything, you'd just be slightly enhancing what's already there.
For anyone wanting to off-road, the Maverick (FX4 or not) just isn't the right tool for the job. I don't care what the sticker on the side says.
The age old, "let people have fun." It's not your car, let the person who owns it beat it up. I'll gladly watch these guys beat up their new Mavericks. At least then I'll have an understanding of what mine will be capable of.But what I don’t get is who takes a new anything, let alone a Maverick to go beat the tar out of?
Its my daily driver and has to get me my pay check, and if all goes well offer a decent trade in on the next one.
Agreed, this guy wasn’t beating it up and I wasn’t trying to make a direct comment against him.The age old, "let people have fun." It's not your car, let the person who owns it beat it up. I'll gladly watch these guys beat up their new Mavericks. At least then I'll have an understanding of what mine will be capable of.
My FX4 came with Pirelli's, it's a sad tire for an "offroad" package. I have tires and wheels coming for it.Those tires are the FX4 "milder' version of the Wildpeaks, I wonder if the beefier version of those or the Cooper AT3's would have made any difference in those wet/slippery conditions ?