tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

  • The 2022 Maverick is Ford’s newest, smallest, and cheapest pickup. 
  • It starts at $20,000. I tested a well-optioned, $35,000 Maverick Lariat to see the type of bed you get when you spend a bit more. 
  • The Maverick Lariat came with a multi-position tailgate, a bed liner, a power outlet, and a little cubby. 

The new Maverick is Ford’s smallest and cheapest truck.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

But that doesn’t mean it skimps out on capability.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

Though it’s smaller than most, the Maverick’s 4.5-foot bed is packed with clever features and optional add-ons that make up for its petite size.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

Ford calls the Maverick’s back end the FlexBed. It’s do-it-yourself friendly and super versatile.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

The little truck is intended for light household projects and weekend adventures, and its bed has plenty of space for that.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

I tossed in a mountain bike with relative ease (after taking off the front wheel).

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

And the Maverick does its best to accommodate larger items when needed.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

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Reposition some cables and the tailgate will open to a halfway position.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

That configuration lets owners lay down sheets of plywood across the lip of the tailgate and wheel wells.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

Like some other trucks, the Maverick also has handy stamped-in slots that fit 2x4s and 2x6s.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

The idea is that owners can stick in inexpensive, DIY bed dividers and the like.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

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Another big pro: The Maverick isn’t high up off the ground like a regular truck. It’s SUV sized, so it’s low enough to easily load things in or hop into.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

The base Maverick XL comes with some tie-down points, some holes for mounting accessories, and not much else.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick XL. Tim Levin

But buyers can add on tons of useful options by paying a bit more, as I saw in the well-equipped, $35,000 Lariat model I tested recently.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

First off, the Lariat came with a spray-in bed liner that made its bed less slippery to stand on and more durable.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

On the left side of the bed, it had an LED light…

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

… and a power outlet.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

On the right, it had a cubby that would be perfect for bungees or other small cargo you don’t want bouncing around.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

Removing a little plastic piece makes the cubby deeper and opens up more storage space.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

On both sides of the bed, Ford included 12-volt access points that owners can tap into to rig up lights, air compressors, or other accessories.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

That’s standard on all Maverick trucks.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

The Lariat came with rails on either side with adjustable tie-down points.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

That’s on top of several other tie-down spots scattered throughout the bed.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

Tie-downs flanking the tailgate double as bottle openers, putting the tailgate in tailgating.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

You can also option a bunch of different bed covers.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

My tester came with a folding one that you can open to several different positions. Fully closed, it locks in place, protecting the bed from other people and the elements.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

Overall, the Maverick brings an exciting choice to the truck market. It’s great for people in cities or anyone who wants some pickup capability without the unwieldy size of most models.

tour the $35,000 ford maverick lariat's small but wildly functional truck bed

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat. Tim Levin/Insider

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