This is a good sign the chip shortage crisis is being resolved.
The popularity of the Ford Maverick isn't expected to slow down anytime soon, and now CarBuzz has learned it will not come with a depopulated key, as some outlets previously reported.
A depopulated key, simply put, lacks keyless functionality. It's old school but works just fine. Still, it's not something buyers expect to see with modern cars, but the semiconductor chip shortage crisis changed things. Several months ago, the Blue Oval was forced to drop keyless fobs because they require chips. It was inconvenient but not the end of the world. Fortunately, the supply chain is slowly getting back to normal.
A Ford spokeswoman has confirmed to CarBuzz the following: "The depopulated key is not currently an available option for Maverick and is only in our order guide as a precautionary measure in the case that a chip shortage impacts our supply of fully functional keys."
This is obviously good news for '23 model year Maverick customers, but it's essential to understand that the situation can change quickly, hence Ford's "precautionary measure." The 2023 Ford Maverick began rolling off the Hermosillo, Mexico assembly line a few weeks ago though the online configurator went active in early October. One of the first things we noticed at the time was a price hike.
For example, the 2022 base XL model carried an MSRP of just below $20,000. For 2023, it's increased to $22,195. Moving up the ladder, the '23 XLT and Lariat models begin at $24,455 and $27,955, respectively. All three trims come standard with the 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain, front-wheel drive, and an EPA-estimated rating of 42 mpg in the city. That actually beats the Honda Civic with the 1.5-liter four-cylinder and automatic transmission combo.
Once again, those who desire additional power can check the $2,220 option box for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, rated at a healthier 250 horsepower instead of 191 hp. EcoBoost buyers also get all-wheel drive, a must for anyone living in a mountainous and snowy region.
The new Tremor package can be equipped with an advanced four-wheel drive system for $2,220 extra. There's also the new Tremor Off-Road package for $2,995, but it can only be had if you opt for that advanced 4WD system. The Tremor Off-Road Plus Appearance Package costs $4,490, and it'll give everything the package mentioned above plus a black body graphic and Carbonized Gray exterior accents.
As long as Ford's chip supply remains constant, '23 Mavericks will come with the very convenient keyless fob everyone wants.