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Tour the $35,000 Ford Maverick Lariat’s small but wildly functional truck bed

The new Maverick is Ford’s smallest and cheapest
truck.
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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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.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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Ford calls the Maverick’s back end the FlexBed. It’s do-it-yourself friendly and super versatile.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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The little truck is intended for light household projects and weekend adventures, and its bed has plenty of space for that.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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I tossed in a mountain bike with relative ease (after taking off the front wheel).

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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And the Maverick does its best to accommodate larger items when needed.

2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck
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Like some other trucks, the Maverick also has handy stamped-in slots that fit 2x4s and 2x6s.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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The idea is that owners can stick in inexpensive, DIY bed dividers and the like.

2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck
Ford

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.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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First off, the Lariat came with a spray-in bed liner that made its bed less slippery to stand on and more durable.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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On the left side of the bed, it had an LED light…

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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… and a power outlet.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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On the right, it had a cubby that would be perfect for bungees or other small cargo you don’t want bouncing around.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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Removing a little plastic piece makes the cubby deeper and opens up more storage space.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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That’s standard on all Maverick trucks.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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The Lariat came with rails on either side with adjustable tie-down points.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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That’s on top of several other tie-down spots scattered throughout the bed.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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Tie-downs flanking the tailgate double as bottle openers, putting the tailgate in tailgating.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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You can also option a bunch of different bed covers.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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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.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
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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.

The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
The 2022 Ford Maverick Lariat.
Tim Levin/Insider

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