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Reviews 2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Review: A Mighty Mini Truck

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Review: A Mighty Mini Truck

The Ford Maverick is a Small Truck That's Big on Personality, Capability, and Fun


2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Pros:

– Looks fantastic.

– One of the smartest true utility vehicles available for sale.

– 2.0T engine packs plenty of power.

 


2023 Ford Maverick Tremor Cons:

– Still odd-looking front end.

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre


Above all the types of vehicles for sale in the North America, none are more popular than trucks, pickup trucks that is. And if you ask me, the allure of small and midsize trucks is undeniable, more so than full-size ones. They offer a blend of practicality, agility, and just the right amount of ruggedness that appeals to a broad spectrum of drivers. Among the plethora of options, the Ford Maverick, particularly with the Tremor package, stands out for all the right reasons.

 

Though I’ve no real need for a pickup, my wonderful 2018 Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen being capable of doing it all, the Maverick is a vehicle that resonates with my urban lifestyle. Its compact size belies its capability, making it an ideal companion for everything from daily commutes to adventurous getaways. With two small kids in tow, the second row gives them the room they need and the bed, with a cover, will carry bicycles and/or a quick in-and-out $600 Costco run.

 


Handsome. More so with Tremor

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Maverick’s design strikes a perfect balance between playful and serious, with its short front overhangs and generous rear, complemented by the playful stamping of “Maverick” on the tailgate and the off-centre license plate holder. The only less-than-pleasing physical aspect is the front fascia where the headlights are far too large. Thankfully, this is something Ford will be able to address easily come the expected 2025 facelift.

 

The Tremor package takes the Maverick’s appeal a notch higher. It’s not just about aesthetics, though the goldish-copper decals and unique design elements certainly add to its charm. This package transforms the Maverick into a more capable off-roader without compromising on its urban appeal. With features like unique wheels, skid plates, and a raised ride height offering up to 9.4 inches of ground clearance, the Tremor package equips the Maverick for adventures less ordinary.

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Inside, the Maverick Tremor is a blend of practicality and personality. The cabin is adorned with quirky design elements, like the versatile door handles and multiple storage bins, that add to its charm. The Tremor-specific interior touches, such as contrast stitching and power-adjustable seats, elevate the driving experience. Standard features like an 8-inch display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a host of driver aids make the Maverick both modern and convenient.

 


EcoBoosted Ride Height

 

Driving the Maverick Tremor is a fun experience. The standard 2.0L EcoBoost engine propels this small truck with an enthusiasm that’s both unexpected and exhilarating. With 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque at your disposal, the Maverick Tremor feels more like a small rocket than a compact pickup. The eight-speed automatic transmission complements the engine’s vigor, ensuring smooth and responsive shifts.

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

Despite its off-road enhancements, the Tremor package does not detract from the Maverick’s on-road manners. The dedicated off-road suspension, while increasing the ride height, maintains a level of ride quality that’s commendably civil. Whether navigating city streets or cruising on the highway, the Maverick Tremor remains composed and comfortable. And if the urge to go off-roading rises, the available and dedicated drive modes, not to mention the locking rear differential, though not tested to their fullest in my time with the Maverick, promise adventure-ready capabilities.

 


It’s Not Perfect but I Would…

 

Yet, the Maverick Tremor is not without its quirks. The noted overly large headlights and the occasional fumble between drive and reverse gears when using the rotary shifter reminds me that no vehicle is perfect. But these are minor gripes in an otherwise impressive package. The 4’6″ bed, while smaller than full-size pickups, is thoughtfully designed with accessory outlets and rails, making it surprisingly versatile.

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

The Ford Maverick Tremor emerges as a standout in the small truck segment. It offers a compelling mix of performance, practicality, and personality that’s hard to find elsewhere. Whether you’re drawn to its off-road readiness or its urban charm, the Maverick Tremor resonates with a wide array of drivers, and it’s a model I’d seriously consider making a permanent part of my driveway. If you’re on the fence about small trucks, the Maverick Tremor might just be the vehicle to tip the scales in their favor.

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

2023 Ford Maverick Tremor | Photo: Matt St-Pierre

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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