The Ford Maverick offers the automaker another pickup in its lineup. It fits under the Ranger and has a fairly large truck bed, but can it handle the day-to-day work of a huge ranch? A new YouTube video from TFLTruck finds out, taking a front-wheel drive hybrid model up a mountain path to clear the trees that had fallen on the trail.
The job puts the Maverick’s maximum payload capacity – rated at 1,500 pounds (680 kilograms) – to the ultimate test. The truck needed sides to hold the logs, although it was stock otherwise. The Maverick Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder with an electric motor for 191 horsepower (142 kilowatts) and 155 pound-feet (210 Newton-meters) of torque, although putting all that power to the ground is the challenge here.
The front-wheel drive Maverick wears all-season tires, which doesn’t help its traction situation, although it has little trouble tackling steep, gravel-covered slopes. When loaded, with a fair amount of rear squat at around 3 inches (76.3 millimeters), the Maverick turns to roll back down the mountain. The lowered rear suspension doesn’t give the truck much ground clearance, and a large rock hits a skid plate under the body at one point, stopping its forward momentum.
The truck has no trouble driving down the rest of the mountain. He then proceeds to the scale, showing the truck exceeding its GVWR – 5,200 lbs (2,358 kg) – by about 200 pounds, tipping the scale to about 5,400 lbs (2,450 kg) with its payload and its passengers.
The test is an extreme case, as most FWD Maverick owners are unlikely to buy the pickup for this sort of job. However, the Ford shows that it is quite a capable machine, even if it cannot compete with mid-size and full-size trucks. Then again, not everyone needs to carry thousands of pounds of stuff every day, although they do need a bit more space and usability than what your traditional crossover tends to offer.