Tour the $20,000 Ford Maverick’s small but extremely versatile truck bed

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

2022 Ford Maverick XL.Tim Levin/Insider

  • The 2022 Maverick is Ford’s newest and smallest pickup truck.

  • Its 4.5-foot bed is packed with functional features like 12-volt power and a multi-position tailgate.

  • Here’s the bed you get in the $20,000 Maverick XL, the cheapest new pickup on the market.

The 2022 Maverick is Ford’s newest pickup truck. Starting at $20,000, it’s also the cheapest new truck you can buy.

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

2022 Ford Maverick XL.Tim Levin/Insider

Read the insider’s review of the 2022 Ford Maverick here: The $20,000 Ford Maverick is a naked pickup truck that proves less really can be more

It exists to provide a smaller, cheaper alternative to bulky, expensive pickups.

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

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But don’t let the Maverick’s small size and price tag fool you – it’s still very functional as a truck.

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

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Its 4.5-foot bed is smaller than most, but it’s fully adapted for hauling bikes, mulch bags, lumber, and other bulky items.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

While the bed in the cheapest Maverick – the XL trim – doesn’t offer some of the snazzy features of a more expensive version, it does have a few useful tricks up its sleeve.

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

2022 Ford Maverick XL.Tim Levin/Insider

Here’s the bed you get in the bare-bones Maverick, the $20,000 Maverick XL.

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

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In all trim levels, the Maverick is equipped with a simple sheet metal bed. You can pay extra for a hard plastic or spray-in liner, and one is included with some option packages.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

Ford designed the Maverick’s FlexBed to be easily customized with do-it-yourself tweaks. This could be especially useful for buyers of the base model.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

You will notice several vertical and horizontal slits punched into both sides of the bed.

Ford Maverick bed.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin/Insider

These are designed to fit custom lumber, allowing owners to create rudimentary bed dividers, a raised cargo floor, or racks.

Ford Maverick bed.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin/Insider

You can build a simple bike rack to save some money.

2022 Ford Maverick Pickup

2022 Ford Maverick.ford

Or insert a board to separate the bed and prevent things from sliding out.

2022 Ford Maverick Pickup

2022 Ford Maverick.ford

The Maverick is also equipped with sockets for 12 volt power supply on both sides of the bed. Owners can tap to add bedside lights or accessories like an air compressor.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

There are also pre-drilled threaded holes on both sides of the bed.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin/Insider

You can use these to add extra attachment points or bed rails with adjustable cleats.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin/Insider

The Maverick XL has six attachment points for load securing.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

These include two on either side of the tailgate that double as bottle openers.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin/Insider

The Maverick’s tailgate opens to multiple positions. It can lie flat.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

Or it can be partially opened to act as a bed extension.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

In its raised position, the tailgate is designed to allow owners to place sheets of plywood over the tailgate lip and wheel wells.

2022 Ford Maverick Pickup

The 2022 Ford Maverick.ford

You adjust the height of the tailgate by unhooking the tethers and reattaching them at a higher point.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin/Insider

The Maverick’s overall size also makes its bed particularly usable. It’s so low that you don’t have to be in the NBA to reach past the tailgate or over the walls to grab something.

2022 Ford Maverick Pickup

The 2022 Ford Maverick.ford

Opt for a pricier Maverick and you can get things like in-bed cubbies, an outlet, and LED lighting.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.

The 2022 Ford Maverick.Tim Levin

But even the cheapest Maverick XL comes with a whole lot of functionality.

2022 Ford Maverick XL Pickup.

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