Ford Maverick Owner Goes To Extreme Lengths To Prove the Maverick Is a ‘Real Truck'

The Ford Maverick is a capable little truck, but are owners going too far to prove it?
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Ford Maverick
is an extremely capable little
pickup truck
, but its fans are going to extreme lengths to prove its worth in the face of its detractors.
reports, a stock Ford Maverick is capable of towing 8,000 lbs—twice its factory 4,000 lb max load rating—but it’s a bad idea to try it for yourself.
While the Ford Maverick is a capable truck with the ability to tow and haul decent loads, some owners are taking it to the next level in an attempt to prove once and for all that this small truck is a truck pick-up worthy of the Ford badge.

Using the Ford Maverick to prove an extreme point

As one Maverick owner demonstrated on Facebook, they’re willing to take it to extreme levels to prove a point.
This particular Maverick owner pulled a
Chevy Silverado 2500
on a trailer down seven miles of gravel and asphalt roads at a max speed of 55 mph. When he stopped to weigh his entire load at a weigh station, it came out to 12,500 lbs—only 3,700 of which was the Maverick itself. The trailer and the truck accounted for 8,800 lbs, which was twice the stock towing limit of 4,000 lbs for a factory Maverick.
was a 4WD 2.0-liter EcoBoost that produces 250 horsepower and 277 lb-ft of torque. It was also equipped with Ford’s 4K tow package, which equipped it with a trailer brake controller.
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Ford Maverick: the little truck that could

The Maverick itself is built on its C2 platform, which serves as the basis for Ford crossovers like the Escape and
Bronco Sport
. It’s able to tow more than those two, but it’s safe to say it was never meant to haul something quite this heavy.
The fact that it’s built on the same platform as some of Ford’s crossover SUVs has been met with some derision from “real” truck fans who scoff at the idea of calling it a truck. But as this particular Maverick owner was willing to demonstrate, the little truck can definitely perform.

Please don’t try this at home

It’s an impressive stunt, to be sure. Of course, we wouldn’t recommend trying this yourself, as towing overweight loads can damage your truck’s powertrain and suspension
Going past your truck’s max towing capacity can make the transmission work harder than it was intended, causing transmission fluid to break down and making the
transmission seize up
—not a cheap fix. And it’s unlikely to be covered by your standard auto insurance.
It can also make it difficult for the truck to come to a stop, especially when its brakes might not be up to that task. That presents a danger not only to you, but to others on the road who might not appreciate your little stunt.

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