Ford Maverick Towing Capacity Is Quite Disappointing

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Here's how it compares to the Hyundai Santa Cruz and Honda Ridgeline.

With its compact size and low asking price, the Ford Maverick is an attractive and more affordable alternative to the mid-size Ranger. Some people have been skeptical there's a market for a compact truck smaller than the Ranger, but the high demand suggests otherwise - in just one week, Ford received 36,000 reservations for the Maverick.

Ford has already confirmed the Maverick has a maximum towing capacity of up to 4,000 pounds with the optional Trailer Tow Package installed, but a towing guide fact sheet uncovered by the Maverick Truck Club forum has revealed new details about the Maverick's towing capability, allowing us to see how it compares to the Honda Ridgeline and Hyundai Santa Cruz.

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The Ford Maverick is available with a choice of two powertrains: a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid engine rated at 191 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque, and a more powerful 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces 250 hp and 277 lb-ft of torque.

As standard, the 2.5-liter hybrid version comes with front-wheel drive and the 2.0-liter EcoBoost is available with all-wheel drive. According to the sheet, the 2.5-liter version has a Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) of 6,010 pounds. This refers to the combined maximum weight of the vehicle, passengers, trailer, equipment, and fuel.

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For the 2.0-liter EcoBoost variant, the GCWR ranges from 5,900 to 8,145 pounds. The sheet also confirms that the Maverick has a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds with FWD. Towing a trailer heavier than 2,000 pounds requires the Trailer Towing Package to be installed. Disappointingly, this falls short of the Maverick's main rivals.

For comparison, the FWD Honda Ridgeline and Hyundai Santa Cruz can tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the AWD versions have a towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds.

Pricing for the Ford Maverick starts at $19,995, with customer deliveries due to begin this fall.

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