Editors’ Picks: Top Cars We Drove in 2021

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2022 Ford Maverick
The Maverick’s standard hybrid powertrain is a 2.5-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine teamed with an electric traction motor for a combined output of 191 horsepower. The hybrid is only available with front-wheel drive — all-wheel drive can be ordered with the larger 2.0-liter 250-horsepower EcoBoost engine. Mavericks with the hybrid powertrain have U.S. EPA fuel-economy ratings of 42 mpg city / 33 mpg hwy / 37 mpg combined, yet can still tow up to 2,000 pounds or haul 1,500 pounds of cargo. Despite its diminutive size, the pickup bed of the 2022 Maverick can perform many functions of larger truck beds thanks to what Ford calls the Flexbed System, which includes tailgate tie-down cleats, an available 110-volt power outlet; multiple bed tiedowns; and pockets designed to hold 2 x 6 pieces of wood to act as dividers.

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