Ford is one of the original American automakers, and while the Detroit-based automaker isn’t well-known for reliability, it does have a few reliable options. In fact, one of the most reliable American cars right now is a Ford, and it’s a relatively new Ford too. Here’s a look at the Ford Maverick and how it’s one of the most reliable American cars on the market right now.

A look at Consumer Reports’ new car reliability rankings

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Every year, Consumer Reports sends out surveys to car owners asking them to report vehicle issues. According to Consumer Reports, the consumer aggregate received hundreds of thousands of answers this year, and that data forms the backbone of the site’s reliability scores. Those surveys’ results aren’t surprising, as Toyota, which is well-known for making reliable cars, got first place. 

American automakers like Ford, Chevrolet, and Jeep did not do so well overall, as they were all among the worst in terms of overall brand reliability. That said, while the brands did not score well, they made some fairly reliable models. In fact, Ford and its companies dominated the short list of reliable American cars.

The Buick Encore GX, the Chevy Trailblazer, and the Chevy Blazer were all reliable domestic options. The Ford Edge also made the list, as did the Lincoln Corsair and the Lincoln Nautilus. The Ford Maverick, meanwhile, made the list twice, as both the regular Maverick and the Maverick Hybrid were among the most reliable American cars.

The Ford Maverick is one of the most reliable American cars

That being said, while the Ford Maverick is one of the most reliable American cars, it’s still a Ford. According to RepairPal, Ford does not score very well in terms of reliability. It’s ranked 21st out of 32 for all car brands, and on average, a Ford will cost owners $775 a year for repairs. Ford models need repairs less often than average, but the cost of those repairs tend to be higher than average.

RepairPal doesn’t have data for the Maverick just yet, as it’s a brand-new truck. That being said, the Maverick has already racked up some issues. To be fair to the compact Ford truck, it’s less problematic than its bigger cousin, the F-150. For example, the Maverick currently has fewer recalls than the F-150, and owners haven’t reported that many issues with the truck yet. More problems can arise in the future, but the Maverick seems solid for now.

An overview of the 2022 Ford Maverick

The Ford Maverick is solid in other ways, too. This Ford pickup truck starts at about $21,000, making it the cheapest pickup truck on the market right now. However, car shoppers who choose this Ford truck over other options will be paying for some trade-offs. The Detroit automaker gave the Maverick two powertrain options. It starts with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder hybrid that gets 191 hp.

There’s also a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 250 hp. The hybrid option gets 42 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on highways, for 38 mpg combined. That makes the Maverick a very fuel-efficient truck. Meanwhile, the 2.0-liter engine gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on highways, for 27 mpg combined, which also isn’t too shabby.

However, due to the Maverick’s small size, it will not be able to tow much. The standard hybrid powertrain can tow 2,000 pounds, while the 2.0-liter engine option allows the Maverick to tow up to 4,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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