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Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
8/5/22 2:03 p.m.

 

I mean, it could just be perspective

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Dork
8/5/22 3:30 p.m.

The one from the first pic has chrome or polished shocks so it may have been messed with.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/11/22 10:53 p.m.

I picked up my Maverick today!*

*Okay, not quite. I picked up this press loaner, which I'll have for the next 10 days.

Initial impressions are quite good: it's the right shape and size, drives well, has great visibility, and we averaged 40 mpg over a 150 mile trip that included some mountains and some aggressive driving.

I'll write more after some more time with the truck, but so far I love it!

Oh, and I took this picture of the exhaust to help settle that debate. 

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltimaDork
8/12/22 10:09 a.m.

Looks nice. Is it an XLT or Lariat?

rob_lewis
rob_lewis UberDork
8/12/22 10:31 a.m.
eastsideTim said:

Looks nice. Is it an XLT or Lariat?

Zooming in on the fender, and assuming press cars are usually more loaded, I think it's a Lariat.

I'll be curious what can actually fit in the bed from a car enthusiast perspective.  I'd like to by one for my son to use in college and we're trying to figure out if we could fit a kart on the bed rails and store his kart stuff underneath. 

-Rob

eastsideTim
eastsideTim UltimaDork
8/12/22 10:38 a.m.
rob_lewis said:
eastsideTim said:

Looks nice. Is it an XLT or Lariat?

Zooming in on the fender, and assuming press cars are usually more loaded, I think it's a Lariat.

I'll be curious what can actually fit in the bed from a car enthusiast perspective.  I'd like to by one for my son to use in college and we're trying to figure out if we could fit a kart on the bed rails and store his kart stuff underneath. 

-Rob

Will definitely want to see impressions then.  eastsideWife and I have discussed getting something both of us would want when it is time to replace a daily driver, and the hybrid Lariat is on the list of possibilities.

Woody (Forum Supportum)
Woody (Forum Supportum) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/12/22 10:43 a.m.

It's odd to see a rear bumper on a truck without a step in the center. 

yupididit
yupididit GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/12/22 10:46 a.m.

I'm petty much set on ordering an xl on velocity blue with only ford co-pilot 360 ($360) and trailer hitch ($100) as options. But I really like the interior of the xlt in person. 

I heard ordering with the bedliner delays the process. All the other options I'll add later when I feel like it. Wish those bed caps weren't so expensive.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 11:25 a.m.

Yes, it's a lariat. And the bed is small but seems pretty useful. Here are dimensions I googled:


From here: https://www.mavericktruckclub.com/forum/threads/bed-length-width-measurements-awesome-area-51-xlt-maverick-pics-video.1376/

rob_lewis
rob_lewis UberDork
8/12/22 11:56 a.m.

Measurements are helpful and I've seen them before, but I'm curious how usable it really is.  I have a unique need and would just need one to figure out how to put a kart in it, but a real world day to day review would be helpful.  I know it's a press car, so there's only so much you can do with them, but are you going to "put it to work" while you have it?  I'm also curious to know how you feel about ordering one after you've driven this one for 10 days.  Will it confirm or make you question your order?

Totally different note, why on earth does Ford have a press car Maverick?  They can't keep up with demand and pretty much everyone built is sold before it even starts down the assembly line.  I don't understand the need to promote something you can't even keep in stock to sell.  Then again, I'm not a PR person, so I'm sure there's a logical reason why and I just don't know it.

-Rob

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 12:18 p.m.

I'm not sure about the kart. Have you measured it? That's a pretty easy way to figure out if it will fit.

And yes, I have plans to put this to work. More on that in a few days :)

Here are a few more photos that may be helpful. First, my favorite.. here's me with my feet flat on the ground and my hand flat on the bed. That's pretty amazing in a modern pickup truck--you can actually reach stuff over the bed sides! I'm 6' tall for reference.

Here are some general bed photos:


 


 

And here are some interior photos. Driver's seat is adjusted for me, and I could easily sit behind myself. There's more knee room here than in a Ridgeline. 


 

As far as why Ford has press Mavericks... there's a reason they have so many orders, and it's at least partially because of all the positive reviews, which wouldn't happen without press cars. Since dealers don't seem to have any interest in showcasing new product, manufacturers use people like me to tell buyers about stuff and convince them to order. 

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Dork
8/12/22 1:02 p.m.

Yeah if it got crap reviews then people would say "Oh they're punishing you for not buying the big truck. Figures. $20K for a decent 2010 Ranger it is then." or "Oh it sucks. I'm keeping my Civic."

nocones
nocones GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
8/12/22 1:27 p.m.

That interior is FANTASITC looking.  

TJL (Forum Supporter)
TJL (Forum Supporter) Dork
8/12/22 1:35 p.m.

What else does it do better than a Ridgeline? devil
 

It looks nice. Good colors and that interior looks good without looking busy. 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
8/12/22 1:56 p.m.

Get us some photos with things like a bicycle, a cooler, a set of wheels/tires, etc thrown in the bed too!  (I mean, I would appriciate the perspective and those photographs may assist your eventual published review from a "motorsports support vehicle" perspective.

 

I am working the $$ end around hopefully ordering one as soon as they open up, but I would need the "max tow" configuration awd ecoboost. 

rob_lewis
rob_lewis UberDork
8/12/22 1:58 p.m.
TJL (Forum Supporter) said:

What else does it do better than a Ridgeline? devil

I assume you mean besides costing like $10k less?  laugh

Tom, I'll do some quick measurements later today and send them on.  Thank you a metric ton for offering!!  He and I are like 95% sure a Maverick is in his future. Right now, it's just arguing what he wants on it (XLT or Lariat) v. what dad's willing to pony up for.   He'll eventually tow a small cargo trailer with it, so the ecoboost is already checked off as a needed option.

-Rob

-Rob

dps214
dps214 Dork
8/12/22 2:26 p.m.
TJL (Forum Supporter) said:

What else does it do better than a Ridgeline? devil
 

It looks nice. Good colors and that interior looks good without looking busy. 

In approximate order of importance: much cheaper, better fuel economy, drives like a normal car, doesn't look like an suv with the top rear quarter cut off, not made by honda.

 

I'm pretty sure I understand the layout is what it is, but in my dreams ford would make an extended cab or single cab version. Either the same overall length with a longer bed or same bed length and shorter overall.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 4:40 p.m.

When your truck is this small, trees look huge. 

Dusterbd13-michael
Dusterbd13-michael MegaDork
8/12/22 4:42 p.m.

Id really like to know how it handles engines in the bed, wheels and tires, etc. You know, normal truck stuff that i used my Dakota and s10 for. 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 8:58 p.m.

Just spent another full day driving around in this thing. A few thoughts:

It rides a little rough. That's probably because it has a relatively high payload for its weight--it will carry 1500 lbs but weighs only 3600, which means a fairly stiff ride when empty. 

It handles well. Better than a Ridgeline and way better than a "real" truck. It's actually fun on twisty roads. 

It gets absurdly good mileage. 40 mpg is easy without trying, but I managed to average 48 with a little effort. 

It's easy to park. Being a foot shorter and six inches narrower than a Ridgeline, it parks way more like a car than a truck. 

 

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 8:58 p.m.
Dusterbd13-michael said:

Id really like to know how it handles engines in the bed, wheels and tires, etc. You know, normal truck stuff that i used my Dakota and s10 for. 

I'm going to borrow some gravel from a home improvement store to test it out at capacity. I'll let you know.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 8:59 p.m.

Oh and if you all really want to know what I think of it... I'm going to ask Ford if I can buy this one out of the press fleet. The answer will probably be "no," but it's worth asking. 

tremm
tremm Reader
8/12/22 9:07 p.m.

You doing the math yourself on those MPGs, or is it the dashboard? I like how little the wheel wells intrude to the bed.

Tom Suddard
Tom Suddard GRM+ Memberand Director of Marketing & Digital Assets
8/12/22 9:09 p.m.

In reply to tremm :

That's dashboard, but I'll compute actual mileage when I fill it up. 

GCrites80s
GCrites80s Dork
8/12/22 10:33 p.m.

Dash mileage should be trustable assuming a vehicle has stock, properly-inflated tires and original gearing. The car knows how far it has gone and how many grams of fuel it has used. As long as it is receiving accurate information it is a very easy calculation even for an '80s ECM. Grams of fuel used/kilometers traveled then converted to SAE for 'Murica purposes as the output.

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