MightyMaverick

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It's great that you enjoy it overall. I have a Lariat on the way so my experience will be very similar to yours but without the FX4 package. What I was most concerned about was the driving experience and tech features. It's good to know you're not having any issues with those with the exception of ergonomics. I want a smooth and insulated ride and it's good to know it delivers. Also, auto stop/start. It's good to know it's very seamless because my mother's Subaru Crosstrek has it and it's absolutely terrible. The car always feels like it's gonna stall out and it shakes the car violently.

Anyway, seeing more of these positive reviews gets me more and more eager for my Maverick. It's scheduled for early February so hopefully I'll receive it by late February-early March. That is of course without any delays or factory shutdowns that I'm sure are bound to hit again.
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Glad to hear people are finding the auto start/stop acceptable. The one time I've had it was a rental and it felt really weird.
I expect I'll get used to it no matter what.
The auto highbeams on the other hand, are you able to turn them off permanently or is it an every time you start the vehicle thing?
My subaru I don't think about the headlights unless I'm sitting in a parking lot with my lights pointed at another person.
I hope the auto stop/start isn't too annoying. With 2.0 AWD/4k I am afraid the MPG will suffer. My commute is short but with a lot of stop and go and it could save me a lot of gas if I can stand it.

As for the high beams I really don't want to blast anybody in oncoming traffic. If the automatic system doesn't always work, turning it on and off by hand has never been an issue anyway.
 

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Two Thousand Miles in

After a month of ownership and a few thousand miles of travel, I have gotten to know my new Maverick a little better and its pros and cons. This is my first new Ford and only the second ever in my family (and that was a brief engagement). I share this only to note I had no brand loyalty or significant history with it.

I have a Lariat with the FX4 package, Tow package and Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires.

During the month the I have been able to put the Maverick through its paces. It’s driven on country roads, Interstate and gravel/dirt in both dry and extremely wet conditions. I’ve been able to legitimately use the different drive modes (except towing) and the various drive aids that came with the model and trim I have. I have done few DIY projects in the bed. I have sat in it on Zoom calls. I reclined the seat and attempted to nap waiting for one of my kids to get out of school. It’s carried a bed full of alfalfa and feed and a back seat full of groceries. It’s experienced real-life use.

The Gripes/misfires

The gripes are minimal. To steal a line from Neil Young, “Just because your problems are meaningless doesn’t make them go away.” Given the price point Ford was laudably trying to maintain, I get that choices had to me made.

The various cubbies and storage hitches are great. Couldn’t one be for a phone with a charge/Car Play cable attached? How about a secure spot for the key fob, maybe even one that recharges the fob battery?

Initially I was impressed with the automatic hi/lo beam headlights. I thought they were slick. While they work very, very well, on undulating roads or going through town they tend to flick back and forth strobe-light style and will flash cars from behind. It’s easy to address of course. It was one of those things I loved at first but I have turned it off likely never to be used again.

The fuse box in the engine bay. Good grief. It’s designed like an escape room, you have to find clues to get it open. Cheap clips and an over engineered design make getting to the fuses unnecessarily complicated. And no fuse map on the lid as has been common in vehicles forever. C’mon man!

The lever used to hold up the hood is right out of a 1973 Datsun. I chuckled “That helped with the price point” when I first used it. Unimportant I realize as it does the job.

Engine sound going from 0-15…is…whiny.

Location of some controls. Overall the switchgear in the Maverick is wonderfully basic and easy to use. One set of controls on the center console between the Drive selector (which I like) and a set of storage bins is in an unfortunate location. Given the landscape of the dash it would seem this set of controls could have been incorporated there instead of an area where you are apt to inadvertently hit one and where dirt and dust are going to collect.

Storage.jpg


Some of the wiring running from the bed to the engine bay seems dangerously exposed to the elements. Simple clips hold most of it in place and some connections seem to be at risk from road grime exposure and build up.

I connected Ford Pass when I bought the vehicle. I played around a bit, locked and unlocked the car, started it remotely etc. I have never opened the App again. We’ll see if it adds value over time.


The Positives-

It drives so very well. Quiet, composed in all situations. Plenty of power. Driven very conservatively, you can eek out 30 Mpg. No Buzzing, whistles or unusual cabin noise. Entry and exit are easy.

The interior is basic but a very nice place to be. I have not understood why car manufactures went away from making utilitarian models. No faux carbon, no chrome, no Walnut. Easy to clean and you are not sweating a scuff. Keeps costs down and fits the needs of most buyers. I do not have heated seats but the cabin gets cozy very quickly on cold mornings.

Electronic interfaces are easy to navigate. Whether on the Touchscreen or the Gauge Cluster the menus and controls are intuitive. This is no small thing and I think they nailed it.

Physical buttons and switches are for the most part simple and exactly where you expect them to be. It is so refreshing to be able to control the climate and sound with simple knobs and buttons and not a touchscreen.

It looks great. The more I am around it, the shape from all angles is active and attractive. Just enough ZOOM to it. It looks confident and comfortable in its own skin.

Truck.jpg


The headlights are fantastic. The low beams give you a very full view from side to side without blinding oncoming traffic. The best I have ever had.

The bed is useful. Whether my bike, DIY gear and ski rack or Alfalfa it has already proven to be useful and flexible. The rear light gives you enough to see your stuff at night.

The windshield wipers-I live in a place that rains…a lot. Wipers, their controls and speed variance actually matter here in a way most parts of the country may not care about. The simple design and options for delay are perfect for the wild and varied weather we have part of the year.

Auto Stop/Start-in every previous car I have driven with these systems they have felt harried and rough. The Maverick however has little drama. The response is immediate and the system is quiet and feels seamless.

Brake Assist-This is controlled by one of the buttons whose location I question. It turns on a brake “hold” that keeps you from rolling forward when in Drive with your foot off the gas after you come to a complete stop. In stop and go traffic it is such a nice feature.

One oddity. I embedded a video showing an odd but consistent phenomenon. On the hood when driving in the rain water collects in a pool in two locations. It drains away perfectly when standing still, and the pools drain immediately when you stop, turn or accelerate. But if you drive 45-60 MPH 1 inch pools of water will dance in those locations for miles.
I have never bought a car in the first year of its introduction for all the traditional reasons. So far all I can say is that the Maverick is meeting or exceeding my expectations. It feels confident and competent, well-constructed and thoughtfully designed. My only regret is thinking about the minor improvements in the next model that I will not get to enjoy.
















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You mentioned that your Lariat does NOT have heated seats. I'm guessing that's only available in the luxury package?
 
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Two Thousand Miles in

After a month of ownership and a few thousand miles of travel, I have gotten to know my new Maverick a little better and its pros and cons. This is my first new Ford and only the second ever in my family (and that was a brief engagement). I share this only to note I had no brand loyalty or significant history with it.

I have a Lariat with the FX4 package, Tow package and Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires.

During the month the I have been able to put the Maverick through its paces. It’s driven on country roads, Interstate and gravel/dirt in both dry and extremely wet conditions. I’ve been able to legitimately use the different drive modes (except towing) and the various drive aids that came with the model and trim I have. I have done few DIY projects in the bed. I have sat in it on Zoom calls. I reclined the seat and attempted to nap waiting for one of my kids to get out of school. It’s carried a bed full of alfalfa and feed and a back seat full of groceries. It’s experienced real-life use.

The Gripes/misfires

The gripes are minimal. To steal a line from Neil Young, “Just because your problems are meaningless doesn’t make them go away.” Given the price point Ford was laudably trying to maintain, I get that choices had to me made.

The various cubbies and storage hitches are great. Couldn’t one be for a phone with a charge/Car Play cable attached? How about a secure spot for the key fob, maybe even one that recharges the fob battery?

Initially I was impressed with the automatic hi/lo beam headlights. I thought they were slick. While they work very, very well, on undulating roads or going through town they tend to flick back and forth strobe-light style and will flash cars from behind. It’s easy to address of course. It was one of those things I loved at first but I have turned it off likely never to be used again.

The fuse box in the engine bay. Good grief. It’s designed like an escape room, you have to find clues to get it open. Cheap clips and an over engineered design make getting to the fuses unnecessarily complicated. And no fuse map on the lid as has been common in vehicles forever. C’mon man!

The lever used to hold up the hood is right out of a 1973 Datsun. I chuckled “That helped with the price point” when I first used it. Unimportant I realize as it does the job.

Engine sound going from 0-15…is…whiny.

Location of some controls. Overall the switchgear in the Maverick is wonderfully basic and easy to use. One set of controls on the center console between the Drive selector (which I like) and a set of storage bins is in an unfortunate location. Given the landscape of the dash it would seem this set of controls could have been incorporated there instead of an area where you are apt to inadvertently hit one and where dirt and dust are going to collect.

Storage.jpg


Some of the wiring running from the bed to the engine bay seems dangerously exposed to the elements. Simple clips hold most of it in place and some connections seem to be at risk from road grime exposure and build up.

I connected Ford Pass when I bought the vehicle. I played around a bit, locked and unlocked the car, started it remotely etc. I have never opened the App again. We’ll see if it adds value over time.


The Positives-

It drives so very well. Quiet, composed in all situations. Plenty of power. Driven very conservatively, you can eek out 30 Mpg. No Buzzing, whistles or unusual cabin noise. Entry and exit are easy.

The interior is basic but a very nice place to be. I have not understood why car manufactures went away from making utilitarian models. No faux carbon, no chrome, no Walnut. Easy to clean and you are not sweating a scuff. Keeps costs down and fits the needs of most buyers. I do not have heated seats but the cabin gets cozy very quickly on cold mornings.

Electronic interfaces are easy to navigate. Whether on the Touchscreen or the Gauge Cluster the menus and controls are intuitive. This is no small thing and I think they nailed it.

Physical buttons and switches are for the most part simple and exactly where you expect them to be. It is so refreshing to be able to control the climate and sound with simple knobs and buttons and not a touchscreen.

It looks great. The more I am around it, the shape from all angles is active and attractive. Just enough ZOOM to it. It looks confident and comfortable in its own skin.

Truck.jpg


The headlights are fantastic. The low beams give you a very full view from side to side without blinding oncoming traffic. The best I have ever had.

The bed is useful. Whether my bike, DIY gear and ski rack or Alfalfa it has already proven to be useful and flexible. The rear light gives you enough to see your stuff at night.

The windshield wipers-I live in a place that rains…a lot. Wipers, their controls and speed variance actually matter here in a way most parts of the country may not care about. The simple design and options for delay are perfect for the wild and varied weather we have part of the year.

Auto Stop/Start-in every previous car I have driven with these systems they have felt harried and rough. The Maverick however has little drama. The response is immediate and the system is quiet and feels seamless.

Brake Assist-This is controlled by one of the buttons whose location I question. It turns on a brake “hold” that keeps you from rolling forward when in Drive with your foot off the gas after you come to a complete stop. In stop and go traffic it is such a nice feature.

One oddity. I embedded a video showing an odd but consistent phenomenon. On the hood when driving in the rain water collects in a pool in two locations. It drains away perfectly when standing still, and the pools drain immediately when you stop, turn or accelerate. But if you drive 45-60 MPH 1 inch pools of water will dance in those locations for miles.
I have never bought a car in the first year of its introduction for all the traditional reasons. So far all I can say is that the Maverick is meeting or exceeding my expectations. It feels confident and competent, well-constructed and thoughtfully designed. My only regret is thinking about the minor improvements in the next model that I will not get to enjoy.
















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I wonder if there's a schematic of the wiring system. If the wires as you stated is exposed. I'd like to known if you'd provide a video of the locations of wiring you feel needs better protection from weather and wear.
I may be a old lady (70 yo, R&D Project Mgr still) but I'm handy at wiring etc.! I plan to do a very extensive visual inspection of my Maverick when it arrives before I even drive it very far!
I do have another concern, since I'm only 4' 10" so I'm
concerned about reaching the pedals if my seat is raised to it's highest settings. Anyone know if I will be able to reach the pedals? Never had the opportunity to drive the Maverick with the electric seat feature I've ordered. Any information is greatly appreciated!
 

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Great review. (y)
I've owned my lariat Maverick for a month, but only have 400 miles on the odometer.
I don't like the stop/start feature, but I agree that is works, for the most part, seamlessly. It works far better that my last vehicle (2015 BMW X1) that had this feature.

I do wish the power socket and USB port did not stay powered on all the time. It makes connecting my new dash cam a more complicated endeavour, as I now have to hard wire it in. I could just pull the power socket plug each time I stop the vehicle, but I suspect I'd forget to unplug or plug it in half the time.
Thought I read in the manual that it shuts off power to those outlets after 15-30 minutes.
 

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Man I hadn't really thought about it but you're right that having a gear selector right next to the cup holders is a terrible idea. Going to have LOTS of people having to replace their gear selector or buttons because they spilled coffee or their slushie on it :)
 

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You mentioned that your Lariat does NOT have heated seats. I'm guessing that's only available in the luxury package?
Not OP, but heated seats and steering wheels are only on the XLT Lux and Lariat Lux. 🤨
 
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Man I hadn't really thought about it but you're right that having a gear selector right next to the cup holders is a terrible idea. Going to have LOTS of people having to replace their gear selector or buttons because they spilled coffee or their slushie on it :)
Many cars have it this way now. So it could become a pretty widespread issue. Although, my Dad said the same thing about when we moved from column shifters to console shifters.

Ask me how I dumped a whole large Wendy's chili on my Lincoln leather passenger seat the other day? That would have been a calamity right on the center console of a Maverick!
 

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Many cars have it this way now. So it could become a pretty widespread issue. Although, my Dad said the same thing about when we moved from column shifters to console shifters.

Ask me how I dumped a whole large Wendy's chili on my Lincoln leather passenger seat the other day? That would have been a calamity right on the center console of a Maverick!
Agree that those low console mounted controls are bound to get gummed up. We now need someone to bench test this. Large Wendy's chili + cheese+onions+hot sauce spillage all over the shifter and buttons, leave overnight clean and report back - lol
 
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You mentioned that your Lariat does NOT have heated seats. I'm guessing that's only available in the luxury package?
I assume so. My behind has gotten spoiled. I wish I had them.
 

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Two Thousand Miles in

After a month of ownership and a few thousand miles of travel, I have gotten to know my new Maverick a little better and its pros and cons. This is my first new Ford and only the second ever in my family (and that was a brief engagement). I share this only to note I had no brand loyalty or significant history with it.

I have a Lariat with the FX4 package, Tow package and Pirelli Scorpion ATR tires.

During the month the I have been able to put the Maverick through its paces. It’s driven on country roads, Interstate and gravel/dirt in both dry and extremely wet conditions. I’ve been able to legitimately use the different drive modes (except towing) and the various drive aids that came with the model and trim I have. I have done few DIY projects in the bed. I have sat in it on Zoom calls. I reclined the seat and attempted to nap waiting for one of my kids to get out of school. It’s carried a bed full of alfalfa and feed and a back seat full of groceries. It’s experienced real-life use.

The Gripes/misfires

The gripes are minimal. To steal a line from Neil Young, “Just because your problems are meaningless doesn’t make them go away.” Given the price point Ford was laudably trying to maintain, I get that choices had to me made.

The various cubbies and storage hitches are great. Couldn’t one be for a phone with a charge/Car Play cable attached? How about a secure spot for the key fob, maybe even one that recharges the fob battery?

Initially I was impressed with the automatic hi/lo beam headlights. I thought they were slick. While they work very, very well, on undulating roads or going through town they tend to flick back and forth strobe-light style and will flash cars from behind. It’s easy to address of course. It was one of those things I loved at first but I have turned it off likely never to be used again.

The fuse box in the engine bay. Good grief. It’s designed like an escape room, you have to find clues to get it open. Cheap clips and an over engineered design make getting to the fuses unnecessarily complicated. And no fuse map on the lid as has been common in vehicles forever. C’mon man!

The lever used to hold up the hood is right out of a 1973 Datsun. I chuckled “That helped with the price point” when I first used it. Unimportant I realize as it does the job.

Engine sound going from 0-15…is…whiny.

Location of some controls. Overall the switchgear in the Maverick is wonderfully basic and easy to use. One set of controls on the center console between the Drive selector (which I like) and a set of storage bins is in an unfortunate location. Given the landscape of the dash it would seem this set of controls could have been incorporated there instead of an area where you are apt to inadvertently hit one and where dirt and dust are going to collect.

Storage.jpg


Some of the wiring running from the bed to the engine bay seems dangerously exposed to the elements. Simple clips hold most of it in place and some connections seem to be at risk from road grime exposure and build up.

I connected Ford Pass when I bought the vehicle. I played around a bit, locked and unlocked the car, started it remotely etc. I have never opened the App again. We’ll see if it adds value over time.


The Positives-

It drives so very well. Quiet, composed in all situations. Plenty of power. Driven very conservatively, you can eek out 30 Mpg. No Buzzing, whistles or unusual cabin noise. Entry and exit are easy.

The interior is basic but a very nice place to be. I have not understood why car manufactures went away from making utilitarian models. No faux carbon, no chrome, no Walnut. Easy to clean and you are not sweating a scuff. Keeps costs down and fits the needs of most buyers. I do not have heated seats but the cabin gets cozy very quickly on cold mornings.

Electronic interfaces are easy to navigate. Whether on the Touchscreen or the Gauge Cluster the menus and controls are intuitive. This is no small thing and I think they nailed it.

Physical buttons and switches are for the most part simple and exactly where you expect them to be. It is so refreshing to be able to control the climate and sound with simple knobs and buttons and not a touchscreen.

It looks great. The more I am around it, the shape from all angles is active and attractive. Just enough ZOOM to it. It looks confident and comfortable in its own skin.

Truck.jpg


The headlights are fantastic. The low beams give you a very full view from side to side without blinding oncoming traffic. The best I have ever had.

The bed is useful. Whether my bike, DIY gear and ski rack or Alfalfa it has already proven to be useful and flexible. The rear light gives you enough to see your stuff at night.

The windshield wipers-I live in a place that rains…a lot. Wipers, their controls and speed variance actually matter here in a way most parts of the country may not care about. The simple design and options for delay are perfect for the wild and varied weather we have part of the year.

Auto Stop/Start-in every previous car I have driven with these systems they have felt harried and rough. The Maverick however has little drama. The response is immediate and the system is quiet and feels seamless.

Brake Assist-This is controlled by one of the buttons whose location I question. It turns on a brake “hold” that keeps you from rolling forward when in Drive with your foot off the gas after you come to a complete stop. In stop and go traffic it is such a nice feature.

One oddity. I embedded a video showing an odd but consistent phenomenon. On the hood when driving in the rain water collects in a pool in two locations. It drains away perfectly when standing still, and the pools drain immediately when you stop, turn or accelerate. But if you drive 45-60 MPH 1 inch pools of water will dance in those locations for miles.
I have never bought a car in the first year of its introduction for all the traditional reasons. So far all I can say is that the Maverick is meeting or exceeding my expectations. It feels confident and competent, well-constructed and thoughtfully designed. My only regret is thinking about the minor improvements in the next model that I will not get to enjoy.
















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Thanks for the knowledgeable and well written report. It would appear that you have written reports before! Good information of which to be aware. If your only regret is model year improvements then that's great news. You can never win that battle so no point in entertaining the fight.
Only negative comment, one should never quote Neil Young.... such a whiner! 😁
Eight more weeks of waiting for me, but I'm old so waiting comes easy...practice, practice, practice.
 

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With around 1000 miles on my Maverick this is my opinion. Alto Blue, 2.0 , FWD, Lux package, Spray in bed liner, moon roof, tow package... and probably a couple of other things that don't come to mind immediately.

Pros: More truck than expected at this price point. Comfortable and controls are well placed. Has plenty of pep in it when I need to pass another car. Fun to drive. It has some quirks and I am OK with that... like the cubbyhole next to the touch screen.

Cons: Honestly, with any car I own there are things I change to my own taste. That doesn't mean there is anything wrong to begin with. Understand, for the price, this is a great truck. For my needs it does everything I ask of it. It is small enough to run around downtown, I can carry 4 people comfortably, I have a bed to carry bulky things. I have no cons. It is well worth the price point.

So... my 1000 mile review is ... great little truck. Just what I was looking for. Regular trucks have been getting bigger, fancier and very expensive. This is the affordable truck I have been looking for.
 
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Regarding the regret about the new features you won't get on the next model, it is somewhat unusual for a carmaker to refresh a model the second year it is in production but even if this does happen let's hope the car market is still insane so we can sell our Mavs for close to MSRP and buy the new one.
 

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Many cars have it this way now. So it could become a pretty widespread issue. Although, my Dad said the same thing about when we moved from column shifters to console shifters.

Ask me how I dumped a whole large Wendy's chili on my Lincoln leather passenger seat the other day? That would have been a calamity right on the center console of a Maverick!
I'd like to say... don't hit wendy's chili in your car but I know my ass will go about 2 weeks not eating in my maverick before I stop for a McD's mcDouble.
 
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