Saturday, October 23, 2021


2022 Ford Maverick: The cheapest of cheap pickup trucks

In case anyone hadn’t noticed, pickup trucks have become increasingly more expensive. With extensive option packages, several new pickup trucks cost more than $100,000.

But considering the new Ford Maverick, soon debuting as a 2022 model, many pickup trucks are still reasonably priced.

The 2022 Ford Maverick will be the cheapest new pickup truck available in the United States.
The 2022 Ford Maverick will be the cheapest new pickup truck available in the United States.

The Maverick is already upsetting the industry since it will undercut the current cheapest pickup truck, the Toyota Tacoma, by more than $4,000.

2022 Ford Maverick: Cheap by comparison

Of course, payload, towing capacity, model year and many other factors make the list of the current cheapest pickup trucks skewed. But via dollars alone, Ford has put the other manufacturers on notice: The pickup truck battle is on.

As for the Maverick, here’s what the $21,490 starting price will buy:

The least-expensive Maverick XL is two-wheel, front-wheel drive and it’s a hybrid – it’s the only hybrid on the 10-top cheapest pickup truck list, according to MotorTrend.

The new Maverick also has an all-wheel-drive option and a turbocharged, four-cylinder, non-hybrid. and it has a unibody. And the Maverick comes with a crew-cab body style, not a stubby extended-cab or two-door regular cab.

Here, in reverse order, are the top-10 cheapest pickup trucks currently available and the respective entry-level starting prices.

For comparison, the average price of a new pickup truck early in 2021 surpassed $40,000 for the first time.

10. 2021 GMC Sierra 1500, $31,695;
9. 2021 Ford F-150, $30,635;
8. 2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, $30,595;
7. 2020 Ram 1500 Classic, $29,895;
6. 2020 Nissan Frontier, $27,885;
5. 2021 GMC Canyon, $26,595;
4. 2021 Chevrolet Colorado, $26,395;
3. 2020 Ford Ranger, $26,250;
2. 2021 Toyota Tacoma, $25,630;
1. 2022 Ford Maverick, $21,490.


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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, He can be reached via email:



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Jules Rosen
4 months ago

The last 10 years or so I’ve been spouting the fact, that the major car companies are pricing young buyers out of the market. Finally here is a product at the right price and the right size and excellent gas mileage to boot. I only wish Ford had done this 5 years ago. Now I hope GM steps up to the plate. With any luck Ford will produce the base model in large quantities so they’re actually on dealer lots. It looks really good and I hope it handles as well

Roger V
4 months ago

Is the 2wd base version towable 4 wheels down? Limited towing capacity restrict its RV usage to the tiniest of trailers. Didn’t see any mention in the article. This is an RV newsletter after all.

Last edited 4 months ago by Roger V
4 months ago
Reply to  Roger V

The question of 4 wheel down towing is huge.

Ralph M
4 months ago
Reply to  Bill

According to this article
The Maverick shares the Bronco Sport and Escape drive line. Neither of these is flat towable so it stands to reason the Maverick won’t be either.